Origin: Italy
Genres: Power Metal
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Rhapsody Of Fire  


The band known until recently as Rhapsody (due to copyright infringement, they amended "Of Fire" to their name in 2006) has basically become synonymous with Italian metal, as these guys have provided the blueprint for any number of fellow Italians over the years, their brand of speed/power metal with intense keyboard-led song structures, bombastic arrangements and fantasy-based lyrical themes (really, taking influences such as Helloween and Blind Guardian to the next level) proving wildly popular in their homeland and elsewhere in Europe. Sure, the band has their share of detractors, who find the whole affair a bit over-the-top and cheesy, but there's no denying the musicianship and effort that they put into their works. With more than a decade on the scene, they show no signs of slowing down or, really, altering a formula that works for them.

In a confusing twist name-wise, the band has splintered into two factions as of August 2011, with core members Fabio Lione, Alex Staropoli, Alex Holzwarth and Tom Hess continuing as Rhapsody Of Fire, and guitarist Luca Turilli taking Patrice Guers and former guitarist Dominique Leurquin (and, initially, also Alex Holzwarth, so he was in both bands) in a new project, taking the original name Rhapsody (officially, the band is going under the monicker Luca Turilli's Rhapsody). Turilli's band has announced an album release of June 2012.

Current Members

Fabio Lione

vocals (Labyrinth, Vision Divine)

Roberto De Micheli

guitars

Oliver Holzwarth

bass (Coldseed, Paradox, Sieges Even)

Alex Staropoli

keyboards

Alex Holzwarth

drums (Angra, Avantasia, Dol Ammad, Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, Paradox, Sieges Even)

Former Members/Guests

Luca Turilli

guitars (Luca Turilli's Rhapsody)

Dominique Leurquin

guitars (Luca Turilli's Rhapsody)

Tom Hess

guitars (Holyhell)

Alessandro Lotta

bass

Patrice Guers

bass (Luca Turilli's Rhapsody)

Daniele Carbonera

drums


Discography



Legendary Tales 
1997 Limb Music
  1. Ira tenax
  2. Warrior of ice
  3. Rage of the winter
  4. Forest of unicorns
  5. Flames of revenge
  6. Virgin skies
  7. Land of immortals
  8. Echoes of tragedy
  9. Lord of the thunder
  10. Legendary tales
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Daniele Carbonera




Symphony Of Enchanted Lands 
1998 Limb Music
  1. Epicus furor
  2. Emerald sword
  3. Wisdom of the kings
  4. Heroes of the lost valley
  5. Eternal glory
  6. Beyond the gates of infinity
  7. Wings of destiny
  8. The dark tower of abyss
  9. Riding the winds of eternity
  10. Symphony of enchanted lands
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Alessandro Lotta
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Daniele Carbonera




Dawn Of Victory 
2000 Limb Music
  1. Lux triumphans
  2. Dawn of victory
  3. Triumph for my magic steel
  4. The village of dwarves
  5. Dargor, shadowlord of the black mountain
  6. The bloody rage of the titans
  7. Holy thunderforce
  8. Trolls in the dark
  9. The last winged unicorn
  10. The mighty ride of the firelord
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Alessandro Lotta
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth




Rain Of A Thousand Flames 
2001 Limb Music
  1. Rain Of A Thousand Flames
  2. Deadly Omen
  3. Queen Of The Dark Horizons
  4. Tears Of A Dying Angel
  5. Elnor's Magic Valley
  6. The Poem's Evil Page
  7. The Wizard's Last Rhymes
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Alessandro Lotta
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth




Power Of The Dragonflame 
2002 Limb Music
  1. In Tenebris
  2. Knightrider Of Doom
  3. Power Of The Dragonflame
  4. The March Of The Swordmaster
  5. When Demons Awake
  6. Agony Is My Name
  7. Lamento Eroico
  8. Steelgods Of The Last Apocalypse
  9. The Pride Of The Tyrant
  10. Gargoyles, Angels Of Darkness
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Dominique Leurquin
  • Patrice Guers
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth




Tales From The Emerald Sword Saga  COMPILATION
2004 Limb Music
  1. Warrior Of Ice
  2. Rage Of The Winter
  3. Forest Of Unicorns
  4. Land Of Immortals
  5. Emerald Sword
  6. Wings Of Destiny
  7. Riding The Winds Of Eternity
  8. Dawn Of Victory
  9. Holy Thunderforce
  10. The Village Of Dwarves
  11. Rain Of A Thousand Flames
  12. Knightrider Of Doom
  13. March Of The Swordmaster
  14. Power Of The Dragonflame
  15. Lamento Eroico




