A Metal Jukebox Pt. 9: What Can I Learn from Luca Turilli’s Musical Journey?

LT’s Rhapsody – Ascending to Infinity

Luca Turilli is a guitarist, songwriter & lyricist, composer, and keyboard player. He is known as one of the founders, main songwriter, and composer of Rhapsody of Fire (previously known as Rhapsody; originally as Thundercross). This band is an Italian Symphonic Power Metal band; often referred as ‘Hollywood metal’ due to the use of extensive narration – among others, done mostly by Christopher Lee, an actor known for roles of Saruman in Lord of the Rings, Fransisco Scaramanga in James Bond movie, and Count Dooku in Star Wars – and is based centrally on medieval themes incorporating sagas). Since its foundation in 1993, the band has released 9 albums, 3 EPs, 1 live album and 1 DVD. After that though, Luca left his mates in Rhapsody of Fire (based on a friendly agreement).

Previously, when he was still in Rhapsody of Fire, he had produced trilogy albums – King of Nordic Twilight, Prophet of the Last Eclipse, and The Infinite Wonders of Creation, under “Luca Turilli” with a big success. He produced a low-budget video production on one of the songs in the first trilogy album entitled “The Ancient Forest of Elves.” The video is embedded below.

Luca Turilli – The Ancient Forest of Elves

He also had another project called “Luca Turilli’s Dreamquest” where he performed all keyboard parts and gave Dominique Leurquin, Rhapsody of Fire’s member for live shows the guitar parts. In addition to that, he provides trainings on neoclassical guitar techniques. More information about the training can be found in “Neoclassical Revelation.”

Now, he tries to explore a more cinematic approach in his neoclassical symphonic metal music. Having the original name, Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody is a new musical journey for Luca Turilli and his band mates. Here, he is supported by Dominique Leurquin (guitar; a live Rhapsody of Fire member), Patrice Guers (bass; formerly on Rhapsody of Fire), Alessandro Conti (vocals, from Treat or Trick), and Alex Landenburg (formerly on Stratovarius, Symfonia). The drum part was initially recorded and performed by his friend Alex Holzwarth of Rhapsody of Fire. But due to Alex’ impossible duties performing in two bands, a search for a new drummer was done and Alex Landenburg was selected. Conti is also a good choice I think, by Luca Turilli the same thing when he had Fabio Lione (in Rhapsody of Fire) and Olaf Hayer (in Luca Turilli) earlier. The album itself is entitled “Ascending to Infinity.” They have shown one official video clip and three songs (later I found these songs are not available anymore as they already released the album from June 22nd, 2012).

So, what can I learn from Luca Turilli’s musical journey? I don’t know him in person. I also don’t know other stories beside his productions in the musical career. Based on what I wrote earlier – and only that information, I can see he is a very talented and creative musician in his stream, exploratory, yet critical of his works. Sometimes, I found he goes back to his original style but many times he could escape from copying his previous works (and maybe others). It’s a very dynamic interaction toward an evolving state. I learn then that sometimes we need to go back to our earlier state while at the same time dynamically exploring wider possibilities. When it comes to writing an academic piece of writing, I guess this is an important reflection.

Anyway, here’s Luca’s new production (already out on June 22, 2012), in a new different line-up where he acts as the main composer, guitar player and keyboardist.

Album’s Track Listing
(Music &Lyrics by Luca Turilli)

Quantum X (2:20)
Ascending to Infinity (6:05)
Dante’s Inferno (4:56)
Excalibur (8:12)
Tormento E Passione (4:50)
Dark Fate of Atlantis (6:30)
Luna (Alessandro Safina Cover) (4:18)
Clash of Titans (4:15)
Of Michael the Archangle and Lucifer’s Fall (16:15) – Alma Mundi – Fatum Mortali – Ignis Divinus
March of Time (Helloween Cover/Bonus Track) (5:40)
In the Mirror (Loudness Cover/Bonus Track) (3:37)
Fantasia Gotica (Digital Release)
NN (Japan Bonus Track)

As you can see, the band did a cover version of Helloween’s March of Time, produced in a more cinematic approach. To admit almost all songs are superb. However, of all the songs, I like Excalibur, the second longest song of the album, the most.

Here I embed one audio, one video clip and an mp3 (longer version) of the clip. I hope you can enjoy this post 🙂

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Dante’s Inferno

Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Dark Fate of Atlantis (Short Version)

The mp3 (longer version) of the song above can be downloaded legally here.


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