As I’m writing this review, I’d consider it as one of the toughest for me so far. I’ve already said something about the whole album in October last year, which can be viewed here: http://www.metalrage.com/reviews/303 Back then, I also struggled with the idea about what to say. Especially about the final score.
Rhapsody, in this case literally a band of magic, power and dreams, had already come up with some overwhelming products. The rate of their music seemed to have no limits, and after the latest record, Symphony of the enchanted lands Part 2, I thought the edge was reached. There was no way to establish something greater then this.
So, what did the band do? They simply contacted with Mr. Christopher Lee again, to record the song The magic of the Wizard’s dream again, together with a 40-piece orchestra and a 20-piece choir. To make the recording a little bit more interesting, why not, the sky is the limit right, the song is recorded into 4 different languages (English, Italian, French and German) and twice in English. (the slow, album version and the faster single version) In this review I’m talking about the English versions, the Italian one and two new songs, Lo Specchio D’argento and The Last Angel’s call.
Silent, I can do nothing but being silent. I could tell you about the fact that the sound is so very, very, very pure. I could talk about the brilliant way in which the orchestra is recorded so that one can actually here every single instrument. I could describe how the vibration in the voice of Fabio Lione is shivering me and I could say that Mr. Christopher Lee uses his voice in a way that I get the feeling he’s letting his soul on me. I also could mention the fact that it is not bothering at all to here the song in different languages, the band is Italian you know and I am able to say that this band has created a whole new genre in the scene called ‘Film Score Metal’. Finally, I could say that the added songs are well thought off and seriously have an extra influence and meaning to the disk.
All of this, every single word, falls in the depths of meaningless and falls, and falls, and falls…….
This record proves to me that there are no boundaries in music. Everything that has ever seemed to be ‘the ultimate level’ will be improved, sooner or later. In this case, Rhapsody did it their self’s. The only thing I dislike is the little bad English speaking skills of Lione. But it’s still better than a lot of other bands I know off.
Again, as with the album, I’d like to mention that for metal fans that have bad thoughts about power-metal, this little disk could be like hell. But please, don’t judge about such tremendous work only because you dislike the genre. Give it a try and if you dislike it, it’s ok by me. But don’t have the guts to say that this is a piece of bad work, simply because it’s brilliant. So, could you be so kind to just pass it by then and return to your favorite style again? Or….you could be overwhelmed and sit in your chair for a while and be……………..
Christopher Lee - vocals
Fabio Lione - vocals
Luca Turilli - guitars
Alex Staropoli - keyboards
Patrice Guers - bass
Alex Holzwarth - drums
Manuel Staropoli – flute
1. The Magic of the Wizard's Dream
english version duet with Christopher Lee and Fabio Lione
2. The Magic of the Wizard's Dream
german version duet with Christopher Lee and Fabio Lione
3. The Magic of the Wizard's Dream
original album version
4. Lo Specchio D'Argento
brand new Rhapsody song
5. Last Angels Call
original album version