Although this fantasy heavy metal band from Italy has been forced to change their name from Rhapsody to Rhapsody of Fire, their seventh studio album has proved that they still the great rock band who can delivery the great quality of music. There is no one can create such a music drama like this band. Fabio still produces the great vocal. Songs and musics still take us to the land of an unofficial chapters for The Lord of the Rings.
"Dar-Kunor" is the introduction song opening the epic tales by starting with typical Rhapsody symphonic sound. The next 2 tracks "Triumph Or Agony" and "Heart of the Darklands" might be the better tracks on this album. "Old Age of Wonders" also begins with a sleepy intro with flute and clean guitar sound; however, the song never picks up at all. In fact, this pattern runs through every songs in this album including the next track "The Myth of the Holy Sword" and the laid back track ballad "Il Canto Del Vento". "Silent Dream" seems to start with the lift off music, but again after excited intro, the song kind of go back to the same pace. "Bloody Red Dragon" truly gives the great and exciting impression about the song, but sadly that is another sleepy bloody red dragon. With that emotion, it makes "Son of Pain" look just fairly ok. Next, the epic track with an awesome title "The Mystic Prophecy of the Demon Knight" contains 5 parts with a bit over 16 minutes. The song features more variety but coming a bit short with too much dialog in a few places. The last song "Dark Reign of Fire" is quite good but nothing new here.
This is definitely not the greatest album from the great band, but considered good and worth to try.