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RHAPSODY OF FIRE: video clip “Dark Wings Of Steel” released!

February 16th, 2014

After releasing their latest album „Dark Wings Of Steel“ in November 2013, epic symphonic metal kings RHAPSODY OF FIRE now deliver the official video clip, filmed for the album’s title song.

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Rhapsody of Fire Interview with Alex Staropoli

November 27th, 2013

Rhapsody of Fire

Interview with Alex Staropoli

@ The Imperial Hotel, London UK

7th November 2013

Interview by Caitlin Smith

Rhapsody Of Fire

Rhapsody Of Fire

Despite the recent split between the founding members, Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody of Fire still seem to be on full form, returning to bring us DARK WINGS OF STEEL. The sagas may be past and buried now but this band continues to live on, bringing out two powerful new players in 2011, and hitting both the road and the studio to continue spreading tales of magic, wizards and dragons to anyone willing to listen. Sat in a swanky hotel in the center of London, we chat to founding member Alex Staropoli about life in Rhapsody after Lucca and what the future holds for the band.

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE Part Ways With Guitarist Tom Hess

June 25th, 2013
Rhapsody of Fire - Tom Hess

Rhapsody of Fire – Tom Hess

Italian symphonic metallers RHAPSODY OF FIRE have parted ways with guitarist Tom Hess.

A message states: “Alex Staropoli and Tom Hess announce that due to philosophical differences, we have mutually decided to respectfully part ways. Rhapsody Of Fire and Tom both sincerely wish each other the very best for their respective futures.”

Current band lineup:

Fabio Lione – Vocals
Alex Staropoli – Keyboards
Roberto De Micheli – Guitars
Oliver Holzwarth – Bass
Alex Holzwarth – Drums

Rhapsody Of Fire released Live – From Chaos To Eternity back in May via AFM. Live – From Chaos To Eternity is available as two-CD Digipak and as limited three-vinyl set. The material (a mixture of old classics and newer tracks) was recorded on the band’s latest European tour in spring 2012.

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE To Release ‘Live – From Chaos To Eternity’ In May

March 25th, 2013
RHAPSODY OF FIRE To Release 'Live - From Chaos To Eternity' In May

RHAPSODY OF FIRE To Release ‘Live – From Chaos To Eternity’ In May 2013

Italian symphonic metallers RHAPSODY OF FIRE will release a new live album, “Live – From Chaos To Eternity”, on May 3 in Europe and May 7 in the USA via AFM Records. It will be available as two-CD digipak and as limited three-vinyl set. The material (a mixture of old classics and newer tracks) was recorded on the band’s latest European tour in spring 2012.

 

Comments keyboardist Alex Staropoli: “We wanted to deliver a live album that can actually be called a live album. Not one single part was re-recorded in studio as most of bands do.

 

“Personally, I am always looking for perfection but in the case of this live album, I truly believe it had to sound live and maintain both live playing and feeling at 100%.”

 

Adds vocalist Fabio Lione: “This live album it’s the concrete proof that this band is strong and willing to keep playing and producing music for all our fans out there for the years to come.”

 

“Live – From Chaos To Eternity” track listing:

 

CD 1

 

01. Dark Mystic Vision

02. Ad Infinitum

03. From Chaos To Eternity

04. Triumph Or Agony

05. I Belong To The Stars

06. The Dark Secret

07. Unholy Warcry

08. Lost In Cold Dreams

09. Land Of Immortals

10. Aeons Of Raging Darkness

11. Dark Reign Of Fire

12. Drum Solo

 

CD 2

 

01. The March Of The Swordmaster

02. Dawn Of Victory

03. Toccata On Bass

04. The Village Of Dwarves

05. The Magic Of The Wizard’s Dream

06. Holy Thunderforce

07. Reign Of Terror

08. Knightrider Of Doom

09. Epicus Furor

10. Emerald Sword

11. Erian’s Lost Secrets

12. The Splendour Of Angels’ Glory (A Final Revelation)

 

RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s signature sound, consisting of power metal, soundtrack-like elements and classical influences, gave a new meaning to the word “epic” since the release of “Legendary Tales” in 1997.

