Rage: End Of All Days-1996.

Rage:Power Metal from Germany.

Discography:

Reign of FearFull-length1986
Execution GuaranteedFull-length1987
Round Trip / Across the UniverseSplit1988 
Perfect ManFull-length1988
Invisible HorizonsEP1989
Secrets in a Weird WorldFull-length1989
Bathory / Tankard / Rage SamplerSplit1990 
Reflections of a ShadowFull-length1990
Extended PowerEP1991
Trapped!Full-length1992
Beyond the WallEP1992
The Missing LinkDemo1993 
Power of MetalSplit video1993 
The Missing LinkEP1993
Melodic Metal Strikes BackSplit1993 
The Missing LinkFull-length1993
The Video LinkVideo1994
Power of MetalSplit1994 
RefugeEP1994
10 Years in Rage: The Anniversary AlbumFull-length1994
Black in MindFull-length1995
The Crawling ChaosSingle1995 
End of All Days DemoDemo1996 
Lingua MortisFull-length1996
End of All DaysFull-length1996
Higher than the SkyEP1996
Live from the VaultEP19971
From the Cradle to the GraveSingle1998 
XIIIFull-length1998
The Best from the Noise YearsCompilation1998 
In VainEP1998
In Vain – Rage in AcousticEP1998
Ghosts DemoDemo1999 
GhostsFull-length1999
Welcome to the Other SideFull-length2001
Best Of – All G.U.N. YearsCompilation2001 
Metal Meets Classic Live Plus All G.U.N. BonustracksVideo2001 
UnityFull-length2002
The Lingua Mortis Trilogy (The Classic Collection)Boxed set2002 
The Dark SideCompilation2002 
Soundchaser DemoDemo2003 
SoundchaserFull-length2003
From the Cradle to the Stage: 20th AnniversaryLive album2004
From the Cradle to the Stage: 20th AnniversaryVideo2004 
Speak of the DeadFull-length2006
Full MoonSingle2006 
Full Moon in St. PetersburgVideo2007
2 Originals of RageBoxed set2008 
Carved in StoneFull-length2008
Gib dich nie aufEP2009
Into the Light / PurifiedSingle2010 
Strings to a WebFull-length2010
21Full-length2012
The Soundchaser ArchivesCompilation2014
The Refuge YearsBoxed set2015 
The Refuge YearsEP2015 
Carved in Stone / Speak of the DeadBoxed set2016 
My WayEP2016
The Devil Strikes Again / Second to NoneSplit2016
The Devil Strikes AgainFull-length2016
Blackened KarmaSingle2017 
The Early Years – From Avenger to RageBoxed set2017 
Seasons of the BlackFull-length2017
The Metal YearsBoxed set2019 
The Classic YearsBoxed set2019 
Let Them Rest in PeaceSingle2019 
TrueSingle2019 
Chasing the Twilight ZoneSingle2019 
Wings of RageFull-length2020
The Price of War 2.0Single2020 
Live in Poland – February 16th 2016 WarsawLive album2020
VirginitySingle2021 
Monetary GodsSingle2021 
Resurrection DayFull-length2021 
Peter “Peavy” Wagner
Vocals, Bass (1986-present)
See also: Lingua Mortis OrchestraRefuge, ex-Bassinvaders, ex-Avenger, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Der Riß
Vassilios “Lucky” Maniatopoulos
Drums, Vocals (additional) (2015-present)
See also: Tri State Corner
Jean Bormann
Guitars (2020-present)
See also: AngelInc, Rage & Ruins, ex-Dirty D’Sire
Stefan Weber
Guitars (2020-present)
See also: RebatteredRegicideScanner, ex-Axxis

Past Members:

Jörg MichaelDrums (1986-1987)
See also: HeavatarHeadhunter, ex-House of Spirits, ex-Surgeon, ex-Avenger, Devil’s Train, ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Grave Digger, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Running Wild, ex-Saxon, ex-Siren, ex-Soulslide, ex-Stratovarius, ex-Unleashed Power, ex-Glenmore, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Living Death, ex-100 Names, ex-Der Riß, ex-Laos (Gudrun Laos)
Jochen SchröderGuitars (1986-1987)
(R.I.P. 2021) See also: ex-Avenger, ex-Mekong Delta
Thomas GrüningGuitars (1986-1987)
See also: ex-Avenger
Chris EfthimiadisDrums (1987-1999)
See also: Refuge, ex-Atlain, ex-Cracked Bazoo, Tri State Corner, ex-Running Wild (live), ex-King’s Tonic, ex-Sub7even
Manni SchmidtGuitars (1987-1993)
See also: Refuge, ex-Grave Digger, ex-Jack of Hearts, ex-Rusty Nail, ex-Übergas, ex-Vötca
Rudy GrafGuitars (1987)
See also: ex-Beast, ex-Joker, ex-Warlock, ex-Moritzz Boogie Boosters
Sven FischerGuitars (1993-1999)
See also: ex-Pyracanda, ex-Sub7even
Spiros EfthimiadisGuitars (1994-1999)
See also: ex-King’s Tonic, ex-Sub7even
Mike TerranaDrums (1999-2007)
See also: AvalanchEmpireKreysonRazorbackThe FerrymenVision DivineZillion, ex-Hanover, ex-Roland Grapow, ex-Zillion, Taboo Voodoo, Terrana, Triton Devs, ex-Artension, ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Downhell, ex-Emir Hot, ex-Masterplan, ex-Not Fragile, ex-Squealer, ex-Tarja, ex-Tony MacAlpine, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, ex-Gamma Ray (live), ex-Iron Mask (live), ex-Tony Hernando (live), ex-Damir Simic Shime, ex-John West, ex-Metalium, ex-Savage Circus, ex-Beau Nasty, ex-Hardline, ex-Mike Terrana
Victor SmolskiGuitars, Keyboards (1999-2015)
See also: AlmanacCrusaderMind OdysseyVictor SmolskiVoodoo Gods, ex-Nuclear Blast Allstars, ex-Lingua Mortis Orchestra, ex-Кипелов (live), ex-Inspector, ex-Mike Terrana, ex-Песняры (live)
André HilgersDrums (2007-2015)
See also: BonfireSilent ForceSonic Haven, ex-Nuclear Blast Allstars, ex-The Sygnet, ex-Axxis, ex-Empire, ex-Herman Frank, ex-Lingua Mortis Orchestra, ex-Razorback, ex-Sinner, ex-Vanize, ex-Regicide (live), ex-Mendacious Messiah, ex-Ninja, ex-Noisehunter (live), ex-Bourbon $treet
Marcos RodríguezGuitars, Vocals (additional) (2015-2020)
See also: SoundchaserTorre de Marfil, Diolegacy
Songs
1.Under Control04:07  Show lyrics
2.Higher than the Sky04:17  Show lyrics
3.Deep in the Blackest Hole04:23  Show lyrics
4.End of All Days04:45  Show lyrics
5.Visions04:17  Show lyrics
6.Desperation04:55  Show lyrics
7.Voice from the Vault05:36  Show lyrics
8.Let the Night Begin03:53  Show lyrics
9.Fortress03:56  Show lyrics
10.Frozen Fire03:42  Show lyrics
11.Talking to the Dead04:00  Show lyrics
12.Face Behind the Mask03:37  Show lyrics
13.Silent Victory04:54  Show lyrics
14.Fading Hours06:28  Show lyrics
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1 Comment

