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Rage

Formed: 1986
From: Herne, Germany
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Rage News

Below is our complete Rage news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Rage Gearing Up For Fall Tour

The German heavy metal trio Rage just announced more dates for "The Devil tour Again" where the band will join forces with several fantastic support acts. Rage comments:

"Rageheads - here's the official poster for The Devil Tours Again 2016! This first leg of the tour will be supported by the amazing bands Monument (UK), Sober (ESP), Darker Half, (AUS) and Messiah's Kiss (USA). Be sure to get your tickets. We are RAGE!!!"

10.11.16 FIN Helsinki - Nosturi
12.11.16 RUS St. Petersbourg - Aurora Hall
13.11.16 RUS Moskow - Volta Club
15.11.16 AU Vienna - Szene
16.11.16 AU Graz - Explosiv
17.11.16 GER München - Backstage
18.11.16 SK Martin - KD Zaturcie
19.11.16 CZ Zlin - Winter Masters of Rock
20.11.16 POL Warsaw - Progresja
03.12.16 GER Oberhausen - Ruhrpott Metal meeting
04.12.16 GER Moerlenbach-Weiher - Live Music Hall
06.12.16 GER Kaiserlautern - Kammgarn
07.12.16 CH Pratteln - Z7
08.12.16 IT Cremona - Midian Live
09.12.16 AU Kufstein - Kulturfabrik
10.12.16 GER Geiselwind - X Mas Bash
11.12.16 GER Markneukirchen - Warwick Music Hall
13.12.16 GER Berlin - Nuke Club
14.12.16 GER Nuernberg - Hirsch
15.12.16 GER Leipzig - Anker
16.12.16 GER Siegburg - Kubana
17.12.16 GER Goslar - Das Kartell
18.12.16 GER Luebeck - Werkhof
27.12.16 GER Crailsheim - Dynamite Night More...

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Refuge Signs To Frontiers Music, New LP In Works

German power metal act Refuge - originally created to celebrate the classic era of Rage material and built around heavy metal icon Peter “Peavy” Wagner - has recently signed a record deal with Frontiers Music Srl.

Refuge, which consists of Manni Schmidt (guitars), Christos Efthimiadis (drums) and frontman/bassplayer Peavy Wagner, is the 1987 – 1994 line up of the German metal institution Rage. The former Rage members got back together at the end of 2014 under the name Refuge to play the old Rage songs from their time in the band. What started out as a fun project with friends, has since evolved into a very special band.

Refuge guitarist Manni Schmidt says: "When we played at a number of festivals last summer, we instantly realized that the chemistry was back. The shows worked out great and very naturally, there were ideas for new songs that we wanted to hold, because we liked them so much. Somehow the guys from Frontiers have heard about this and they offered us a deal. Peavy, Efthi and I are very thrilled to say that there will be a record released full of brand new songs by our band Refuge!”

Frontman Peavy Wagner also points out that releasing a new album with Refuge won’t clash with his other band Rage: “Refuge and Rage are two different bands now. With Refuge, we are able to play songs of the old era that have never found their way to a setlist of a RAGE show. Refuge also consists of different musicians – except me – who have different ideas and a different vibe. Refuge is more like old school. The fans will find out latest when they will hold the new Refuge album in their hands.” More...

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Rage Posts New Music Video

After releasing the "My Way" live video last week, iconic German metal trio Rage will unleash upcoming studio album "The Devil Strikes Again" on Friday, June 10th via Nuclear Blast.

A music video for title track "The Devil Strikes Again" also comes online today. The clip was directed and edited by Ivan K. Maras and can be seen below. You can also pre-order the album over at this location.

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Rage Posts "My Way" Video

Iconic German metal trio Rage will release upcoming studio album "The Devil Strikes Again" next week via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band is promoting a fan-made live clip for "My Way," which is featured on the live bonus disc of Rage's upcoming release.

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Rage Posts "The Devil Strikes Again" Trailer

Iconic German metal trio Rage is set to release an upcoming studio album called "The Devil Strikes Again" on June 10th via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band has launched a fourth album trailer in support of this upcoming release. Check it out below.

