Released: June 29, 2010
Fans have been long awaiting new music from Italian Symphonic power metal outfit, Rhapsody of Fire (formerly Rhapsody). The wait was due in good part to a legal dispute with their previous label. The Frozen Tears of Angels sees the band returning with the third installment of their Dark Secret Saga concept begun on 1998’s Symphony of Enchanted Lands.
The album, produced by band guitarist Luca Turilli and keyboardist Alex Starpoli represents some of the band’s best work to date. In fact, the album has inspired a new word into my vocabulary: guitargasm. Listening to the incredible neo-classical guitar shredding throughout the record is simply guitargasmic.
The album is everything you expect from symphonic power metal: cinematic atmosphere, soaring vocals and inspired choral arrangements, with neo-classical guitar arrangements and over the top moments. The band even engages the unique voice of American actor Christopher Lee for the album’s spoken word orations.
This album is not about hooky choruses and bang your head metal anthems. It’s about mood, and storytelling, and immersing yourself into the music rather than responding to it. It’s big and often exaggerated, and a guitar player’s wet dream. There are many moments when guitar God Yngwie Malmsteen comes to mind.
One of the tracks that sets apart from the others, while still blending in quite nicely is “Danza Di Fuoco E Ghiacchio.” The song begins with Lee’s spoken words, before dancing off into the forest, on a renaissance folk romp.
Another favorite track “On The Way To Ainor” flies out the gate with pummeling drums and rapid fire galloping guitar work before a quiet moment sets the listener up for the next burst of aural madness.
Among the other album highlights are the tracks, “Crystal Moonlight,” “Reign of Terror,” and the album openers “Dark Frozen World” and “Sea of Fate.”
While there were points where the band over-used Christopher Lee’s contributions, they more than made up for this one nitpick with a massive dramatic record that is among the year’s best.