The following update was posted on the official website of Rhapsody Of Fire a few days ago:

"First of all thank you for all the patience you had in these last times despite the lack of news regarding the band. We wanted to inform you that we are in the middle of a hard legal fight with MCM and his main representative Mr. Joey De Maio (Manowar). That's the reason why in the last months we had to keep all strictly confidential and could not release any official declaration that could obviously be used against us from the opposite side. And that's also the reason why we were constricted to stop completely our band's activity. Frankly we are not able to imagine if all this can end in a very close future but we want to assure you that we are ready to fight with all the strength of body and soul in order to protect yours and our beloved band. Yes, aside from these bad events we ask you to not lose your faith in us. As soon as this sad situation will be solved we'll be ready for a great and mighty come back. A new album, a real masterpiece of speed/epic metal, is already composed and ready to be recorded and after its release an immense worldwide tour will finally follow for yours and our extreme satisfaction."


Source: rhapsodyoffire.com
Band profile: Rhapsody Of Fire
 
Posted: 16.06.2008 by silentrain



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Shadowcross - 16.06.2008 at 22:00  
wow... what an asshole.. whats the lawsuit over anyway?
Pestilence - 16.06.2008 at 22:10  
I have no clue, but I'm not taking sides, I don't know what's really happening. But hopefully they can get on with the new album soon enough. I need my fix of Rhapsody, and hopefully a few shows in Canada too.
Bas - 16.06.2008 at 22:12  
Written by Shadowcross on 16.06.2008 at 22:00

wow... what an asshole.. whats the lawsuit over anyway?

your post EXACTLY proves what a stupid habit of the human mind it is to first accuse and then think


i for my part really do wonder what this is about as well though... i suppose we'll hear about it somewhen soon
Thryce - 16.06.2008 at 22:15  
They did it again. This band is such a "mighty" joke when it comes to releasing official statements.

"(...) we want to assure you that we are ready to fight with all the strength of body and soul in order to protect yours and our beloved band."

Wake me up when all the biting and scratching is over.
GT - 16.06.2008 at 22:22  
...just remember that if they win "the power of the dragonflame will burn brighter than ever!"
Bas - 16.06.2008 at 22:36  
Written by GT on 16.06.2008 at 22:22

...just remember that if they win "the power of the dragonflame will burn brighter than ever!"

again!

(or; "Part II, the epic sequel, the flame's mighty re-enlightening on mount doom")
juanopereira - 16.06.2008 at 22:39  
Hahaha very funny. They take the epic thing very seriusly XD...
Anyone can explain what is exactly happening?
Talvi - 16.06.2008 at 22:39  
EPIC!
GT - 16.06.2008 at 22:41  
Written by Bas on 16.06.2008 at 22:36

Written by GT on 16.06.2008 at 22:22

...just remember that if they win "the power of the dragonflame will burn brighter than ever!"

again!

(or; "Part II, the epic sequel, the flame's mighty re-enlightening on mount doom")

Yeah that would be totally according to the 101 rules of power metal and the epic sequel to them
Jay - 16.06.2008 at 22:53  
I bet they didn't have a permission to publish the cover song 'Power Of Thy Sword' on 'Visions From The Enchanted Lands' DVD.
Rusher - 16.06.2008 at 23:33  
Nice read... and laugh!
Spyroid - 16.06.2008 at 23:44  
Can't people just take this seriously? I hope everything works out and that I might see them soon
Varegan - 16.06.2008 at 23:49  
they are in fight with Joey De Maio so they will not survive surely, he will force them to show their tits
Elodie Artour - 17.06.2008 at 00:10  
Wahaha. Firstly, I did take things seriously but, after that, I read through the page, and I was like: "Yeah, actually, they do seem hilarious!" LOL.What else/more could I say, then : "Power metallers!"
wrathchild - 17.06.2008 at 00:38  
Well, it doesn't surprise me that they're having troubles with De Maio. I kept thinking Manowar was using Rhapsody as a way to promote Manowar, not Rhapsody.
Stalker - 17.06.2008 at 01:10  
LOL, poor Rhapsody, legal issues again... I hope they wont have to rename again into something like... "Rhapsody of Fire pwned by the Manowar of Steel"
Fhuesc - 17.06.2008 at 01:15  
After this lawsuit, their new name will be "Rhapsody of Fire, Thunder and Ice... and Dragonflame to".
Shadowcross - 17.06.2008 at 04:37  
ahahahaha
Stigma - 17.06.2008 at 06:10  
Legal issues are always oh so epic (and brutal).
DoomGuard - 17.06.2008 at 07:17  
De Maio V Rhapsody

I'd see that...who wants to bet De Maio can take all the Rhapsody members on? lol
M€†aLWaRrIöR™ - 17.06.2008 at 08:19  
De Maio Vs Rhapsody of fire??? What the F.... i though they was in the same side.
Destryphior - 17.06.2008 at 10:41  
Written by M€†aLWaRrIöR™ on 17.06.2008 at 08:19

De Maio Vs Rhapsody of fire??? What the F.... i though they was in the same side.


