ARTIST:

RAGE

(GERMANY)
TITLE:

RESURRECTION DAY

(2021)
LABEL:

SPV STEAMHAMMER

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Epic, High-pitched vocals, Old School
"Less successful than its predecessors, "Resurrection Day" shows a Rage in little shape, which lives partly on its assets and which offers only a few good tracks."
NOISE (04.10.2021)  
3/5
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Rage is back just over a year after "Wings Of Rage". Marcos Rodriguez left the ship during 2020 and was replaced by two guitarists, Jean Bormann and Stefan Weber, making Rage a quartet for the first time in over 20 years. Rage's career has been consistent, but by going fast with 25 albums under their belt, the band is in danger of repeating itself and Rodriguez's departure is worrisome as the guitarist had done the band so much good by helping them stay relevant. The new one is called "Resurrection Day", it is carried by a classic cover with rather shrill colors.

After a classic symphonic intro, Rage offers two excellent tracks with 'Resurrection Day' and 'Virginity'. Carried by the vocals of a Peavy at the top, they alternate the atmospheres with catchy choruses and cheerful speed passages. The duo of guitarists has fun and offers excellent riffs and soli. One will appreciate the orchestral touch on the first one. But then the record skates and plays the roller coaster, Rage losing the little thing that made the difference and captured the attention. In fact, a lot of the tracks are average. 'Arrogance And Ignorance', 'Main In Chains' and 'Extinction Overkill' are too long and too heavy and are cruelly lacking in catchiness, showing a very uninspired band. 'A New Land' and 'Black Room' are less bad, in the melodic tone of the Rage of these last years, but with lengths and also a feeling of copy/paste, a difficult trap to avoid after so many albums.

Fortunately for its authors, there are glimmers in the middle of this dark picture. 'Monetary Gods' and 'The Age Of Reason' are much more inspired with a good balance between heavy almost thrash and unstoppable melodies. The choruses are neat and catchy and the soli are of high quality. And there is 'Traveling Through Time' which allows the record to get the average. Different from the classic Rage, the track leans towards a medieval and epic tone worthy of Running Wild. Peavy is a seductive storyteller and we enjoy an excellent chorus that makes you want to raise your fist.

In spite of these bursts and a good beginning, "Resurrection Day" remains a very average vintage from Rage who got us used to much better. The German band would undoubtedly gain by taking their time to compose and come back in top form to make us forget this little slip-up.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Memento Vitae (Overture) - 1:14
02. Resurrection Day - 4:18
03. Virginity - 3:41
04. A New Land - 3:49
05. Arrogance And Ignorance - 5:00
06. Man In Chains - 4:36
07. The Age Of Reason - 4:22
08. Monetary Gods - 3:54
09. Mind Control - 4:14
10. Traveling Through Time - 4:13
11. Black Room - 4:49
12. Extinction Overkill - 5:52

LINEUP:
Jean Bormann: Guitares
Peter "Peavy" Wagner: Chant / Basse
Stefan Weber: Guitares
Vassilios 'lucky' Maniatopoulos: Chant / Batterie
   
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