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Album Review: "Legendary Tales" by the Band Once Known as Rhapsody

Updated on August 27, 2023
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

A Little Bit of Information about the Band Now Known as Rhapsody of Fire

The Italian band Rhapsody of Fire was once known by the name Rhapsody. They are a fast, thundering drum type of power metal band that released their first album called Legendary Tales in 1997. The lyrical themes center on fantasy type concepts such as warriors, knights, and dragons. This may turn off some music fans because they may think that such concepts for a power metal band are silly. But in any case, let's enjoy this album shall we?

In this first chapter of the Emerald Sword Saga, the cover shows a warrior with his sword drawn and ready to do battle against a dragon.
In this first chapter of the Emerald Sword Saga, the cover shows a warrior with his sword drawn and ready to do battle against a dragon.

How Does This Band Typically Start Their Albums Out In Terms of the Songs?

The first track called Ira Tenax is a Latin type of chanting song. If there is a similar recurring pattern to this band’s musical style on their albums, they will typically start with a short instrumental song or a short choir type of song where a huge group of people are singing. Then the real power metal tunes start and boy did they ever start their career off good!

"Warrior of Ice" is the First Real Classic Song From This Band

Warrior of Ice is one of the band’s earliest classics made even better by the powerful vocals of Fabio Lione. The chorus is the best part of the song as Fabio shows the power and sort of thunder of his voice as it really stands out when he says: “mighty warrior, for the legend ride again from the hills, for peace and love to the sea of gold, my land must be free," (Turilli, 1997) The song is about a chosen warrior trying to rid the land of evil forces. The lyrical themes of the album are similar to Blind Guardian’s Nightfall in Middle Earth album or the Fairyland album I reviewed what seems like a long time ago. Daniele Carbonera provides the drums for the album.

Warrior of Ice Song Review Part 2

Rhapsody of Fire are a talented band for sure but I prefer Dark Moor’s music. Continuing on the concept of the song, the warrior is sure that even if blood is shed on the grass that a new flower of hope will grow again giving hope to the warriors in this tough fight. The one problem about this band is that their guitar tone is sometimes dirty and muted in spite of the speed.

Legendary Tales the Review Continues

Rage of the Winter is a song about how the cold winter makes the snow fall down. Then the snow covers the forests, mountains, and lakes. In spite of his heavy accent, Fabio does a fine job in the chorus of this song. The song Forest of Unicorns is the first ballad song of the band’s career. The song is about forests having a special secret and the unicorns are a kind of treasure of the valleys. When I was a kid, the unicorn was in the game called Ghosts N’ Goblins so that’s an interesting side note. The song Flames of Revenge once again show the power of the vocals as Fabio lets out an interesting scream. The chorus of the song is trying to say that fire and steel may follow a warrior through the land but that force will eventually lose due to the power and might of that brave warrior. The ride to victory is ready to begin so that the warrior can assist his comrades so that they can become victorious.

A Photo of the CD Legendary Tales


The song called "Lord of the Thunder"

The Significance of the Song Land of Immortals

After the short but beautiful instrumental song called Virgin Skies we are introduced to another classic song called Land of Immortals. This song was always my favorite one in this album due to the brilliance of Fabio Lione’s vocals. The warrior waits for the day to reach the wisdom of the skies to achieve his quest for immortality. This is a subject that has been covered in cartoons as well such as the great 1980’s classic cartoon Inspector Gadget.

"Warrior of Ice"

The Importance of Fabio Lione to Rhapsody of Fire

Fabio at this time made his presence felt as a young 24 year-old and he does one heck of a job here! The only other notable Italian power metal bands that I know of are Skylark, Labyrinth, and Power Symphony. Nonetheless, Fabio got this band off to a very good start. Of the band’s first three releases I would say that Dawn of Victory is probably my favorite one. But Legendary Tales is a good way to start a career.

The Song Called "Land of Immortals"

The song Lord of Thunder and Final Thoughts about the Album Legendary Tales

The lyrical theme of bravery is introduced in this album and I hope that we can all be brave to endure life’s challenges. Lord of the Thunder is the last very good song on the album and it is about a warrior seeking help from the God of thunder as he fights to serve the light of heaven and love. He will forever be a proud warrior. This writer is proud that he has been able to inform people of the greatness of Fabio Lione as a vocalist. The strongest songs in this album are Warrior of Ice, Flames of Revenge, Land of Immortals, and Lord of the Thunder.


Turilli, L. a. (1997). Warrior of Ice [Recorded by Rhapsody]. Trieste, Italy.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2017 Ara Vahanian


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