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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 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.

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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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Rage Comments On "The Soundchaser Archives"

After previously announcing the cover artwork and track list for the upcoming 30th anniversary release "The Soundchaser Archives," which will be out on May 23rd, German heavy metal act Rage now presents the first part of the liner notes on this ultimate song collection.

1. Anybody Home: "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."

2. Mystery Trip: "This was a bonus track for the European limited edition version of 'Unity.'"

3. In Union: "This is a leftover Song Victor wrote for the album »Into the Light« which he produced for the Nuclear Blast 25th Anniversary. Originally it was planned that Hammerfall's Joacim Cans would sing it, but we couldn´t schedule the recording session, as he was too busy. So we planned to give it to Tarja Turunen with new lyrics written especially for her (‘Raven And Swan’). Unfortunately she also turned it down, as it seemed too heavy for her, so she sang something different. In the end the song was used by Mind Odyssey for their 'Time To Change It' album. What you hear now is our first demo with Peavy´s pilot vocals."

4. Long Hard Road: "At the time we worked on »Carved In Stone«, we used to rehearse in the studio, so we would record our new ideas directly in a good quality. What you hear is absolutely live with no overdubs at all. This is already the second version we recorded, five minutes before that, Peavy finished the lyrics."

5. Full Moon (international version): "This is a re- mix from several versions of this song we did as bonus tracks for the diverse versions of Speak Of The Dead. At this time we recorded the song in five different languages that were only issued in the specific territories. Peavy sung it in English, German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese. Of course these versions were real live killers in the language´s countries, as you can imagine. For the first time you can hear a funny new mix with all these languages, a Babylonian joy." More...

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Rage Announces 30th Anniversary Release

German heavy metal act Rage is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary with the release of a unique collection of songs from the band's back catalog. Nuclear Blast comments:

"The Soundchaser Archives will contain 30 tracks put on two brimful CDs, covering everything from previously unreleased material or versions, demo recordings to fractions of ideas that finally went to find clear sonic ground. Additionally the 2-CD will contain a bonus DVD including the Rage performance of last years 'Masters Of Rock' festival.

"The Soundchaser Archives will be out on May 23rd, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. Diving into their own history, Rage has 21 studio albums released to date, covering three decades of an unbeatable heavy metal career."

The track listing is as follows:

01. Anybody Home?
02. Mystery Trip
03. In Union
04. Long Hard Road
05. Full Moon (International Version)
06. Nevermore
07. French Bourrée
08. A Perfect Day
09. 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

01. The Speed Of Sound
02. Darkness Turns To Light
03. Death Is Alive
04. Gentle Murders
05. From The Cradle To The Grave
06. Refuge
07. Fugue No. 5
08. Last Goodbye
09. Dirty Wings
10. The Pit And The Pendulum
11. Waterfalls
12. Heads Off
13. Assorted By Satan
14. Shame On You
15. Soundchaser More...

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Lingua Mortis Orchestra To Release New Video

For their highly acclaimed debut record "LMO," RAGE’s classical outlet, the Lingua Mortis Orchestra has produced a most extravagant video for the opening track "Cleansed By Fire." "LMO" follows an exciting concept on the burning of witches in Gelnhausen in 1599 and is based on a true story. The video for ‘Cleansed By Fire’ was shot on location in Gelnhausen in late September with about 300 participants. The album is available now via Nuclear Blast Records (see review here).

To celebrate the video release, the band will have a get-together with all actors, extras and anyone else involved in the making of the video, the festivities of which will take place on Friday, November 22 at 9pm CET at Gelnhausen townhall. Further guests of the event will the Haggard, who will play alongside Lingua Mortis Orchestra at Gelnhäuser Müllerwiese on July 5, 2014. After the premiere itself, the video will be shown on the towns’ homepage, starting at 11pm CET at www.gelnhausen.de.

The band also posted updated tour dates, with Majesty in support:

18.12. D Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
19.12. D Memmingen - Stadthalle Memmingen
20.12. D Nürnberg - Löwensaal
21.12. D Köln - Essigfabrik
22.12. D Langen - Neue Stadthalle More...

