Turilli, Luca - Prophet Of The Last Eclipse

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Limb Music Products
Catalog Number: LMP 0210-045
Format: CD
Total Time: 50:07:00

Progressive metal, symphonic rock, progressive rock ? what does it all mean to you and how do you understand it with your ears? Like anything else, it is a matter of taste and opinion. Luca Turilli and his sonic blast into the future titled Prophet Of The Last Eclipse, could fall into many different styles of music, or several depending on what song you are listening to on this CD. I would call it prog-symphonic-metal.

Complimented by a full choir, Turilli takes you to another world far away where apocalypse is eminent. Does it sound all too familiar? One gaze at the cover and it does not take that much of an imagination to understand what this is all about. The story and concept is all too well known and its nothing new as a far as a storyline is concerned. The music is what puts it all over the top. I thought of Rick Wakeman's lavish production Journey To The Center Of The Earth more than a few times while reflecting upon all the values of this project.

Perhaps you recognize the name Turilli, as he is not only a fine guitar player recognized for his exceptional solo work; he is in the metal group Rhapsody. His work deserves a close look even though there is nothing particularly extraordinary going on here. This type of music has a tendency to carry the same beat with the rapid-fire computerized drums, emphatic vocals, and the whiz-bang guitar lines that sound the same in every song. I did not find that kind of sameness or monotony on this album, although at times the incessant high-speed beats got to me; for the most part Turilli utilizes his experience very well by creating an assortment of sounds that did not fall into any one grouping snuggly, which in the end is his saving grace. It stays interesting enough to keep your attention straight on through, which can be another feat in itself with this style of music. I enjoy this approach in music most of the time, but the problem I have with it is that it can become too similar without enough room for growth and experimentation. Once again, Turilli manages to step beyond those boundaries and make this his own with a stamp of originality. It is too dissimilar to become dry or boring. You can count on one thing, this is not what you would expect for prog-metal, it is almost too progressive to say the word metal in the same sentence, yet both genres play off each other well. It is an interesting blend to be sure. I guess you will just have to hear it for yourself and then come up with your own pr?cis as to what it is for you. For me ? it was a good listen worth investigating some more.

Aenigma (1:58) / War Of The Universe (4:18) / Rider Of The Astral Fire (5:12) / Zaephyr Skies' Theme (3:19) / The Age Of Mystic Ice (4:53) / Prince Of The Starlight (5:13) / Timeless Oceans (4:18) / Demonheart (5:08) / New Century's Tarantella (5:15) / Prophet Of The Last Eclipse (11:48)

Luca Turilli - guitar
Sascha Paeth - bass
Olaf Hayer - vocals


Susanne Mohle - choir
Rannveig Sif Sigurdardottir - choir
Bridget Fogle - choir
Cinzia Rizzo - choir

Rhapsody - Legendary Tales (1997)
Rhapsody - Symphony Of Enchanted Lands (1998)
Rhapsody - 'Holy Thunderforce' (1998) (single)
'The Ancient Forest Of Elves' (1999) (single)
King Of The Nordic Twlight (1999)
Rhapsody - Dawn Of Victory (2000)
Rhapsody - Rain Of A Thousand Flames (2001)
Demonheart (2002) (ep)
Prophet Of The Last Eclipse (2002)

Rhapsody - Power Of The Dragonflame (2002)
Rhapsody - Tales From The Emerald Sword Saga (Best Of) (2004)
Rhapsody - The Dark Secret (2004)
Rhapsody - Symphony Of Enchanted Lands II: The Dark Secret (2004)
Rhapsody Of Fire - Live In Canada 2006: The Dark Secret (2006)
Rhapsody Of Fire - Triumph Or Agony (2006)
Luca Turilli's Dreamquest - "Virus" (single) (2006)
Luca Turilli's Dreamquest - Lost Horizons (2006)
The Infinite Wonders Of Creation (2006)
Rhapsody Of Fire - The Frozen Tears Of Angels (2010)

Rhapsody Of Fire - Visions From The Enchanted Lands (DVD) (2007)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin IT

Added: February 11th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
Artist website: www.lucaturilli.com
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Language: english


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