  1. Diamhea, October 1st, 2014
    Written based on this version: 2006.
    With a catalogue as prolific and consistent as Rage, some worthy efforts will invariably get swept under the rug and forgotten about as the years (and the band) forge onward. Concerning these Germans, this criterion manifests itself primarily around some of their early to mid ’90s output. In some cases, the lack of attention is somewhat warranted (Reflections of a Shadow) and in others, a case regarding the opposite can clearly be mounted (Trapped!). Taking all of this into account, it would be fair to group End of All Days with the latter, as it admirably attempts to follow up one of the band’s most convincing records in Black in Mind. While it should come as no surprise that it falls somewhat short of matching the dark theurgy present on its direct predecessor, keen ears can discern the early throes of the stringent evolution the band was about to enter proper soon afterward.

    Despite a portentous album title and foreboding cover art courtesy of the legendary Andreas Marschall, End of All Days isn’t quite the dissonant ode to the depraved like some may expect. Then again nor is it an exercise in some of the melodic abandon solidified by the band in the early ’90s. In essence, this album draws a small accretion of influence from all of Rage’s hallmarks up to this point, omitting only the orchestral bombast delivered earlier in the year with the Lingua Mortis collaboration. Through this we have an effort lacking some of the peaks and valleys evident on earlier material, yet enjoying a consistent, dynamic flow. By Rage standards, this is a fairly compact effort, comprising fourteen songs averaging around four-and-a-half minutes a piece. This means we don’t have any ambitious concept pieces like “In a Nameless Time,” instead enjoying a number of melodic cookers alongside some of the heaviest material the band has written.

    And it works quite well most of the time, opening with the tense, core-rumbling “Under Control.” Evident right away is a marginal shift in Wagner’s vocal delivery, which is more streamlined and melodic than before. There are some serious issues sonically with the vocals (and the production on the whole – more on that later), but the chorus is decently sticky and the brothers Efthimiadis bring the house down in an efficient manner. I would not be averse to calling End of All Days one of Rage’s more traditional records, espousing a more elementary heavy metal aesthetic as opposed to the more speed metal-laced temperament obvious when Schmidt was still around. In general this results in a prevalence for more massive, lugubrious riffs similar to “The Crawling Chaos.” In fact “Voice from the Vault” sounds virtually identical at times, if not for the more ambitious song structure. “Talking to the Dead” takes the cake here though, melding the crunchy verses with one of Wagner’s more memorable vocal outings present. The best isolated riff occurs just shy of the three-minute mark on “Visions,” earning it a place among the album’s best.

    That’s not to say there aren’t comparisons that can be drawn to Black in Mind, as Spiros and Sven continue to underpin the Rage formula with great, moody acoustic passages. For me, this is one of the more searing attributes of this lineup, and the opening of “Desperation” makes a strong case for me. The quick and efficient character doesn’t work for the band all of the time (“Face Behind the Mask” is fast and boring), so it is refreshing to slow the proceedings down within reason. The most obvious exception to all of this is the closer “Fading Hours,” which opens with some great orchestrations and evolves into one of the better half-ballads the band has ever done. It hints at some of what was to come later on with Ghosts, and as such, its position as the final number is quite telling.

    Despite all of my gushing up to this point, I really have to deride the production values, which come nowhere close to the polished sleekness that came both before and after it. This doesn’t really do the band many favors, as the guitars tend to get swallowed up by the vocals and drums. There are some serious balance issues going on as well, even on the 2006 remaster (which I am appraising here). Wagner’s low frequencies are rarely a high priority, but he is working with a decent, clangy timbre this time around. Still, save for the bass, End of All Days is one of the weaker Rage albums sonically. It may seem like I am nitpicking, but to be candid, there isn’t a whole lot else to complain about here. As I have stated before, while this lineup has been defined by some of the unusual experimentation delivered later on, what we have here is a second straight furious heavy metal cruncher of a Rage effort that stacks up nicely to the rest of the band’s discography. End of All Days by no means deserves the back-burner status it has been anointed with over the years, and is one to seek out for those who prefer Rage’s more caustic side.

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