RAGE

(GERMANY)

UNITY

(2002)
LABEL:

SPV STEAMHAMMER

GENRE:

HEAVY METAL

TAGS:
Guitar-Hero, Technical
""Unity" gives Rage a new lease of life and makes for one of the best heavy albums of the century."
NOISE (21.03.2014)  
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In the early 2000s, Rage is not at his best. Although he had released some great albums, his previous opus 'Welcome To The Other Side' had not been the success he had hoped for, and because he was not on a major label, he was struggling to stand up to the competition. With his sixteenth album, Rage set out to revolutionise his sound and become a benchmark for a young, heavy metal-loving public. The band signed to SPV, changed his logo, reintroduced his mascot, the Soundchaser, and with "Unity" offered us a veritable heavy metal bomb that left aside the classical aspects and much of the orchestration. 

Rage doesn't lapse into nostalgia and transcend his style by combining his classic heavy metal with an ever-present melodic side and high-flying musical technicality. Victor Smoski shines brightly in his performances. His classical background, piano playing and keyboards take Rage into another dimension.

The songs are direct and effective, Peavy's vocals are as good as ever, every solo hits the bull's eye and Terrana's drums adds tremendous power to the tracks. Rage doesn't entirely abandon his orchestral leanings, however, with the epic 'Dis Irae' featuring majestic operatic backing vocals. Finally, with 'Unity', the trio offer us a breathtaking 7-minute instrumental in which each musician shows his dexterity without ever falling into a cold technical demonstration.

"Unity" gives Rage a new lease of life and makes for one of the best heavy albums of the century. Peavy and his men now seem ready to face the new generation!
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. All I Want
02. Insanity
03. Down
04. Set This World Of Fire
05. Dies Irae
06. World Of Pain
07. Shadows
08. Living My Dream
09. Seven Deadly Sins
10. You Want It, You'll Get It
11. Unity

LINEUP:
Mike Terrana: Batterie
Peter "Peavy" Wagner: Chant / Basse
Victor Smolski: Guitares / Claviers
   
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