From Chaos to Eternity

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Even by the symphonic metal scene's typically grandiose standards, Italian six-piece Rhapsody of Fire's conceptual series of albums have been nothing less than ambitious. A sprawling Tolkien-esque fantasy about the battle between good and evil, their Chronicles of Algalord saga has played out over eight equally epic records since their 1997 debut, Legendary Tales. Fourteen years on and its ninth chapter, From Chaos to Eternity faces the difficult challenge of wrapping everything up in one neat package. Those new to their unashamedly overblown brand of neo-classical rock shouldn't be too perturbed if they find it difficult to keep up, as even those who have religiously ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Even by the symphonic metal scene's typically grandiose standards, Italian six-piece Rhapsody of Fire's conceptual series of albums have been nothing less than ambitious. A sprawling Tolkien-esque fantasy about the battle between good and evil, their Chronicles of Algalord saga has played out over eight equally epic records since their 1997 debut, Legendary Tales. Fourteen years on and its ninth chapter, From Chaos to Eternity faces the difficult challenge of wrapping everything up in one neat package. Those new to their unashamedly overblown brand of neo-classical rock shouldn't be too perturbed if they find it difficult to keep up, as even those who have religiously followed every twist and turn are likely to be none the wiser, with only unlikely metal hero Christopher Lee's suitably imposing narration offering any clear insight as to what it's all about. Luckily, the confusing plot isn't any obstacle to enjoying the pure bombast and sheer pomposity that its nine tracks provide. A final swan song for founding member Luca Turilli, who left the band to concentrate on a new project shortly after its recording, the follow-up to 2010's The Frozen Tears of Angels is once again defined by his frantic, axe-wielding solos, whether it's the blistering title track, which recalls the theatrical Eurovision rock of Lordi, the proggy atmospherics of "Ghosts of Forgotten Worlds," or the aggressive thrash metal of "Aeons of Raging Darkness." And while overwrought ballads "Anima Perduta" one of two Italian-sung tracks and "I Belong to the Stars" could have escaped from an Il Divo record, the majestic closer "Heroes of the Waterfalls' Kingdom" reaffirms their rock opera credentials. A 20-minute, five-part magnum opus, it closes the fictitious tale exactly as you'd expect it to, lurching from medieval folk to Beethoven-borrowing symphony to frenzied speed metal in an appropriately overly dramatic fashion. A fitting conclusion to an often bewildering concept, From Chaos to Eternity is just as ostentatious and histrionic as you'd hope.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2011
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361264123
  • Catalog Number: 12641
  • Sales rank: 99,146

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rhapsody of Fire Primary Artist
Luca Turilli Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Group Member
Fabio Lione Vocals, Group Member
Thomas Rettke Choir, Chorus
Alex Staropoli Keyboards, Group Member
Manuel Staropoli Baroque Recorder
Alex Holzwarth Drums, Group Member
Olaf Reitmeier Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Classical Guitar
Herbie Langhans Choir, Chorus
Patrice Guers Bass, Group Member
Toby Eddington Guest Appearance
Dominique Leurquin Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Miro Choir, Chorus
Christina Lee Guest Appearance
Tom Hess Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Group Member
Robert Hunecke Choir, Chorus
Christopher Lee Guest Appearance
Stash Kirkbride Guest Appearance
Marcus D'Amico Guest Appearance
Simon Fielding Guest Appearance
Dargor Guest Appearance
Lothen Guest Appearance
Khaas Guest Appearance
Iras Algor Guest Appearance
The Wizard King Guest Appearance
The Narrators of the Enchanted Lands Guest Appearance
Tarish Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Sascha Paeth Engineer
Luca Turilli Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements, Booklet Concept
Alex Staropoli Composer, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Karsten Vom Wege Logo
Olaf Reitmeier Engineer
Miro Mastering
Rhapsody of Fire Logo
Felipe Machado Franco Cover Art
Simon Oberender Engineer
Nadia Bellir Costume Design
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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    Rhapsody Of Fire With Tom Hess Review

    I have been listening to Rhapsody since the late 90's and have enjoyed their music throughout. Overall this release is good. Nothing too out of the ordinary, although it does include some interesting changes here and there in the songwriting. Tom Hess does a good job as the newest guitar player (and he sounds great live as well). In the end, a good buy for folks new to this style of music and ROF fans alike.

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