Rage: Resurrection Day-2021.

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 VaultEP1997
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.Memento Vitae (Overture)01:14  instrumental
2.Resurrection Day04:18  Show lyrics
3.Virginity03:41  Show lyrics
4.A New Land03:49  Show lyrics
5.Arrogance and Ignorance05:00  Show lyrics
6.Man in Chains04:36  Show lyrics
7.The Age of Reason04:22  Show lyrics
8.Monetary Gods03:54  Show lyrics
9.Mind Control04:14  Show lyrics
10.Traveling Through Time04:13  Show lyrics
11.Black Room04:49  Show lyrics
12.Extinction Overkill05:52  Show lyrics
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1 Comment

  1. hells_unicorn, September 17th, 2021
    Written based on this version: 2021, CD, Steamhammer (Digipak)

    Many in the field of high speed German steel have come and gone since its heyday in the 1980s, but veteran speed/power metal fence-sitters Rage have endured long past most of the competition, and have been among the most prolific progenitors of the art form to boot. With 23 full length studio albums under their belt (24 if one counts their 1985 debut Prayers Of Steel under the prior moniker of Avenger) in under 40 years, they’ve proven to be a stoic rock that remains undaunted by the rushing rivers of changing commercial trends, with their output during the sonic wasteland of the 1990s rivaling the exquisite quality of fellow Teutonic powerhouses Grave Digger and Running Wild. As such, it stands to reason that the onset of the recent pandemic lockdowns would do little to stymie this metal institution’s output, and their latest offering to the masses dubbed Resurrection Day is a fittingly titled and relentlessly powerful display of what has always made this band a staple of their respective sub-genre.

    The aforementioned album name proves doubly appropriate given that this latest effort sees the return not only of the live scene, but also that of the twin guitar assault that this band dabbled in during the late 90s. Though by no means was recently departed axe-man Marcos Rodriquez a slouch, let alone his virtuoso predecessor Victor Smolski, there is definitely something to be said for the dynamic range afforded to a dueling guitar approach rather than the power trio one, and in this capacity both Stefan Weber and Jean Bormann perform quite effectively. The generally punchy and quasi-thrashing character of Rage’s signature take on power metal finds itself adorned with a more harmonically rich display, all the while losing none of its aggression between the crunchy riff work and the thunderous kit work of Vassilios “Lucky” Maniatopoulos, who has been making a massive racket with the band since their 2016 crusher The Devil Strikes Again, to speak nothing for band leader and lone founder Peter Wagner’s gravely and forceful vocal display, losing none of its power with the passage of time.

    Ushering in this renewed and reworked version of the same winning formula that has been paying dividends since the mid-80s is a somewhat more grandiose introduction that is almost theatrical in character. The opening instrumental fit of cinematic symphonic bluster “Memento Vitae (Overture)” comes off as somewhat typical when compared against many younger adherents of this style, but for Rage it presents a sizable departure from the more stripped down sound of their recent past for a more grandiose one, and the follow up anthem and title track “Resurrection Day” marries this orchestrated atmosphere to their chunky, speed-infused brand of metallic fury like a more thrashing nod to Accept’s more pomp-infused moments. This sense of dense atmospheric detailing likewise adorns more mixed up offerings such as the acoustic balladry turned Helloween-like fervor of “Man In Chains” and the melancholy turned frenetic brilliance of “The Age Of Reason”, the latter being among the more epic displays to occur in a sub-5 minute duration to have occurred in recent memory.

    Older fans of the band who might take these previously described forays into contemporary power metal as them skipping up on the aggression factor need not fret, for this album also delivers the heaviness factor something fierce. Biting speed thrashers such as “Virginity” and closer “Extinction Overkill” pack enough of a punch to rival some of the staples of the Bay Area thrash scene, while the thick grooves of mid-paced crushers like “Monetary Gods” and the slightly more melodic “A New Land” would satiate the hunger of any rabid Grave Digger fan for the roughest take on the power metal style. Even the somewhat AC/DC influenced meets modernized 80s melodic rock sensibilities of “Mind Control” are painted over with a rugged, working class metallic gloss that fits the mold as well as the rest of them. But the true coup de grace that really sums this album up is the slightly Iron Maiden-tinged melodic romp with a heavy edge “Traveling Through Time”, fully exploiting the two guitar arrangement while also incorporating some of those previously noted orchestral bits in a tasteful fashion.

    With a body of work so extensive being under consideration, it’s near impossible to approach this album without drawing comparisons to previous work, but what Rage has put together here towers above much of their recent output and definitely stands apart from the more rustic speed metal stylings of their more distant past. It conjures up about as many parallels to the recent output of U.D.O. and Primal Fear as it does the more old school metal trappings of their much lauded early days, and while it doesn’t quite match the sheer brilliance of Perfect Man and the diamond in the rough charm of The Missing Link, this is definitely a high point in a career that spans a majority of metal’s history. Despite Peavy Wagner pushing into his late 50s, he brings the same level of fire and energy that current contributors to the scene are accomplishing in their 20s, and the continuing evolution of their sound at the periphery is sure to yield more metallic greatness in the years to come.

    Originally written for Sonic Perspectives (www.sonicperspectives.com)

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