Italy’s Rhapsody of Fire herald the release their new album The Eighth Mountain on 22nd February with ‘Rain Of Fury‘, their latest single with accompanying video that you can watch right here at RAMzine.
Specialising in symphonic metal anthems presented with lots of speed, pathos and technical refinement, the band’s early career also saw them producing album of epic myth-styled sagas in their early career, and that’s a theme the band has returned to on The Eighth Mountain.
The Eighth Mountain sees the studio debut of vocalist Giacomo Voli, who’s now been with the band three years. “Giacomo is like a breath of fresh air for the group and his expressive voice has been a great inspiration to my compositions,” said Alex Staropoli, keyboard player and main composer with the band. “That’s one of the reasons why our songwriting sounds more positive again. A number of passages on Dark Wings Of Steel seemed too sad and minor-oriented to me in retrospect. The Eighth Mountain on the other hand features much more optimistic major-key atmospheres.”
Rhapsody of Fire is completed by Roby De Micheli (guitars), Alessandro Sala (bass) and Manu Lottner (drums) with the Bulgarian National Symphony Orchestra in Sofia also featured on the album, plus narration recorded by the late Christopher Lee.
Both De Micheli and Staropoli were involved in developing the records storyline, one that they refer to as Nephlins Empire Saga. “People will find out more details of the saga when they listen to the lyrics,” said Staropoli. “It’s about which path in life you choose. The story may be fictitious but quite obviously relates to reality the way we experience it every day.”
The Eighth Mountain will be available through AFM/Soulfood, but before then you can watch their latest single ‘Rain Of Fury’ right here.