Review: Rhapsody of Fire – The Cold Embrace of Fear

Posted: October 31, 2010 in music, review
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Bearing the full title of The Cold Embrace of Fear – A Dark Romantic Symphony, symphonic power metal band Rhapsody of Fire’s new album is exactly what it sounds like: a 35-minute epic that goes beyond a simple progression of songs. It is essentially one song divided into seven different acts as the music evolves. It is deeply connected to the story of Erian’s book, and as usual, Christopher Lee narrates throughout the whole album.

An album it may be, but The Cold Embrace of Fear is more along the lines of an EP, even though classified as a full-length album. One huge song, with many of the acts consisting of narratives alone,  it is a musical feast that is meant to be taken at one gulp, rather than in parts. To make a comparison, it is Dream Theater’s Six Degrees of Turbulence with just the title track, meaning this album would’ve been better off to contain an extra CD of actual 4-minute tracks.

On a more technical point of view, the album’s sound is not particularly unique (if one is looking for such), but you can hear how much Rhapsody has evolved from their Legendary Tales years. The lack of uniqueness does not symbolize a drop in quality, but rather, how comfortable they are with their style at the moment. It also serves as an extension to their last album, The Frozen Tears of Angels, in the means of a musical progression. Lione’s vocals still retain their deep epic feeling, Turilli’s guitar-work can only be called a splendid use of his neo-classical techniques, Staropoli’s keyboards are indispensable in retaining the symphonic aspect of the band, Guers’s base is more defined than ever, and Holzwarth is still a beast on those drums. And lets not forget the narrator Christopher Lee, without whom help this album would surely not have existed.

In a nutshell, this album is a worthwhile listen for any power metal fan, and even to those who prefer the classical music to the metal sound of the band. As a whole, it is a song majestic in every comparison.

Rating: 4.25/5

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