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Rhapsody of Fire is a Symphonic Power Metal band that originated in Italy in 1993, spending about a week of this period as 'Thundercross' and most of its history as just 'Rhapsody'. Co-founded and led by Luca Turilli (lead guitar) and Alex Staropoli (Keyboard), others included Fabio Lione (vocals), Alex Holzwarth (drums) and Patrice Guers (bass). One of the things that makes them notable among Symphonic Metal bands is that ''all'' of their songs tell of events, people, places and things in a highly detailed EpicFantasy, ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''-esque setting.

They have since released eight albums, with two EPs, ''Rain of a Thousand Flames'' and ''The Cold Embrace of Fear A Dark Romantic Symphony'', commonly referred to as the fourth and ninth albums in the series, respectively. The band has stated that ''From Chaos to Eternity'' (2011) marks the end of the Algalord Chronicles, 14 years after ''Legendary Tales'' was released in 1997.

As of now, Rhapsody have split into two bands: the original Rhapsody of Fire and Luca Turilli's Rhapsody.

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Their albums are:
* ''Legendary Tales'' (1997)
* ''Symphony of Enchanted Lands'' (1998)
* ''Dawn of Victory'' (2000)
* ''Power of the Dragonflame'' (2002)
* ''Symphony of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark Secret'' (2004)
* ''Triumph or Agony'' (2006)
* ''The Frozen Tears of Angels'' (2010)
* ''From Chaos to Eternity'' (2011)
* ''Dark Wings of Steel'' (November 22 2013)
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The band provides examples of:

* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: English is not the band's main language, so this pops up every so often. "Sea of Fate" has enough instances that it seems like an intentional stylistic direction.
-->''[=FragMENTS=] of torTURED existENCE reVEALing cold [=WHISpers=]...''
* AcidPool: Used by Akron to [[spoiler: dispose of Airin and Arwald's remains. Arwald's however throw some of the acid at the Warrior, melting the chains that were keeping him shut.]]
* ActionGirl: Princess Lothen is implied to be one, given that she goes with the other heroes into Dar-Kunor.
* AerithAndBob: As of their most recent membership switchup, their lineup consists of Fabio, Alessandro, Roberto, Alexander, Oliver, and...''Tom''.
* AlbumTitleDrop: All of them have one.
** ''Power of the Dragonflame'' has title-drops of all the previous albums in the last song, "Gargoyles, Angels of Darkness".
* AllThereInTheManual: The official website has a more detailed explanation of the story of the Emerald Sword saga, revealing things that might have been missed by just listening to the songs.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The seventh black book in the Dark Secret saga. The Emerald Sword can be one if used by the wrong person, given that [[spoiler: it was filled with the power of angels. Akron gets a hold of it towards the end of the Emerald Sword Saga]].
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: Dargor. First an Ascended Extra with the beginning of the Dark Secret saga, in the final act of the final song in the Algalord Chronicles, he is chosen by "the gods and the angels" to become Earth's new God of Light.]]
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Occasionally done, such as the Elvish-style whispering in "Dar-Kunor" and the Orcish-style demonic growling at the start of "Erian's Mystical Rhymes - The White Dragon's Order".
* TheAtoner: Dargor.
* BarbarianHero: The Warrior of Ice.
* BigBad: King Akron and then Dark Lord Nekron (what do they have against the syllabe "Kron"?).
** Nekron is actually the son of the hellgod Kron, ironically enough.
* BiggerBad: [[TheDevil Kron]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Tharos when he saves the Warrior of Ice twice.
* BilingualBonus: Some of the songs have little bits in Italian or even Latin here and there, and eight songs so far ("Lamento Eroico", "Lo Specchio d'Argento", "Guardiani del Destino", "Il Canto del Vento", "Neve Rosso Sangue", "Danza di Fuoco e Ghiaccio", "Tempesta di Fuoco", and "Anima Perduta") are entirely in Italian, not counting ChristopherLee's narration at the start of "Danza di Fuoco e Ghiaccio".
* BlindIdiotTranslation: Mainly caused by several false friends between English and Italian. One of the most common is "luxury" (similar to the Italian "lussuria") used instead of lust, as it should be.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Tharos the dragon in the Emerald Sword Saga. The hero breaks the spell by defeating him in battle and choosing not to kill him.
* CameBackWrong: The Queen of the Dark Horizons, apparently Akron as well ("the darklord reborn from the blood of his god").
