Power Metal 101: Rhapsody

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HAIL, WARRIORS!

Previously in Power Metal 101, the venerable Masterlord Steeldragon introduced us to power metal pioneers Helloween! This week, we cross the Alps into the land of Italy. A region of rich musical history going back hundreds of years, Italy has spawned multiple symphonic power metal bands with a distinct style native to the country. However, one band casts a towering shadow over their Italian power metal brothers and sisters and has done a great deal to progress the genre of power metal. I am, of course, referring to the mighty Rhapsody.

Rhapsody - The Band

Rhapsody originally operated under the moniker of Thundercross, before changing their name in 1995. They fought many a courageous battle under the Rhapsody banner until a treacherous lawsuit forced them to change their name once again in 2006 to Rhapsody of Fire. Later, Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli would have a friendly disagreement on the future of the band, giving us Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, and Staropoli continuing with Fabio Lione under the name Rhapsody of Fire.

Rhapsody’s style has not changed dramatically over the years. They are well known for their bombastic symphonic orchestrations behind Luca’s furious shredding. Until recently, all Rhapsody albums were based on the band’s own mythical legends: the Algalord Chronicles. Considering that a rhapsody is another name for epic poetry, their lyrical topics and musical style sync well with their image and name. Their style has very often been referred to as “flower metal,” a term used to describe overly cheesy symphonic power metal bands, usually in the Italian style. Operatic vocals, huge orchestrations, jaw-dropping solos, and epic imagery pervade Rhapsody’s music and the genre as a whole.

As we did with Blind Guardian, we will step through each Rhapsody album in chronological order, sticking with their main discography and ignoring any of Luca’s extremely similar side projects. Since a lot of the albums are very similar, there may not be as much to say about it, as opposed to Blind Guardian’s ever evolving sound.

When you are ready, polish your steel, mount your mighty steed, and let us begin the charge against the dark forces of the evil tyrant Akron!

 

Legendary Tales (1997)

Rhapsody - Legendary Tales

The legendary debut: Legendary Tales (I couldn’t resist). This album solidifies Rhapsody’s trademark sound of shredding guitarwork from Luca Turilli, huge operatic vocals from Fabio Lione, and glorious keyboards and orchestrations from Alex Staropoli. A grand debut with little to no flaws (depending on how you feel about the ballads Forest of Unicorns and Echoes of Tragedy), Legendary Tales introduces us to the majestic saga of the Algalord Chronicles. Except for the songs previously mentioned, every song is set at a high tempo. Luca is quite capable of writing nice riffs here and there, but he mostly follows a very neoclassical style of composition. Most follow a predictable, yet alternating, pattern of verse, chorus, delightful solo sections, and another verse/chorus before closing out the song. This album also begins the trend of putting an epic track at the end of the album. If you’re a fan of symphonic power metal, this album will have you singing along on every song.

Listen: Warrior of Ice

Wiki: Legendary Tales (Story)

 

Symphony of Enchanted Lands (1998)

Rhapsody - Symphony of Enchanted Lands

A consistent sophomore album, Symphony of Enchanted Lands picks up right where Legendary Tales left off, which is AWESOME for fans of Rhapsody’s brand of symphonic power metal. As before, this album is packed full of catchy choruses, neoclassical riffs, Fabio, beautiful orchestration, Fabio, and brilliant guitar solos. Although I would highly recommend listening to the album as one piece on your first listen, you may want to skip the interlude/ballad Heroes of the Lost Valley/Wings of Destiny respectively if those really degrade the experience for you.  The album closer and epic, “Symphony of Enchanted Lands”, is a noticeable step up from the previous albums epic, and will leave you thrilled for more. Also of note, Emerald Sword is, in my opinion, one of the greatest power metal songs ever written, and you would do well to listen to it a few thousand times.

Listen: Emerald Sword

Wiki: Symphony of Enchanted Lands (Story)

 

Dawn of Victory (2000)

Rhapsody - Dawn of Victory

Unrelenting in quality, Rhapsody forges powerfully ahead with their third effort, Dawn of Victory. I have often heard this hailed as the most consistent Rhapsody album, considering that there are no filler tracks, interludes, or ballads, aside from the bombastic intro. The album begins with one of Rhapsody’s more intense tracks, “Dawn of Victory”, and plows through the remaining 8 tracks of fast, catchy symphonic power metal. As before, no change in style and extremely consistent in relation to their first two albums. The epic at the end, “The Mighty Ride of the Firelord”, is just as fantastic and full of power as Symphony of Enchanted Lands.

