RHAPSODY OF FIRE — Dawn Of Victory

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Album · 2000


1. Lux Triumphans (2:00)
2. Dawn Of Victory (4:47)
3. Triumph For My Magic Steel (5:46)
4. The Village Of Dwarves (3:52)
5. Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain (4:48)
6. The Bloody Rage Of The Titans (6:23)
7. Holy Thunderforce (4:21)
8. Trolls In The Dark (instrumental) (2:32)
9. The Last Winged Unicorn (5:43)
10. The Mighty Ride Of The Firelord (9:15)

Total Time: 49:31


- Fabio Lione / vocals
- Luca Turilli / guitars
- Alex Staropoli / keyboards
- Alessandro Lotta / bass

Guest musicians:
- Thunderforce / drums
- Manuel Staropoli / baroque recorders
- Maggie Ardorf / violin
- Constanze Backers / female Baroque voice
- Laurence Vanryne / childish voice (8)

- Robert Hunecke-Rizzo, Thomas Rettke, Miro Rodenberg, Cinzia Rizzo and Florinda Klevisser / epic choirs
- Helmstedt Kammerchoir (conducted by Andreas Lamken) / church choirs

About this release

Release date: October 30, 2000
Label: Limb Music

Japanese Edition Bonus Tracks:
11. Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain (Extended) - 8:30
12. Rage Of The Winter (Remake) - 4:48

Digipack Bonus Disc:
1. Guardians (Helloween cover) (4:23)
2. The Mighty Ride Of The Firelord (edit version) (4:48)
3. Holy Thunderforce (alternate version) (4:20)
4. Triumph For My Magic Steel (alternate version) (5:47)

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Rhapsody are one of those bands which rapidly become difficult to review, because their musical style doesn't evolve very rapidly from album to album and they tend to be rather consistent. Dawn of Victory stands out, though, as an interesting tangent in their discography, with the symphonic aspects of their sound toned down somewhat and more folky elements brought in. At points, this can become a little twee and cheesy - I could do without The Village of Dwarves, if we're being honest - but whilst the experiments with their sound don't always work, they just about succeed in maintaining my interest over the course of the album.
"Dawn of Victory" is the third album of Italian symphonic power metal act, Rhapsody, which later changed their name to Rhapsody of Fire. This is the first album with drummer Alex Holzwarth and the story concept is still continuing the epic fantasy of Emerald Sword Saga. The excessive usage of orchestra plays, classic music, and power metal combination with lyrics based on a fictional fantasy story made the media called them the Hollywood epic metal. The album features a more aggressive path compared to their previous record, "Symphony of Enchanted Lands" by injecting a more powerful rhythm, roaring guitars, and high pitch screamer, but still dynamically evolved around the pompous and symphonic atmosphere.

Outstanding songs here are the title track with a superb riff, "Triumph For My Magic Steel" with an amusing chorus, "Dargor, Shadowlord of The Black Mountain" with a unique chord progression on chorus, the traditional power metal style of "The Last Winged Unicorn", and the single, "Holy Thunderforce" which I think is the greatest track of the album. The rest are a bit patchy with "The Vilage of Dwarves" has an interesting flute passage but the chorus is just too cheesy, "The Bloody Rage of The Titans" has an interesting tempo changing but the generic verse and weak chorus made this the worst song of the album, and the "The Mighty Ride of The Firelord" is probably the most progressive part of the album with many classical interlude, but I think this is the type of the song you'll play at the end of the movie when the credits line are begin to ascend and people start to leave the theater.

Suffering with too much similarity in each song, I think "Dawn of Victory" lacks a bit of variety and I don't think implementing a lot of musical instruments helped a lot. However, I admired them for blowing a breath of fresh air by creating a different vibe of power metal. Fans of fantasy and metal will consider this a big achievement by the band, while casual listener like me will find this good to listen for once in a while.

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