Multi-faceted veteran German Heavy Metal trio Rage have signed to Steamhammer / SPV to release their captivating 24th studio album, ‘Wings Of Rage’ as a Digipak CD, double gatefold 140 gram black vinyl album (with bonus track + 2 inserts), download and stream on January 10th 2020. ‘Wings Of Rage’ will also be released as a limited edition (1,000) deluxe box-set, containing Digipak CD, 2LP gatefold, powerbank, towel, sticker, signed photocard, A1 poster and button.
Formed in Spring 1983 in Herne in the industrial Ruhr region, Rage have integrated a wide range of stylistic nuances into their sound over the years, including hard thrash, anthemnic power metal and a symphonic orientation incorporating orchestral elements. ‘Wings Of Rage’ incorporates all of this and much more. Vocalist / bassist / band founder Peavy Wagner confirms that “The material on ‘Wings Of Rage’ is as colourful as Rage’s history. Although it’s always connected with the distinct evolvement of our strengths, in other words: with a contemporary style of playing and an ultramodern sound.”
Fans of earthy thrash with a typical Rage attitude will be bowled over by songs such as album opener ‘True’ with its sinister verse, the lead single ‘Let Them Rest In Peace’, the title track ‘Wings Of Rage’ or the intense ‘Don’t Let Me Down’. Aficionados of atmospherically dense power metal anthems will love ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘Chasing The Twilight Zone,’ while elements of classic orchestration, as featured on Rage’s 1998 album classic ‘13’, mark the progressive ‘A Nameless Grave’ and the atmospheric reprise of ballad ‘Shine A Light’. Other highlights include ‘HTTS 2.0’, an updated reissue of the 1996 single ‘Higher Than The Sky’, from the ‘End Of All Days’ album, and rousing album closer ‘For Those Who Wish To Die’, with its atypical dominant drum groove.
The hard-hitting lyrics on ‘Wings Of Rage’ go well beyond the limits of pure metal topics. Peavey states that “I’ve always preferred to write about outsiders, about people on the fringes of society who have lost out on affluence and prosperity. This socio-critical perspective runs like a golden thread through the whole album.” ‘A Nameless Grave’ is about the many millions who lost their lives in pointless wars. Peavy: “Cemeteries and countless anonymous graves are full of people who had to do the dirty work for despots like Hitler and Napoleon. And while these dictators went down in history, their victims remain nameless and forgotten.”
The crisp, organic sound on ‘Wings Of Rage’ was achieved by the three band members themselves when they produced the album, which was mixed and mastered by guitarist Marcos Rodriguez at the Soundchaser Studio in Burscheid.
Following the release of ‘Wings Of Rage’ this consummate powerhouse trio will set off on a headline tour of Europe on January 25th, dropping in to the UK to bring the house down when they headline London’s Camden Underworld on February 8th.