(EP) The Dark Secret 
2004 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. The Dark Secret
  2. Thunder Mighty Roar
  3. Sacred Power Of Raging Winds
  4. Guardians Of Destiny (English version)
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Dominique Leurquin
  • Patrice Guers
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth




Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II 
2004 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. The Dark Secret - Ira Divina
  2. Unholy Warcry
  3. Never Forgotten Heroes
  4. Elgard's Green Valleys
  5. The Magic Of The Wizards Dream
  6. Erian's Mystical Rhymes - The White Dragon's Order
  7. The Last Angels' Call
  8. Dragonland's Rivers
  9. Sacred Power Of Raging Winds
  10. Guardiani Del Destino
  11. Shadows Of Death
  12. Nightfall On The Grey Mountains
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Dominique Leurquin
  • Patrice Guers
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth




Live In Canada 2005 
2006 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. The Dark Secret
  2. Unholy Warcry
  3. Wisdom Of The Kings
  4. The Village Of Dwarves
  5. Erian`s Mystical Rhymes
  6. Dawn Of Victory
  7. Lamento Eroico
  8. Nightfall On The Grey Mountains
  9. The March Of The Swordmaster
  10. Emerald Sword
  11. Gran Finale
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Dominique Leurquin
  • Patrice Guers
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth




Triumph Or Agony 
2006 Steamhammer/SPV
  1. Dar-Kunor
  2. Triumph Or Agony
  3. Heart Of The Darklands
  4. Old Age Of Wonders
  5. The Myth Of The Holy Sword
  6. Il Canto Del Vento
  7. Silent Dream
  8. Bloody Red Dungeons
  9. Son Of Pain
  10. The Mystic Prophecy Of The Demonknight
  11. Dark Reign Of Fire
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Dominique Leurquin
  • Patrice Guers
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 



Visions From The Enchanted Lands 
2007 Steamhammer/SPV

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 



The Frozen Tears Of Angels 
2010 Nuclear Blast
  1. Dark Frozen World
  2. Sea Of Fate
  3. Crystal Moonlight
  4. Reign Of Terror
  5. Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio
  6. Raging Starfire
  7. Lost In Cold Dreams
  8. On The Way To Ainor
  9. The Frozen Tears Of Angels
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Patrice Guers
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal  Metal Underground  Metal Observer  Angry Metal Guy 



(EP) The Cold Embrace Of Fear 
2010 Nuclear Blast
  1. Act I The Pass of Nair-Kaan
  2. Act II Dark Mystic Vision
  3. Act III The Ancient Fires of Har-Kuun
  4. Act IV The Betrayal
  5. Act V Neve Rosso Sangue
  6. Act VI Erian's Lost Secrets
  7. Act VII The Angels' Dark Revelation
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Patrice Guers
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth




From Chaos To Eternity 
2011 Nuclear Blast
  1. Ad Infinitum
  2. From Chaos to Eternity
  3. Tempesta Di Fuoco
  4. Ghosts of Forgotten Worlds
  5. Anima Perduta
  6. Aeons of Raging Darkness
  7. I Belong to the Stars
  8. Tornado
  9. Heroes of the Waterfalls' Kingdom
  • Fabio Lione
  • Luca Turilli
  • Tom Hess
  • Patrice Guers
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth

Reviews:   Metal Observer  Angry Metal Guy 



Live - From Chaos To Eternity  LIVE
2013 AFM
  1. Dark Mystic Vision
  2. Ad Infinitum
  3. From Chaos to Eternity
  4. Triumph or Agony
  5. I Belong to the Stars
  6. The Dark Secret
  7. Unholy Warcry
  8. Lost in Cold Dreams
  9. Land of Immortals
  10. Aeons of Raging Darkness
  11. Dark Reign of Fire
  12. Drum Solo
  13. The March of the Swordmaster
  14. Dawn of Victory
  15. Toccata on Bass
  16. The Village of Dwarves
  17. The Magic of the Wizard's Dream
  18. Holy Thunderforce
  19. Reign of Terror
  20. Knightrider of Doom
  21. Epicus Furor
  22. Emerald Sword
  23. Erian's Lost Secrets
  24. The Splendour of Angels' Glory (A Final Revelation)
  • Fabio Lione
  • Tom Hess
  • Roberto De Micheli
  • Oliver Holzwarth
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth




Dark Wings Of Steel 
2013 AFM
  1. Vis Divina
  2. Rising from Tragic Flames
  3. Angel of Light
  4. Tears of Pain
  5. Fly to Crystal Skies
  6. My Sacrifice
  7. Silver Lake of Tears
  8. Custode di Pace
  9. A Tale of Magic
  10. Dark Wings of Steel
  11. Sad Mystic Moon
  • Fabio Lione
  • Roberto De Micheli
  • Oliver Holzwarth
  • Alex Staropoli
  • Alex Holzwarth


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