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RAGE THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES REVIEW 2014

 

RAGE - THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES

30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

NUCLEAR BLAST

MAY 23 2014

 

 

Not to be confused with the Early UK AOR band, Germany’s Rage is a band of a distinctly heavier flavour and one that this year celebrates 30 years of Hard and Heavy music.

 

As the band says “What better way to celebrate their 30th Band anniversary as by diving deep into their own history, spanning three decades of an incomparable Metal career – from the humble beginnings in the early 1980s with their debut attempt ‘Prayers of Steel’ and back then calling themselves  Avenger, through the flourishing 90s that peaked in their 1996 classic approach ‘Lingua Mortis’, all the way to the most recent years, which also featured Rage coming in third at the “Bundesvision Songcontest” in 2009, carving a quarter of a century in stone even more so!”

 

Like so many compilations from bands that have been around so long there are a lot of people to please and a lot of music to get through, and in truth while fans like us will be delighted some of the tracks on here won’t necessarily win new converts. It is a great mix though: with new songs from old ideas like ‘Anybody Home?’ that opens the first CD and ‘The Speed of Sound’; and leftover songs never previously available like ‘In Union’ taking their place alongside the more expected ‘Bonus Tracks’, ‘Remixes’ and ‘Demos’.

 

Some of the more interesting tracks like ‘Long Hard Road’ which is essentially a ‘live in the studio’ recording from the ‘Carved in Stone Sessions’ are worth more than to be left as just footnotes in Rage’s history. Elsewhere it’s interesting to hear old demos like ‘Nevermore’ and ‘Enough is Enough’ which may be one of the oldest song here (?) alongside more polished offerings.

 

Sadly the album doesn’t follow a particular chronology and so to hear an old ‘Avenger’ song (Rage’s previous name) alongside more recent fare, for example can throw you at times. What The Soundchaser Archives proves though above all else is what depth the band Rage has and with 21 albums under their belts its high time we started to re-evaluate that great back catalogue.  More importantly if you can – get out and see these guys live!

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

RAGE THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES REVIEW 2014