Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - Ascending to Infinity
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Reviewer: Azmo Lozmodial - 2012-12-01
Highlights: Every single track is a highlight
If you give a listen to the magic of the albums King of the Nordic Twilight and Prophet of the Last Eclipse for the solo project Luca Turilli, you will easily fall in love with the talented music of this man, another story began here when Luca and the guitarist Dominique Leurquin and the bassist Patrice Guers left the band "Rhapsody Of Fire" to start their own visions, the album "Ascending to Infinity" is considered now as a debut album for the project "Luca Turilli's Rhapsody" though its actually Luca's fourth solo album with this genre.
Suddenly, the deep inspiration of the orchestral cinematic music has collided with the beauty of the power metal, especially when the classical influences are covered by a majestic sheet of operatic arrangement. The rapid movement of the symphonic movements that follow the charming choirs gave a big serious feeling to the songwriting, about seven guest musicians helped to make these visions real and helped to give this record a very deep spirit. The fantastic vocalist Alessandro Conti surprised all the fans with his amazing performance in this record, his throat reflects so much energy and strength to the tracks that have been recorded for this album, its hard to compare his voice with Olaf Hayer (the vocalist of the solo project Luca Turilli), but Alessandro fits this musical direction perfectly.
The classical influences didn't appear only on the performance of the orchestration and the keyboards only, they also appeared on the performance of the lead guitars as we can notice in the tracks "Ascending To Infinity" and "Dark Fate Of Atlantis". You also can notice the lead guitar merges with the melodies of the keyboards in the track "Clash Of The Titans", some tracks like "Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer's Fall" have a deep classical inspiration for the lead guitars that fight the rhythm guitars to produce an epic sound. The choirs and the backing vocals were the factory of creating a great cinematic taste behind the charming voice of Alessandro, the track "Dante's Inferno" displays this taste really well, and the powerful voice of the guest vocals also gave the track "Tormento E Passione" a deep operatic and symphonic texture, and it also allowed the the vocalists to reach very high notes while performing the song.
The talented bassist Patrice Guers stayed with Luca as a solid team in this record, the strong bass sound walk around the power metal riffs perfectly and floats on the surface of the rhythm guitars, and sometimes behind the lead guitars, songs like "Clash Of The Titans" show the skillful work and the collection of influences that cover the bass performance. Since the announcement of the drummer Alex Holzwarth my expectations have been really bright because his work in the albums "From Chaos to Eternity" and "The Frozen Tears of Angels" for Luca's previous band "Rhapsody Of Fire" was really professional, many attractive touches he has always added to the tracks to make them more effective and rigorous.
If you are ready to listen to one of the best Nuclear Blast's records and one of the greatest album of this year, then you have to buy your own copy of this album right now, when you first play this record you will start discovering a lot of musical elements in every minute you listen to, the beauty and the perfection merge here to clothe the the composition and the performance of this album very well. If you are into Luca's previous works then you have to own this album because this one is his best work so far, but if you're not into the music of this Italian genius, then I guess this album will be a great introduction for his skillful musical career. This album is recommended for all the metal albums around the world and specially for those who adore the symphonic and the orchestral sounds inside the metal music, and specially for those who adore the power metal genre.