Rhapsody of Fire
Rhapsody of Fire (formerly known as Rhapsody and, originally, as Thundercross) is an Italian symphonic power metal band led by Alex Staropoli. Since forming in 1993, the band has released nine studio albums, one live album, two EPs, and a live DVD. Rhapsody of Fire is known for its conceptual lyrics that constitute a fantasy story throughout all of their albums.
In the last few years, Australia's VOYAGER have attained what can only be described as a worldwide cult following. Hailed as "one of the most original and daring groups on planet", the band has battled geographical isolation to tour Europe twice, perform at ProgPower Europe 2006 and share stages with diverse acts like NIGHTWISH, STEVE VAI, SOILWORK and ALESTORM.
The band's loyal international fanbase has praised its incredibly catchy songwriting and compared its sound to a mixture of AMORPHIS' thirst for melody, SOILWORK's heaviness and the crystal vocal clarity of A-HA's Morton Harket.
Conceived in 1999 by Danny Estrin, a German-born musician, VOYAGER has 3 full-length albums under its belt, each one propelling them further into cult status as an elite progressive metal band. While "Element V" (2004) was celebrated for its uplifting variety, the band's opuses have continued on a darker path, with "uniVers" (2007) receiving critical acclaim for its melancholic and emotional side and "I am the revolution" (2009) reaching an even heavier, darker but still overwhelmingly melodic spectrum.