"The Devil Strikes Again" was recorded in September/October 2015 at Megafon Studios (Burscheid, Germany) and at Soundchaser Studios (Zandhoven, Belgium). Production was handled by Marcos Rodriguez and Peavy Wagner, while the renowned Dan Swanö took care of the mix and mastering at Unisound Studios.

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Rage Posts "Spirit Of The Night" Lyric Clip

Iconic German metal trio Rage is set to release a brand new studio album titled "The Devil Strikes Again" on June 10th via Nuclear Blast. Today, Rage release a new digital single & lyric video for the title "Spirit Of The Night." Check it out below.

"The Devil Strikes Again" was recorded in September/October 2015 at Megafon Studios (Burscheid, Germany) and at Soundchaser Studios (Zandhoven, Belgium). Production was handled by Marcos Rodriguez and Peavy Wagner, whilst renowned Dan Swanö took care of the mix and mastering at Unisound Studios.

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Rage Posts New Album Studio Trailer

Iconic German metal trio Rage is set to release brand-new studio album "The Devil Strikes Again" on June 10th via Nuclear Blast. Today, the band reveals a second studio making-of trailer, giving an insight into the development of this upcoming new record.

"The Devil Strikes Again" was recorded in September/October 2015 at Megafon Studios (Burscheid, Germany) and at Soundchaser Studios (Zandhoven, Belgium). production was handled by Marcos Rodriguez and Peavy Wagner, while the renowned Dan Swanö took care of the mix and mastering at Unisound Studios (Grefrath, Germany).

Stunning cover artwork was created by Karim König and the full track listing for "The Devil Strikes Again" will be as follows:

1. The Devil Strikes Again (4:25)
2. My Way (4:23) (see video clip here)
3. Back on Track (4:23)
4. The Final Curtain (4:13)
5. War (4:24)
6. Ocean Full Of Tears (04:04)
7. Deaf, Dumb And Blind (04:18)
8. Spirits Of The Night (4:52)
9. Times Of Darkness (5:21)
10. The Dark Side Of The Sun (5:56) More...

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Rage Announces "The Devil Strikes Again"

German metal pioneers Rage will release the new full length album "The Devil Strikes Again" on June 10th via Nuclear Blast Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location. The album marks the first full length release with the new members Marcos Rodriguez (guitars) and Vassilios Maniatopoulous (drums) flanking founder/bassist/vocalist Peavy Wagner.

"The Devil Strikes Again" will be released in the following formats: CD, Digibook (2CD), Deluxe Digibook (3CD) and vinyl LP.

The track list is as follows:

CD/LP:

1. The Devil Strikes Again (4:25)
2. My Way (4:23) (see video clip here)
3. Back on Track (4:23)
4. The Final Curtain (4:13)
5. War (4:24)
6. Ocean Full Of Tears (04:04)
7. Deaf, Dumb And Blind (04:18)
8. Spirits Of The Night (4:52)
9. Times Of Darkness (5:21)
10. The Dark Side Of The Sun (5:56) More...

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Rage Releases "My Way" Video Clip

Germany's Rage issued a new music video for the track "My Way." The song is the title track of the new single/EP from the band, the first release following the split with Victor Smolski and Andre Hilgers. It is also the debut studio performance with the new lineup, which features Marcos Rodriguez (guitars) and Vassilios Maniatopoulous (drums) backing up founding member Peavy Wagner (bass/vocals).

"My Way" drops today via Nuclear Blast as a MCD and a 7"-vinyl exclusively. Order "My Way" at this location.

The track list is:

1. My Way (New Song)
2. Black In Mind (2015 Re-Recorded)
3. Sent By The Devil (2015 Re-Recorded)
4. Apuesto A Ganar (Spanish version of 'My Way')

Check out "My Way" here: More...

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Rage Announces New EP, First Tour With New Lineup

Germany's Rage, reborn following the split with Victor Smolski and Andre Hilgers with the new lineup of Marcos Rodriguez (guitars) and Vassilios Maniatopoulous (drums) backing founder Peavy Wagner (bass/vocals), have announced a new EP "My Way" and the first live dates for the revised lineup. The 4-track EP will be issued via Nuclear Blast on January 22nd as a MCD and a 7"-vinyl exclusively. Pre-order "My Way" at this location.

Peavy stated: "This EP will shorten your waiting time until the release of our new album – the first one since 2012 – which will be in the shops next May…," reveals Peavy.

The EP contains four tracks, two re-recorded ones from the splendid album "Black In Mind" and a brand-new song in an English and Spanish. The track list is:

1. My Way (New Song)
2. Black In Mind (2015 Re-Recorded)
3. Sent By The Devil (2015 Re-Recorded)
4. Apuesto A Ganar (Spanish version of 'My Way') More...

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Rage Announces New Lineup, Tour

An outcry went through the metal scene, when Peter "Peavy" Wagner and Victor Smolski of Rage declared the end of their musical collaboration in the beginning of February 2015. Since André Hilgers also had to leave his place behind the drums, rumors were running high quickly and there was even talk about Rage would call it quits. Though Peavy made it clear over and over again in interviews that the new line-up of the band was already positioned, the names of his new band mates remained untold.

Now the wait has come to an end – the new line-up of RAGE reads as follows:

Peter "Peavy" Wagner – Vocals, Bass
Marcos Rodriguez (Soundchaser) – Guitars, Vocals
Vassilios "Lucky" Maniatopoulos – Drums, Vocals

The new studio album is about to be finalized and will be released in spring 2016 via Nuclear Blast. More...

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Peavy Wagner Clarifies Situation With Rage

Bassist/vocalist Peavy Wagner has issued a statement clarifying the situation with Rage and Lingua Mortis Orchestra. Just this past Wednesday a statement was issued by the band that the current lineup of Wagner, Victor Smolski and Andre Hilgers have split. For some, this was interpreted as the demise of Rage, however, Wagner insists that the band will continue with a new lineup and a new era and that Refuge (the outlet for the classic era of Rage) will continue as a separate entity.

In the statement issued today, Wagner states: "Hi Rageheads, due to rumors in the past few days, referring to the future of Rage and LMO, I would like to give some more clarity.

"My split from Victor and André does NOT implicate the end of RAGE! On the contrary, set sails again with a new Line-Up soon we. More news to follow.

"Refuge is a blessing for me and my two friends and bandmates, and wants to continue to exist. We are looking forward to the festival summer of 2015 (and beyond) Both bands, Rage and Refuge are going to be present alongside and want even complement each other. With Refuge, we are serving all the oldschool metalheads out there, whilst Rage is covering the whole musical spectrum that I have built up in the past 30 years.

"[As for] Lingua Mortis [Orchestra] (LMO), I created in the early 90's and we celebrated our first release in 1996. Equals to Rage, LMO is important part of me and I want to put in the same amount of passion and creative energy as I have done in the past.

"I promise that I will go ahead with Rage in a high musical quality. With Refuge, we will travel back to the early days and with Lingua Mortis Orchestra, I want to continue the metal meets classic part of me.

"I can't wait for what will happen in the near future, I feel freed and I am full of creative energy. In that respect I want to say THANK YOU for your trust and support."

Smolski also also issued a statement about his future and the shifting to focus to LMO a/k/a Lingua Mortis Orchestra: "Dear friends, after 15 fantastic years, 10 records and countless live shows with Rage, I have decided to focus myself on other musical challenges. I really want to thank all Rage fans, who supported me all those years. In the future, I will concentrate on the new LMO CD. The orchestra project I founded and formed in 2013 will continue with the same lineup, just without Peavy. New musicians, giving this creative band new input, but also a new name will be revealed soon. Composing and producing the last record was so much fun to me and I want to thank everyone who supported me doing this. With all the experience from the shows with LMO, I’m quite sure the new album will be even more exciting. Expect the unexpected!”

