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 Epic Fantasy, The Lord of the Rings-esque setting.They have since released eight albums, with two E Ps, 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.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)
The band provides examples of:
Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: 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...
Acid Pool: Used by Akron to 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.
Action Girl: Princess Lothen is implied to be one, given that she goes with the other heroes into Dar-Kunor.
Aerith and Bob: As of their most recent membership switchup, their lineup consists of Fabio, Alessandro, Roberto, Alexander, Oliver, and...Tom.
Power of the Dragonflame has title-drops of all the previous albums in the last song, "Gargoyles, Angels of Darkness".
All There in the Manual: 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.
Artifact of Doom: The seventh black book in the Dark Secret saga. The Emerald Sword can be one if used by the wrong person, given that it was filled with the power of angels. Akron gets a hold of it towards the end of the Emerald Sword Saga.
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: 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.
As Long as It Sounds Foreign: 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".
Bilingual Bonus: 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 Christopher Lee's narration at the start of "Danza di Fuoco e Ghiaccio".
"Blind Idiot" Translation: 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.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Tharos the dragon in the Emerald Sword Saga. The hero breaks the spell by defeating him in battle and choosing not to kill him.
Came Back Wrong: The Queen of the Dark Horizons, apparently Akron as well ("the darklord reborn from the blood of his god").
Call Back: 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.
Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: 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.
Continuity Nod: "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.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Usually, whoever holds the Emerald Sword against someone, with the exception of Dargor defeating Akron, which is by his own a Curb-Stomp Battle 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.
Damsel in Distress: Airin is kept hostage by king Akron along with many other brave knights.
Darker and Edgier: Triumph or Agony, The Cold Embrace of Fear, and From Chaos to Eternity have black metal-style screams.
Darkest Hour: In the Emerald Sword saga when Akron gets his hands on the Emerald Sword. It gets a lot worse before it gets better again.
Defeat Means Friendship: 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).
A whole town built from the rock, as giant as a mountain
Portals made from angels' bones to warn men, elves and dragons.
Eye Scream: Akron gets stabbed in the eye with the Emerald Sword towards the end of the Emerald Sword Saga.
Face-Heel Turn: Tarish. Though whether he was always working for the Black Order or was corrupted by the power of the book isn't entirely clear.
Family-Unfriendly Death: 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.
Five-Man Band: 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).
Formulaic Magic: The "black geometry" mentioned in the song "The Mystic Prophecy of the Demonknight."
Green Aesop: 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.
Heel-Face Turn: Dargor, towards the end of the Emerald Sword Saga. He's one of the heroes in the Dark Secret saga.
Never mind also becoming a god.
The Hero Dies: In the Emerald Sword Saga. Khaas too while recovering Thanor's eyes.
Heroic Sacrifice: 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.
Hoist by His Own Petard: 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.
There's also Thanor, the black dragon steed/servant of Nekron, who was turned to stone after betraying his master. He returns to life briefly to aid the heroes in destroying the seven demons towards the end of From Chaos to Eternity.
Large Ham: 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 genre defined by them.
MacGuffin: The Emerald Sword in the first saga, the Seventh Black Book in the Dark Secret Saga.
MacGuffin Guardian: When our heroes remove the Black Book from the altar of Dar Kunor, they trigger a Zombie Apocalypse 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.
Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Seven Black Books, particularly the last, which details the secrets of resurrecting Nekron.
Trrrilling Rrrs: Blatant in Guardiani del Destino, though usually avoided elsewhere.
The Unpronounceable: 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.