Rhapsody Of Fire announced the addition of new bass player, Oliver Holzwarth of Blind Guardian. Oliver is the brother of keyboardist Alex Holzwarth. Recently, the band amicably split with guitarist and co-founder Luca Turilli and Patrice Guers, leaving remaining members Fabio Lione, co-founder Alex Starapoli, Tom Hess and Alex Holzwarth to carry on the band. The full report on the split was previously reported on my Metal Underground at this location.
The official announcement on the band’s website reads:
“The band Rhapsody Of Fire is proud to announce the name of a new band member who will join forces with Fabio Lione, Alex Staropoli, Tom Hess and Alex Holzwarth. German bass player Oliver Holzwarth (brother of Rhapsody Of Fire drummer Alex Holzwarth) has joined the band as an official and permanent member of Rhapsody Of Fire, and will be involved in both live performances and studio recordings.
“Oliver is an excellent bass player who has toured with Blind Guardian, Tarja Turunen and Sieges Even and has recorded several studio albums with Blind Guardian.
“Alex Staropoli says: ‘It’s a true privilege and honor to have the two Holzwarth brothers playing together in Rhapsody Of Fire. I am sure it will be fantastic to have the best rhythmic section on this planet, a unique and true force of nature, on our side. I am really looking forward to hearing them shaking the stages around the world on our upcoming world tour.’ ”
Singer Fabio Lione is currently on tour as guest vocalist with Kamelot in North America.