Album 0052: Rhapsody Of Fire – Triumph Or Agony

Release Date: 2006
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Dar-Kunor

    I. Echoes From The Woods
    II. Fear Of The Dungeons (03:13)

2. Triumph Or Agony (05:03)
3. Heart Of The Darklands (04:11)
4. Old Age Of Wonders (04:35)
5. The Myth Of The Holy Sword (05:03)
6. Il Canto Del Vento (03:54)
7. Silent Dream (03:51)
8. Bloody Red Dungeons (05:12)
9. Son Of Pain (04:43)
10. The Mystic Prophecy Of The Demonknight
    I. A New Saga Begins
    II. Through The Portals Of Agony
    III. The Black Order
    IV. Nekron’s Bloody Rhymes
    V. Escape From Horror (16:26)

11. Dark Reign Of Fire
    I. Winter Dawn’s Theme (06:26)

12. Defenders Of Gaia (04:35)
13. A New Saga Begins (04:17)
14. Son Of Pain (Italian version) (04:42)
15. Son Of Pain (French version) (04:42)

Total Length: 01:20:53

Dar-Kunor isn’t as inviting as some of the band’s other intros in the first half, but it works well enough as a prelude to the album. Triumph Or Agony has a fantastic chorus, and is fun enough otherwise. Their first songs after the intros are usually great. Heart Of The Darklands is similarly fun, I enjoy it a lot. Old Age Of Wonders is cheesy of course, but its mix of old timey-ness and upbeat sections is neat.

The Myth Of The Holy Sword is fairly good, it feels a bit too subdued for me, but the bridge and solos are neat things. Il Canto Del Vento is a pretty great song, mostly based around vocals and pianos. It manages to be very emotional. Silent Dream is a very basic song, and so it doesn’t do much for me. Bloody Red Dungeons is fairly good, but it kind of loses track of itself and doesn’t do much for me. Son Of Pain is a great softer song, with the emotional heights it reaches being very good.

The Mystic Prophecy Of The Demonknight is the big song for the album, and it holds true to being that. The first section holds its own very well, and the second as well. The spoken word part halfway through gets annoying on repeat listens but does its job for the story of the album. The real fun part starts after that, with an awesome riff and the band’s first foray into harsher vocals. The rest of the song is great as well. Dark Reign Of Fire continues completely from the end of the last song, and it’s a bit over the top, and relates more to the story rather than being a song on its own.

Defenders Of Gaia is a bonus track, and it’s a fun classic song from the band. A New Saga Begins is just the first few minutes of the large track cut into its own piece, as a single. It stands fairly well on its own. Two extra versions of Son Of Pain cap off the album, sung in Italian and French respectively. They retain the emotional feel of the track. This album surprised me the first few times I listened to it. I had considered this band to be cheesy and simple, but their arrangements and melodies are fairly deep, and the cheesiness is at least well thought out.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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