Listen: Dawn of Victory

Wiki: Dawn of Victory (Story)

 

Rain of a Thousand Flames (2001)

Rhapsody - Rain of a Thousand Flames

Albeit an album with a style consistent to previous Rhapsody albums, this one veers into a bit of experimentation. The riffs and drums are far more demanding, even technical, than the preceding albums. The title track wastes no time demonstrating this, with one of the fastest and most technical riffs Luca has ever penned under mind-melting drums. The rest of the album switches between interludes, epics, and storytelling. Another point of note is the much darker lyrical themes present in this album. Unlike previous albums, this one does not include back to back catchy sypmhonic power metal tunes, but it does grace us with two epics:  Queen of the Dark Horizons, and a cover of Dvořák’s 4th movement from his 9th Symphony (Symphony for the New World), The Wizard’s Last Rhymes. This album is probably the weakest of Rhapsody’s first five albums, but it is nonetheless a powerful work.

Listen: Rain of a Thousand Flames

Wiki:  Rain of a Thousand Flames (Story)

 

Power of the Dragonflame (2002)

Rhapsody - Power of the Dragonflame

My personal favorite, and possibly the greatest Rhapsody album (including Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody and Rhapsody of Fire), Power of the Dragonflame marks the end of a golden era for the band. Power of the Dragonflame combines everything you’ve loved about the previous albums into an exceptionally well-written, arranged, and performed album. Even the lone ballad on the album is way above average for a Rhapsody ballad. The rest of the album is consistently catchy, fast, and epic as balls. The songwriting explores some diverse territory, such as in the medieval/folky March of the Swordmaster or the lofty Steelgods of the Last Apocalypse. The long, dramatic track at the end, Gargoyles, Angels of Darkness, is easily their best epic song. Everything about this album rips. You won’t be able to find a flaw between the solos, riffs, orchestrations, vocals, and drumming. This album not only marks the end of this era of Rhapsody, but also closes the story of the Emerald Sword Saga.

Listen: When Demons Awake

Wiki: Power of the Dragonflame (Story)

 

Symphony of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret (2004)

Rhapsody - Symphony of Enchanted Lands II

While still a good album, Symphony of Enchanted Lands II lacks the riffs and power of previous Rhapsody albums. This notes the beginning of a noticeable effort to create a more symphonic, even theatrical style for Rhapsody. Luca does still have some sweet riffs/solos here, such as the incredible Unholy Warcry, but overall, Luca’s guitarwork takes a back seat to the beautiful orchestrations, Staropoli’s keys and synths, and Fabio’s vocals. Also of note: Chirstopher Lee lends his expert voice acting on this album, further cementing Rhapsody’s transition to a more cinematic style. Lee even sings on The Magic of the Wizard’s Dream! Overall, it’s a good time to switch, as the Emerald Sword Saga has completed, and a new chapter has begun: The Dark Secret Saga. Expect a slower, more orchestral approach to the familiar Rhapsody style with this one.

Listen: Unholy Warcry

Wiki: Symphony of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark Secret (Story)

 

Rhapsody of Fire – Triumph or Agony (2006)

Rhapsody of Fire - Triumph or Agony

The stylistic differences from the last album are in full swing here, with Luca taking an almost lazy approach to riffs and solos on this album. This also marks the first album under their new moniker, Rhapsody of Fire. Fortunately, like Symphony of Enchanted Lands II, the symphonic arrangements are even more powerful than ever here. This album is presented in a very cinematic style.  If you close your eyes, you can often see and feel the atmosphere envelope you as the story and music progresses. There are a couple tracks that can stand on their own, but most tracks simply support the album and story; at least, until we get to the end.  Probably Rhapsody’s second best epic track, The Mystic Prophecy of the Demon Knight hearkens back to the olden glory days of Power of the Dragonflame. Even still, many fans, myself included, avoid this album due to the somewhat boring, yet mature approach to Rhapsody’s signature sound. Luckily for fans of the older style, Triumph or Agony does not mark the point of no return.