* CallBack: In the Emerald Sword saga, the Warrior of Ice flees from Halgor by throwing himself in the underground river Aigor. In the Dark Secret Saga the same trick is used by our heroes to flee from the hordes of the living dead.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: There's the seven black books and the "White Dragon's Order", the official (in-universe) name for the group of heroes in the Dark Secret Saga, for one.
* ContinuityNod: "The Myth of the Holy Sword" references the general plot and ending of the Emerald Sword Saga.
** "Never Forgotten Heroes" is in remembrance of the dead heroes of the Emerald Sword Saga. In addition, "Aeons of Raging Darkness" appears to be about Airin.
* CurbStompBattle: Usually, whoever holds the Emerald Sword against someone, with the exception of [[spoiler: Dargor defeating Akron, which is by his own a CurbStompBattle with the Gargoyles crushing demons and vampires.]] The Dark Secret Saga has the Black Order's army crushed by the combined efforts of human, elves, dragons and angels.
* DamselInDistress: Airin is kept hostage by king Akron along with many other brave knights.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Triumph or Agony'', ''The Cold Embrace of Fear'', and ''From Chaos to Eternity'' have '''black metal-style screams'''.
* DarkestHour: In the Emerald Sword saga when Akron [[spoiler:gets his hands on the Emerald Sword]]. It gets a ''lot'' worse before it gets better again.
* DarkMistress: The Queen of the Dark Horizons is described as the lover of [[TheDevil Kron]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: The dragon Tharos. After the hero defeats him, it's revealed that he was under a spell and defeating him broke it. He joins the heroes after that. Dargor is also a borderline example, though it takes several defeats to finally convince him to switch sides (and the hero saving his life helped too).
* DefiantToTheEnd: ''Agony is my Name'' is this combined with BadassBoast.
* DramaticEllipsis:
--> He owns... your sword!
--> Let me... awake!
--> facing the storm... the storm!
* EpicRocking: The best examples would be "Gargoyles, Angels of Darkness" at 19:02 and "The Mystic Prophecy of the Demonknight" at 16:26.
** Not to mention The Cold Embrace of Fear. It is an entire album that consists of one song. One 35 minute long song, in seven sections. Now that is epic rocking.
** The Mystic Prophecy of the Demonknight flows directly into the next song, Dark Reign of Fire. If you count the two as one song, it lasts for nearly 23 minutes.
** And now, on ''From Chaos to Eternity'', "Heroes of the Waterfalls Kingdom" at 19:42.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: "Warrior of Ice" introduces the titular hero with him swearing to destroy the forces of evil (in the most [[LargeHam wonderfully hammy]] way possible).
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even Dargor is disgusted by Airin's fate and has to leave the cave. This is probably his first step towards the HeelFaceTurn.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Airin in the Emerald Sword Saga and Princess Lothen in the Dark Secret Saga.
* EvilOverlord: Akron is a textbook example. If possible he's even more GenreSavvy than your everyday dark lord.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The ''Dark Tower of Abyss'' where the Emerald Sword is kept. Halgor is this UpToEleven according to ''Heart of the Darklands'':
-->'' A whole town built from the rock, as giant as a mountain''
-->'' Portals made from angels' bones to warn men, elves and dragons.''
* EyeScream: Akron gets stabbed in the eye with the Emerald Sword towards the end of the Emerald Sword Saga.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Tarish. Though whether he was always working for the Black Order or was corrupted by the power of the book isn't entirely clear.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: Airin and Arwald. The former is raped by demons, the latter tortured to death, both are thrown in a pit full of acid. Later both Akron and the Warrior are devoured alive by watersnakes.]]
** To say nothing of [[spoiler:[[BigBad Akron]] having [[EyeScream his eye run through with the Emerald Sword]] before being dropped into a snake pit]].
* FiveManBand: In the Dark Secret saga. We have Khaas (the leader, hero of the middle lands), Iras Algor (a wizard from Hor-Lad), Lothen (a princess from the kingdom of the ancient waterfalls), Tarish (elven king of the caverns) and Dargor (a half-demon and shadowlord of the black mountain).
* FormulaicMagic: The "black geometry" mentioned in the song "The Mystic Prophecy of the Demonknight."
* GreenAesop: Defenders of Gaia, a bonus track on the special edition of Triumph or Agony. Maybe somewhat out of place, but certainly one of the more metal Green Aesops you will hear.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Dargor is half demon. [[spoiler: Until he becomes a god.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: Dargor, towards the end of the Emerald Sword Saga. He's one of the heroes in the Dark Secret saga.