Yay.. that's what I thought too it should be De Maio & Rhapsody of fire Vs The mighty dragon of cosmical justice. Whatever, hopefully they'll sort it all out so we may enjoy the birth of a new album... of cosmical justice and epicness.
kaos666 - 17.06.2008 at 12:55  
Where in Middle-Earth can you find a decent lawyer these days?
K†ulu - 17.06.2008 at 15:13  
I think GT's comment could go the funny stuff section...
DrunkenFuck - 17.06.2008 at 16:54  
Written by kaos666 on 17.06.2008 at 12:55

Where in Middle-Earth can you find a decent lawyer these days?

I was waiting for that one, haha xD
Darkside Momo - 17.06.2008 at 16:57  
Written by wrathchild on 17.06.2008 at 00:38

Well, it doesn't surprise me that they're having troubles with De Maio. I kept thinking Manowar was using Rhapsody as a way to promote Manowar, not Rhapsody.

I didn't saw it that way at first, but it seems you're right.

Anyway, we'll see how it unfolds. It might go from 'drama of the year' to 'deadly serious matter' (yes I like the first 4 rhapsody album, so I am interested)
juanopereira - 17.06.2008 at 20:32  
Everybody wants the emerald sword to release the true power of the dragonflame. Even De Maio, so they are going to have an epic legal battle, wich is going to be part of a 3rd saga, "Cosmic Legal Issues in the Storming Fields of the Legendary Court"
kaos666 - 18.06.2008 at 01:04  
Written by juanopereira on 17.06.2008 at 20:32

Everybody wants the emerald sword to release the true power of the dragonflame. Even De Maio, so they are going to have an epic legal battle, wich is going to be part of a 3rd saga, "Cosmic Legal Issues in the Storming Fields of the Legendary Court"


And let me be the first to say I will so buy that album!!
Piro - 18.06.2008 at 05:46  
If you want a good lawyer, try a ringwraith, they just make the plantiff disappear, what could be better?
selken - 18.06.2008 at 07:16  
Well, whoever started the fight is the biggest asshole and poser in metal, both Rhapsody and Manowar have defended for years the Unitiy for the Warriors of metal. Anyway, I prefer Rhapsody over Manowar.

The statement is quite over-epic (and funny) tho.. so who will change their name?
- Manowar of Fire?
- Rhapsody of Steel?
- Manowar of Steel?
- Nanowar of Fire xD
- The Rotted (WTF is this name doing here? xD)
- The Mighty Rhapsody of the True Man of War of Steel and Power
Epic grindcore:?
- Power of severed limbs of Steel?
Daggon - 18.06.2008 at 08:27  
Written by kaos666 on 18.06.2008 at 01:04

Written by juanopereira on 17.06.2008 at 20:32

Everybody wants the emerald sword to release the true power of the dragonflame. Even De Maio, so they are going to have an epic legal battle, wich is going to be part of a 3rd saga, "Cosmic Legal Issues in the Storming Fields of the Legendary Court"


And let me be the first to say I will so buy that album!!


Me too hahaha hey seriously, I wonder what's happening, they cancelled their whole tour since november/december, so I think it is a huge problem. Hope the mighty power...blablaba survives this one, I prefer Rhapsody over Manowar, they are my favorite metal band!!!
Sanvean - 18.06.2008 at 15:10  
It doesn't look so funny to me! I hope they can make their new album as soon as possible! Rhapsody for ever!
Sanvean - 18.06.2008 at 15:13  
Written by wrathchild on 17.06.2008 at 00:38

Well, it doesn't surprise me that they're having troubles with De Maio. I kept thinking Manowar was using Rhapsody as a way to promote Manowar, not Rhapsody.


I totally agree!!!
YoreLore - 18.06.2008 at 20:14  
Rhapsody havent really been interesting after the "emerald sword saga" the enchanted lands II and TOA albums are really really average
Angel_Lament - 18.06.2008 at 23:38  
I didnt really Understand what the hell is happening?
can anyone tell me anything more obvious?

But whatever this is, i hope Rhapsody will overcome it!
Ellrohir - 19.06.2008 at 00:22  
what is the goal of this legal fight? where is exactly the problem?
ThunderAxe1989 - 19.06.2008 at 01:52  
yall are terrible, leave them alone lol
i hope everything works itself out.
Arçaliz - 20.06.2008 at 21:52  
Written by YoreLore on 18.06.2008 at 20:14

Rhapsody havent really been interesting after the "emerald sword saga" the enchanted lands II and TOA albums are really really average


I completely agree, the new saga if it has lowered a little. Let us hope in the next work to have it happens.
Narloth - 28.01.2009 at 06:52  
Written by Guest on 20.06.2008 at 21:52

Written by YoreLore on 18.06.2008 at 20:14

Rhapsody havent really been interesting after the "emerald sword saga" the enchanted lands II and TOA albums are really really average


I completely agree, the new saga if it has lowered a little. Let us hope in the next work to have it happens.

Fans tend to blame MCM. Well, time will show us whether they were right or no. Luca now has a lot of time to compose an album proving that Dargor is just as cool as the Warrior of Ice

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