Listen: Heart of the Darklands

Wiki: Triumph or Agony (Story)

 

The Frozen Tears of Angels (2010)

Rhapsody of Fire - The Frozen Tears of Angels

Reinvigorated after two albums of languor, Luca’s shredding has returned to us stronger than ever before! Retaining the grandiose orchestrations of the previous albums and regaining Luca’s total domination of all things guitar, The Frozen Tears of Angels breathes new life into the lungs of the mighty warriors! As soon as the intro ends, Turilli wastes no time at all letting us know that he is back with a vengeance. Nearly every song on this album plays just like Power of the Dragonflame: catchy chorus, ridiculous fretwork, and symphonic keys/orchestrations. Luca doesn’t even let us rest on the ballads, dropping us a brilliant classical guitar piece, Danza Di Fuocco E Ghiacco. While this album’s epic piece, The Frozen Tears of Angels, isn’t as overwhelming as previous epics, this album has an accompanying EP of one song split into 7 parts to satisfy that need: The Cold Embrace of Fear. And, just because, here is a bonus track that is just Luca Turilli shredding for 4 minutes: Labyrinth of Madness. Eat your heart out, Jeff Loomis.

Listen: Reign of Terror

Wiki: The Frozen Tears of Angels / The Cold Embrace of Fear (Story / More Story)

 

From Chaos to Eternity (2011)

Rhapsody of Fire - From Chaos to Eternity

With plenty of steam left over from Frozen Tears, Rhapsody closes the Dark Secret Saga, and their entire Algalord Chronicles plot, with the final album written by the full lineup: From Chaos to Eternity. First thing you may notice is the slight change in guitar tone, possibly from the addition of notorious douchebag guitarist Tom Hess on rhythm guitar. Luca still retains his shredding from the last album, albeit a bit reined in. Aside from the guitar tone change, not much has changed from Frozen Tears in terms of style or quality. This album also contains Rhapsody’s longest epic, Heroes of the Waterfalls’ Kingdom, which neatly closes the story that weaves all Rhapsody albums together.

With this album, a great chapter closes for Rhapsody. The Algalord Chronicles are complete.  Luca and Alex decided to split the band into two Rhapsody’s (Rhapsody of Fire with Fabio/Alex, and Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody) after the release of this album.

Listen: From Chaos to Eternity

Wiki: From Chaos to Eternity (Story)

 

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Ascending to Infinity (2012)

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - Ascending to Infinity

Beating ROF to the punch, Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody represents Luca’s vision for the future of Rhapsody. Noticeably more cinematic in musical style, Ascending to Infinity features a collection of songs based on various mythical topics, such as Atlantis, Angels, and Excalibur. Even with these changes, this still sounds just like a Rhapsody album. Every song is good to great, with Alessandro Conti flawlessly stepping into the role of lead singer. Well, all songs are solid except Luna. Avoid that one at all costs. In traditional Rhapsody style, the album is closed with an epic: Of Michael the Archangel and Lucifer’s Fall, which easily ranks among the best of Rhapsody’s epics. Expect the same sugary catchy choruses, guitar solos, and orchestration you’ve come to expect from Rhapsody here.

Listen: Dark Fate of Atlantis

Wiki: Ascending to Infinity

 

Rhapsody of FireDark Wings of Steel (2013)

Rhapsody of Fire - Dark Wings of Steel

It is sad that Alex Staropoli’s first Rhapsody album is such a dud. While not quite a train wreck, this whole album comes across as “good enough.” Fabio delivers as powerful a performance as ever, but even the best singers can’t save a boring, poorly written album. Fortunately, Tom Hess was kicked out of the band before the album, saving us from a potentially worse album. Expect all the things you love about Rhapsody, but with subpar writing/delivery, recycled riffs, and general disappointment.

Listen: Rising from Tragic Flames

Wiki: Dark Wings of Steel

 


Rhapsody have established themselves as a top tier power metal band through a mostly consistent discography. Thanks to Luca, Alex, and Fabio’s extraordinary vision of pushing power metal further into the symphonic realm than ever before, power metal has been able to evolve and be inspired by these mighty warriors valiant efforts.

What’s your favorite Rhapsody song? Do you think I’m wrong about how great/terrible any of these albums are? Is Tom Hess the most annoying guitarist ever? Tell me what you think in the comments below!

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  • Homeboy’s name is way too fitting.
    http://www.geocities.jp/fabio_lione_jp/illust/materials/fabio-toa-wallpaper1.jpg
    Also, as someone who couldn’t care less about this band, great write up, Thor.

    • Edward

      100% agree about the write up.

      I have to drive home now.