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Victor Smolski Posts Guitar Video Clip

In the course of the current Lingua Mortis Orchestra promotion trip through Germany, guitarist Victor Smolski handed over his guitar that had been in use for many years - both in the studio and live on stage with Rage – to the Hard Rock Café in Cologne, who will forward it to the Hard Rock Café headquarters in Orlando, Florida.

It’ll be placed in a special glass frame there and subsequently be sent from country to country to be exhibited in various Hard Rock Cafés around the world.

Victor Smolski has also posted a new guitar instructional video clip online. Check out this new video below.

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Lingua Mortis Orchestra Posts Trailer For New LP

Lingua Mortis Orchestra, the side project of German power pioneers Rage and the first band to mix orchestra with metal, posted a trailer for the upcoming self-titled LP, which is due out for release on August 2, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The album continues where the 1996 Rage album "Lingua Mortis" left off, but with a much larger production. Now a full band in of itself, Lingua Mortis Orchestra (or L.M.O.) presents a conceptual album, which is explained by bassist vocalist Peavy Wagner in the video.

Check it out here:

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Lingua Mortis Orchestra Posts Video Studio Report

Lingua Mortis Orchestra, full side band of Germany's Rage, posted the first studio report for the band's upcoming album "LMO." The album is now set for release on August 2, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The video features guitarist Victor Smolski, and though the interview portions are in German only, there is is also footage of the band recording at Twilight Halls Studio and music snippets are heard throughout.

Check out the footage here:

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Lingua Mortis Orchestra To Record Debut Album

Last month the Lingua Mortis Orchestra – founded by German heavy metallers Rage as an orchestral side project – made its live debut over the course of 2013’s 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise.

On the high seas in the Caribbean, the 15-member band played two gigs in the packed Chorus Line Theater on board of the Majesty Of The Seas cruise ship. Enthusiastic feedback by both fans and the press provided the combo with another boost of motivation for the upcoming recordings of a debut album. The recording is due in April under the musical direction of Victor Smolski. Right in time for several booked festival shows (on this year’s Wacken Open Air, among others), Lingua Mortis Orchestra’s debut record is set for an early August release.

Victor Smolski – guitarist and head of the project – comments on the work progress: “Back from Florida’s heat to Germany’s iciness, but there can be no talk of feeling chilly – we’re boiling over with work in our studio! I’m already back in arranging and composing mode, while mountains of scores are piling up on my desk. I’m already fascinated by the new Lingua Mortis Orchestra songs due to their multifacetedness: Rock-hard tracks, some of them even heavier than those of our latest Rage record '21,' are contrasted with balladic melodies of sheer beauty.

"The first official Lingua Mortis Orchestra album will be something very special for us, as we’ve never created anything like this before. You can look forward to a concept album with long tracks, sung by Peavy and enriched with female vocals as well as with exotic orchestra instruments. I’ll keep you posted!"

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70000 Tons Of Metal Posts Final Lineup

The annual 70000 Tons of Metal cruise posted the final lineup of bands for the upcoming event, which kicks off Monday, January 28, 2013 at the Port of Miami in Florida. On Friday, the final six bands were revealed to be: Nightmare, Threat Signal, Anaal Nathrakh, ETECC, Steel Engraved and Fatal Smile.

The complete lineup is as follows:

3 Inches of Blood
Anaal Nathrakh
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Fatal Smile
Flotsam & Jetsam
Holy Grail
In Flames
Lacuna Coil
Lizzy Borden
Metal Church More...

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Delain And Heidevolk Confirmed For 70K Tons Cruise

Promoters of the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, to be held from January 28, 2013 to February 1, 2013, have announced the addition of a Dutch two pack, symphonic metal band Delain and folk bank Heidevolk. Thirteen band are still left to be announced, but the updated lineup is as follows:

Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Flotsam & Jetsam
Helloween More...

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