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Rhapsody Of Fire: The Eighth Mountain
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Rhapsody Of Fire: The Eighth Mountain

Symphonic Power Metal
5.0/5.0

Symphonic power metal legend Rhapsody Of Fire need no introduction. Yet their new and twelfth album, The Eighth Mountain is something of a new beginning. The album is the first studio album of new material to feature (as of 2016) new drummer Manu Lottner and vocalist Giacomo Voli. What has not changed is Rhapsody of Fire's epic and bombastic symphonic power metal.

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As they've often done in the past, the symphonic parts are performed by a full orchestra, the Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra. Also, as is the ROF custom, choirs were used in the vocal arrangement. This time it's two choirs with 20 members. Additionally, to add folk metal accents, solo musicians were recruited to play medieval instruments. Wrap all these things in Alex Staropoli's signature and amazing melodic power metal arrangements and you have the perfect Rhapsody Of Fire metal storm.

To consider some songs, you'll find galloping symphonic power metal with Abyss Of Pain, Seven Heroic Deeds, and Master Of Peace, or The Legend Goes On with its powerful choral start. With White Wizard, you get a strong symphonic start which quickly develops into melodic metal with large amounts of melody, harmony, and groove, and a damn fine catchy chorus. Within Warrior Heart, you'll hear those medieval woodwinds and folk guitar wrapped in a moving symphonic anthem. Later, a lighter symphonic ballad arrives with The Wind, The Rain And The Moon, a beautiful piece with a simply delightful and inspired chorus. This is Rhapsody Of Fire at their very best.

Suffice to say, Rhapsody Of Fire's The Eighth Mountain is simply another stunning musical achievement: pure and entertaining symphonic power metal from the grandest of masters of the genre. Quite recommended.



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Rhapsody Of Fire's The Eighth Mountain is simply another stunning musical achievement: pure and entertaining symphonic power metal from the grandest of masters of the genre. Quite recommended.

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