      *chucks deuces*

    • I want to marry Fabio

    • good vocalist, good hair.. you can’t go wrong with that

    • Xan

      I’m pretty sure he could conjure fireballs that were in the shape of stars and hurl them into the air to make a dragon star that breathed frost-fire while an army of mages and warriors marched onward to their hallowed halls.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      #italy

  • Despite what the dark lord Thrashnkill may have blasphemously nominated as a whiff, the choruses in “Emerald Sword” and “Wisdom of Kings” are the best ever written in the history of ever.

  • Xan

    God damn, along with Soundtrack to Your Annihilation, Gazing too Long into the Abyss, and the Tolkien and Lovecraft posts, this are my favorite of the series. I love really good power metal. I love hearing dudes who have really mastered the art of singing powerfully. Riffs, choruses, and epic story makes it some of my favorite music. I feel as if I haven’t really ever listened to Rhapsody. I own the third album but I’ve never even listened to albums 1, 2, 4, 5, or 6. I need to stop trying to slog through the field of disappointing albums I’ve reached on my list (Obituary was meh and At the Gates almost made me cry) and blast the power.

    • Xan

      Also, good luck stuffing me into the locker again. My power metal armor is too bulky for me to fit, BITCH.

    • Dawn of Victory is an EXCELLENT album to own. The only album that would compete with it, IMO, is Power of the Dragonflame

    • the new Nader Sadek helps to cleanse the pallet from all recent death metal disappointments.

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        It was not that miraculous, dear fiend

      • Xan

        It helped. Still hasn’t cured the aching wound from At the Gates.

        • see i don’t have a wound from that one. i’m just like “well there’s that, let’s spin that new JFAC!” (fully prepped for locker shoving)

          • Xan

            I don’t know whether you are a fan of ATG, but I am a big find of their albums It was depressing to hear something that about three thousand other melodeath bands came up with years earlier.

        • That’s what bloodshot dawn is for

  • This one, Nightwish, System of a Down and Mägo de Oz were my initial fav metal bands.. I still have a downloaded copy of Legendary Tales.. I still remember those high-school times where I came to the cyber-cafes to rent some hours of internet and hand-copy the lyrics of those bands (I’m from South America) to learn them in my house.. -Sigh-

    • FOR THE KING! FOR THE LAND! FOR THE MOUNTAIN!

      • CyberneticOrganism

        HAILS TO THE MIGHTY KINGS OF OLDE

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    Okay, I’ve given everything here a listen. More Rhapsody than I thought I qould ever endure and worse rhapsody than I thought my life would ever become. I have had enough for the rest of my life and more!
    (Although Dawn of Victory’s first part sounds like a power metal verion of Bal-Sagoth, they are trying to pique my interest.)

    • Bal-Sagoth sounds like Rhapsody, you mean?

      • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

        But of course not you silly person, Bal-Sagoth is thoroughly good. Whereas Rhapsody has one song so far that I admit really liking.
        (Okay, hands up thanks for reminding the awesomeness of Dvorak. I guess they should have some credit for that.)

        • Don’t worry, I know Bal-Sagoth rules too.

          Here, have some more excellent classical music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-S9SDJ7odc

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            Going to delve into that Rimsky-Korsakov a little later. But a side note: Know you Janacek and his sinfonietta?

          • Never even heard of it

          • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

            It is relatively unknown but one of my personal favoritea.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    TO WAR! MY BROTHERS LET US CLASH STEEL WITH THE FORCES OF THE DARK WYZARD AMIDST THE FIRE MOUNTAINS OF CLYRE-FENN! ALAS MINE SQUIRE HE DOTH SUCKETH AT SWORDING AND HAST BEEN BEHEADED BY A DEMONAXE! HARK CAN YE HEAR THE BATTLE CRY OF THE DREADED WITCH-RIDERS HERE THEY COME BEARING THEIR SHADOWCLEAVAGE TO CLOUD OUR MINDS

    • I’d like to but I have to wait for my MP level to recharge : (

    • Lost all of my shit at “shadowcleavage.”

