RAGE

Power Metal / Symphonic Metal / Speed Metal / Non-Metal • Germany
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Rage is a German power/heavy metal band, not to be confused with the earlier Liverpulian NWoBHM act, currently consisting of Peter "Peavy" Wagner (Bass, Vocals), Victor Smolski (Guitar, Keyboards) and André Hilgers (Drums).

The band started in 1984 under the name Avenger, not to be confused with the NWoBHM act who were signed to NEAT Records. After an album and EP, the band changed their name to Rage, releasing their debut album Reign of Fear.

The band have since released numerous albums and EPs, the most recent being the 2010 CD titled Strings To A Web. They also released the EP Gib dich nie auf in 2009. The Song "Gib dich nie auf" is their first german song which they only recorded to attend at the german "Bundesvisionsongcontest" in February where one can only perform with a german song. They're the heaviest band performing there to date.

In late 2006,
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RAGE Discography

RAGE albums / top albums

RAGE Reign of Fear album cover 3.29 | 14 ratings
Reign of Fear
Speed Metal 1986
RAGE Execution Guaranteed album cover 3.33 | 15 ratings
Execution Guaranteed
Speed Metal 1987
RAGE Perfect Man album cover 3.62 | 17 ratings
Perfect Man
Power Metal 1988
RAGE Secrets in a Weird World album cover 3.89 | 18 ratings
Secrets in a Weird World
Power Metal 1989
RAGE Reflections of a Shadow album cover 3.68 | 11 ratings
Reflections of a Shadow
Power Metal 1990
RAGE Trapped! album cover 4.06 | 16 ratings
Trapped!
Power Metal 1992
RAGE The Missing Link album cover 3.88 | 13 ratings
The Missing Link
Power Metal 1993
RAGE 10 Years in Rage album cover 3.57 | 7 ratings
10 Years in Rage
Power Metal 1994
RAGE Black in Mind album cover 4.36 | 28 ratings
Black in Mind
Power Metal 1995
RAGE Lingua Mortis album cover 3.90 | 15 ratings
Lingua Mortis
Symphonic Metal 1996
RAGE End of All Days album cover 4.00 | 15 ratings
End of All Days
Power Metal 1996
RAGE XIII album cover 3.97 | 15 ratings
XIII
Symphonic Metal 1998
RAGE Ghosts album cover 4.12 | 16 ratings
Ghosts
Symphonic Metal 1999
RAGE Welcome to the Other Side album cover 3.75 | 12 ratings
Welcome to the Other Side
Power Metal 2001
RAGE Unity album cover 3.73 | 11 ratings
Unity
Power Metal 2002
RAGE Soundchaser album cover 3.59 | 11 ratings
Soundchaser
Power Metal 2003
RAGE Speak of the Dead album cover 3.88 | 13 ratings
Speak of the Dead
Power Metal 2006
RAGE Carved in Stone album cover 3.41 | 11 ratings
Carved in Stone
Power Metal 2008
RAGE Strings to a Web album cover 4.03 | 11 ratings
Strings to a Web
Power Metal 2010
RAGE 21 album cover 3.93 | 7 ratings
21
Power Metal 2012
RAGE The Devil Strikes Again album cover 4.40 | 5 ratings
The Devil Strikes Again
Power Metal 2016
RAGE Seasons of the Black album cover 3.84 | 7 ratings
Seasons of the Black
Power Metal 2017

RAGE EPs & splits

RAGE Invisible Horizons album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Invisible Horizons
Power Metal 1989
RAGE Extended Power album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Extended Power
Power Metal 1991
RAGE Beyond the Wall album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Beyond the Wall
Power Metal 1992
RAGE The Missing Link album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Missing Link
Power Metal 1993
RAGE Refuge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Refuge
Power Metal 1994
RAGE Higher Than the Sky album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Higher Than the Sky
Power Metal 1996
RAGE Live From the Vault album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live From the Vault
Power Metal 1997
RAGE In Vain: Rage in Acoustic album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
In Vain: Rage in Acoustic
Non-Metal 1998
RAGE In Vain album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Vain
Symphonic Metal 1998
RAGE Gib dich nie auf album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gib dich nie auf
Power Metal 2009
RAGE My Way album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Way
Power Metal 2016
RAGE The Devil Strikes Again / Second to None album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Devil Strikes Again / Second to None
Power Metal 2016

RAGE live albums

RAGE From the Cradle to the Stage album cover 3.83 | 3 ratings
From the Cradle to the Stage
Power Metal 2004
RAGE Full Moon in St. Petersburg album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Full Moon in St. Petersburg
Power Metal 2007
RAGE Live in Wacken 2007 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Live in Wacken 2007
Power Metal 2008

RAGE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

RAGE The Missing Link album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Missing Link
Power Metal 1993
RAGE End of All Days Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
End of All Days Demo
Power Metal 1996
RAGE Ghosts Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ghosts Demo
Power Metal 1999
RAGE Soundchaser Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soundchaser Demo
Power Metal 2003
RAGE Full Moon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Full Moon
Power Metal 2006

RAGE re-issues & compilations

RAGE The Best From the Noise Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best From the Noise Years
Power Metal 1998
RAGE Best of All G.U.N. Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best of All G.U.N. Years
Power Metal 2001
RAGE The Dark Side album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Dark Side
Power Metal 2002
RAGE The Lingua Mortis Trilogy (The Classic Collection) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Lingua Mortis Trilogy (The Classic Collection)
Symphonic Metal 2002
RAGE The Soundchaser Archives album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Soundchaser Archives
Power Metal 2014

RAGE singles (3)

