Released: 2007, Nuclear Blast
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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.
I happened to find this rarity on-line for a good price so I snatched it up. This stand-alone audio CD version of FULL MOON IN ST. PETERSBURG was only released in Russia and Argentina for some reason. It's good to have the CD to play in the car or Discman or wherever instead of begin tied to a screen to listen to it. Rage live albums are quite the rare thing. Since forming in the early 80’s they have only had three live albums and a couple of rare ‘Live In Japan’ EP’s. One of those live albums was a partial recording of live/acoustic/orchestra concert, so in reality, this is really only the second full live album by the band. As you can surmise from the title the show was recorded in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) in 2006 on the SPEAK OF THE DEAD tour. I recall reading that it was the first time Rage had toured in Russia and because Victor Smolski is Russian they wanted to document it, so they recorded it and filmed it, which became the more common live CD/DVD combo version. However, I'm not 100% sure on that, so don't quote me! Another neat feature about this concert is that they play the ‘Suite Lingua Mortis’ from SPEAK OF THE DEAD in it’s entirety. Thankfully when this CD version was issued they included the whole 18 song, 68 minute long concert.
The booklet is good, loads of pictures and I really like the cover with a nod to the long-standing Rage mascot, the Soundchaser. The album was recorded on the SPEAK OF THE DEAD TOUR so naturally the track list leans heavily on that album in fact, 12 of the 17 songs (plus intro) ON FULL MOON IN ST. PETERSBURG were from SPEAK OF THE DEAD, which is basically the entire album less three cuts. The sound quality is excellent, the crowd levels are good, giving the album a nice live sound. There is a little banter between songs and at times Victor addresses the crowd in Russian! The band with the Wagner/Smolski/Terrana lineup are at the height of their powers and very tight for such complex songs. The band just tear through 'Sent By The Devil'. The band do a bit of a funky break-down during the middle of 'Don't Fear The Winter' (while they introduce the band) that is kinda funny to hear in the middle of an older thrasher. The album ends with the inevitable extended, crowd-participation, sing-along segment for 'Higher Than The Sky'.
The disc comes with some bonus tracks of Victor Smolski shredding along to a metronome so people can play along to various parts of various songs, sort of like a mini-clinic. Of the three Rage Live albums to date, I don't think this is as good as their big double live, career-spanning 20th anniversary album, FROM THE CRADLE TO THE STAGE from just three years prior. If a person doesn't like the SPEAK OF THE DEAD album there are only a handful of extra cuts from across their catalogue, and they could alter this rating accordingly. Rage-aholics like me will want this album, but if you are starting to explore the bands massive catalogue, start with one of the classic albums, or a good 'Best Of' instead.