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Rage Announces Split

Legendary German power thrash act Rage just announced the end of the current era of the band. After 15 years, the age of founding member Peavy Wagner and guitar/composer virtuoso Victor Smolski - which began with "Welcome of the Other Side" in 2001 - has come to an end.

A statement on the band's Facebook page reads: "Hi Rageheads, After thinking it over carefully, Peavy and Victor decided to stop working together in the future. This is due to musical and personal changes. We have developed in different directions in the last years that much, that we cannot identify with the current band situation anymore. In this situation we will also part from drummer André Hilgers.

"The last 15 years were blessed with many Highlights and great releases but this era is over now. Every extension would be untrue to ourselves and to our fans.

"We wish each other all the best! Thanx to all the fans for your trust and support!

'Peavy & Victor, Feb 2015"

Recently, Wagner joined forces with old bandmates guitarist Manni Schmidt and drummer Chris Efthimiadis to form Refuge - a tribute to the classic era of Rage when albums like "Perfect Man," "Trapped" and "The Missing Link" were released.

The band played its first official performance on board 70,000 Tons of Metal last week. There is no indication as to whether the current lineup of Refuge will assume as Rage, as that project is still considered to be a fun side project of friends playing classic Rage material in a live setting.

More information is expected soon. More...

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Classic Rage Lineup Reforms As "Refuge"

Peavy Wagner, Manni Schmidt and Christos Efthimiadis formed the backbone of the "classic Rage" era from 1988-1993, releasing such albums as "Perfect Man," "Secrets in a Weird World," "Reflections of a Shadow," "Trapped" and "The Missing Link."

After Christos and Manni left to pursue other ventures in 1994, the three had only sporadic contact over the next 20 years, until this year when they played a secret gig in late summer to 1,200 people under the name Tres Hombres in Herne, Germany.

At the show, the band played all the hits, enjoyed every second on the stage and was hungry for more - so the idea of "Refuge" was born. The three friends decided to spend more time together and to put on shows, which would enable many people to go "back to the future."

The band announced it is working on future shows during the 2015 European Summer Festival season, the first of which is the BÄÄÄM Festival, which will be held from July 21st-August 1st in Kierspe, Germany.

More shows are expected to be announced soon. More...

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Rage Cancels Show Due To Health Issues

Rage has been forced to cancel the scheduled concert in Nürnberg (Germany), during the "30 Years of Rage" Anniversary Tour, due to the health issues of drummer André Hilgers. Victor Smolski comments:

"Sorry to all our fans for those circumstances. The new date for this show will be December 15th. All the tickets stay valid, and everyone who wants to return his tickets will get his money back. Luckily André is going to feel better again and we will be able to continue the tour next week as expected."

The dates on the tour are as follows:

23.09.2014 BE Vosselaar - Biebob
24.09.2014 D Bochum - Zeche
01.10.2014 HU Budapest - A 38
02.10.2014 AT Wörgl - Komma
03.10.2014 D Steinheim - Stadthalle
04.10.2014 D Burgrieden - Riffelhof
05.10.2014 D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
06.10.2014 D Hamburg - Markthalle
07.10.2014 D Bremen - Aladin
08.10.2014 D Köln - Essigfabrik
10.10.2014 D Speyer - Halle 101
11.10.2014 CZ Zlín - Masters Of Rock Café
12.10.2014 SK Bratislava - Randal Club
13.10.2014 D Augsburg - Spectrum
04.11.2014 BY Minsk - Re:Public
15.12.2014 D Nürnberg - Hirsch
10.01.2015 BGR Sofia - Mixtape 5 More...

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Rage Posts 30th Anniversary Tour Trailer

Only two more weeks until the 30th anniversary tour for Rage kicks off on September 3rd in Osnabrück, Germany.

Rage will be performing a special best-of-set with tons of surprises including a special acoustic session and a brand new anniversary stage set. Check out a teaser trailer for the forthcoming tour below.

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Underwall Festival Cancelled

Several bands, including Amaranthe and Enslaved, have posted online about having to pull out of the Croatian Underwall Festival, and now the remaining days of the metal fest have officially been cancelled altogether. U.K. band Absolva posted this announcement online about the situation:

"We regret to say that the remaining 2 days of Underwall Festival have been cancelled by the promoter.

