Rhapsody of Fire
Triumph or Agony

Release date: September 25th 2006
Distribution: Target (Denmark)

Symphonic Power Metal

Rating: 88/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
September 17th 2006

No, Rhapsody of Fire is not a brand new Italian symphonic power metal band, it is the band formerly known as Rhapsody, who due to copyright and trademark issues simply had to change their name. For those who feared that the change would also mean a new beginning musically need not to worry...

Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli continues to create huge symphonic soundtrack inspired songs with lots of harmonies and huge choirs, and the influence from soundtrack composers like Howard Shore (Lord of the Rings composer) has never been more obvious than on this album. So the term Tolkien Metal as some like to describe the style of Rhapsody of Fire as, might apply pretty well in this case. A pretty good example is the 3 minutes intro, which made me think of Galadriel and elves.

Rhapsody of Fire is one of those cases you either love or hate, and I have been a big fan of theirs since their groundbreaking debut album, and even though they in my opinion have released a couple of mediocre album lately they have always been in the Champions League of symphonic power metal. With "Triumph or Agony" they prove once and for all just why!

This album is almost as brilliant as their first 2 albums, which will always stand out for me, and have everything you could wish for as a fan, and with the 16 minutes epic: "The Mystic Prophecy of the Demon Knight" they have actually managed to capture the true essence of the band in one song. The rest lives up to my expectations - no fillers, no below par songs, just an album filled with good Rhapsody (of Fire ) music.

So if you count their previous albums among your favourites then you can buy this one without any hesitation, but if you can't stand their earlier stuff then I am sure this one won't change your stand on them one bit, because this is another standard Rhapsody (of Fire) issue...and they haven't reinvented their own style at all...