When the Italian epic metal band RHAPSODY first met the legendary actor Christopher Lee in December 2003 during the recording of their current album "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret", no one really knew what could come of this collaboration.
It was only after Lee himself, being a talented singer possessing a rich bass/baritone voice, expressed his "concerns" that he was about to narrate for the album in a role of a wizard king and not sing at all, laid the ground for what was to come next.
The release of the album was critically acclaimed by both fans and media and achieving fantastic chart positions throughout the world — the parties decided to meet again in December 2004 to re-record the album track "The Magic Of The Wizard's Dream", this time as a duet that would feature the rich and expressive singing voice of none other than Mr. Lee with the band RHAPSODY.
In many reviews of the album, media and fans had already chosen the song as one of the best ever by the band. So this time producer Joey DeMaio (MANOWAR) was chosen by the band and Mr. Lee to produce the recording with the help of a Cologne string orchestra and some other guest musicians.
With Mr. Lee's command of over 12 languages it was a pleasure not a problem to record the song in the four different languages: English, German, French and Italian. Also a spectacular video was shot in High Definition filmed by noted director Neil Johnson, featuring a 40-piece orchestra and a 20-piece choir.
It would not be an overstatement to call the new version of "The Magic of the Wizard's Dream" a grand and epic piece of work in the style of Disney movies or world-class sports events. This is definitely a song full of emotion and fantasy, heart and soul.
In addition to the four language versions the band also produced two brand new studio tracks, the fast and powerful "Autumn Twilight" and the sweet and traditionally influenced "Lo Specchio D'Argento" that will also appear on this new offering.
With their sixth album "Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II – The Dark Secret" on Magic Circle Music, RHAPSODY continue to pioneer their new style of cinematic metal aptly called Film Score Metal.
This summer RHAPSODY will play two exclusive shows as very special guest on the Masters Of Rock Festival in the Czech Republic and the Earthshaker Fest 2005 in Geiselwind, Germany.
"The Magic Of The Wizard's Dream" single is scheduled for release on April 4 via Magic Circle Music/SPV.
(Thanks: Tim Vervaeke / www.thoughtsofmetal.be.tt)