Rhapsody Of Fire to release new album ‘Challenge The Wind’ in May 2024 – check out the video for the title track

Author Benedetta Baldin - 29.2.2024

Following ‘Kreel’s Magic Staff‘, a first single and album harbinger released in 2023, Rhapsody Of Fire have revealed full details about their brand new studio offering, entitled ‘Challenge The Wind’, due out this May! In support, the band has announced a busy touring schedule, with many more shows to follow soon. Find all upcoming Rhapsody Of Fire dates listed below!

For more than thirty years, fans of symphonic melodic metal act Rhapsody Of Fire have been able to rely on one thing: there’s nothing half-hearted about this band. The Italian masters of their craft can look back at an impressive catalog of 14 studio albums, three EPs, and two live recordings to date, all marked by lots of heart and soul, passion, and a virtually inexhaustible wealth of ideas. Since 1993, mastermind and founder Alex Staropoli has been hailed as the creator of the film score metal genre and his band as one of the most charismatic acts worldwide. In addition, Staropoli has enlisted a highly creative first-rate guitarist in Roby De Micheli, who joined the fold in 2011, contributing lots of gritty metal riffs and virtuoso solos to contrast the band’s symphonic orchestral style. 

Their upcoming studio album, ‘Challenge The Wind’, is slated for a release on May 31, 2024 via AFM Records, the pre-sale has started today at: https://rhapsodyoffire.bfan.link/challenge-the-wind

The album will mark Rhapsody Of Fire‘s most fast-paced rager to date. “Compared to all previous Rhapsody Of Fire releases, the current album consists exclusively of up-tempo numbers, not a single ballad in sight,” reveals the composer and keyboardist. “None of our other records have featured as much pure, unadulterated metal as ‘Challenge The Wind’!” Give ear, today, Rhapsody Of Fire are premiering a music video for their new single, the album title track! 

The song is out now on all digital streaming services via https://rhapsodyoffire.bfan.link/challenge-the-wind-single, watch the new Rhapsody Of Fire clip HERE:

Staropoli aggiunge: “Il nuovo singolo dei Rhapsody Of Fire “Challenge The Wind” è un’altra forte dichiarazione musicale della band. Velocità, energia, orchestrazioni, chitarre taglienti, voci e cori incredibili; una musica davvero epica e divina. Aspettatevi di essere spazzati via, l’intero album vi scuoterà nel profondo!“.

‘Challenge The Wind’ è stato prodotto da Alex Staropoli e mixato da Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan), responsabile del suono omogeneo degli elaborati arrangiamenti delle dieci canzoni. Come dimostrano i primi singoli, si può stare tranquilli: L’avventura frenetica dei Rhapsody Of Fire è destinata a continuare con intensità immutata!

Challenge The Wind’ tracklist:
01. Challenge the Wind 
02. Whispers of Doom
03. The Bloody Pariah
04. Vanquished by Shadows
05. Kreel’s Magic Staff 
06. Diamond Claws 
07. Black Wizard 
08. A Brave New Hope 
09. Holy Downfall 
10. Mastered by the Dark

Rhapsody Of Fire Live:
05.05.2024 (MX) EL CONDE, Foro 360

07.05.2024 (CO) BOGOTA, Astor Plaza

09.05.2024 (BR) SAO PAULO, Caricoa Club

10.05.2024 (CL) SANTIAGO, Blondie

11.05.2024 (AR) COMUNA 1, El Teatrito

18.05.2024 (IT) TREZZO SULL’ ADDA MI, Live Club

29.06.2024 (FR) CLISSON, Hellfest

13.07.2024 (BG) MOGILOVO, Midalidare Rock in the Wine Valley 2024

19.07.2024 (FI) PERUNKA, John Smith Rock Festival

07.11.2024 (SE) MALMOE, Plan B

08.11.2024 (SE) GOTHENBURG, Surr Arena

09.11.2024 (SE) STOCKHOLM, Fryshuset Klubben

10.11.2024 (SE) GAVLE, Centralteatern

Rhapsody Of Fire is:
Giacomo Voli (vocals)
Alex Staropoli (keyboards)
Roby De Micheli (guitars)
Alessandro Sala (bass)
Paolo Marchesich (drums)