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The Crawling Chaos
Power Metal 1995
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From the Cradle to the Grave
Symphonic Metal 1998
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Into the Light / Purified
Power Metal 2010

RAGE movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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4.50 | 1 ratings
The Video Link
Power Metal 1994
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Metal Meets Classic Live
Symphonic Metal 2001
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4.83 | 3 ratings
Rage - From The Cradle To The Stage
Power Metal 2004
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Full Moon in St. Petersburg
Power Metal 2007

RAGE Reviews

RAGE Seasons of the Black

Album · 2017 · Power Metal
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Rage have been kicking around for an eternity releasing their debut album Reign Of Fear back in 1986. They’ve also been on my radar for almost as long with albums like Black in Mind particularly impressing me but for some reason I’ve never actually bought much by them. There’s a few of their albums on my ridiculously long Amazon wishlist but there always seems to be something that takes precedence and there they stay.

Seasons Of The Black is studio album number twenty two if my maths is correct. If you know Rage then you’ll know what to expect here – Power metal injected with thrash and traditional touches. Probably because they’re old school they manage to a large extent to avoid the cheesy clichés and excesses of much European power metal which is fine with me. SOTB has a smoother production than their last album, 2016’s The Devil Strikes Again and whilst not totally absent they’ve reigned in the thrash elements here. It’s good for sure but not great as a whole and they’ve certainly done better. It has great moments though like opener Season Of The Black which pelts along at a fair pace with some strong riffs and hooks. In fact it’s the faster stuff that works best for me like the thrashier Walk Among The Dead and All We Know Is Not. The biggest problem with SOTB is that nothing after the opener really grabs me in a big way until Walk Among The Dead. Songs like Time Will Tell and Septic Bite whilst not bad by any stretch leave no strong lasting impression. Nevertheless it can be very good at times. Apart from the previously mentioned highlights songs like Justify impress with strong melodies and Bloodshed In Paradise packs plenty of punch. There’s also a bonus six tracks available on the vinyl and digipak versions and songs like Faster Than Hell are better than some that made the final cut so if you’re buying I’d recommend getting one of these versions.

There’s too many gaps in my knowledge of Rage’s albums to start talking about where SOTB sits in terms of their best. What I can say though is despite my previous reservations the strong moments impressed me enough to buy it so that’s got to be thumbs up.

RAGE Black in Mind

Album · 1995 · Power Metal
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Black In MInd's exciting lineup of thrashy power metal tracks (with some Iron Maiden influence evident here and there in the compositions) demonstrates to the attentive listener that even a decade into their career Rage showed no signs of easing up or slowing down. Those who like power metal which doesn't take the light, airy, cheesy route but is instead happy to get down all dirty and thrashy will be well-served by this release; in fact, even those metal who are usually averse to power metal may find that this one grows on them thanks to its darker than typical take on the genre.

RAGE Black in Mind

Album · 1995 · Power Metal
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A good album, although a little flat this "Black In Mind" because present a sound that is good but too aggressive, in the way of Thrash but too melodic because this is Thrash. The song are good and powerful, in the way of true Power Metal without compromises! Interesting is the presence of Strings in "All This Time" and violin and contrabass in "In A Nameless Time". This is interesting because the music performed by Rage doesn't seem to present opportunities for these instruments because is so hard and not present real melodic moments. In general these songs are apparent ease, to listen as to be played. As in all (or so often happens) Power Metal isn't what it seems. if the various soli all look the same (between a band and another and between different songs) here is an evident Blues matrix in contamination with what we generally call Classic Music. The Thrash Metal, in Speed version, is the matrix of "Sent By The Devil" but if you think that Rage is that kind of band that mix Classic Metal, Classic Music, Thrash and other genres you are outside of the road. In fact this is clear but the starting music is a sort of Blues Rock, bad and rotten, become Punk. In a certain sense (only certain?...) Rage is a Power Metal version of Mothorhead!!! In my view Rage's music is also melodic. Not so much his own way. Listening to "Shadow Out of Time" feel more in tune that bands like Manowar or (because it sounds better) of many AOR bands!!! In all this there is a downside, perhaps? Yes. Rage seems to be an extreme band, almost Thrash Metal, for those not expert in Power Metal. Or if he listens to other types of music a person could say that Rage played Thrash Metal. it happened to me! Probaly "A Spider's Web" present Thrash Metal style. But this is incorrect because this song present Classic Music derivations in Punk style. And for me if a band wants to innovate Punk should start from here and not from POP Punk that makes happy and the fans of MTV and of boy bands. Peavey e other Rage members(Chris, Spiros and Sven) express extreme music in a Power Metal field. But such aren't extreme for musical views. And in fact this music present too many colors, like a rainbow. Which gives me chills whenever I hear "Black In Mind"! Certainly in some moments this music not appear to have any inspiration. But what is desired. And it is winning situation. Interpenetrate my mind with what this album sends, I find positivity and joy, although I shouldn't perceive this. But in the end, there are also colors in the night, enough to be able to see the colors of the night. Just as the warmth in winter snow. I could also hear a woman crying and screaming whip. Because this gives me the sound and rhythm of "The Icecold Hand Of Destiny". But I always see in a corner of my vision (or foreground), a flower that's blooming. Even if the place of vision is a dump. Just as dolphins and whales are the masters of the seas and oceans. "Forever" present all these perceptions in one song, but the colours explodes as the atomic bomb in refrain and rhythmic soli (because in neoclassical style).

So, for me "Black In Mind" is a great album, probably a masterpiece of extreme Power Metal. And, in definitive, I think that "Black In Mind" is also an album without genre. In substance "Black In Mind" is an album for musical lovers.

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