From Chaos to Eternity

From Chaos to Eternity

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by Rhapsody of Fire
     
 

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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 eightSee more details below

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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:
07/12/2011
Label:
Nuclear Blast Americ
UPC:
0727361264123
catalogNumber:
12641
Rank:
171051

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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
Wizard King   Guest Appearance
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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