Wings of Rage - Rage
- Release date:
- January 10, 2020
All the good times twenty-three
Rage don't really need to prove anything. With almost forty years in the industry, one would be able to forgive the germans, even if the Wings of Rage maybe sounded a little tired. But Rage continue to provide heavy metal riffs and power metal chorus with fists attached to the sky, even at their twenty-third studio album. Granted, I'm not just excited for all the songs – in particular, the two finishers – just like I think Peavys vocal takes better off in the big chorus, but apart from it is impressive to get the finger to put on anything. Recommended to fans as well as newcomers.
Behind from birth
It is a nightmare to register a new Rage album. What to do; churn out through a discography of over twenty albums as preparation? What man has time for it? Which band publisher in the whole, so much music? Wings of Rage is the twenty-third (two-three) studio album, and I must confess that I had huge expectations for the album. There must be a limit to how many good heavy metal-slices a human brain can devise. But if this is true, then this limit does not at twenty-three, for the Wings of Rage shows of Wagner, Rodriguez and Maniatopoulos in good shape.
Not that the germans and increasing the argentinian's do not play with the listener. "True" opens pretty silly with the wolf howl and a female rædselsskrig, there is a B-movie worthy. But immediately after comes a reassuring good heavy metal riff, which satisfy the listener about, that the Wings enough to deliver the goods... But immediately after it makes the vocals the entrance with a failed not-really-spooky sneer, which, fortunately, is not representative of the album as a whole. The chorus fixer fortunately, the vocals, and when "Let Tthem Rest in Peace" afterwards, merge the sleight of hand arpeggioer into hovedriffet, I am not only reassured, but also impressed.
Let me get the criticism out of the way, so we can get back to grow is an album that deserves veneration. Peavys vocals are often useful, but are not always faithful to the tones, just as he has a tendency to mutter the syllables out, then the main melody becomes faded. The roaring heavy/power-chorus is his strong side, but songs like the power ballad "A Nameless Grave", needs more excitement and drama, which Peavy is not so leveringsdygtig in. In the more purist ballad "Shine a Light", he makes a decent attempt to sing more emotionally in the verse, but it is clear that the louder the chorus fits him better. In addition, is the album in the long end of 55 minutes, and the last two songs are far less catchy than the first two.
After this unfortunate detour we should talk about the album's diversity. Although I'm not blown over backward of every single song that holds the album to the quality of the songs don't sound the same. This is of course a result of some forethought in the writing, but in addition, a portion of the credit attributable to Rodriguez's guitar work. Much of the music could have been simple and just okay, but Rojas adds a ton of licks, which makes even the relatively simple chord-driven choruses, interesting to listen to. Moreover, his leads grandiose; in particular, the initial melody on the ballad forcing yes-the hat down over the ears on me, and I am otherwise not a fan of ballads.
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