Rage
The Missing Link


4.5
superb

Review

by Venpts16 USER (27 Reviews)
May 15th, 2012 | 7 replies | 2,176 views


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Rage is an incredible emotion. Caused by the difficulties individuals struggle with, the results that stem from this raw emotion are unlike anything else. This is likely why Speed/Power Metal band Rage uses the emotion of unparalleled rage for the band’s namesake. Their long-lasting career contains twenty-one albums, but one that always deserves a listen is 1993’s The Missing Link. A dozen songs await all listeners who welcome this work; all of which push the band to their absolute limit.

Rage is the perfect way to describe The Missing Link; specifically, the vocals and instrumentals of the album. Frontman and bassist Peter Wagner stands out on each song because of his down-to-earth singing. Though many other Power Metal bands tend to have singer that shriek in high-pitched tones, Wagner’s singing avoids this by having a better fit to the complete product. The faster and heavier instrumentals are complimented by this singing, creating moments of incredible anger throughout songs like “Refuge.” His bass instrumentals are hardly basic, and are as fast and technical as one would expect from a Speed Metal release. He never makes a mistake, and each one of his bass-lines works as an effective backbone to the overlaying guitar and drums.

Rage’s guitarist and drummer also leave little room for improvement, completing the perfect mix of aggression and technicality. Album opener “Firestorm” is a highlight for both Manni Schmidt on the guitar and Chris Ephthimiadis behind the drum set, both using quick-tempo riffs and devastating drumming for an incredible listening experience. Schmidt’s playing tends to be closer to a fast-paced shred like you would expect from the albums Walls of Jericho and Tales From the Twilight World, though he mixes it up with mid-tempo riffs on songs like “Nevermore.” Ephthimiadis annihilates his drum set by creating the perfect drumbeats, from the fast to the slow and the simple to the progressive. The extremely fast “Refuge” and the wildly varied “Lost in the Ice” both show his incredible talent on the set.

Rage and anger are emphasized in The Missing Link by the use of a much rougher production. The deep darkness of the atmosphere only enhances the Speed Metal elements of The Missing Link, containing angrier atmospheres and quicker tempos than many other Power Metal bands. Added together with the ferocious vocals, tremendous drumming, and rampaging riffing, the album is as chaotic as Power Metal can possibly be.

Animosity is what drives this album, and all 45-minutes of it benefit greatly from this emotion. Each aspect of the album, from instrumentals to production, conceives an album of incomparable emotion. All songs push both Power and Speed Metals to new heights, deserving a listen by anyone with an interest of these two genres. Few Power Metal albums come close to this, and even fewer compare in the implementation of fury, anger, and rage.



Recent reviews by this author
Rage Secrets In A Weird WorldStratovarius Elements, Pt. 1
Primal Fear Primal FearPrimal Fear Devil's Ground
Primal Fear Nuclear FireHelloween High Live
user ratings (28)
Chart.
4
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2012



5915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent review, pos.

This is my favorite Rage album and easily their best.

In addition, Peavy has written some of his best lyrics in here.

Digging: Essence Beyond - Carnivalism

ZedO
May 16th 2012



1096 Comments


Nice review, Dude! Pos, I'll count you as specialist on power metal stuffs review ;-)

Venpts16
May 16th 2012



283 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you for your poses, and another thanks for considering me a specialist of the genre! :D

TheHamburgerman
May 17th 2012



1283 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Finally a review for this album. One of the best power metal albums I've ever heard.

warlordfun
August 7th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album needs more comments

Digging: Lords Of The Crimson Alliance - Lords Of The Crimson Alliance

warlordfun
August 7th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Saxon and Rage are probably the most consistent metal bands.

warlordfun
August 14th 2013



383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the lyrics of the s/t track are excellent! Love that space concept!



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy