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Reviews - Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - Ascending To Infinity

Review Date: 2012-07-01

Reviewed By: Fred Bteich


On August 16, 2011, a shocking announcement emanated from one of the Power Metal's top acts, RHAPSODY OF FIRE, announcing back then a "friendly split" between their members and leaving the metal world bewildered with not one, but two Rhapsodies to follow from now on.

If you look at it, and given the original band's history, this could either turn out to be an amazing decision, with much to expect and 2 albums to await every now and then, or simply a dreadful one leading to the collapse of both new bands.

The first of those we're gonna concentrate on, is LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY, with their album "ASCENDING TO INFINITY" having hit the stores on July 22nd, 2012.

Teasers looked extremely promising, and with the first single's video unveiled weeks before the official release, much was to look forward to.

With a new vocalist, a new "film score metal" concept, a new line-up, a new site... the pressure was on Luca Turilli's shoulders to deliver.

The result came in with 9 tracks, spinning for a little less than an hour, and to tell you the truth, you can barely feel it.

Bombastic tunes, brilliant vocals and a fantastic choir sum up this energetic album, full of old traces and tantalizing new additions.

No matter how much you'll search, you will hardly find a weak track in it, since every one of them takes you on an epic journey, much like the ancient times, and you wish this would never end.

An astonishing Alessandro Conti sings his lungs out, making "ASCENDING TO INFINITY" more dynamic and cinematic, reminding me somehow of NIGHTWISH's latest work "IMAGINAERUM" but this time I can assure you, this is to stay, this is to be spun over and over again.

I've never been that amazed (apart from XANDRIA) with a vocalist who can mark his debut that well with a band, after a change in its line-up and under the enormous pressure it was facing.

The artwork and songs' titles are simply stunning, dealing with wars and warriors, good and evil, as expected.

The tunes are varied, the production is huge and the songwriting is quite good.

Simply all the ingredients are there, to give LUCA TURILLI'S RHAPSODY the start they'd been hoping for, with what can be called a masterpiece.

The momentum is firmly with them now, channeling all the burden to RHAPSODY OF FIRE's original members of the new line-up, as we await to find out if they will be able to make this split useful and interesting, with their opus coming out shortly, or simply lament having taken such a decision, a year earlier.