Rhapsody of Fire interview with Alex Staropoli
In the vast and endless realms of power metal, it doesn’t really get any better than Rhapsody of Fire. The always symphonic and grandiose power metal band has been releasing epic after epic since 1995, and 18 years later they still manage to drive their fans crazy over their music. November 22, 2013 marked the release of their 10th full length studio album, Dark Wings of Steel. With an obvious epic name such as this, to say this album is oozing with power metal goodness isn’t even an accurate description. Rhapsody of Fire has released yet another genre defining work of art that fans everywhere can’t seem to get enough of.
Metalholic recently caught up with founding member Alex Staropoli on a variety of topics. Few excerpts from the chat can be found below:
When asked even after 18 years later Rhapsody of Fire still manage to drive their fans crazy over their music, Alex expresses:
“Every album is a challenge, was important and exciting to do. One of the most exciting album for me is Dark Wings of Steel because I had to do everything myself and I was responsible for everything. I wanted to make a powerful album and do things which I hadn’t done in the past so it was a challenge. And I feel really proud that fans have been supportive throughout our career.”
When asked about how challenging it was being an Italian heavy metal band to make the world believe that you could reach this final goal, Alex said:
“Yes. Luca and me discussed about it. We wanted to make a music which doesn’t exist and everybody said you are from Italy and you have no chance to have success. After our first album, we found people buying our CD’s and supporting us. We were very surprised and felt very proud to hear that from our fellow countrymen”