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Rhapsody Of Fire - 'The Frozen Tears Of Angels'

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Rhapsody Of Fire - The Frozen Tears Of Angels

Rhapsody Of Fire - The Frozen Tears Of Angels

Nuclear Blast Records
It's been four years since the last Rhapsody Of Fire (formerly Rhapsody) album. After some difficulties with their previous label, the band has re-emerged with a new label, Nuclear Blast Records, and a new studio CD The Frozen Tears Of Angels. The Italian band's symphonic, cinematic power metal sound is intact.

The songs on The Frozen Tears Of Angels are painstakingly arranged with layers of symphonic, neo-classical instruments alongside soaring vocals and guitars. After a spoken word intro from actor Christopher Lee, “Dark Frozen World + Sea Of Fate” begins with classical/cinematic choral vocals, then the guitars kick in. “Reign Of Terror” packs a powerful punch, and has a few harsh vocals alongside Fabio Lione's melodic singing.

“Danza di Fuoco e Ghiaccio” begins with another spoken word intro from Lee, and is a folky number with flutes, acoustic guitars and Italian lyrics. It's an interesting change of pace, and is positioned perfectly about halfway through the album. The ballad “Lost In Cold Dreams” is nothing special, and “On The Way To Ainor” begins slowly before the tempo ramps back up. Things end on a strong note with the epic 11 minute title track.

The Frozen Tears Of Angels is a concept album, the third chapter of the Dark Secret Saga. This is an ambitious effort, and even though it doesn't always hit the mark, Rhapsody Of Fire able to maintain interest throughout.

(released June 29, 2010 on Nuclear Blast Records)

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