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Released: 2003, SPV
This will be the third Rage album in a row I have given a perfect score two, although my review of WTTOS is not posted here. These guys never cease to amaze me. SOUNDCHASER is the band’s 30th release overall and 16th or 17th studio album depends how you count.
For years fans have asked the band about the bio-mechanical, alien-dinosaur-robot mascot that has been on the cover of about two-thirds of the Rage CD’s. It’s story is FINALLY revealed in it’s full glory in what is the band second concept album but second in the new millennium. The creature is a Soundchaser and the elaborate and interesting story had me riveted.
Musically the band have mixed the melody of WELCOME TO THE OTHER SIDE with the heaviness of UNITY for a perfect blend of crushing, heavy guitars and choruses that are sooo catchy, it’s unbelievable. Peavy is a brilliant song-writer, I am in awe how prolific and how innovative his songs are while retaining a signature style. This is the third CD in a row of what is rapidly becoming, in my mind, the ‘classic’ rage line up the cosmopolitan trio of Russian Smolski, German Peavy and American Terrana.
The Soundchaser is on the cover again and we get eleven tracks of pure metal bliss. There is not one song on this disc I don’t like. Charlie Bauerfeild provides an immaculate production job and Andi Deris drops by for some backup vocal work. From the crushing opener, ‘War of Worlds, the beautiful mid-paced ‘Great Old Ones’ the symphonic, ‘Secret In A Weird World’ , the super melodic ‘Human Metal” and the epic ten minute closer ‘Falling from Grace;’ every song on this disc is a winner. Rage delivery yet again.
1. Orgy of Destruction (Intro)
2. War of Worlds
3. Great Old Ones
5. Defenders of an Ancient Life
6. Secrets In A Weird World
7. Flesh And Blood
8. Human Metal
9. See You In Heaven
10. Falling from Grace
a) Wake The Nightmares
b) Death Is On It’s Way
Peavy –Vocals, Bass
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