Back with a Vengeance !
After getting a contractual cornholing from Joey Demaio and Magic Circle music, and being stuck in legal limbo for almost half a decade, Rhapsody are back with one of the best releases of their career and certainly the best since 2002s Power of the Dragonflame, this reviewers previous favorite of theirs. Frozen Tears is a near perfect album without a single weak track on it with a nice diversity , you have several fairly straight-up symphonic power metal numbers, such as Sea of Fate and Raging Starfire, an Italian Folk song type number, one of the best ballads they have ever done: Lost in Cold Dreams, but the real highlight of this album is track 4, Reign of Terror, one of the most bombastic, symphonic powerful songs they have ever recorded, it has everything but the kitchen sink: melody, catchy riff,sheer heaviness, symphonic bobasity, and a dash of black metal. This bands lyrics and subject matter have always been, in my opinion, cheesier than all the lasagna in Italy, but I listen to them for their musicianship and musical craftsmanship, both of which are stellar on this release, unlike the last two albums that I found to be lackluster and unmemorable. If you are already a fan you can pick this up without hesitation. If you are a curious metal head, I can tell you this will easily be one of the best releases of 2010, so check it out.
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