Rage – Resurrection Day (2021)
Record Label – Nuclear Blast
Style: Heavy Metal/ Speed Metal
- 1. MEMENTO VITAE (Overture)
- 2. RESURRECTION DAY
- 3. VIRGINITY
- 4. A NEW LAND
- 5. ARROGANCE AND IGNORANCE
- 6. MAN IN CHAINS
- 7. THE AGE OF REASON
- 8. MONETARY GODS
- 9. MIND CONTROL
- 10. TRAVELING THROUGH TIME
- 11. BLACK ROOM
- 12. EXTINCTION OVERKILL
Rage (current) band members :
|Peter “Peavy” Wagner||Vocals, Bass|
|Vassilios “Lucky” Maniatopoulos||Drums, Vocals (backing)|
|Jean Bormann||Guitars, Vocals (backing)|
The band Rage hails from Germany and is formed by Peter “Peavy” Wagner. The band started out known as Avenger, but after their debut album and 1986 EP, they became known as Rage. Although there have been many lineup changes over the years Rage has managed to release 25 albums to date.
Ressurection Day (the 25th album) sees a return to two guitarists Stefan Weber and Jean Bormann, who not only add mountains of power chords to the songs but also help orchestrate an ever-evolving sound. Wagner’s bass and vocals on the surface might sound angry, but this is what passion sounds like, passion for a band that is almost 40 years into their musical career. Although the songs are very heavy, Rage still manages to add a symphonic element that really helps them to stand out.
The title track Resurrection Day is not only a thrashy tune but also showcases the heavy metal side of the band. Wagner’s clean lyrics rip across the listener’s ears “Resurrection for the dead and gone, no more mortal decay on Resurrection Day”. Did I mention the bass and drums on this one a ripe as hell? There are also some very piercing guitar solos through, great tune and well-put-together lyrics.
Virginity, Arrogance and Ignorance and Monetary Gods are thrashy as heck. The band really knows how to work in the power songs with the more heavy/Hard Rock ones. Songs a little more symphonic include Man in Chains, Traveling Through Time, and Black Room. These songs all have a slower tempo and manage to work in strings through the songs. The album ends with the song Extinction Overkill, Which is another thrasher spotlighting the blazing guitars of Weber and Bormann. When the band needs to turn things on to ludicrous speed, they know how to, when they need to slow it down and add strings and a slower tempo and add melodies they do. Rage has congealed dramatically with this very talented line-up.
The stand-out track on the album for me is Traveling Through Time. This piece has a very Renaissance feel to it, for good reason, it was inspired partially by Italian composer Giorgio Mainerio.
The album Resurrection Day is definitely one to check out this year. The album cover is a sight to behold in itself.