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Style: Symphonic Power Metal
Country: Italy
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Biography of Band

Rhapsody was originally formed under the name Thundercross in 1993 in the city of Trieste, Italy. In 1994 they recorded their first demo tape called "Land Of Immortals" and they were soon gaining the interest of the German label Limb Music Products who signed them very soon.

In 1997 a holy thunder rolled through the international metal scene as Rhapsody, the Italian metal band, released their debut album, “Legendary Tales”. Cofounders Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli created an epic sound with this first album. Incorporating classical music and baroque sounds, they invented a completely new genre, “Hollywood Metal,” in which they blended the styles of such composers as Vivaldi, Bach and Paganini with melodic heavy metal of today and contents from the fantasy genre.

In the years that followed, Turilli and Staropoli, joined by Fabio Lione (vocals) perfected this new sound with their albums: “Symphony Of Enchanted Lands” (1998), “Dawn Of Victory” (2000), “Rain Of A Thousand Flames” (2001), and “Power Of The Dragonflame” (2002). They wrote pieces such as “Emerald Sword” (the “Smoke On The Water” of the late `90s), drawing on Russian folklore and Celtic style elements.

Turilli is the band`s lyricist, as well as guitarist. His lyrics often refer to mystical lore from the medieval age and the heroic valor of those times, reminding us of the everlasting fight between good and evil, “Evil can be found everywhere,” says Turilli, “but it will never win as long as there are enough good people who fight against it.”

“The Dark Secret” EP, which was released on June 28, 2004, gave listeners a fantastic taste of what can be expected from the new album, “Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret,” which will be released at the end of September, 2004. Turilli and Staropoli were responsible for the production of the album, a first for both of them. Christopher Lee was also involved in the project, narrating part of the storyline. The value of his contribution cannot be overstated; as the grand seigneur of film, Lee is still in high demand and busier than ever. “A dream came true for us,” said Turilli after the recordings were successfully finalized. “We feel especially honored that such an outstanding personality of film and theater has agreed to be a part of our album.” Staropoli agrees, “More than this, Christopher Lee has filled our saga with life and magic. His voice is simply fantastic and truly majestic.”

Christopher Lee`s vocal narrations were produced by Joey DeMaio, world-renowned bass player of Manowar. DeMaio no doubt was able to call upon his experience in producing another grand master of cinema, Orson Welles. With the complete support of DeMaio`s record company, Magic Circle Music, Turilli and Staropoli were able to concentrate on what is essential: the perfect realization of their artistic visions. During the course of production, six studios in England, Italy, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic and the U.S. were employed to ensure not only perfect working conditions, but also to maintain the integrity of the sound during each phase of recording.

The new album is a true work of art, showcasing 12 pieces with a total playing time of 72 minutes. With this production, Rhapsody has once again created a new genre from now on known as “Film Score Metal.”

The “Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret” features a wide variety of sound and style. The complexity of the work will have the listener discovering new details even after having heard the album a hundred times.

Members of Rhapsody

Current Members:
Fabio Tordiglione. In Band at: 1995 - . Role: Vocals
Side projects: Athena, Labÿrinth, Vision Divine
Luca Turilli (Founder). In Band at: 1993 - . Role: Guitars
Alex Staropoli (Founder). In Band at: 1993 - . Role: Keyboards
Alex Holzwarth (Guest). In Band at: 2000 - . Role: Drums
Side projects: Angra, Avantasia, Blind Guardian, Kamelot, Looking-Glass-Self, Paradox, Sieges Even
Patrice Guers (Guest). In Band at: 2001 - . Role: Bass
Side projects: Consortium Project, Patrick Rondat
Dominique Leurquin (Guest). In Band at: 2001 - . Role: Guitars
Side projects: Dream Child, Stratosfear
Past Members:
Alessandro Lotta (Guest). Period: 1997 - 2001. Role: Bass
Side projects: Sinesthesia
Daniele Carbonera (Founder). Period: 1993 - 2000. Role: Drums
Side projects: Street Shadows
Cristiano Adacher (Guest). Period: 1994 - 1995. Role: Vocals
Side projects: Labÿrinth
Andrea Furlan (Guest). Period: 1994 - 1997. Role: Bass


Demo: Land of Immortals (1994)
Demo: Eternal Glory (1995)
CD: Legendary Tales (1997) Tracklist.
Single: Emerald Sword (1998) Tracklist.
CD: Symphony Of Enchanted Lands (1998) Tracklist.
Single: Holy Thunderforce (2000)
CD: Dawn Of Victory (2000) Tracklist.
CD: Rain Of A Thousand Flames (2001) Tracklist.
CD: Power Of The Dragonflame (2002) Tracklist.
EP: The Dark Secret (2004) Tracklist.
Comment: All tracks (except 04) will not be included in the forthcoming album
CD: Symphony Of Enchanted Lands - Part II (2004) Tracklist.

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