Album Review: Rhapsody of Fire – “The Eighth Mountain”

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And so it was written…Rhapsody charged the plains of battle out of Italy, begetting symphonic power metal the likes of which had never been seen.  But lo, the Beast of Trademark trampled forth, and thus Rhapsody begat Rhapsody of Fire, which continued to blaze the sky alight with neoclassical lightning from the fingers of Luca Turilli and the gilded vocal cords of Fabio Lione.  But Fate is a fickle mistress, and in 2011 Turilli left to form…Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, leaving the original Rhapsody, now called Rhapsody of Fire, to continue the charge.  Except that Fabio Lione left in 2016 and is now forming a new band with Luca Turilli called…Turilli/Lione Rhapsody?  It boggles the mind, but fear not, for the original Rhapsody, now called Rhapsody of Fire but missing almost all its original members is still here, and the amazing thing of it all is that their latest album The Eighth Mountain is not only good, but it kicks all sorts of power metal ass. Continue reading

Frank’s Power Metal Album of January 2018: Lione/Conti – “Lione/Conti”

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It seems like only yesterday we were saying goodbye to 2017 and ushering in a new calendar year. Some went to parties, others got drunk and puked at their local bar. Me — always trying to be different — I was sick at home and fell asleep before the ball dropped. We all had one thing in common; the anticipation of new metal tuneage. Now that we’re at the end of January, I can safely say that most of us are not disappointed thus far. Many blogs, especially this one, have highlighted and reviewed some terrific metal in January. Many of those blogs, however, left power metal out of the equation. That’s where I come in.

I’m gonna be honest, I’m not that great of a reviewer. So instead I decided I wanted to highlight a great power metal record from the past month. I’ve been called a power metal guru by many people so I’m quite confident to gush over an album knowing that others would like it as well. This lovable sub-genre gets verbally beaten up quite a bit and I don’t want to be a part of that. So, it’s all nice words from me. Okay, enough intro yapping from me. Time to reveal my favorite power metal album for January 2018! Continue reading