** Never mind also [[spoiler: '''becoming a god'''.]]
* TheHeroDies: In the Emerald Sword Saga. [[spoiler: Khaas too while recovering Thanor's eyes.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Tharos the dragon spend a lot of time saving the hero from powerful enemies, eventually giving his life
** The hero himself makes one at the very end, killing Akron by pulling him down into the marsh where they are both devoured by snakes.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Akron is tossed by Dargor's final attack onto the platform where the Warrior was tortured, is impaled by his own Emerald Sword and is lowered into the marsh, where watersnakes feast on his body.]]
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: Dragons show up a few times; one named Tharos even plays a major part in the story early on. In the Dark Secret Saga, the party travel through "Dragonland", which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
** There's also Thanor, the black dragon steed/servant of Nekron, who was turned to stone after betraying his master. [[spoiler: He returns to life briefly to aid the heroes in destroying the seven demons towards the end of From Chaos to Eternity.]]
* LargeHam: The whole band is hammy, but special mention goes to Fabio. Oh ''dear '''god'''''. Between his operatic range, sheer vocal power, and bombastic Italian accent, Fabio Lione may very well be the largest, most over-the-top ham in a [[PowerMetal genre]] defined by them.
* LegendaryWeapon: The Emerald Sword. Very old, extremely powerful, can also count as an UnholyHolySword.
* MacGuffin: The Emerald Sword in the first saga, the Seventh Black Book in the Dark Secret Saga.
* MacGuffinGuardian: When our heroes remove the Black Book from the altar of Dar Kunor, they trigger a ZombieApocalypse and are forced to flee, chased by countless living dead.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Fabio's strong accent and rather unique inflection lends itself to a few of these. At other times it's {{averted}} for the same reason, because it's impossible to imagine him to be saying ''anything'' in English, at least without reading the lyrics.
* {{Mordor}}: The whole Halgor and Dar-Kunor might well be this.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Basically all the villains have these. Dargor, Akron, and especially Nekron.
* NobleDemon: All together now... "DAARGOOR, SHADOWLORD OOOOF THE BLAAACK MOOOOOUUUNTAAAAAIN~"!
* NoNameGiven: The hero of the Emerald Sword saga. He's referred to by many titles, including "Warrior of Ice" and "Hero of the Northern Lands", but we never get to hear his actual name.
** The Queen of the Dark Horizons/of the Dead/of the Damned is described as TheUnpronounceable.
* OminousLatinChanting: In several songs, including Reign of Terror and Triumph or Agony.
* OurGargoylesRock: Gargoyles play an important role in the setting as they're [[spoiler: summoned by Dargor's power to trash the demonic army and send it back to hell.]]
* OurTrollsAreDifferent: Judging from the voices heard at the beginning of ''Trolls in the Dark'' they sound more like childish-like fayries.
* PrecisionFStrike: In ''Queen Of The Dark Horizons'' and ''When Demons Awake'', with the latter being almost a ClusterFBomb compared to the other songs. And yes, both songs mention the f-word.
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler: Airin is implied to be raped to death by Akron or/and his minions.]]
* ReligionOfEvil: The Black Order, and other worshippers of Kron.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The Warrior of Ice isn't exactly happy for all the pain and death Akron has inflicted on him and his friends. "The Mighty Ride of the Firelord" is a good example.
* RockMeAmadeus: The Wizard's Last Rhymes is based largely on Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 9.
* RockOpera: Two of them, called "The Emerald Sword Saga" and "The Dark Secret Saga".
* SealedEvilInACan: The Queen of the Dark Horizons was sealed by the angels inside the crypts of the Ghostlands.
* SwordOfPlotAdvancement: The Emerald Sword.
* TakingYouWithMe: How the hero defeats Akron in the Emerald Sword Saga.
* TogetherInDeath: Princess Airin and Arwald.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Seven Black Books, particularly the last, which details the secrets of resurrecting Nekron.
* TrrrillingRrrs: Blatant in ''Guardiani del Destino'', though usually avoided elsewhere.
* TheUnpronounceable: The Queen of the Dark Horizons is described as this, though it's more like "if you say her name then bad things will happen" rather than her name being literally impossible to pronounce.
* TheVillainSucksSong: Plenty of them, including Queen of the Dark Horizons and Reign of Terror.
* WingedUnicorn: "The Last Winged Unicorn"
* WorthyOpponent: FACE ME EVIL BASTARD!
* ZombieApocalypse: The Queen of the Dark Horizons unleash one against the good guys. In ''The Mystic Prophecy of the Demon Knight'', a horde of ghouls emerge from Dar Kunor's soil to attack our heroes.
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