Monday night in the heart of Seattle, El Corazon was about to witness a symphonic power metal explosion as the legendary Italian band Rhapsody of Fire took the stage. With a capacity of 800 people and tickets being sold above 700, the venue was packed to the brim, creating an atmosphere that was both hot and sweaty, but undeniably electric. The limited space meant there was hardly any room to move, except for the chaotic mosh pit that erupted on the lower floor, adding an extra layer of intensity to the night.
As the lights dimmed and the crowd roared in anticipation, Rhapsody of Fire burst onto the stage, unleashing a ferocious wave of energy that rippled through the venue. The air was thick with excitement as the band launched into their first song “I’ll Be Your Hero”, instantly igniting a frenzy of headbanging and fist-pumping. Despite the tight quarters, the crowd’s enthusiasm knew no bounds, and the heat only added to the raw intensity of the experience.
Frontman Giacomo Voli commanded the stage with his dominating presence, rallying the crowd and encouraging their participation. The fans, drenched in sweat, sang along with every word, their voices blending with Giacomo’s powerful vocals. The band’s musicianship was on full display, with blistering guitar solos, symphonic keyboard soundscapes, and thunderous drumming reverberating throughout the venue, fueling the already fiery atmosphere.
With no room to spare, the mosh pit on the lower floor became a swirling vortex of bodies, unleashing a torrent of energy and aggression. Bodies collided, arms flailed, and the pit pulsated to the relentless rhythm of the music. It was a cathartic release for those seeking an outlet for their pent-up energy and a sight to behold for those observing from the packed sidelines.
Despite the intimate setting, Rhapsody of Fire’s performance was larger than life. The band’s intricate compositions and epic storytelling transported the audience to realms of fantasy and adventure. As the crowd collectively lost themselves in the music, the limited space became inconsequential, and the passion for symphonic power metal transcended physical boundaries.
The venue’s tight floor space had an unexpected effect on the overall ambience. The closeness between the band and the audience fostered an intimate connection, making the experience feel more personal and immersive. Unexpectedly, frontman Giacomo Voli jumped off the stage, not once but twice and into the welcoming sea of fans below to give an intimate performance that fans will never forget. The sweat-drenched faces of the band members mirrored those of the fans, creating a shared sense of intensity and camaraderie that pulsed throughout the venue.
As the concert reached its climax, Rhapsody of Fire delivered its final onslaught of metal magnificence. The crowd, fueled by adrenaline and passion, responded with an eruption of cheers and applause. The band members, exhausted but exhilarated, basked in the adoration of their fans while shaking hands and fist-bumping with excited fans, acknowledging the unique energy that had permeated the small space of El Corazon.
The night came to an end, leaving the crowd buzzing with euphoria and longing for more as the band announced they would be coming out to meet their fans after the show. They made good on their promise and stayed to talk to fans, take photographs, and autograph fan collectables.
Rhapsody of Fire’s performance was a testament to the band’s enduring power and the unwavering dedication of their fanbase. Despite the lack of room to move, the intense heat, and the mosh pit that consumed the lower floor, the night was an absolute triumph, showcasing the band’s musical prowess and creating a sense of unity that can only be found in the metal community.
Set List Seattle:
Intro – C. Lee
I’ll Be Your Hero
Chains of Destiny
The Legend Goes On
March Against the Tyrant
A New Saga Begins
Son of Vengeance
Master of Peace
Rain of Fury
Un Ode Per L’Eroe
Dawn of Victory
Reign of Terror
Wisdom of the Kings
Check out some of their performance live in Portland and photos from the show below.