Symphonic Metal Masters RHAPSODY OF FIRE  Celebrate Record Release Day Of ‘Challenge The Wind’ With New “Mastered by the Dark” Lyric Video!

Symphonic Metal Masters RHAPSODY OF FIRE Celebrate Record Release Day Of ‘Challenge The Wind’ With New “Mastered by the Dark” Lyric Video!

31st May 2024 0 By Jon Deaux

Symphonic melodic metal overlords Rhapsody Of Fire celebrate the release of their much-awaited and critically acclaimed, new studio epos ‘Challenge The Wind’ via AFM Records. A lyric video for their final single, the album closing track “Mastered by the Dark”,

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For more than thirty years, Rhapsody Of Fire have been able to rely on one thing: there’s nothing half-hearted about this band. The Italian masters of their craft can look back at an impressive catalogue of 14 studio albums, three EPs and two live recordings to date, all marked by lots of heart and soul, passion and a virtually inexhaustible wealth of ideas. Since 1993, mastermind and founder Alex Staropoli has been hailed as the creator of the film score metal genre and his band as one of the most charismatic acts worldwide. In addition, Staropoli has enlisted a highly creative first-rate guitarist in Roby De Micheli, who joined the fold in 2011, contributing lots of gritty metal riffs and virtuoso solos to contrast the band’s symphonic orchestral style.


‘Challenge The Wind’ marks Rhapsody Of Fire‘s most fast-paced rager to date, as the composer and keybordist Staropoli recently revealed: “Compared to all previous Rhapsody Of Fire releases, the current album consists exclusively of up-tempo numbers, not a single ballad in sight. None of our other records have featured as much pure, unadulterated metal as ‘Challenge The Wind’!” 

In support of their new album, the band is gearing up for a busy touring schedule in 2024, with many more shows to follow soon. Find all upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire dates listed below and stay up-to-date at: 


Challenge The Wind’ was produced by Alex Staropoli and mixed by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan), who is responsible for the homogeneous sound of the ten songs’ elaborate arrangements. One can be sure: Rhapsody Of Fire’s fast-paced adventure is set to continue with undiminished intensity! Order your copy of ‘Challenge The Wind’ HERE!

Challenge The Wind’ tracklist:
01. Challenge the Wind

02. Whispers of Doom

03. The Bloody Pariah

04. Vanquished by Shadows

05. Kreel’s Magic Staff

06. Diamond Claws

07. Black Wizard

08. A Brave New Hope

09. Holy Downfall

10. Mastered by the Dark

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Rhapsody Of Fire Live:

29.06.2024 (FR) CLISSON, Hellfest

13.07.2024 (BG) MOGILOVO, Midalidare Rock in the Wine Valley 2024

19.07.2024 (FI) PERUNKA, John Smith Rock Festival

07.11.2024 (SE) MALMOE, Plan B

08.11.2024 (SE) GOTHENBURG, Surr Arena

09.11.2024 (SE) STOCKHOLM, Fryshuset Klubben

10.11.2024 (SE) GAVLE, Centralteatern



Rhapsody Of Fire is:
Giacomo Voli (vocals)

Alex Staropoli (keyboards)

Roby De Micheli (guitars)

Alessandro Sala (bass)

Paolo Marchesich (drums)


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