Album 0430: Rhapsody Of Fire – Dawn Of Victory

Rhapsody-DawnOfVictory

Release Date: 2000
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Lux Triumphans (02:00)
2. Dawn Of Victory (04:47)
3. Triumph For My Magic Steel (05:47)
4. The Village Of Dwarves (03:52)
5. Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain (04:48)
6. The Bloody Rage Of The Titans (06:23)
7. Holy Thunderforce (04:22)
8. Trolls In The Dark (02:32)
9. The Last Winged Unicorn (05:44)
10. The Mighty Ride Of The Firelord (09:17)
11. Guardians (04:23)
12. The Mighty Ride Of The Firelord (edited) (04:48)
13. Holy Thunderforce (alternate mix) (04:21)
14. Triumph For My Magic Steel (alternate mix) (05:46)

Total Length: 01:08:50

Lux Triumphans begins with more of their terrible voiceovers from this era. It’s so bad. The rest of the song is like their other intros though, it’s pretty solid. Dawn Of Victory shows a maturation of the band’s sound even further from their last album. It’s pure, fast metal but with the cinematic qualities that they love. Triumph For My Magic Steel is pretty great, though I never really pay full attention to it.

The Village Of Dwarves is a change of pace, it’s a bit more atmospheric and slower paced. It really plays up the fantasy aspect more than almost any other track on here, I really like it. Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain is great, though I kind of prefer the longer pace of the extended version featured on another record. The Bloody Rage Of The Titans cranks up the cinematic factor, and I love the instrumental break in it.

Holy Thunderforce is the first song I ever heard by this band, and I still love it. It’s pitch perfect. Trolls In The Dark is just a super fun instrumental, I love the little bits they throw in to it. The Last Winged Unicorn has some great moments in it, but it’s a song I’ve never really loved. The Mighty Ride Of The Firelord is a bigger song, it’s fantastic. It’s one of those songs that just is always fun to listen to, one of the first from this band that really caught my attention.

Guardians is a Helloween cover, it’s a bit more straight forward than their own stuff, but they do it really well, and it’s just too fun. The edited version of The Mighty Ride Of The Firelord keeps some of the bits I like, but strips the epic feel of it. The alternate mix tracks are cool, but it’s kind of hard to notice a difference to be honest. They still sound great. This whole album is solid, even if I feel like it stagnates at some bits, it’s still at a solid plateau.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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