|RAGE: "Unity" release date 13.05 www.rage-on.de www.spv.de /steamhammer|
|preview-review by Gryphon_spirit + Absolut_Evidence comment|
|Dear metalheads, what do you think Rage have prepared , after the well known "Welcome to the other side"?. Something softer? Something heavier? Ok here is the answer: the already mytical trio (Wagner/Smolski/Terrana)has prepared for their fans, and for all who love an intelligent kind of heavy/power metal, a real fantastic firework of virtuosity mixed with a touch of mature sadness. This is a very engaged work that has nothing to do with the consumer listening model: use and then throw away. It is not an easy album cause it shows countless virtuoso playings and for being fully appreciated in all its shades and tones it needs surely a second listening, oh but how much this attention is worth!. Catchy powerful refrains and riffs are supported by a big musical competence and ability. Time to grow for the power metal , a way that many bands have aleady undertaken. Here Rage balance absolute self-confidence with instruments with power, melody, and melancholy. Nevertheless a certain wish
for experimenting new horizons is not ignored. Songs are also supported by a very good background soundscape which fill up the empty spaces with a touch of orchestral accompaniment where strings and electronics merge in an agreeable discretion without covering the heavy and aggressive guitars which remain under spotlight. I'd like to add a big praise for drums which suit to the ambience, resolute, full-toned without beeing too sharp.
So, this album represent also an artistic unity for the 3 Rage members (one coming from Russia, one from America, and one from Europe) who combine their experience with an excellent result in their straightforward metal chords.
And some general but significative news: Rage have recorded "Unity" together with Charlie Bauernfeind in the Blind Guardian Studios near Krefeld. Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian) and DC Cooper (Silent Force) can be heard on "Unity" at the background vocals. The artwork has been created by Joachim Luetke. At Luetke's site (www.luetke.com ) you can also download beautiful Rage-Unity screensavers. Last but not least the White Russian Opera Choir perfects the album.
|A really must have album in my opinion, and not only for Rage fans! Moreover I am sure that this new stuff will work superb live. You really cannot miss to see Rage live during their upcoming tour, I presume! Stay metal!|
I've listened to this album twice. That shit fuckin' rocks!! Run, get it and enjoy it!!!
I will listen to it another hundred times. Nothing more to add to Gryphon_spirit's review.
|Niederrohrdorf - Switzerland||Impressum|