 

RHAPSODY OF FIRE 2013 is:

 

Fabio Lione – Vocals

Alex Staropoli – Keyboards

Roberto De Micheli – Guitar

Tom Hess – Guitar

Oliver Holzwarth – Bass

Alex Holzwarth – Drums

 

The new RHAPSODY OF FIRE lineup made its live debut on April 6, 2012 at the PPM Fest at the Lotto Mons Expo in Mons, Belgium.

 

Staropoli and RHAPSODY OF FIRE guitarist Luca Turilli in 2011 announced their decision to go their separate ways.

 

Due to legal reasons, Staropoli is continuing under the RHAPSODY OF FIRE name. Turilli, on the other hand, is making his efforts available under the RHAPSODY moniker (RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s original name), in which he is joined by guitarist Dominique Leurquin, bassist Patrice Guers, singer Alessandro Conti (TRICK OR TREAT) and drummer Alex Landenburg (AT VANCE, ANNIHILATOR, MEKONG DELTA, STRATOVARIUS).

 

RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s latest album, “From Chaos To Eternity”, was released in North America on July 12, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. Described by the band as “the natural evolution” from 2010′s “The Frozen Tears Of Angels”, the CD marks RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s final release based on the fantasy saga started in 1997 with the group’s debut album, “Legendary Tales”.

 

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Rhapsody Of Fire signs with AFM RECORDS!

December 11th, 2012
Rhapsody Of Fire 2011

Rhapsody Of Fire

AFM Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary Italian Symphonic Power Metal band RHAPSODY OF FIRE to a worldwide deal.

RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s signature sound, consisting of Power Metal, soundtrack-like elements and classical influences gave a new meaning to the word “epic” since the release of ‘Legendary Tales’ in 1997 and was a formula that many bands tried to copy? but never came even close.

Commented the band: “After playing the ‘From Chaos To Eternity World Tour 2012′ all around Europe, Canada, North America and Latin America, we became even more excited and motivated to continue building our career and creating new exciting music. So now we are finally proud to announce that RHAPSODY OF FIRE signed with a great label such as AFM. That’s a new great epic start and we already started working on different projects. More news to follow“.

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LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY CONFIRMED FOR PROGPOWER 2013

October 26th, 2012
LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY "Ascending To Infinity"

LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY “Ascending To Infinity”

Luca Turilli’s Italian symphonic/cinematic/orchestral metal band RHAPSODY have just been confirmed to perform at the ProgPower 2013 Kick-Off show.  They will be playing a special two hour set of music never previously performed in the U.S. including selections from Luca’s solo material.

 

ProgPower XIV will be taking place at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia on September 4 – 7, 2013.  Tickets go on sale this November 17th.

 

RHAPSODY recently released a video directed by Owe Lingvall for “Clash Of The Titans (Walking Dead Remix).”  The track is from Ascending To Infinity, the band’s latest album released this past July, which debuted at #44 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and #69 on the Current Hard Music chart in July.  View the video on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

 

The “Dark Fate Of Atlantis” video was directed by Owe Lingvall for Dreamday Media.

 

 

Visit RHAPSODY online at:

LTRHAPSODY.com
Facebook.com/LTRHAPSODY
YouTube.com/LTRHAPSODY

 

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LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY Release Video For ‘Clash Of The Titans’ (Walking Dead Remix)

October 19th, 2012

LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY have released their new video, for the song ‘Clash Of The Titans’ (Walking Dead Remix), from their Ascending To Infinity album. The video was directed, edited and filmed by Owe Lingvall (KAMELOT, etc.) , who previously did the clip for ‘Dark Fate Of Atlantis’. Animations were done by Magnus Jonsson.

Rhapsody have revealed one of the many surprises related to their upcoming Ascending To Infinity Cinematic World Tour, starting in November and December from Europe and featuring the guest acts FREEDOM CALL, ORDEN OGAN and VEXILLUM.

“We are proud to announce that the German singer, vocal coach and pianist SASSY BERNERT, who already performed some vocal parts on our new album Ascending To Infinity, will be on stage with us for some magical duets!”, states Luca Turilli, and adds: “It’s really great how Sassy and ALESSANDRO CONTI’s voices blend together. Her presence will also give us the possibility to present on stage the operatic song ‘Tormento E Passione’, one of the most requested songs of the new album and one of our favorites too.”

