please click on the icon for the stream of your choice
German power metal band
will release EP
‘Spreading The Plague’
To Live And To Die
Spreading The Plague
The King Has Lost His Crown
A New Land (acoustic version)
The Price Of War 2.0
Straight To Hell (live from the Cave)
German power metal band Rage has come up with a special surprise for its followers to thank them for their loyalty and patience during the long wait enforced by the pandemic:
In time for their major co-headlining tour alongside Brainstorm in October and November 2022 and as an appetiser for the things that await their fans, singer/bassist Peavy Wagner and his bandmates Jean Borman, Stefan Weber (both guitars) and Vassilios ‘Lucky’ Maniatopoulos (drums) are set to launch their ‘Spreading The Plague’ EP on Steamhammer/SPV on 30 September 2022, featuring three previously unreleased new songs as well as three exciting bonus tracks.
“This is a thank-you to our fans who have stood by Rage for so many years. We really look forward to seeing everybody again at our upcoming shows.”
‘Spreading The Plague’ consists of the songs ‘To Live And To Die’, ‘Spreading The Plague’ and ‘The King Has Lost His Crown’, all three from the production phase of Rage’s 2021 album ‘Resurrection Day’ and previously unreleased.
“These are numbers that we recorded at the same studio quality level as our ‘Resurrection Day’ material but have deliberately held back until now to have something special up our sleeve for our fans when we’ll be able to tour again at last.”
‘Resurrection Day’ was a major success for Rage:
The album scored high chart positions in a number of countries in September 2021, such as number 14 in Germany, number 12 in Japan, number 38 in Switzerland, and a more than impressive numbers 46 and 81 in the US and Canada, respectively.
The first single lifted from ‘Spreading The Plague’ is called ‘To Live And To Die’ and turns out to be a fast-paced up-tempo number with catchy guitar parts and a ‘cool chorus’, as Peavy puts it, adding:
“This song really pushes forward in a breathtaking way.”
The video to support ‘To Live And To Die’ can be seen on all major channels as of 19 August 2022.
The second track on ‘Spreading The Plague’ is the eponymous title song, featuring a triplet arrangement with Rage’s typically outstanding guitar work.
The third brand-new song is called ‘The King Has Lost His Crown’, a fast, aggressive piece featuring that expansiveness that’s characteristic of Rage.
“It was written and composed during a songwriting session with all four band members. The result is pure Rage!”
Lyrically, all three numbers are connected by the history of the evolution of mankind, as already featured on ‘Resurrection Day’, and how it has led to the excesses and problems we’re faced with today.
The new EP is complemented by three bonus tracks:
‘A New Land’ is a new unplugged version;
‘The Price Of War 2.0.’ was first released a few months ago as a digital single including video clip to introduce new band members Jean Borman and Stefan Weber, but has not yet been available on any physical record, same as the Rage classic ‘Straight To Hell’, a live stream from the Balve Cave venue in July 2020.
So there are plenty of exciting things in the offing:
a new EP (complete with exciting cover artwork courtesy of Karim König, who has also designed ‘The Devil Strikes Back’ and ‘Seasons Of The Black’, among others) as well as a big European tour in October/November 2022.
It’s safe to say that Rage fans have plenty to look forward to.
memories of RAGE
by john 510s
SETLIST 18.2.1990 Rodon Club, Athens, Greece:
Time Waits for No One
Light Into the Darkness
A Pilgrim’s Path
Without a Trace
Death in the Afternoon
Down by Law
Talk to Grandpa
Don’t Fear the Winter
A few months before my official -in the papers- adulthood, a very good friend of mine, with whom we are from the same village in the country side of greece (together we have spent some 10 years of our childhood years at exotic Karpenisi) decides to come to my parents house in athens for givingme my namesday gift.
It is an album.
‘Perfect Man’ of Rage.
A band until these days totaly unknown to me.
After we melted the vynil by playing it for hours on the record player my love for this band began.
Love at first sight!
I don’t know, how it happened, maybe the country they are from, maybe that hell of a drummer Christos Efthymiadis from Kozani (at those days there were no Greek musicians in international bands), maybe that fucking leather cape peavy was wearing…
So, during my visit at my friend’s house (where the melting of his vinyls and cassettes for copying began), I was very happy to discover the next release of the band ‘Secrets in a Weird World’.
