We could have a spirited debate but, alas, it would be largely pointless. With little doubt Rhapsody Of Fire are the reigning kings of symphonic power metal. They've been hard at it for twenty years and they never do anything half way or small. Nope. Immense. Grand. Epic. Bombastic. That's Rhapsody Of Fire and their latest album, Into The Legend.
After that introduction, one may wonder if there's anything more to say. If you know Rhapsody Of Fire, you know their sound, what to expect. The foundation is traditional melodic heavy power metal which, in turn, is embellished and made epic by symphonic orchestration. We're not talking just synths here, as they are used, but a real orchestra. And choirs. And traditional instruments when they infuse their heavy metal with classical, baroque, and folk elements. A Voice In The Cold Wind and Shining Star are notable for these things. But for the pure bluster and bludgeoning of bombastic symphonic power metal Rage Of Darkness and Distant Sky are quintessential Rhapsody. And then you can take all these things and square them, maybe even quadruple them, for The Kiss Of Light, almost 17 minutes of pure cinematic metal epicness. What more would you expect? With Rhapsody Of Fire it's basically go big or go home. Now let them blow up your speakers.
With Rhapsody Of Fire it's basically go big or go home. Into The Legend is more pure cinematic metal epicness. Now let them blow up your speakers.
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