Ascending To Infinity Cinematic World Tour dates:

November
9 – Annecy, France – Le Brise Glace (Rhapsody only)
10 – Charleroi, Belgium – Coliseum
11 – Enschede, Netherlands – Atak
12 – London, England – O2 Islington
14 – Bilbao, Spain – Sala Santana 27
15 – Madrid, Spain – Caracol
16 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Bikini
18 – Lyss, Switzerland – Kufa
19 – Dornbirn, Austria – Conrad Sohm
20 – Wörgl, Austria – Komma
22 – Bologna, Italy – Estragon
23 – Milan, Italy – Live Club
24 – Rome, Italy – Orion
25 – Treviso, Italy – New Age
26 – Lyon, France – Le Transbordeur
28 – Budapest, Hungary – Club 202
29 – Prague, Czech Republic – Club Matrix
30 – München, Germany – Backstage

December
1 – Geiselwind, Germany – Musichall
3 – Köln, Germany – Essigfabrik
4 – Zoetermeer, Netherlands – Boerderij
5 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
6 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle
8 – Osnabruck, Germany – Rosenhof
9 – Paris, France – Le Trabendo
10 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie

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LT’S RHAPSODY: DOMINIQUE LEURQUIN’S LEFT HAND SERIOUSLY INJURED

October 5th, 2012
LT’S RHAPSODY: DOMINIQUE LEURQUIN

LT’S RHAPSODY: DOMINIQUE LEURQUIN

Around two weeks ago the members of RHAPSODY lived one of the most dramatic moments of their career and they finally want to reveal to everybody the difficult moment they had to face because of what recently happened to their guitar player DOMINIQUE LEURQUIN.

“Some days ago my girlfriend Nadia received a phone call from Laurence, the wife of Dominique. I understood from Nadia’s tears that something terrible just happened…” says LUCA TURILLI. And adds: “A river of blood and then the dramatic run to the hospital with Dominique almost dying for all the blood he shed. Three hours of surgery and the risk to lose the left hand definitely. I could simply not believe it…”

Dominique injured himself with a circular saw while working at home. One wrong movement and the saw reached the center of his hand. After the complicated surgery and everyone around thinking it will be difficult for Dominique to play his beloved instrument once again, the doctors spent some more optimistic words to describe the situation, speaking about a long period of rehabilitation and some major problems eventually related to the thumb only. Therefore it seems there will be again the possibility for Dominique to play a guitar, and maybe sooner than what can be expected. What is needed is a lot of strength and mind power but everybody knows what represents the music for Dominique and so there is no doubt he will do miracles in this sense.

All the members of RHAPSODY were just shocked for all what happened and of course the last days were not that easy for anyone of them, for the stress due to the tragic fact and for the problems related with the tour preparation. Right in relation with the upcoming tour, an important decision was taken: the one of not replacing Dominique with another guitar player but instead, as Luca arranged all the RHAPSODY songs for two guitars, to simply add Dominique’s parts on the backing tracks at lower volume. Mixed on the right side, as if he would be there.

The bass player PATRICE GUERS states: “Dominique for us is more than friend. He is a real brother and everybody knows how important was for him this first tour as official member of RHAPSODY. It is just not possible to replace him and we won’t do it! When Luca communicated this to Dominique, he almost shed some tears for the happiness, so much he appreciated this decision…”. The new drummer ALEX LANDENBURG adds: “No matter if it will take six months or one year to have Dominique back with us on stage. What is sure is that we’ll wait for him as he is a fundamental member of our band. Surely won’t be the same to go on stage without him!”. The singer ALESSANDRO CONTI goes on: “Every show of this tour will be dedicated to our brother. I know Dominique since some months only but I can tell you that I already love him for his talent and for being a man of great value”.

LT’S RHAPSODY want to add that, due to the recent events and despite all the other band plans won’t be changed, the release of the new cinematic ballad FANTASIA GOTICA will be postponed after the tour. The new video of CLASH OF THE TITANS in its WALIKING DEAD REMIX version, instead, should be released next week as planned. In any case it is a matter of days.