"Many of the bands had already pulled out due to various logistical difficulties, including Amaranthe, Rage, Enslaved. We've been here since yesterday so we guess it's time to soak up the sun, relax with a few beers until Monday when we fly home.

"We apologize to everyone expecting to see us at the festival but there simply isn't an event left to play! Thanks to all. We now look forward to headlining Day One of SOS FESTIVAL back home in ENGLAND.. I AM I headline day 2. The event is packed full of quality metal.... Savage Messsiah, Tysondog, Triaxis, Monument, Incassum, & many more. TICKETS ONLY £15 for the weekend!"

To read the other band cancellation announcements, head over to the Underwall Fest Facebook page.

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Rage Announces 30th Anniversary Shows

The German heavy metal masters in Rage are currently celebrating their 30th band anniversary and are about to release "The Soundchaser Archives," a 30 track compilation (plus bonus DVD), which will be out on May 23rd, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.

Now the band has announced the "30 Years Of Rage" anniversary tour for September and October 2014. Dates for the trek are as follows:

03.09. D Osnabrück - Lagerhalle
04.09. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
05.09. D Andernach - JUZ
08.09. CH Pratteln - Z-7
09.09. I Milano - Live Club
12.09. ES Madrid - Copernico
13.09. ES Bilbao - Santana 27
16.09. D Nürnberg - Hirsch
23.09. BE Vosselaar - Biebob
24.09. D Bochum - Zeche
26.09. BG Sofia - RBF Club
27.09. GR Thessaloniki - Eightball Club
28.09. GR Athen - Stage Volume 1
01.10. HU Budapest - A 38
02.10. AT Wörgl - Komma
03.10. D Steinheim - Stadthalle
04.10. D Burgrieden - Riffelhof
05.10. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
06.10. D Hamburg - Markthalle
07.10. D Bremen - Aladin
08.10. D Köln - Essigfabrik
10.10. D Speyer - Halle 101
12.10. SK Bratislava - Randal Club
13.10. D Augsburg - Spectrum More...

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Rage Posts Interview Clip For 30th Anniv. Release

Legendary German metal act Rage posted interview footage, featuring vocalist/bassist Peavy Wagner and guitarist Victor Smolski speaking about the upcoming 30th Anniversary double CD release "The Soundchaser Archives," which is set for release on May 23rd via Nuclear Blast Records.

The track list for "The Soundchaser Archives" is:

CD 1:

1. Anybody Home? (see lyric video here)
2. Mystery Trip
3. In Union
4. Long Hard Road
5. Full Moon (international version)
6. Nevermore
7. French Bourrée
8. A Perfect Day
9. Enough Is Enough
10. Here Comes the Night
11. Spiritual Awakening
12. Lost in the Void
13. The Missing Link
14. Another Kind of Madness
15. Down to the Bone More...

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Rage Posts "Anybody Home?" Lyric Video

Legendary German metal act Rage released a lyric video for the new track "Anybody Home?." The song will appear on the upcoming 30th Anniversary double CD release "The Soundchaser Archives," which is due out via Nuclear Blast Records on May 23rd.

The band previously explained the track in published liner notes: "This is a newly recorded song we created from leftover ideas we had from the '21' sessions. At that time we couldn´t find the right grooves for it and after changing the arrangement a million times, it was too late for that album. Now, after re-visiting the tune two years later, it came out naturally. It was real fun for us to turn up the volume and kick it out roughly, a good marker for our future."

The track list for "The Soundchaser Archives" is:

CD 1:

1. Anybody Home?
2. Mystery Trip
3. In Union
4. Long Hard Road
5. Full Moon (international version)
6. Nevermore
7. French Bourrée
8. A Perfect Day
9. Enough Is Enough
10. Here Comes the Night
11. Spiritual Awakening
12. Lost in the Void
13. The Missing Link
14. Another Kind of Madness
15. Down to the Bone More...

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