Rage – Strings to a Web (2010)

Album Review

Like a tree falling in a forest, Rage are one of those incredibly prolific bands that carries on releasing record after record after record, whether anyone’s there to hear them fall or not. And although the veteran German power metal trio has hardly gone into the tank or lacked for occasional creative sparks over the years (including recent stunner Speak of the Dead), 2010’s Strings to a Web is definitely one of those albums that will make non-devotees amazed they’re still around, and wonder why they even bother. To be fair, undeniable vocalist/bassist Peter “Peavy” Wagner, guitarist Victor Smolski, and drummer Andre Hilgers remain a fearsome performing unit and lack nothing in terms of commitment or belief in their craft, but they appear to be either suffering from acute schizophrenia or entering a collective state of senility on Strings to a Web. Here’s an album that will certainly never feel lonely keeping its own company, because it starts out seriously obsessed with hard rock… 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
The Edge of Darkness
Victor Smolski / Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        4:32
2
Hunter and Prey
Victor Smolski / Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        4:33
3
Into the Light
Victor Smolski / Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        4:24
4
The Beggar’s Last Dime
Victor Smolski / Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        5:42
5
Empty Hollow: Empty Hollow
Victor Smolski / Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        6:19
6
Empty Hollow: Strings to a Web
Victor Smolski
Rage
                        3:54
7
Empty Hollow: Fatal Grace
Victor Smolski
Rage
                        1:21
8
Empty Hollow: Connected
Victor Smolski / Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        2:53
9
Empty Hollow: Empty Hollow (Reprise)
Victor Smolski / Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        1:50
10
Saviour of the Dead
Victor Smolski / Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        5:44
11
Hellgirl
Victor Smolski / Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        4:13
12
Purified
Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        3:48
13
Through Ages
Victor Smolski / Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        2:05
14
Tomorrow Never Comes
Victor Smolski / Peavy Wagner
Rage
                        3:41