Album 0287: Rhapsody Of Fire – Symphony Of Enchanted Lands

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Release Date: 1998
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Epicus Furor (01:15)
2. Emerald Sword (04:21)
3. Wisdom Of The Kings (04:29)
4. Heroes Of The Lost Valley

    I. Entering The Waterfalls Realm
    II. The Dragon’s Pride (02:04)

5. Eternal Glory (07:29)
6. Beyond The Gates Of Infinity (07:23)
7. Wings Of Destiny (04:28)
8. The Dark Tower Of Abyss (06:47)
9. Riding The Winds Of Eternity (04:13)
10. Symphony Of Enchanted Lands
    I. Tharos’ Last Flight
    II. The Hymn Of The Warrior
    III. Rex Tremende
    Iv. The Immortal Fire (13:17)

Total Length: 55:46

Epicus Furor is one of the band’s better symphonic intro. It’s to-the-point and catchy, and leads perfectly into the second track. Emerald Sword shows an immediate leap in songwriting and production from the band’s first album. It’s a really strong song, and pretty easy to tell why it was the single from this album and remains one of the band’s most popular songs. The chorus can get stuck in my head for a long time.

Wisdom Of The Kings has a calm opening before practically exploding. The guitar riffs and symphonic backing work really well, and simply make for a really catchy song. The instrumental section is also a great little piece of neo-classical music. I love what they do with it. Heroes Of The Lost Valley is an odd little track, it’s an okay instrumental for the first half, and the last bit of it is a spoken thing that serves as an intro to the next song. I kind of feel bad that I can’t help but notice the guy’s weird vocal tics though.

Eternal Glory is a bigger song. It’s got some great moments but I do prefer some of the other tracks on here. I really like the use of guitars to punctuate the symphonic stuff though, rather than the other way around. Beyond The Gates Of Infinity features a creepy-but-good intro, some cool metal stuff, a creepy bridge, and then a cool couple ending minutes with some acoustic guitar thrown in. Wings Of Destiny is a softer track, kind of the ballad of the album. It’s kind of the most boring song on here if you don’t count track four. They’ve done stuff like it better on other albums.

The Dark Tower Of Abyss is a joy of neo-classical fusing with power metal. The song is structured strangely but I’m not going to complain, it just seems like the sudden change at two minutes comes a bit out of nowhere. Great track. Riding The Winds Of Eternity is a cool song. It’s a shorter song comparatively but still does as much as some of the longer ones.

Symphony Of Enchanted Lands is, as shown, a long multi-part track. Tharos’ Last Flight is a spoken intro, and it’s the same guy as before and again I feel bad for snickering. The Hymn Of The Warrior is mostly boring, being drawn out vocals like I’d hear at church. I’m really glad once we get to some fun instrumental stuff, featuring an accordion even! This is where Rex Tremende begins, easily the best part of this whole song. The Immortal Fire is kind of annoying, a drawn out section again with more of that guy’s voice. The last minute or so is nice at least. As far as the bands bigger songs go, this one ranks fairly low for me. The first 5 minutes or so are boring, and the rest doesn’t quite make up for that betrayal. Despite that, this album rarely falters and is a really strong showing.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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