The Frozen Tears Of Angels review by Rhapsody of Fire

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  • Released: Apr 30, 2010
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.3 (28 votes)
Rhapsody of Fire: The Frozen Tears Of Angels
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Sound — 10
Four years. That long time took one of the most valuable power metal bands for the last two decades in metal history in order to come back with a new label, new album and rediscovered passion for the very same unique music blend which inspired thousands of dreamers. And just as expected, the new portion of Italian magic once again manages to carry us beyond the boring, gloomy daily round to a world full of genuine emotions where the only boundaries are those of the listener's imagination. The saga of the apocalyptic prophecy of the demonknight continues, along with the creative development of the band. With no officiousness, lavish sonates and without any real orchestra behind their backs, Luca and Alex managed to create their most refined record since the legendary Power of the Dragonflame, and at the same time their heaviest and complex magnum opus. Although The Frozen Tears of Angels stakes on a more firm and compact presentation, it doesn't lack compositional wealth by any means. On the contrary the album is as concentrated and homogeneous as it is diverse. The style leap is also serious: a noticeable stress focuses on the rhythm section and mostly on the guitar as a dominant instrument; Both orchestral and choir parts are limited hard; Gone are the positive pathos inspired settings which place is now taken by a new expressiveness, marked by experience, wisdom and maybe several lost illusions. As a result of all this, today Rhapsody sound more than ever as a 100 % metal band, instead medieval bards with electric guitars, as many people thought they were. Definitions and labels such as happy metal directed towards the band nowadays sound not only irrelevant but also frankly stupid, having in mind the general gloomy and dark mood of the record. The epic consistence in their music has grown to a dramatic scale, the dimensional into purposeful, the majestic into tense and offensive.

Lyrics — 10
Despite all changes, there are still several band features left which we can always rely on. The notable, emotional and skilled performance of Fabio Lione, whom I would hardly refer to in any way other than to a vocal god. After the obvious retreat from his characteristic virtuoso trademark in Triumph or Agony, here Luca Turilly offers a phenomenal guitar work rush, aggressive and enriched with the obligatory neoclassical nuances. Once again, we get to hear the unique storyteller Christopher Lee, whose sombre vocal revelations add the last element to the bridge between melody and story, to which it's high time to make way. Minimalistic, threatening and in general pretty different from the previous introductions of Rhapsody, Dark Frozen World opens the gates to the alternative reality of Algalord. Surprisingly, Sea of Fate is not the typical hit of a hymn, which always opened the previous albums of the band. Varied and thoroughly complex, it mixes episodical links from the last production of Vision Divine with vague Asian elements and progressive deviations which pursue the works of Rhapsody since Rain of a Thousand Flames. Crystal Moonlight, despite its more direct spirit, follows the same mood, alternating full speed power tempo with unexpected compositional hinders. The extremely detailed Reign of Terror offers a glimpse on the semi-evolutional remark of old songs such as When Demons Awake and Thunder's Mighty Roar combination between aggressive, exceeding the power metal instrumental patterns and extreme vocals, performed by Fabio in an exquisite way. Along the constant shifts between all expressive approaches and the mood they bring shine Latin chants, fierce arpeggio mix, a-capella moments all in all, a true model of stylish diversity in the ranks of one piece. The effective singing and the sound of playful baroque flute in Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiaccio serve as another evidence for that the guys from Trieste are capable of playing perfect folk everytime they feel like it. Raging Starfire is the most conventional track in an album, far from the ordinary sound in its entirety, providing a nostalgic reading of the well-known old style which we'll doubtfully hear again. Rhapsody have many ballads, but each of them is a little masterpiece on its own tradition from which Lost in Cold Dreams doesn't make an exception. The gentle, melancholic acoustic during the verses, the sensual power of the chorus and the closing solo theme add another pearl to the quintet's collection. On the Way to Ainor stands for a semi-culmination during the record's unfolding in both provisional and technical point of view. Multi-layered harmonies, mind-sweeping choral refrain, operatic female vocals and thrilling solo attacks of Turilli merge in seven minutes of power, progressive and symphonic splendour pure perfection, to say the least. Intelligently structured and absorbing, the spacial homonymous epos reveals itself bit by bit, embracing us in splendid keyboard orchestrations and guitar tricks, while its thick atmosphere makes us want to get lost in the entire magical experience at least one more time.

