Rhapsody Of Fire's Alex Staropoli and Luca Turilli have decided to split after a 15 year long partnership and friendship.
Luca and Alex issued a joint statement which reads; "Ten albums released and the end of the saga represent, musically and lyrically, an important artistic goal finally reached, underlined by the success of our last release 'From Chaos To Eternity,' for which we want to thank our wonderful fans once again.
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"Now it came the time when new artistic stimulations need to be found, in respect of both parts' visions and perspectives and of our longtime friendship."
Alex Staropoli will go on with Rhaposdy Of Fire with Fabio Lione as singer, Tom Hess as guitar player and Alex Holzwarth as drummer.
Luca Turilli will release his future works with a new Rhapsody band, including the band members Dominique Leurquin, Patrice Guers and Alex Holzwarth.
Alex says: "While wishing the best to Luca and his new band, I want to tell you that Fabio and myself feel motivated and stronger than ever and that Rhapsody Of Fire are already planning a great worldwide tour. More information regarding the new bass player and the new second guitar player will follow. Stay tuned!"
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