Italian classical power metallers RHAPSODY OF FIRE have announced the addition of singer Giacomo Voli to the group's ranks. He joins the band as the replacement for Fabio Lione, who left RHAPSODY OF FIRE in September.
Says RHAPSODY OF FIRE in a statement: "As you can imagine, we are very enthusiastic to have Giacomo in the band and we can promise you that, beside his beautiful voice, he has brought new energy that we are looking forward to unleashing."
RHAPSODY OF FIRE keyboardist Alex Staropoli recently told Metal Underground that the band would take its time finding the right replacement for Fabio. "It's important for us to build a solid new lineup that can benefit the years to come," he said. "It will take some time to regroup and transit. It will be even more challenging to deliver better works than 'Into The Legend'. We really have to be patient. However, all these challenges also make the work we do more exciting. We hope the band will also have lots of fun in carrying out new plans."
Regarding Lione's exit from RHAPSODY OF FIRE, Staropoli said: "We knew Fabio's departure would happen eventually. It was a decision discussed carefully and collectively for a while. Those discussions were, as you can imagine, internal and confidential. It was our responsibility to calm down rumors in the summer because we didn't know for sure what was going to happen.
"This is the best professional solution to Fabio and the band's respective musical careers. It is also an opportunity for RHAPSODY OF FIRE to bring something new on board. We want to change the future rather than hold on to the past.
"Even though Fabio's departure wasn't exactly a surprise, it wasn't easy for everyone to face when it actually happened. We understood the necessity to accept this change and move on to a new chapter. Quite a lot of fans sent us caring messages and best wishes and kept encouraging us. We feel very lucky and we will stay strong and focused during this important transition."
Despite the recent personnel shuffles, Staropoli said that there was never any thought given to the idea of a name change for RHAPSODY OF FIRE. He explained: "Lineup changes are never easy and pleasant especially for the fans and the new transition might be challenging for some of them. However, I never seriously thought to change band name. As a co-founder and co-composer of RHAPSODY OF FIRE, I do feel fully commited to keep composing film score metal. It's my passion and I live for it.
"RHAPSODY OF FIRE is a brand with a strong concept: orchestral compositions entangled with inspired vocal lines, powerful guitar riffs, deep bass and kick-ass drums. The concept is not tied to individualities. This is our responsibility to keep the band going and to present a solid new lineup and epic music that will do nothing but honor our past history. We keep faith and look straight forward!"
Lione joined RHAPSODY OF FIRE in 1995, just after the "Eternal Glory" demo and before the release of the band's debut album, "Legendary Tales". He made a total of eleven full-length studio albums with the band.
Fabio's new band, ETERNAL IDOL, will release its debut album, titled "The Unrevealed Secret", on December 2 via Frontiers Music Srl.
Rhapsody Of Fire proudly present Giacomo Voli
We are extremely proud to announce that Giacomo Voli is the new singer of Rhapsody Of Fire. As you can imagine, we are very enthusiastic to have Giacomo in the band and we can promise you that, beside his beautiful voice, he has brought new energy that we are looking forward to unleashing. Stay tuned! More news and footage coming really soon!
Siamo estremamente orgogliosi di annunciare che il nome del nuovoPosted by Rhapsody Of Fire on Friday, November 11, 2016
cantante dei Rhapsody O Fire è Giacomo Voli. Come potete immaginare,
siamo entusiasti di accogliere Giacomo nella band e vi assicuriamo che,
oltre alla sua splendida voce, ha portato nuova energia che non vediamo
l'ora di scatenare. Restate sintonizzati sui nostri canali perché, nelle
prossime settimane, avrete modo di conoscerlo ancora meglio!!