Luca Turilli´s Rhapsody: The Creators Of Cinematic Metal
(Official Biography by Markus Wosgien)
Italian guitar player, keyboard player and composer Luca Turilli is not just a musician with extraordinary skills, but a musical visionary too. With the symphonic metal band RHAPSODY he wrote musical history, released ten studio albums, including the genre-defining milestones »Legendary Tales«, »Symphony of Enchanted Lands« and »Dawn of Victory«. The media dubbed this majestic and unique sound “Hollywood Metal”, while some years later it became known as “Film Score Metal.” Both genres were clearly describing a new style of music based on the connection between the most epic and glorious power/speed metal of the late ‘80s with Luca’s infinite passion for the cinema and the world of soundtracks. This genre – enriched by folk music influences, guitar playing of neo-classical inspiration and lyrics related to the fantasy “sagas” created by Luca Turilli himself – influenced a whole generation of new bands in the years to follow. In time RHAPSODY became one of the most important acts of the last decade in the world of heavy/rock music. An exclusive collaboration with Sir Christopher Lee, the most filmed actor in the history of cinema, marked one of the highlights in the career of RHAPSODY, singing on ‘The Magic of the Wizard’s Dream’, as well being a narrator for the »Dark Secret« saga, adding a great pathos to the heroic tale told over 5 albums.
In August 2011, after fifteen years, ten official albums, and more than 1.5 million copies sold worldwide, the cycle related to the fantasy sagas (the epic tale on which all the music & lyrics of the band were based) came to an end. At the same time the two founding members Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli decided to exercise a friendly split and continue their artistic careers separately. Staropoli agreed to continue as RHAPSODY OF FIRE while Luca Turilli moved on as RHAPSODY, adding his name on top of the logo due previous legal reasons not allowing him to use the word RHAPSODY alone. The new line-up, consisting of long-time members Dominique Leurquin (guitar) and Patrice Guers (bass), was completed by drummer Alex Landenburg (21 OCTAYNE, MEKONG DELTA) and vocalist Alessandro Conti (TRICK OR TREAT). Conti is a real vocal virtuoso, able to pass with extreme easiness from crystalline high-toned vocal lines to whispered low tones, from aggressive to lyrical/operatic parts. He learned to control his vocal expression studying as a tenor at the »Corale Lirica Rossini«, the same school attended by the great and unforgettable maestro Luciano Pavarotti. The first result was the successful »Ascending To Infinity« epic, released in June 2012 and reaching high chart entries in all Europe. »Ascending To Infinity« also marked a new chapter in music history: the birth of Cinematic Metal. “The love for the cinema and the movie soundtracks is something clear and evident in each song of the album. The epic, cinematic impact of the music is something flowing in my blood and carved in my genetics”, commented Luca Turilli, who creates every single note for each section of the orchestra by himself.
Always in search for a new challenge, the composer went another step further and brought his vision of Cinematic Metal to a new dimension: »Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus«. Seven months of composition, three months of production, over 50 days of mix, two choirs, several special guests, including Ralf Scheepers (PRIMAL FEAR), Dan Lucas (KARO) and David Readman (PINK CREAM 69). Including 70 minutes of epic, cinematic sounding music – bombastic and dramatic as never before – the new RHAPSODY masterwork is leading the listener to an emotional and memorable journey.
The album was composed and produced once again by Luca Turilli, responsible as always for all the orchestral and choral arrangements. It was recorded and mixed at the Backyard Studios of Sebastian Roeder (BONFIRE a.o.) and mastered by Christoph Stickel (Michael Schenker’s TEMPLE OF ROCK a.o.) at MSM studios.
“I was born with music, I grew up with music, I breathe music all day long and for me it’s the voice of heart and soul, an amazing bridge between the material and spiritual world. Through music I strongly express my love for life”, explains the mastermind and adds: “Because of my personality, I always felt to express such important feelings and states of mind and spirit with a great emotional impact. Therefore I always liked to enrich my compositions and arrangements with a large orchestral section and epic huge choirs”, says the musician, who recently opened a company called »Luca Turilli Music Productions«, with the intention to compose and arrange music for the entertainment industry (movies, videogames etc.).
With this cinematic aspect in mind, it was natural to have epic lyrical topics on »Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus« as well. “In those songs, I like to speak about science, metaphysics, supernatural, parallel dimensions, spiritual evolution, the myths and legends of the planet hiding hermetic cosmic truths. All these topics are related with one basic and fundamental source of inspiration that I would define as “spiritual evolution”. In my life experience I felt always attracted by what hides behind the miracle of creation. I always tried to find an answer to all the common philosophical questions: from where we come, where do we go and which is the sense of all this, what really hides beyond the illusion of space and time, what happens after our physical death and all that. In particular I was very interested in understanding more about that primordial original spiritual source that was later manipulated by man, in a more or less wise way, and that gave birth to all religions. I started finding the first important answers to this kind of questions after some particular events happened to me and that changed my life vision once for all. From that moment, mainly thanks to the constant practice of yoga and meditation, I started exploring the possibilities of the human brain and the relation between the material world and the spiritual dimension surrounding us, finally starting to understand where lies the key for the comprehension of all things.”
»Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus« is full of mystery and secret knowledge. In the track ‘Il Tempo Degli Dei’ you can hear the real voice of the greatest Italian psychic, Gustavo Adolfo Rol (1903-1994), reading from the pages of his diary the famous words of what he defined as »The Tremendous Law«, that quantum gate discovered by him in 1927 and allowing him to gain access to a set of supernatural “possibilities” that he used in the name of light and love. “That song is dedicated to him as he is one of my greatest inspirations”, adds the lyricist.
The first single out of »Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus« is the charming ‘Rosenkreuz’. “The song tells about the legendary origin of the Rosicrucian Order and the 12 wise men, keepers of the spiritual wisdom of the Ancients and of the highest intellectual knowledge that, willing to react against the corrupted and amoral society of their time, found in the “13th one” the personified synthesis of an immortal spiritual secret reflected in the absolute and purest essence of light and love.”
It is no secret that the movie trilogy »The Lord Of The Rings« had a lasting impact on Luca Turilli, who felt honored in composing the bombastic ‘One Ring To Rule Them All’, inspired by a trip to New Zealand and the amazing landscapes that became the locations for the blockbuster movie. “It was an incredible sensation and I had the feeling of being suspended between reality and dream while staring at those glorious hills, lakes and mountains.”
The album ends with the continuation of the long epic ‘Of Michael the Archangel and Lucifer’s Fall’, this time presented with the additional title: ‘Part II: Codex Nemesis’. “Since when I was a child, I was always attracted by the tales of angels and archangels”, reveals Turilli, always fascinated by the biblical tale describing the war between the army of God and Satan’s forces, with the glorious victory of light. Such original song, containing “hermetic” lyrics and deep spiritual messages and combining traditional symphonic elements mixed with modern electronic sounds, represents the latest evolution and the most “visionary” aspect of RHAPSODY’s composition. Inspired by the Apocalypse of St. John and the intimate relation between quantum physics and spiritual evolution, the music transcends past, present and future becoming the soundtrack of heart and soul beyond the illusion of time.
“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes”
Carl G. Jung (1875-1961)