Tom Hess, the guitar virtuoso well known for his unique guitar skills and for being the creator of the famous online guitar courses, is now officially a member of Italian symphonic metal masters RHAPSODY OF FIRE. Tom recorded most of the rhythm-guitar parts and two guitar solos on the new RHAPSODY OF FIRE album, “From Chaos To Eternity”, to be released on June 17 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s Alex Staropoli: “I saw Tom Hess playing on stage several times and always got impressed by his great stage presence and his way of playing. When I heard the rhythmic and the solo guitars he recorded for RHAPSODY OF FIRE, I was blown away, I could feel that strong presence in between every single note.”
Added RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s Luca Turilli: “I know Tom [for] many years. He is a great person, a good friend of mine and I am not surprised of the success he’s having teaching his guitar techniques all around the world. I am really proud to have built a strong partnership with him and I will always thank him for the support he gave me when I decided to create my ‘Neoclassical Revelation’ guitar course. Therefore, I am really honored to present Tom to all the fans of RHAPSODY OF FIRE as I am sure he will be the one who, through his artistic talent and unique skills, will make the difference in this band for the years to come!”
A new RHAPSODY OF FIRE song, “Aeons Of Raging Darkness” — taken from the band’s forthcoming album, “From Chaos To Eternity”, is available for free download at this location (e-mail sign-up required). Luca says, “[This] song is dedicated to all the innocent people victims of the war, of the abuses, of those acts of violence that on a daily basis rape the soul of our wonderful planet.”
Described by the band as “the natural evolution” from last year’s “The Frozen Tears Of Angels”, “From Chaos To Eternity” marks RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s final release based on the fantasy saga started in 1997 with the group’s debut album, “Legendary Tales”. As in the past, RHAPSODY OF FIRE founding members Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli produced the effort, part of which (vocals and guitars) was laid down in their hometown of Trieste. The bass and drum recordings were completed in Wolfsburg, Germany at the Gate Studio under the supervision of RHAPSODY OF FIRE’s longtime friend and collaborator Sascha Paeth (AVANTASIA, ANGRA, KAMELOT).