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Triumph or Agony

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Even though unforeseen trademark conflicts forced Rhapsody to expand their name to Rhapsody of Fire prior to this, their seventh studio album, it's good to see that nothing else has changed about the Italians' highly dramatic and orchestrated fantasy pomp metal. And why should it have? After all, no one knows drama like the Italians except perhaps the Greeks, and Rhapsody -- forgive me, Rhapsody of Fire -- would be silly to let something as trivial as a name change alter their thus far very successful career course? Rather, the sextet appears even further emboldened and motivated by this unusual challenge, so that the questioningly titled Triumph or Agony only ups the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Even though unforeseen trademark conflicts forced Rhapsody to expand their name to Rhapsody of Fire prior to this, their seventh studio album, it's good to see that nothing else has changed about the Italians' highly dramatic and orchestrated fantasy pomp metal. And why should it have? After all, no one knows drama like the Italians except perhaps the Greeks, and Rhapsody -- forgive me, Rhapsody of Fire -- would be silly to let something as trivial as a name change alter their thus far very successful career course? Rather, the sextet appears even further emboldened and motivated by this unusual challenge, so that the questioningly titled Triumph or Agony only ups the ante if that's possible of their ambitions, which, as ever, include framing their core -- guitars, keyboards, bass, drums -- instrumentation with a full choir and symphony orchestra. Thus equipped, they deliver new unofficial chapters for The Lord of the Rings via the agonizingly triumphant title track, the frankly spectacular single "Heart of the Darklands," and the necessary showcase for frequent guest narrator, actor Christopher Lee, in "Dark Reign of Fire"; they offer stately, metallic marches like "The Myth of the Holy Sword" and "Bloody Red Dungeons" to highlight the 50-piece chorus behind them; and push the boundaries of both reason and hilarity with the daring inclusion of harpsichords, pan-flutes, and folky duets with pixie female vocalists on the lively "Old Age of Wonders." Let's not forget the gentle, sweeping balladry of their native tongue submission, "Il Canto del Vento," either -- yet, amazingly or perhaps not!, this and all the grandiose songs before it are little more than a warm-up to the album's climactic, 16-minute song suite: the self-explanatory "The Mystic Prophecy of the Demon Knight." Here, band, choir, symphony, and additional plot-advancing narrators come together with greatest fervor and belief in their quest, reprising and expanding upon both album and band's unbeatable, and altogether expected, musical megalomania. In other words, their fans won't be disappointed, and detractors won't be able to control their spinning eyeballs; but, what matters most is that Rhapsody's transition to Rhapsody of Fire is a seamless one, and will likely continue to bear glorious treasure hunts for fans to pursue, for years and years to come.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • UPC: 693723999920
  • Catalog Number: 97582

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rhapsody of Fire Primary Artist
Luca Turilli Guitar, Group Member
Bridget Fogle Choir, Chorus, Soloist
Olaf Hayer Choir, Chorus
Fabio Lione Vocals, Group Member
Thomas Rettke Choir, Chorus
Alex Staropoli Keyboards, Group Member
Manuel Staropoli Transverse Flute, Baroque Recorder
Alex Holzwarth Drums, Group Member
Robert Hunecke-Rizzo Choir, Chorus
Miro Rodenberg Choir, Chorus
Patrice Guers Bass, Group Member
Toby Eddington Narrator
Dominique Leurquin Guitar, Soloist
Marek Obdrzalek Choir Director
Technical Credits
Joey DeMaio Executive Producer
Rob Lavaque Engineer
Sascha Paeth Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Luca Turilli Composer, Producer
Fabio Lione Composer
Alex Staropoli Composer, Producer, Orchestral Arrangements
Stefan Schmidt Engineer
Philip Colodetti Engineer
Karsten Vom Wege Logo, Booklet Concept
Olaf Reitmeier Engineer
Paulina VanLaarhoven Contributor
Bernd Kugler Engineer
Marc Lenz Engineer
Jan Wrede Engineer
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