Overall Impression — 10
With The Frozen Tears of Angels the Italian masters once again created something rare and special, the smallest achievement of which is capable of entering the symphonic metal manuals. Because Rhapsody's art is not just series of elegantly bound tones, soothing the ears. It also isn't a selfish demonstration of technical superiority, which the musicians undoubtfully hold over the majority of their colleagues, and certainly not just a successful synthesis between both heavy metal and classic musical legacy. It is a beauty, enthusiasm and spiritual delight in its clearest form And I can only be glad that I'm part of the many people enchanted by its touch.

22 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Paramecium302
    Anyone embarrassed listening to this obviously has some personal issues to work out, and a bit self conscience for metal if you ask me.
    BlackSymphony6
    Paramecium302 wrote: Anyone embarrassed listening to this obviously has some personal issues to work out, and a bit self conscience for metal if you ask me.
    this. Rhapsody are awesome. Get over yourselves people.
    Zeerion
    what's with the negative comments? And I'm not embarrassed to listen to them. Although I don't have this album yet, they're my favorite band out today. P.S. Luca Turilli is the man
    Metallica_AC/DC
    You're all entitled to your opinions, but this is the first band I ever liked, so I disagree with your negativity.
    Snowman388
    If it weren't for the annoying voice-overs about dragons, I would've liked this album.
    Mahabajaba
    Rhapsody are that embarrassing band that you listen to, but never under any circumstances (not even to get laid) will admit to doing so. The lyrics are embarrassing, they take themselves far too seriously for what they do, but by god you feel good when you listen to it haha.
    BBoyBlaZe
    their albums name is, the frozen tears of angels, i mean that used to be cool 40 years ago, but now its just childish
    FearOfTheDuck
    This bands lyrical content comprises of Wizards, dragons and Goblins... hehe This music is hard for me to listen to without cringing. And their image justs adds to the comedy. Very nice review though
    philwhite
    Great CD. I like the nararation with Christopher Lee too. Reign of Terror rocks.
    underthesun1
    I just discovered these guys and i have been listening to them nonstop for the past week. Sure, the lyrics are a bit cheesy, but they are supposed to be. They tell a story. The music is some of the best compositions I have ever heard. 10/10 *****
    oxymoronicman
    I'd never be embarrassed to admit i listen to Rhapsody of Fire. These guys F#$%ing ROCK PS: all this whining about the lyrics, i could never understand what they were saying anyway. i've been listening to Emerald Sword for over a year now and still make up 90% of the words in that song while i sing.
    EpiExplorer
    CapnKickass wrote: Mahabajaba wrote: Rhapsody are that embarrassing band that you listen to, but never under any circumstances (not even to get laid) will admit to doing so. The lyrics are embarrassing, they take themselves far too seriously for what they do, but by god you feel good when you listen to it haha. ...you just admitted it. hah!
    I always thought that was Dragonforce. Or Phil Collins. But, anyway, on wiht my comment: EPIIIIIC with a dash of stupid.
    thrashmonkey
    If you can't take a bit of silliness with your power metal, you have no business listening to power metal. Nice review by the way.
    Nergal22691
    I love how cheesy they are, it's power metal that's how it supposed to be. They have incredibly talented musicians and a great vocalist, yeah the lyrics are over the top but I have no problem admitting I like them. Not my favorite album of theirs but still very solid.
    CapnKickass
    Mahabajaba wrote: Rhapsody are that embarrassing band that you listen to, but never under any circumstances (not even to get laid) will admit to doing so. The lyrics are embarrassing, they take themselves far too seriously for what they do, but by god you feel good when you listen to it haha.
    ...you just admitted it. hah!