In 1993, Luca Turilli created a new band in Italy that would later become a staple of power and symphonic metal. This band later became known as Rhapsody of Fire. In his time with the band, they released 8 studio albums, 2 E.P.’s, a live DVD and album and developed a unique sound that the band describes as “film score metal”, which incorporates story-driven, operatic music mixed with power metal. In 2011, it was announced that Luca Turilli was leaving the band on good terms to start his own musical project called “Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody”. This new band released their first album, “Ascending to Infinity” in 2012 and it received much praise from his fans. Now three years later, the band is ready to released the next chapter in their story, “Prometheus – Symphonia Ignis Divinus”.
As a fan of Rhapsody of Fire, I was excited to see where he would take his music with his new band. This album threw me off for a while, because the album incorporates a very theatrical approach to the music and story telling. The album leads in with fantastic piece titled “Nova Genesis (Ad Splendorem Angeli Triumphantis)” and it made me feel like I was sitting in a grand concert hall watching an opera live. The album provides a calm and soothing atmosphere, but gives some extremely emotional and heavy moments. Every song provides an unique experience while also creating a cohesive spirit and musical journey that flows through the entire album.
The album covers many different topics that intrigue the interests of Luca Turilli. When asked about the album, he stated, “In those songs, I like to speak about science, metaphysics, supernatural, parallel dimensions, spiritual evolution, the myths and legends of the planet hiding hermetic cosmic truths. All these topics are related with one basic and fundamental source of inspiration that I would define as “spiritual evolution”.
The album elicits an emotional response and allows the listener to just relax and soak in the melodies and harmonies perfectly blended together to make this incredible album. The album is currently out through Nuclear Blast Records and is a new staple for fans of power and symphonic metal.