Love it or hate it. Rage defines German power metal. They used to experiment with classic orchestra in the past but nowadays Rage is a trio \m/ Founder Peavy Wagner (vocals, bass), completed new line-up in 2015 with Greek Vassilios “Lucky” Maniatopoulos (drums) and Venezuelan Marcos Rodriguez (guitars). Their wild two studio albums “The Devil Strikes Again” (2016) and “Seasons Of The Black” (2017) represents traditional, raw power metal style with modern sound. Especially that the latter consisted of at least six old school songs from Avenger era added as a bonus tracks (previous incarnation of Rage, around 1984). Furthermore, we can expect new pure metal album called “Wings Of Rage” on the beginning of next year 2020 (probably 10.01.2020). I hope to get the best stuff since “The Missing Link” (1993)… and it’s quite possible!
We need to wait for next Rage concerts so it’s a great opportunity to listen again their best albums. Let me know in comment what is your favorite Rage longplay? I personally appreciate mostly “The Missing Link” (1993) and “Black In Mind” (1995) but “The Devil Strikes Again” (2016) and “Seasons Of The Black” (2017) are great too.
Officially confirmed Rage’s thrilling dates (according to their website):
25.10.2019 Stans, Switzerland, UrRock 2019
07.12.2019 Balingen, Germany, Crazy X-mas
28.12.2019 Annweller, Germany, Hohenstaufensaal
29.12.2019 Andernach, Germany, Juz Live Club
05.02.2020 Mannheim, Germany, MS Connection Complex
06.02.2020 Hamburg, Germany
07.02.2020 Siegburg, Germany, Kubana
08.02.2020 London, UK, Underworld
11.02.2020 Madrid, Spain, Caracol
12.02.2020 Barcelona, Spain, Boveda
14.02.2020 Milan, Italy, Legend’s Club
15.02.2020 Memmingen, Germany, Kaminwerk
16.02.2020 Nuremberg, Germany, Hirsch
18.02.2020 Pratteln, Switzerland, Z7
19.02.2020 Vienna, Austria, Szene
20.02.2020 Kosice, Slovakia, Collosseum
21.02.2020 Zvolen, Slovakia, Dom Kultury ZSR
22.02.2020 Prague, Czech Republic, Nova Chmielnice
23.02.2020 Bochum, Germany, Zeche
More concerts will be announced soon 🙂
If you live in proximity of one of mentioned venues then I recommend to go there crazy and enjoy. Otherwise you can take a trip to another city/country. I like the idea to wait for “Wings Of Rage”, listen this new album and after that watch Rage on scene.
One of the most appealing city for music trip is Vienna, capital of Austria. Rage plays traditional power metal and Vienna is a city of traditions. Right? I would argue that it’s true but my family laughs. Let me explain how is it.
I come from musical family. My grandfather was an organist in church, my grandmother was a music teacher at school, grand aunt was an orchestra conductor, cousin was a singer in choir, father was a musician in army and mother graduated classical music from University but worked only few years as a classical music critic. My childhood was soaked in classical music but also in other forms of high end arts. Albeit nobody had ever pushed me to learn playing on any instrument, my parents just decided that it’s unnecessary. I grew up with Metallica, Judas Priest and The Doors. Now I call these bands “traditional” if not “classical” haha
Vienna is famous with Viener Klassik, three composers of classical period: Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Yeah. I don’t really understand why these men are the most supreme representatives of Vienna but my Mom told me that other great composers from Vienna lived in other periods in music history. Alright, let’s say that we need to know names of these three “idols”. Below my pretty picture with monument of Mozart in Vienna:
Vienna is considered as a one of the most livable city in the world because people who live there appreciate other values than only money. There are plenty magnificent cultural venues and prices are really affordable. I stayed in four stars hotel in Belvedere garden for 60 euro / night. I ate the best schnitzel in my life for 26,50 euro in high end luxurious restaurant attended by celebrities from Vienna State Opera. I booked a fantastic and super informative walking tour with fixed price merely 17 euro. As you can see, perfect service for half price which you need to pay for the same quality in many other European major cities.
Rage “Seasons Of The Black” 2CD digipak now 7,99 euro
Some people claims that pastries are the best in Paris, others say that in Vienna or in Copenhagen. I tried pastries in each of these cities and Vienna wins hands down. I recommend especially Anker as a bakery which exists from 1891 and offers delicious, quite big pieces of cakes for around two euro each (you can eat on site or take away) https://www.ankerbrot.at/
Popular Ring Road (Ringstrasse) in Vienna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in theory you can take a touristic tram along this street for ten euro. I made that and I was disappointed. Waste of time. It’s much better to explore this area step by step. It looks awesome! Too good for window watching. Cultural offer on the Ring Road is so rich that you probably would love to explore some buildings from inside https://www.viennadirect.com/sights/ring.php
The Vienna City Hall is a brilliant example of architectural pearl located by Ring Rong though it was under re-construction in May 2019 (I’m not sure if it’s available to see in its full grace now) but I was able to make picture over there three years earlier. It’s my favorite building in Vienna. Friedrich Von Schmidt was a main architect of this outstanding neo gothic construction and he also made a final project of the cathedral in Cologne (thats why I love the city of Cologne in Germany).
Read more about Cologne: https://musictivity.org/2019/11/02/grand-magus/
Hofburg is an another significant structure in Vienna. There are a lot of stories to explain about this and other unique sites but it suppose to be heard in person from experienced guide. Now I can only show you my gorgeous pictures of Hofburg:
I hope that traditional power metal will inspire you to experience the most traditional cities in Europe. Rage concert in Vienna can be an amazing opportunity to do that so grab your tickets and go crazy with your new wings!
author: Sam O’Black