      • CyberneticOrganism

        BE NOT SWAYED BY THEIR ALLURING CURVES FOR THEY SPEW DARKNESS FROM THEIR SOULS LIKE A FAT MAN SPEWS SOUP UPON BEING THWACKED IN YE GROINE

        HUZZAH THE RED KNIGHT HATH TAKEN THE LEADE IN BATTLE LET US FOLLOW AND CHARGE FORTHE, BROTHERS OF METAL

        ALAS THE RED KNIGHT HATH BEEN SLAIN BY AN ORC BLADE TO HIS FACE, REST WELL IN PEACE GOOD SIR KENDAR THE MAIDEN-REPELLER

        • Stockhausen

          I need you to write books. Many lots of books.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            TOMES OF FIREKNOWLEDGE, AYE, FROM MY VAST DRAGONBATTLEFIELD EXPERIENCE

          • Stockhausen

            WHAT FELL BEASTS HAVE FALLEN AT YOUR FELLMIGHTY FALLENSWORD? WHAT WRATHFUL WINDS HATH WROUGHT WRATH WITHIN WHITE WRAITHS WHERE ONCE YOU WALKED? WE MUST KNOW, I THINK.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            ART THOU A WARLOCK? THOU SPEAKETH AS ONE. TAUNT US NOT WITH THINE TRICKS OF THE MIND YE FOUL PRIVY-SNIFFER, LEST YE BE CAST DOWN THE BROWN COLUMN TO THE FILTHPIT BELOW

          • HAIL, WARRIORS! MIGHT I JOIN THEE ON THY MIGHTY QUEST? I BRING EXOTIC TALENTS OF DISTANT LANDS. NO JOURNEY IS AS SATISFYING AS A JOURNEY WITH THE SKILLS OF THE FRIENDZONED!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            HUZZAH A FYNE ADDITION TO OUR PARTY, LET US FEAST ON HELLBOAR MEAT AND GLORYBEER AND PRESENT PAINTINGS OF FEMALE RIBALDRY

          • Stockhausen

            IT IS NOT BEST NOT TO SPEAK NOT OF WHAT YOU DO NOT KNOW, WAYFARING WARRIOR. THOU WOULD SEEK TO BILLOW THE BLACK SMOKE OF WRATH FROM THINE STEED ON YONDER PEASANT AND HIS MULE, WERE IT BUT POSSIBLE. TASTE NOW YOUR DESTINY!
            *FLINGS ROBE OPEN, REVEALING YON MIGHTY SWORD, IN A LITERAL, NON WEINER WAY*
            *HOISTS ABOVE HEAD, SUMMONING GREAT AND FURIOUS LIGHTNING OF POWER*
            *STEPS FORWARD IN BATTLE STRIDE*
            *SNAGS ROBE ON SWORD OF FALLEN FOE, PROSTRATE IN DEATH*
            “FORSOOTH, FELLOW WARRIOR, WHAT MEANS THIS?”
            *GREAT AND FURIOUS LIGHTNING OF POWER STRIKES HEAD INSTEAD OF SWORD*
            *IGNITES*
            “THIS SHALL DO, FOR IT IS FAR MORE–”
            *IS ACTUALLY WAY TOO HOT*
            *DIES*

          • CyberneticOrganism

            YE BALLADE OF LORD B. DHUBS, MINE BROTHER

        • oh my fuck lmao

    • Hahaha shadowcleavage…fuck man my sides

    • Bözlinger

      Not enough lockers in the world for these comments

  • no thanks… i like my metal separate from my Skyrim
    (great write-up, BTW!)

    • I can’t play skyrim because my pc is being worked on. IT’S DRIVING ME NUTS

      • what’s wrong with your PC? i was to believe you a nerd, and therefore could tackle any PC issues.

        • It wouldn’t turn on, faulty power button I guess. Unlike a vid card or ram or something it’s not something I can easily replace on my own.

          • Lacertilian

            fuck, I can’t even offer the old IT Crowd advice of ‘Have you tried turning it off and on again?’.

          • This could easily just be a PSU issue. Or, as you assumed, something faulty in the motherboard/case controlling the power off/on button. (ie something you could easily replace on your own/cheaper) 🙁 I could have halped

          • I called them a bit ago, they are replacing my case which is nice and all but Damnit I have to wait a bit longer and I just want to play 2k15/skyrim. Been doing advanced warfare on my laptop to hold me over

          • I haven’t done any PC gaming for a year or so now (of all the addictions i had/ve, it was easily the most dangerous). Even my log times on console are shameful. For this reason i can empathize

          • It’s harder cause I have way too much free time on my hands after the break up. I can only work out for so long before I need rest lol

          • My fitness regimen has a direct correlation to my gaming

        • Also I think calling me a nerd may be an insult to true nerds

  • Alison Brie was in a photoshoot for Rhapsody Magazine. (sorry for the image size.)

    http://www.gotceleb.com/wp-content/uploads/celebrities/alison-brie/rhapsody-magazine-march-2014/Alison-Brie:-Rhapsody-Magazine–02-720×952.jpg

    (n/m, not sorry)

    • CyberneticOrganism

      THIS FAIRE FERTILE MAIDEN OF THE WESTLANDS SHALL BEAR ME MANY SONS

    • Pierre Generic

      ZOUNDS! I SWEAR BY ALL THE GODS THAT I SHALL MAKE THAT FAIR MAIDEN MY OWN AND ANY VARLET THAT STANDS IN MY WAY SHALL TASTE MY STEEL!

