Infernal Masquerade webzine recently conducted an interview with guitarist Luca Turilli of Italian symphonic metal masters RHAPSODY OF FIRE. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

RHAPSODY OF FIRE's new album, "The Frozen Tears Of Angels", sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 52 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"The Frozen Tears Of Angels" registered the following first-week chart positions:

Italy: #31
Germany: #33
Switzerland: #39
Japan: #41
France: #51
Austria: #58
Belgium: #96

"The Frozen Tears Of Angels" was released in Europe on April 30 via Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was produced by Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli and it was mixed and mastered by Sascha Paeth at the Gate Studio (AVANTASIA, EPICA) in Wolfsburg, Germany. It was made available as a standard version jewelcase, as "a highsize digipak" with two bonus tracks and as a gatefold double-vinyl.

RHAPSODY OF FIRE previously stated about the new CD: "This is not just a new album for us, but pure emotion carved in music. Lyrically, it's based on the third chapter of 'The Dark Secret Saga' and the long journey of five bravehearts to the frozen northern lands at the unexplored borders of the known world in order to find a way to stop the demonknight's prophecy. This album and its music will underline the feelings, hopes and fear of the main characters in this new epic adventure. All the drama of this new part of the saga will be as always enchanted by the soundtrack oriented orchestral arrangements and the majesty of opera choirs, real trademark of RHAPSODY OF FIRE's music, but surely this album will sound more powerful, speed- and guitar-oriented than in the recent past, in order to underline the dark and romantic rage of the lyrics too. Every song will have its own character, as you will be able to fly with the angels of the crystal realms through the cold skies of the north on the notes of hit songs like 'Sea Of Fate' (song written for the first time together by Luca Turilli, Alex Staropoli and Fabio Lione), 'Raging Starfire' or 'The Frozen Tears Of Angels', and at the same time you will have a taste of the angels' holy rage listening to 'Reign Of Terror', real gem of this new production. The energy of more extreme metal applied to positive lyrics hymning to the victory of hope, truth and respect over the inner demons lying in the depths of our conscience for a unique contrast never heard before and that made us really excited while composing this song."

"Sea Of Fate", the new video from RHAPSODY OF FIRE, can be viewed below.



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