Apparently i totaly lost control, when I heard that album.
but i really went nuts, when I held in my hands that magic piece of paper for the entrance to paradise there at Marni street…where the’Hammersmith’ of Athens used to be…Sunday 18.02.1990 was the magic day.
I still served in the greek army and after a voluntary stay of 7 days of service in the camp, just get that weekend clearance paper for that day.
I went down the Alexandras avenue alone, because i didn’t have in those days so many metalheads friends (yes, we were still walking in those days)…i still was a ‘good-looking and decent young man’ not like these healthy people, lol…
Shaved head in the spirit of the dogma either long hair or non at all, tight jeans melted in the buttocks from the cements of gate 13 of the stadium of panathinaikos and ripped at the knees for the spirit of revolution, with hand-painted pattern guns’n’roses logo on the thighs, old greek army boots, black ‘flying’ with badges, borrowed and never returned by a classmate (I still have it), a bag cap, so that the bald head does not freaze, motorhead t-shirt (what else) and the necessary accessory rings-earrings-bracelets-belts, with a beer per hand and the ticket in the pocket.
My joy was huge, cause even as a metal audience in greece we were for centuries behind other countries in live concerts I imagined a lot before the live But what I did not expect was the performance of RAGE, the participation of the audience in a relatively new band that is essentially recommended to the audience and the emotion-surprise-joy of all of us from the Greek flag that was spread in the drumkit of Christos who with his broken Greek made the necessary recommendations under our cheers and the applause of Peavy and the short-tempered Manni … Not to mention… few knew them, many learned them at that night…it was totaly insane.
An incredible performance in an approximately 40 minute set-hurricane, which ended with my favorite (all of us) ‘Don’t Fear The Winter’.
Their first song ever that I heard from the album that my friend gave me …
My opinion? The band of the evening.
Not that Running Wild did not play well … they kicked asses.
But i saw them again last year there, in a live where the performance of ‘Conquistadores’ made the walls shake…
Maybe it was my curiosity for Rage and that incredible moment to see the band i just discovered and i was excited of, maybe it was that 4-0 loose, that the local arch enemy in football received in Xanthi earlier in the afternoon, everything helped me to experience a musical metallic dream in…
After all, so many years have passed and the memory is weakening …
The only sure thing is that what increased from those first releases, that I heard, but also from the later ones, is undoubtedly my love for them and my weight … Not only mine but also Peavy’s…:-)
ps: their last album ‘Resurrection Day’ is awesome… <John 510s>
new album ‘Resurrection Day’
out on 17th of September 2021
Memento Vitae (Overture)
A New Land
Arrogance And Ignorance
Man In Chains
The Age Of Reason
Traveling Through Time
Peavy Wagner – vocals, bass
Vassilios Maniatopoulos – drums
Stefan Weber – guitars
Jean Borman – guitars
31.07. CZ-Ostrava – Ostava V Plamenech
13.08. DE-Sandstedt/Offenwarden – Rock For Animal Rights
14.08. DE-Hünfeld – Rhön Rock Open Air
12.11. CH-Sarnen – UrRock Musik Festival
13.11. IT-Paderno – Slaughter Club
16.11. FR-Colmar – Le Grillen
18.11. ES-Valladolid – Sala Porta Caeli
19.11. ES-Granada – Sala El Tren
20.11. ES-Vitoria – Urban Rock Concept
21.11. ES-Barcelona – Sala Boveda
23.11. DE-Munich – Backstage
25.11. BE-Bilzen – South Of Heaven
26.11. DE-Hamburg – Markthalle
27.11. DE-Rostock – Zwischenbau
30.11. HU-Budapest – Analog Music Hall
01.12. SVK-Bratislava – Randal Club
03.12. DE-Mannheim – 7er Club
04.12. CZ-Prag – Club Chmelnice
05.12. CZ-Zlin – Masters Of Rock Cafe
06.12. DE-Regensburg – Airport Eventhalle
08.12. DE-Stuttgart – Universum
09.12. DE-Siegburg – Kubana
10.12. DE-Nürnberg – Z-Bau
11.12. NL-Oss – Groene Engel Cafe
12.12. DE-Essen – Turock
16.03. LT-Vilnius – Club Vakaris
17.03. LV-Riga – MP Club
18.03. EST-Tallinn – Tapper
19.03. RU-St. Petersburg – Opera Concert Club
20.03. RU-Moscow – Arbat Hall
22.03. RU-Nizhnij Novgorod – Premio Centre
23.03. RU-Kazan – Big Twin Bar
02.-05.06. CZ-Plzen – Metalfest Open Air
08.-11.06. SE-Sölvesborg – Sweden Rock Festival
The band’s fans were overjoyed when in summer 2020 Rage frontman Peavy Wagner presented the group’s new line-up featuring two guitarists, announcing a return to the constellation that had recorded classics such as ‘Black In Mind’ and ‘End Of All Days’.
