RAGE — The Missing Link

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3.69 | 16 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 1993

Filed under Power Metal
By RAGE

Tracklist

1. Firestorm (4:57)
2. Nevermore (4:27)
3. Refuge (3:38)
4. The Pit and the Pendulum (4:17)
5. From the Underworld (3:09)
6. Certain Days (5:45)
7. Who Dares (4:27)
8. Wake Me When I'm Dead (5:20)
9. Lost in the Ice (9:48)
10. Her Diary's Black Pages (3:35)
11. The Missing Link (4:23)
12. Raw Caress (5:24)

Total Time 59:11

Bonus Tracks:

13. Another Kind of Madness (5:11)
14. Truth Hits Everybody (The Police cover) (2:26)
15. I Can't Control Myself (The Troggs cover) (2:48)
16. Beyond the Pale (The Mission cover) (6:34)
17. Paranoid (Black Sabbath cover) (demo) (2:40)

Line-up/Musicians

- Peter "Peavy" Wagner / Vocals, Bass
- Manni Schmidt / Guitars
- Chris Efthimiadis / Drums

Guest musicians

- Benjam Rinnert / Violin
- Detlef Goy / Contrabass

About this release

Release date: August 1st, 1993
Label: Noise Records

Remastered in 2002, with five bonus tracks.

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The Crow
Rage went deeper into the 90s with an album that, although it is still certainly indebted to Metallica, does have a sound much more of its own and also points out some of the things that they will be doing in the future, such as those orchestral touches in Lost in The Ice and also some progressive passages in other songs such as the one that gives the album its title.

Otherwise it is a funny album with a very homogeneous quality, with some intelligent lyrics and it is undoubtedly a small classic of 90s, mandatory for all thrash-speed metal fans.

Best Tracks: Firestorm (fast and furious), Refuge (it gives the name for the alternative Peavy's band), Lost in the Ice (a welcomed innovative track) and The Missing Link (the riffs are really unique)

My Rating: ****

SilentScream213
Rage are one of the longest running and most consistent German Metal bands out there. 1993 was only 10 years into their career, but The Missing Link was already Rage’s 7th(!) album, and they continued this trend of releasing an album at least every other year for many decades. Amazingly almost all of them are great, but 1993’s “The Missing Link” may be where they settled on a trademark sound of simple but effective Power Metal with generous Heavy, Speed, and Thrash influences.

If you know Rage’s sound, there’s not much to say about this, but it’s quite simply aggressive Power Metal that sacrifices some of genre’s usual melodicism and catchiness for classic Metal riffage. Lost in the Ice flirts with Symphonic elements, which would become more prominent on later albums. This album is incredibly consistent across its 12 tracks, and the thing about Rage is while they write very few poor songs, they similarly write just as few masterpieces. Instead, they crank out a vast number of great tracks with solid songwriting and riffs. The Missing Link is right around their peak era, so you can expect every song here to be very good; just don’t expect any mind-blowing numbers.

The bonus track cover of “Beyond the Pale” is absolutely amazing, one of those few masterpieces and it didn’t even make the album!

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