December 1, 2022

Rage – Spreading The Plague EP Review


Steam Hammer/SPV

September 30, 2022

Line up:

Peavey Wagner – Vocals/Bass

Jean Borman – Guitar

Stefan Weber – Guitar

Vassilios Maniatopoulos – Drums

List of tracks:

1 – Live And Die

2 – Spread the plague

3 – The king has lost his crown

4 – A New Country (Acoustic)

5 – The price of war 2.0

6 – Straight to Hell (Live)

Legendary German metallers Rage continue their momentum with this six-song EP. Formed in 1985, their origins date back to the early 80s with Avenger and since then they have continued to release regular material which is still good. Are they Thrash? Are they Power Metal? It doesn’t matter that they are Rage and I’m just glad they exist. Some of the tracks were picked up from the “Resurrection Day” sessions as something special for the fans.

Starting with the mighty ‘To Live And To Die’, they’re mean and muscular (like me!) then the title track’s spidery riff takes over and they deliver quality power metal that continues ‘The King Has Lost His Crown ‘ featuring a soulful voice from Peavey and some fine guitar work from Jean Bormann and Stefan Weber. The acoustic came out for ‘A New Land’ which shows another side of Peavey’s voice. Hold on to your hats for some good metal as “The Price Of War” gets a modern back kick and rolls to drums from drummer Lucky Maniatopoulos. We get some great groove metal with ‘Straight To Hell’ Live from the Cave and show that Rage can’t be pigeonholed into any old metal genre.

An interim EP until we get another full Rage metal album, will do just fine and if the songs are as good as these, we’re in for a treat.

Rating: 8/10

Reviewed By: Smudge

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