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RHAPSODY
LIVE IN CANADA 2005-THE DARK SECRET
MAGIC CIRCLE

Live albums always seem a bit too overindulgent or are only issued to fulfill contract obligations between artist and label, but somehow Rhapsody’s live offering transcends this feeling. Perhaps it works in part due to the Canadian audience’s very audibly insane reaction to the overtly cinematic Italian metal troupe’s appearance, or maybe it’s just the group’s over the top performance in general, but whatever the case, this 11-track disc does the job. With an unapologetically theatrical musical direction, which plays out as half-Broadway, half metal show, and a plethora of lush orchestration, choral chants, and clichéd metal devices (the best being the lead singer’s banter from the stage in French no less) in tow, Rhapsody may sound like somewhat of a joke to those who don’t understand this particular genre of metal or who take Spinal Tap to heart, but at least Canada gets it, eh?
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- Mike SOS