Rage
Perfect Man


4.5
superb

Review

by Superreallycool USER (21 Reviews)
January 31st, 2016 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Perfect Man is (almost) a perfect album

After their less than stellar sophomore effort, Rage called it quits, however it didn't even take a whole year before Peter "Peavy" Wagner decided that maybe disbanding wasn't the right path to go down. After deciding to reform, Wagner pretty much had to recreate Rage from square one, writing a brand new set of songs, being played by what was for all intents and purposes a different band, in an entirely different style of metal. The result, against all odds, manages to be Rage's best album, and an album deserving of the almost cult following it has.

The songs found here take the classic metal sound and inject it with speed and a healthy does of power metal. The result is a real oddity, the album has a sound not even Rage themselves attempted to recreate. The band plays this style for almost the whole album, rarely breaking from this patern, which is either a positive or negative depending on how you view it and your preference. For me, this makes the album feel like a more focused affair. It feels like a true album rather than a collection of songs. However, they may stick to their guns so to speak a little too much, as by the end of the album it can really feel like everything has meshed together and you've spent the last hour and thirteen minutes listening to one song. It avoids this problem if you're truly paying close attention, but if you're just listening to it in the background, it's something you'll probably notice. Still, the album isn't THAT big of an offender in this regard, and is pretty minor comparison to most other albums that suffer from the same affliction.

Peter Wagner provides vocals for Rage, and they are a real highlight. He is able to hit quite high notes, and deliver them with a considerable amount of power behind them. His vocals are what adds most of the power metal vibe the album has, and, for me is, arguably the bands biggest strength. Wagner also provides bass work that is an integral part of every song, rarely does the bass get pushed to the background. Guitarist Manni Schmidt also is a real treat, as he really is an extraordinarily gifted guitarist. His solos throughout have a real sense of scale, and feel like they're a bigger part of the overall song than maybe they really are. Plus they are absolute "shredfests". His solos are of constantly good quality on this album, even on the weaker songs. This helps hold the weaker tunes together and keeps them form seriously derailing the album. Drumming provided by Chris Efthimiadis is very good, although Rage would later come to have superior drummers in its ranks. Still, Chris (sorry, I am NOT spelling that name a second time) does a good job here. Just because better drummers exist, that doesn't mean he's bad. He knows when to fill, to come to the forefront and carry the energy of a song, and when to take a back seat to the rest of the band. Along with this, he has a fair amount of technical flair.

This disk really only suffers from one real issue, that being how much stronger the first 3/4 of the the songs here are. Not that the last quarter is full of bad songs, but similar to what Pantera did (in my opinion), they shoved the weaker tunes towards the end, hoping the strong songs' momentum would carry the last part of the album. However, unlike most Pantera releases, it works quite well here, at least as well as a record whose last 1/4 is noticeably inferior to the rest. After such a string of good songs, the less than stellar end doesn't feel THAT major, nor does it feel like it takes away from the quality as a whole. They maintain the same sound as the rest of the album, so the flow and feel of the album is still held intact through these weaker moments.

Perfect Man isn't a perfect record, but an awesome one none the less. If you like power metal, you'll like this album. If you're into speed metal, this is an album you'll enjoy. If you're just into classic metal in general, I'd at least recommend giving a song or two a chance. Perfect Man is an album that really can change the way you view a genre, I can talk from experience as it was the record that opened my eyes to power metal.



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ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2016


11661 Comments


Good review, but please cut back on the amount of time you say 'album'. Especially towards the end the repetition becomes obvious. Otherwise this is a really good write-up. Do these guys have a new one coming out this year or is that someone else?

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2016


11452 Comments


They released an EP a week ago but haven't checked yet. Underrated band on here.

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Superreallycool
January 31st 2016


134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah they have an album coming out soon, and I varied the word use so hopefully it sounds better now

Superreallycool
January 31st 2016


134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They've sold over 5 million albums according to Wikipedia which sounds REALLY impressive, but they've released 22 albums so that's a mere 225,000 per album on average (not that that's bad, but just that very low compared to what "success" usually is considered). Rage deserves WAY more attention than they get

manosg
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2016


11452 Comments


That's a lot of material! Especially if you compare them with other bands who began at the same time with them and consider the fact that a lot of their albums are around 60 minutes.

Crawl
January 31st 2016


2556 Comments


Great review. My favorite album by Rage is definitely Trapped.

Sabrutin
January 31st 2016


5945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Dude



WASTELAAAAAAAAAAAND



pos'd hard, seeing them tonight. One nitpick though, it's Peavy, not Peavey.

Superreallycool
January 31st 2016


134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Are you serious? Well, looks like it's time to off myself

ksoflas
January 31st 2016


1266 Comments


Hell yeah!
Pos'd.

Rikkukun
February 1st 2016


176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, pos.

Saw them live yesterday, they know how to entertain a crowd.



DON'T YOU FEAR THE WINTER

Flugmorph
February 1st 2016


20668 Comments


yeah its heavy metal at its finest

Sabrutin
February 1st 2016


5945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These guys would have been better headliners than the dullness that is today's Helloween.



Btw during the show Peavy said that the new album (in May) will be called Devil Strikes Again (or Back? I can't remember exactly).

Rikkukun
February 4th 2016


176 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Apparently they finished recording the new album (The Devil Strikes Again) a week before starting the tour and it will be released May 20th.



Perfect Man is awesome btw, probably gonna 4.0 it soon.

Casavir
January 12th 2019


3090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Should be up there with Helloween.

ksoflas
January 13th 2019


1266 Comments


Agreed hard.
Awesome band.

TheWonderSoFar
January 13th 2019


3562 Comments


Has anyone listened to the remaster on Spotify? I was pretty excited when I saw there was an original version and a remaster version but I naturally chose the original and am spinning that rn

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Casavir
January 13th 2019


3090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I never realized they were on Spotify, will check.



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