RHAPSODY OF FIRE — Symphony Of Enchanted Lands (review)

RHAPSODY OF FIRE — Symphony Of Enchanted Lands album cover Album · 1998 · Power Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4.5/5 ·
Wilytank
Since I've already familiarized myself with Rhapsody (of Fire)'s latest two albums, I needed a chance to look into their earlier stuff for comparison purposes. I chose 'Symphony of Enchanted Lands'. I can tell no power was lost between then and now.

Fabio, Luca, and Alex make some pretty above average symphonic power metal. They also weave some really over the top fantasy story lyrics. But the can pull it off really well. "Emerald Sword", "Eternal Glory", "The Dark Tower of the Abyss", "Riding the Winds of Eternity", and "Symphony of Enchanted Lands" are epic pieces and some of power metal's best.

Unfortunately, 'Symphony of Enchanted Lands' had the misfortue of being released the same year as Blind Guardian's 'Nightfall On Middle Earth', a vastly inferior album. I think because of that, this album was overshadowed except by those literate in the power metal genre. This is an album worth checking out.
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