In the meantime, the countdown for the ASCENDING TO INFINITY CINEMATIC TOUR started. RHAPSODY, FREEDOM CALL, ORDEN OGAN and VEXILLUM are waiting for you, all around Europe, ready to offer a show full of surprises, unique and memorable. See you soon!
IMPORTANT: LT’S RHAPSODY will extend the European leg of their tour in other countries in 2013!

Get your ticket now at: http://www.ltrhapsody.com/

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LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY – New Choir Recording For The Cinematic World Tour

September 1st, 2012

CINEMATIC WORLD TOUR

CINEMATIC WORLD TOUR

After a summer devoted to work, work and more work, LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY are proud to announce that all is proceeding perfectly with the production of their Ascending To Infinity Cinematic World Tour. Luca Turilli and Alessandro Conti just came back from the Backyard Studios of Kempten (Germany) after having recorded a new session of epic choirs exclusively for it.

Luca explains: “As in our shows we will also play some of the very old Rhapsody songs, rarely or never played until now, we decided to re-record the choirs for those same songs in order to present them on stage with the best sound quality possible. Moreover we decided to add a great choral impact to some songs that originally were not featuring a choir”.

Alessandro adds: “A couple of days ago we met in Germany some of the singers who already performed on the new album Ascending To Infinity and, thanks to their unique vocal power, we gave new energy and new life to those glorious and legendary tracks that made the history of Rhapsody!”

The singers who performed in the new choral session are: the Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody frontman Alessandro Conti, the singer and photographer Johnny Eisprung; Matthias Stockinger, singer and actor actually performing in the musical Evita, and the AOR legend DAN LUCAS, who sold 1.4 million copies with the super single ‘Heart Of America’.

Ascending To Infinity Cinematic World Tour dates:

 

November

9 – Annecy, France – Le Brise Glace

10 – Charleroi, Belgium – Coliseum

11 – Enschede, Netherlands – Atak

12 – London, England – O2 Islington

14 – Bilbao, Spain – Sala Santana 27

15 – Madrid, Spain – Caracol

16 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Bikini

20 – Wörgl, Austria – Komma

22 – Bologna, Italy – Estragon

23 – Milan, Italy – Live Club

24 – Rome, Italy – Orion

25 – Treviso, Italy – New Age

26 – Lyon, France – Le Transbordeur

28 – Budapest, Hungary – Club 202

29 – Prague, Czech Republic – Club Matrix

30 – München, Germany – Backstage

 

December

1 – Geiselwind, Germany – Musichall

3 – Köln, Germany – Essigfabrik

4 – Zoetermeer, Netherlands – Boerderij

5 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix

6 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle

9 – Paris, France – Le Trabendo

10 – Strasbourg, France – La Laiterie

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VISION DIVINE: Progressive Power Metallers Post New Track From Forthcoming Full-Length

August 30th, 2012

Progressive power metal troupe, VISION DIVINE, recently posted a new track, “Mermaids From Their Moons,” from their forthcoming new full-length. Titled Destination Set To Nowhere, the 11-track concept album is scheduled to drop in North America on September 18, 2012 via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records. Featuring founding guitarist/songwriter Olaf Thorsen (Labyrinth) and singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody, Rhapsody Of Fire, Kamelot live), the band’s seventh studio offering delivers a melting pot of epic metal anthems with a futuristic concept that follows a man’s journey through outer space in a quest to escape the social and political injustices of Earth.

In a 4.5/5 rating Metal Underground commended the band for their “beautiful classic progressive elements blended with driving riffs,” Metal Temple applauded VISION DIVINE for offering “an accessible showcase of musical prowess and utter creativity to step into what could be in the not so far future,” and crowned the release a candidate for album of the year, while Axis Of Metal notes: “VISION DIVINE really perfect that floating, futuristic atmosphere that bands like Pagan’s Mind, Manticora and Alchemist also feature heavily in their power metal.”