After last year’s departure of Marcos Rodriguez, Stefan Weber (ex-Axxis) was enlisted, followed just a few weeks later by Jean Bormann (Angel Inc, Rage & Ruins).
The fourth band member is drummer Vassilios ‘Lucky’ Maniatopoulos, who has been with Rage since 2015.
The current line-up could be seen and heard for the first time on the ‘The Price Of War 2.0’ video clip, a new edition of the same-named song from ‘Black In Mind’, which has been available on all major online channels since June 2020.
Immediately afterwards, the quartet commenced work on its brand-new album ‘Resurrection Day’, available on Steamhammer/SPV on 17 September 2021 as a CD digipack, vinyl double album, premium box-set and for digital download.
“Im surprised how quickly the new line-up has gelled into a homogeneous team and how positively the talents of each band member have come into effect,”
says Wagner, looking back on a highly creative production phase and commenting on Rage’s latest offering:
“I feel that our music is still typical Rage on the one hand while sounding so much fresher on the other.”
Rage have recorded twelve new songs covering a stylistic range that could hardly be more characteristic of the band, from raw thrash metal tracks like ‘Virginity’ (also the first video), ‘The Age Of Reason’ and ‘Extinction Overkill’, through midtempo pieces such as ‘Arrogance And Ignorance’ and ‘Monetary Gods’ to the straight forward ballad ‘Black Room’ which balances things out.
“Rage fans get exactly what they want on ‘Resurrection Day’, plus a surprise or two,”
promises Peavy, mentioning in particular ‘Travelling Through Time’, a number that explores the extremes between bludgeoning
“shoot-em up grooves” (quote Peavy)
and epic moments.
“The song is inspired by Renaissance composer Giorgio Mainerio,”
“Theres a piece by Mainerio called ‘Schiarazula Marazula’, with a wonderful theme that I often play at home on acoustic guitar. Jean and I have adapted it to suit the Rage format and given the song a different rhythmic perspective, which has added intensity. We’ve never done a number like ‘Travelling Through Time’ before.”
While were on the subject:
‘Resurrection Day’ features another Rage cooperation with Pepe Herrero from Spain, who contributed atmospheric orchestral arrangements to four songs (‘Resurrection Day’, ‘The Age Of Reason’, ‘Traveling Through Time’, ‘Black Room’).
“As before, the maestro’s orchestration adds a whole new dimension, more depth and even more expressiveness to a number of our songs,”
Peavy praises Rage’s thoroughly successful ‘Spanish connection’.
Speaking of which:
‘Resurrection Day’ was mixed by Herreros compatriot Dani González Suárez, who has been the band`s live mixer for years.
And last but not least:
Lyrically, Peavy once again proves that he likes to think beyond pure metal clichés.
Although ‘Resurrection Day’ is no concept album in the traditional sense, a common thread runs through all the numbers:
“It’s about the history of mankind from a philosophical and psychological point of view, two aspects that have always interested me very much. And that’s exactly what I found so irresistible about making this album – to take a closer look at things that I’ve been thinking about for a long time.”
So we can look forward to a very special Rage album, and of course eventually also to live shows.
Provided that the situation allows it, Peavy and his men are set to embark on a major European tour in November 2021.
With ‘Resurrection Day’ on their setlist, the shows are guaranteed to turn into highly explosive events!