by soul27 USER (3 Reviews)
December 10th, 2007 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Plain and simple: a great raging metal album!

There are different levels of metal popularity. Some bands make it big, and are recognised easily by fans of all genres of music, i.e. Metallica. Some bands are only normally widely recognised within the metal community itself, i.e. Emperor. Other metal bands, however, are only known by a few hundred/thousand people, even if they've been around forever. This is where Rage fit in - a band with a 23-year career from Germany. Germany have brought some fantastic metal bands into Europe and America in the past, but Rage have never been looked upon as a big band (I certainly hadn't heard of them until I saw this album on a website). Released in 2003, Soundchaser is their 16th studio album, and it doesn't disappoint.

So what can one expect from this album? Well as their name suggests, the music is heavy and at a raging tempo. That isn't to say the music is extreme - the vocals are all clean, and the guitar (there's only one guitarist, one bass player/vocalist and one drummer) maintains its consistency in delivering heavy riffs with lead parts which blend well with each song.

The album opener, Orgy Of Destruction is a short build up to one of the finest tracks on the album, War Of Worlds. This track paves the way for what is to come, featuring some of the best guitar work on the album, and the typical 'raging' riffs that feature as the prominent basis for the band's music. Low, clean vocals are well-suited to the music - harsh vocals would sound out of place and high-pitched vocals...well, don't even bother going there.

Anyway, back to the album review; the album continues with Great Old Ones, which maintains the raging theme nicely, without deviating into a lot of lead parts like War Of Worlds. The album then progresses into the title track, Soundchaser; another strong track, with good work by the drummer who keeps things 'raging' along smoothly, and compliments the guitar. Defenders Of The Ancient Life is next, which is almost alike a combination of the three preceding songs.

After a strong opening quartet, does the album fall into the trap of fading away after a strong opening? Not really. I say this because the second half of the album contains some slower songs, but still stays true to its roots. Secrets In A Weird World is the first track to incorporate some piano, which adds a nice new dimension to the sound, however the track maintains a nice raging pace throughout. One of the slowest songs is up next, entitled Flesh And Blood. The change of pace is not a bad thing, as this turns out to be a well-written song.

Human Metal and See You In Heaven And Hell bring the pace back up, but are not the strongest tracks on the album. This is atoned for, however, in the 2-part, 12-minute long Falling From Grace, which is a mixture between the slower, softer parts present in Flesh And Blood, and the heavier, more raging parts ever present throughout the album. A great end to a rather surprisingly good album.

Rage produced a very solid album here which doesn't really let up from start to finish. It could find a way into most metal fan's collections, and with good reason, too. If there are any problems with the album, it's probably the lack of variation. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing (since the sound they have is good), it does make the album repetitive in places. Needless to say, this is still one of the more essential purchases of....2003.

Tracks to look out for:
War Of Worlds
Defenders Of The Ancient Life
Falling From Grace parts 1 and 2

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December 10th 2007


Good review. Sounds promising to check out.

Digging: Marie Davidson - Perte d'identité

April 6th 2008


4 monthes later...okay review but i think you used the word rage too much/little. If you were going for the old symbol/repetition with a cause you should say it more...if not less because all that's gather from this review is tracks rage.
I'm interested in these guys though...what do they sound like if you could compare the music/vox to anything?

November 23rd 2009


Album Rating: 4.5

a great raging metal album!

Smart one...

Don't like this as much as their other albums, but yeah, Rage can do no wrong.

November 23rd 2009


Pretty much

It's more consistent than Unity, although Unity had more killer songs than this one

January 22nd 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

Actually, I feel the exact other way around. Every track on here is either killer of filler, whereas Unity was strong from start until end (Except the Dies Irea failure)

December 20th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5

Ugly artwork, awesome album.

September 2nd 2014


Auto pos.

Mister Twister
October 8th 2014


Album Rating: 4.0

I have heard your voice...

...now I have no choice...

November 5th 2015


Album Rating: 4.5

This album is awesome, love every track and the cover.

This band is really underrated.

November 5th 2015


Great bump bro

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