    • I was gonna post her a photo from one of her shoots but it might be NSFW. Gods that woman is beautiful

  • Nordling Rites Ov Karhu

    I remember now, I kinda liked the electronic/gothic/neo-classical thing Luca did… Dreamquest?

  • W.

    Randall, I’m definitely reading all of this tomorrow when I have more time.

  • Stockhausen

    I want to grab someone, anyone, by the arm and shout “WHAT SAY YOU?!” without any sort of question beforehand.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      I ACCEPT, STOCK OF HOUSE HAUSEN

      • KJM

        So Say We All!!

  • this article gave me lactose intolerance

  • Mr. Bojangles

    Dawn of Victory = jizz city. Cat jizz city.

  • Lacertilian

    Mr Thor,
    I forgot to ask you about where the Blind Guardian/Iced Earth ‘Demon’s & Wizards’ project sits in their back catalogue?
    I don’t know enough Blind Guardian.
    Is it a good starting point for an Iced Earth fan to venture across to the shiny-side?

    • Scrimm

      The first album is great. The second not so much.

      • Lacertilian

        Thank you sir.

    • Nightfall in Middle Earth is a good album despite the numerous interludes..

    • Blind Guardian > Demons & Wizards > > > > > Iced Earth. Thanks for bringing this up. I wish D&W would put something new out.

    • Demons and Wizards is excellent, as is Iced Earth. If you’re transitioning, I would start with BLind Guardian’s earlier material, perhaps Somewhere Far Beyond?

      • Somewhere/Imaginations are a great place to start. But, in all honesty, there’s a learning curve to BG. D&W’s Touched by the Crimson King is a thrashier/easier place to start, maybe?

        • Idk, I wouldn’t say there’s a learning curve. They’re pretty easy to get into

          • Perhaps this depends on your level of Tolkien-Nerddom. On a side note, they tell me we both hail from the same Greatest State.

          • North Carolina? Go to Charlotte Friday, I booked A Sound of Thunder, MindMaze, and Everthrone on the same show

          • We recently relocated to Asheville, so things around here still mid-upheaval. The Carcass/Obituary/Noisem tour coming to town tomorrow and I dont think we’ll get to go 🙁

          • Two of my best friends are going to that. If you go, look for a crazy blonde girl slaughtering wimps in the pit

          • Yeah, sadly I think I’ll miss it. You live in Charlotte?

          • yes, I have a couple bands there as well, and sometimes get to book shows for Tremont

          • Man, I haven’t been to Tremont in a while. I’ve seen some good shows there. Ahhh, nostalgia.

          • My first metal show was at Tremont, and now I play there. It’s so weird

          • Also, because of all the booze + amount of high fantasy i read, I just now realized that you must be a Wheel of Time fan 🙂

          • Yep, On book 7 now!

          • You’ve still got a ways to go =P I’m just now finishing up Joe Abercrombie’s books which are amazing. I might also recommend Glen Cook’s Black Company series. I have to say I think they outshine WoT which tends to get a bit pedantic around where you’re at.

  • J.R.

    Waiting patiently for the Kamelot article…

  • Scrimm

    I can’t flush this band enough.

  • Bözlinger

    I smell nerds

    • I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over my raging boner with spiked leather cock ring

  • Next installment of this series MUST be DRAGONLAND!

    • We’ll have to see 😉

      I have front row in front of the barrier tickets for them at ProgPower USA next year. SO EXCITED.

  • W.

    Great post. I remember listening to The Mystic Prophecy of the Demon Knight back when I was a metal baby and being blown away.

  • PrincePoopyPanties

    Fabio’s doing the vocals for Angra (my all time fave band) now. Love his stuff before they became Rhapsody of Fire (especially after Luca left), but yeah, the new Angra stuff isn’t good at all, and not a good fit at all.