RAGE – THE DEVIL STRIKES AGAIN (2016)
Release Date: 10 June 2016
℗ 2016 Nuclear Blast
- The Devil Strikes Again
- My Way
- Back On Track
- The Final Curtain
- Ocean Full Of Tears
- Deaf Dumb And Blind
- Spirits Of The Night
- Times Of Darkness
- The Dark Side Of The Sun
Band Members: Peter „Peavy“ Wagner, Marcos Rodriguez, Vassilios „Lucky“ Maniatopoulos
The Teutonic triumph in The Devil Strikes Again from the revitalised Rage will surely be met with aural appreciation from fans young and old come June 10, 2016.
The addition of the guitar skills Marcos Rodriguez and percussive power of Vassilios “Luckyˮ Maniatopoulos have surely provided Peter “Peavyˮ Wagner the creative drive to produce, what I believe is the most powerful work from Rage. With a strong lead guitar emphasis throughout this work, it’s no real surprise that the album was co-produced by Marcos, in a victorious partnership with Peavy.
The sheer ferocity of this work reaches back as early as Reign Of Fear, but from a creative perspective, the signature Rage sound spanning in excess of 32 years in afforded a fresh contemporary direction.
Immediately The Devil Strikes Again will surely bring a feeling of elation to long serving fans with an introduction of a new drum superiority and a thoroughly exciting modern guitar treatment. I must admit that Peavy has lost nothing to time with his vocal delivery. I am of the firm belief that it would be utterly naïve to say that our bass blaster and vocal protagonist is not excited by this invigorated and superior collection. That realization comes to the fore from his first series of vocals. And why shouldn’t he be excited? This album is thoroughly electrifying.
My Way is brilliantly demonstrative of how Marcos and lucky have been a most wise and valuable investment in the Rage sound. The return on that investment? Perhaps another 22 albums. This sentiment continues into Back On Track, but it’s now you realize the modern manifestation of rage have not rested on their laurels and followed the same formula. Considering this track, as compared to War, Dark Side of the Sun and Times Of Darkness, Rage have perused, worked hard a, and ultimately achieved a diversity in this collection that will delight fans and attract a whole new generation of followers.
The Final Curtain is probably my favorite celebration of the group’s heritage, coupled with the contemporary developments. Hook central. Brilliant.
But fear not long suffering aficionados of Rage because Ocean Full of Tears, Deaf Dumb and Blind and Spirits Of the Night, in that order will satisfy your yearnings and reinforce the importance of this long lasting entity. Modernized, yes. But with all the hallmarks of German metal culture that has kept this band a staple for over three decades. The latter of the three in Spirits Of the Night, is probably my personal pick of the album. And choosing a favorite is an extremely difficult task indeed, but please do not lose sleep procrastinating into the wee small hours of the morning in search of a preference. You will choose another tomorrow. The collection is just that impressive.
The Dark Side Of the Sun is placed to perfection. If your eager ear loves the drumming from Lucky, the sensationally tight superiority of Marcos thrashing the frets, or the vocal ferocity of Peavy in malevolent metal mode, this will be your prompt to start the collection all over again.
All the years of producing, performing and delivering to willing audiences have culminated in a Rage masterwork. I’m certain that every member past has contributed to overall the development of Rage, but it must be said that the present lineup has banded together, contributed the full measure of their particular skill set and created a collection beyond anything, ever before. Sensationally exciting, invigorating and progressive, for the Band and fans alike. Unmissable.