VISION DIVINE:
Fabio Lione – Vocals
Olaf Thorsen – Guitars
Federico Puleri – Guitars
Alessio Lucatti – Keyboards, Piano
Andrea “Tower” Torricini – Bass
Alessandro Bissa – Drums

http://www.visiondivine.com
https://www.facebook.com/visiondivineofficial
http://www.eaglerockent.com
https://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

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LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY DEBUTS ON TWO BILLBOARD CHARTS

July 11th, 2012
LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY "Ascending To Infinity"

LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY “Ascending To Infinity”

Ascending To Infinity, the new album by Italian symphonic/cinematic/orchestral metal band LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY, has debuted at #44 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart (which lists the best-selling albums by new & developing artists who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200) and #69 on the Current Hard Music chart.

 

The album also debuted on the German Media Control chart at #32 last week.

 

Nuclear Blast would like to thank all of the RHAPSODY fans for their support in making these achievements possible.

 

RHAPSODY members are currently preparing for the European leg of the ‘Ascending To Infinity Cinematic World Tour’ this fall.  Guitarist Dominique Leurquin promises the outing will be “a spectacular live event, full of legendary songs, visual surprises, and unique atmospheres.”

 

The video for “Dark Fate Of Atlantis” can be viewed on YouTube (and below).  It was directed by Owe Lingvall for Dreamday Media.

 

Download the free RHAPSODY SongPier app for Smartphones here.

LT'S RHAPSODY

LT’S RHAPSODY

Visit the band online at LTRHAPSODY.com, Facebook.com/LTRHAPSODY, and YouTube.com/LTRHAPSODY.

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Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY – 3 NEW TRACKS AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING

June 27th, 2012

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“Clash Of The Titans,” “Tormento E Passione,” and “March Of Time,” three new tracks by Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY, are now available for streaming in their entirety on the RHAPSODY Landing Page.

Ascending To Infinity is scheduled for North American release on July 3rd and features over 60 minutes of RHAPSODY’s epic, symphonic/cinematic/orchestral metal music. The album was produced by Luca Turilli and recorded in Kempten, Germany, at Sebastian Roeder’s Backyard Studios.

The video for “Dark Fate Of Atlantis” can be viewed on the landing page.

Download the free RHAPSODY SongPier app for Smartphones here.

 

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RHAPSODY OF FIRE With VOYAGER – The Gramercy New York, NY May 29th, 2012

June 18th, 2012

RHAPSODY OF FIRE

With VOYAGER

Words and pictures by Kyle Moore, the Metal Magnus

The Gramercy – New York, NY

May 29th, 2012

 

RHAPSODY OF FIRE is a band that mostly passed me by. I couldn’t handle the demon-wizard dragon battles. Just couldn’t. So for years, I ignored a band that completely owns a self-created genre – “film-score metal.” Sure, I’d heard a few songs and read about their recent troubles with record labels and former bandmates, but I was busy learning the back-catalogues of MOONSORROW at the time. Then the opportunity came to see them live and even interview them, so I figured I’d better start doing my homework before I set foot into NYC’s Gramercy theater.

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Alex Staropoli – Rhapsody of Fire

June 9th, 2012

 Rhapsody of Fire

Alex Staropoli – Rhapsody of Fire

Interviewed in New York City on May 29th, 2012

Interview by Kyle Moore (The Metal Magnus)

After seeing their fantastic live show in The Big Apple, I got the chance to sit down with RHAPSODY OF FIRE keyboardist & songwriter Alex Staropoli. We discussed their current album, difficulties with record labels, and the future of the band now that their Emerald Sword saga is complete. Happy viewing!

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RHAPSODY – “Dark Fate Of Atlantis” Video Now Available!

May 3rd, 2012

Today, May 3rd 2012, the brand new LT Rhapsody video has been unleashed on Youtube.

Watch it below…

LT'S RHAPSODY

LT'S RHAPSODY

DIRECTED BY OWE LINGVALL (www.dreamdaymedia.com)
(change the settings of your YouTube player to enjoy it in high definition!)

New album “Ascending To Infinity” to be released on June 22nd by Nuclear Blast!

LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY "Ascending To Infinity"

LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY "Ascending To Infinity"

Pre-order your copy now at http://www.ltrhapsody.com
Nuclear Blast EUROPE: http://bit.ly/Jpieii

Like the band at http://www.facebook.com/ltrhapsody

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