RAGE

(GERMANY)

XIII

(1998)
LABEL:

GUN RECORDS

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Epic, Low vocals, Melancholic, Symphonic
"With XIII, Rage offers us an album of a rare beauty sublimated by the orchestrations of Lingua Mortis Orchestra."
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Rage for once took its time before offering its thirteenth studio album, "XIII", which was released in March 1998 in the middle of the melodic heavy metal revival. At this time, the band will realize its dream, namely a complete record made of tracks created with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra.

Under the direction of a Christian Wolf who became a producer, Rage offers us here a huge record, full of emotions, power and grace. At the same time brutal, dark - certainly the darkest of the band's career - melodic and symphonic, "XIII" is a gripping and mysterious work like its superb introduction, 'Overture'. The marriage between the guitars and the classical instruments is perfectly done even if Sven Fischer and Spiros Efthimiadis are less honored.

The quality of composition highlights magnificent titles of a flawless melodiousness, sung by a Peavy Wagner in a state of grace. 'From The Cradle To The Grave', 'Days Of December', 'In Vain', 'Just Alone' and 'Immortal Sin', are all heavy tracks with intense choruses, benefiting from superb orchestral arrangements. With 'Heartblood', Rage shows that it can still be furious but above all he offers us 'Changes' which, in three parts and nearly 15 minutes, gathers all that the band knows how to do better. Symphonic and full of superb melodies, this title presents the perfect marriage between the two genres and justifies the existence of this disc. Finally, by covering the Rolling Stones' 'Paint It, Black', Rage adds to the dark and dramatic dimension of the record by proposing a symphonic version of this hit with a beautiful rise in power.

"XIII" is a superb achievement for Rage and should be listened to by any fan of heavy music with symphonic tendencies. We know that it will be difficult to do better, but the band will take up the challenge with "Ghost" just as catchy.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Overture
02. From The Cradle To The Grave
03. Days Of December
04. Sign Of Heaven
05. Incomplete
06. Turn The Page
07. Heartblood
08. Over & Over
09. In Vain (i Won't Go Down)
10. Immortal Sin
11. Paint It Black
12. Just Alone
13. Xiii

LINEUP:
Chris Ephthimiadis: Batterie
Christian Wolff: Claviers
Lingua Mortis Orchestra: Orchestrations
Peter "Peavy" Wagner: Chant / Basse
Spiros Efthimiadis: Guitares
Sven Fischer: Guitares
   
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