Rage – 21 (2012)

Album Review

As its title suggests, 21 is the 21st studio album by German heavy metal veterans Rage. Revolving around topics such as mass murder, suicide, and serial killers, the songs are heavier than the group’s previous output: throughout the record’s 11 tracks, the band focuses on brutal riffs and Victor Smolski’s impressive fretwork, while on songs such as “Serial Killer” and… Read more on allmusic.com

About the Band

Rage formed in 1984 under the name, Avenger. After releasing their debut album Prayers of Steel and their Depraved to Black EP in 1985, the band changed their name to Rage because there was another band in England that also carried the moniker. Originally the new name was to be Furious Rage but it was eventually shortened to Rage. The first album released under the new name was Reign of Fear in 1986.

Rage’s albums came out in regular, continuous intervals, and the band began touring with Running Wild, U.D.O., Motörhead and Saxon in the early 1990s.

Their 1992 album Trapped! marked their international breakthrough, a short highlight being Rage’s tour in Japan. Their success was repeated again in 1993 with the release of The Missing Link. After change in their lineup, Rage went on to record Lingua Mortis, the first classical album by a German metal act, in 1996. Their material was performed live for the first time in late summer 1996 in Kufstein, Austria. Subsequently, Rage, and the orchestra used, embarked on a celebrated Christmas tour and played several European festivals.

Their thirteenth album XIII was released in March 1998. The next album… Read more on wikipedia.org

Tracks

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
House Wins
Rage
                        1:30
2
Twenty One
Rage
                        6:16
3
Forever Dead
Rage
                        6:19
4
Feel My Pain
Rage
                        5:39
5
Serial Killer
Rage
                        5:44
6
Psycho Terror
Rage
                        6:57
7
Destiny
Rage
                        5:13
8
Death Romantic
Rage
                        5:59
9
Black and White
Rage
                        5:19
10
Concrete Wall
Rage
                        3:50
11
Eternally
Rage
                        5:08