Black In Mind
Released: 1995, Gun Records
Editors Note. Metal-Rules.com was founded in 1995 as a forward thinking site. Our goal is, and always has been, to support Real Metal. The decision was made that very rarely do we ever go back and review an album from before 1995. Does the world really need another CD review of Master Of Puppets, Powerslave or Screaming For Vengeance? We don’t think so. We have always supported what is happening now.
Starting in January 2014, as we head towards the 20th Anniversary of Metal-Rules.com, we are looking back and filling in a few gaps in the review database. We want to complete the post-1995 review catalogue of some of the bands that we have supported since 1995, when very few, if any, websites were supporting real Metal. It’s fun to go back and revisit some of these albums that we did not review when they were first released. Enjoy!
A six-pack of RAGE!! In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Germany’s Rage I’m going to reviews some older Rage albums. The albums in this feature are, BLACK IN MIND, LINGUA MORTIS, END OF ALL DAYS, XIII, FULL MOON IN ST. PETERSBURG and the 30th Anniversary compilation, THE SOUNDCHASER ARCHIVES. Please enjoy all the albums in this raging feature.
BLACK IN MIND saw Rage starting their second decade as a band with a some significant changes. After several years on Noise Records they made the jump to GUN Records. Secondly the band expanded from a trio to a quartet. Manni Schmidt was out after five albums and eventually made the jump to Grave Digger. In came two new guitarists, Sven (ex-Pyracanda) and Spiros Efthimiadis brother of longtime Rage drummer Chris Efthimiadis. This productive line-up would last five years and produce five albums in the back half of the 90’s, until Peavy retooled the band in the new millennium.
BLACK IN MIND is a nice package with some eye-catching cover-art courtesy of Andreas Marshall with a little hint to the bands long-standing ‘Soundchaser’ mascot. The booklet has all the lyrics and the photos of the new line-up looking quite dark and mean that suits the tone and tempo of the album. The album itself is a generous 14 tracks, running 67 minutes, the bands longest to date. That might not seem like much but in comparison to the band debut it is almost twice long as REIGN OF FEAR! Peavy continued this trend of lots of long albums showing his productivity as the main song-writer.
This album jumps from strength to strength and is very well regarded in a long, deep catalogue. The band starts with a couple of really punchy numbers and keeps a pretty intense pace as the band had not quite embraced the full orchestral side yet, that was to come on the next album, LINGUA MORTIS. The lyrics have a bit more of a metaphysical slant to them with lots of songs about ‘fate’, death’, ‘destiny’ and three songs with the word ‘time’ in the title including the centerpiece of the album, the 10 minute epic ‘In A Nameless Time’. The album is fully loaded with well-produced dark Power Metal, maybe even little hints of thrash. There were a few little hints of the symphonic sound that was to evolve into the bands signature sound later on. Peavy is the master of the hook, a powerful song with a super-catchy chorus that sticks in your head, although BLACK IN MIND is not quite as meldoic or catchy as TRAPPED for example which really pushed the sing-along choruses to the foreground. The whole album is deliciously dark, a sound that is hard to perfect. The album ends on a very nice, quiet note with the acoustic ballad, ‘All This Time’ with heartfelt lyrics from Peavy. I like an album that ends with a moment for you to catch your breath and the ballad is well placed here after the previous hour-long, 13 tracks of ear-pummeling Metal.
With a band as long running as Rage there are bound to be factions of fans and era’s that certain fans prefer, but it is pretty widely accepted that Black In Mind is one the top-tier albums in the bands catalogue. When people say, ‘Metal died in the 90’s’, I always recommend they go listen to BLACK IN MIND.