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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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German Dong Open Air Tickets Sell Out In First Day

The 2009 Dong Open Air festival will take place from July 17 - 18 in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany. The official website for the festival has been updated with the following announcement that all tickets have already been sold out:

"Many, many thanks for that great reception of yours! The Dong Open Air 2009 is sold out after exactly 4 hours of pre-sales. We never thought of such a fast thing! We all are happily looking forward to seeing you all in best party-mood in front of our beloved stage on the Dong hill on the 17th and 18th of July!"

The line-up for the show will be as follows: More...

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Mind Odyssey Announces New Album Title

German power metal band Mind Odyssey has announced that their new upcoming album will be titled "Time to Change It." The album was recorded at Yellow Prison studio in Berlin and features Rage guitarist Victor Smolski. "Time to Change It" will be released through Napalm Records on February 27, 2009.

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Rage Frontman Gives Overview Of New EP

RAGE frontman Peter "Peavy" Wagner has issued the following studio update:

"Who has turned the clock..... unbelievable. Twenty-five years have past since I have started doing metal music during AVENGER times long way back. Who ever thought that Rage will capture their place in this shark tank of the music business, developing themselves to an established factor in the global metal world for a quarter-century. Certainly, a big part is because of you, therefore a huge 'thank you' from our side.

"Beside a nice jubilee tour next spring, we're going to offer some 'fresh food' in form of the Never Give Up EP, which will be released on January 16th, 2009, also available as a box-set, including the last Rage album Carved In Stone. On the Never Give Up EP, there will be new songs and some curiosities like the video bonus material of 'Carved In Speed'.

"Here some words to the songs..."

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Rage Reveals New EP, "Gib Dich Nie Auf" Details

German metallers Rage will be releasing a new EP entitled, "Gib Dich Nie Auf" on January 16th as part of a boxed set which also includes the bands latest studio album, "Carved In Stone." The EP contains German versions of the songs, "Never Give Up" and "Full Moon" aswell as a brand new song entitled, "Home" and also features two bonus tracks and a video clip.

The tracklisting for, "Gib Dich Nie Auf" is as follows:

1. Gib Dich Nie Auf (Edit – German version of “Never Give Up”)
2. Vollmond (German version of “Full Moon”)
3. Never Give Up
4. Terrified (taken from the album “Nuclear Blast Allstars - Into The Light”)
5. Lord Of The Flies (orchestral version)
6. Home (new song)
+ enhanced video clip “Refuge” (recorded live @ Wacken Open Air 2007)

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Rage Post Two New Videos Online

Shortly before Christmas, German power metallers RAGE shot two video clips from their new album, "Carved in Stone", for the songs "Lord of the Flies" and "Open My Grave". According to the band, "while 'Lord of the Flies' is a dark and occult clip with a lot of actors and guests (like singer Jen Majura), 'Open My Grave' presents more the musicians of the band on their instruments. The location was a very old basement cavity from the beginning of the 18th century, which is located under a whorehouse! You can imagine, that the boys had a couple of guests while their stay. The clips were produced by Katja Piolka, who had RAGE in front of her lenses already before."

Watch both videos below.

An orchestral version of the RAGE song "Lord of the Flies", which also appears on the German group's new album, "Carved in Stone", will be featured in the new computer game Windchaser, due in May. According to the band, the new version of the track features "a bombastic arrangement and a great number of top-class guest musicians. With a well-rehearsed, classic team, the Lingua Mortis Orcherstra from Minsk, which [previously made an appearance] on [RAGE's] 'Speak of the Dead' album, and which supported RAGE at various gigs, this special orchestra version of 'Lord of the Flies' sounds like [it is being] played by a 50-member-strong rock band with classic instruments! The recordings took place in January 2008 at the Inspector Studio in Minsk (Belarus), homeland of guitarist Victor Smolski, who is responsible for arrangement and mix of the song." More...

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Korpiklaani Added To Metal Camp 2008

Korpiklaani have been confirmed for this year’s Metal Camp Festival set to take place July 3rd to 9th in Tolmin, Slovenia.

Other bands to appear include Behemoth, In Flames, Rage, Soilwork, Apocalyptica, Ministry, Kataklysm and Wintersun.

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Rage Film Two New Videos

Shortly before Christmas, German power metallers RAGE shot two video clips for their new album, "Carved in Stone", featuring the songs "Lord of the Flies" and "Open My Grave". According to the band, "while 'Lord of the Flies' is a dark and occult clip with a lot of actors and guests (like singer Jen Majura), 'Open My Grave' presents more the musicians of the band on their instruments. The location was a very old basement cavity from the beginning of the 18th century, which is located under a whorehouse! You can imagine, that the boys had a couple of guests while their stay. The clips were produced by Katja Piolka, who had RAGE in front of her lenses already before."

Check out photos from the video shoot at this location.

RAGE will release "Carved in Stone" in Europe on February 22, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records. More...

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Rage Reveal Tracklisting For Carved In Stone

RAGE's new album, Carved In Stone, will be issued by Nuclear Blast Europe on February 22nd. The tracklisting is as follows: 'Carved In Stone', 'Drop Dead!', 'Gentle Murders', 'Open My Grave', 'Without You', 'Long Hard Road', 'One Step Ahead', 'Lost In The Void', 'Mouth Of Greed', 'Lord Of The Flies'.

Rage's upcoming tour schedule is as follows:

December
28 - Bonn, Germany at Heavy New Year Festival - Brückenforum
29 - Osnabrück, Germany at After X-Mas Metalblast - Halle Gartlage

March
27 - Copenhagen, Denmark at The Rock
28 - Mariestat, Sweden at Klubb Kaliber, Folketspark
29 - Västeras, Sweden at Sigurdsgatan 25
31 - Hamburg, Germany at Markthalle

April
1 - Bochum, Germany at Zeche
2 - Paris, France at Nouveau Casino
4 - Madrid, Spain at Caracol
5 - Bergara, Spain at Sala Jam
6 - Barcelona, Spain at Razzmatazz 2
8 - Montpellier, France at Rockstore
9 - Piacenza, Italy at Fillmore
0 - Conegliano (Treviso), Italy at Zion Rock Club
11 - Wien, Austria at Szene
12 - Plzen, Switzerland at KD Serikovka
13 - Budapest, Hungary at Wigwam
15 - Würzburg, Germany at AKW
16 - Nürnberg, Germany at Hirsch
17 - Hannover, Germany at Musikzentrum
18 - Bad Salzungen, Germany at Kulturzentrum KW 70
19 - Memmingen, Germany at Kaminwerk
20 - Ludwigsburg, Germany at Rockfabrik
22 - Pratteln, Switzerland at Z7
24 - Colmar, France at Grillen
25 - Speyer, Germany at Halle 101
26 - Brüssels, Belgium at Ten Weyngaerdt
27 - London, England at Underworld
29 - Fulda, Germany at Alte Piesel
30 - Osnabrück, Germany at Hyde Park

May
1 - Pirmasens, Germany at Quasimodo
2 - Aschaffenburg, Germany at Colos-Saal
3 - Andernach, Germany at JUZ Live Club

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Apocalyptica Confirmed For Metalcamp 2008

The 2008 edition of Slovenia's Metalcamp festival (www.metalcamp.com) is scheduled to take place July 3rd - 9th in Tolmin.

The latest act confirmed is APOCALYPTICA.

Acts confirmed for the festival currently include: APOCALYPTICA, BEHEMOTH, BRAINSTORM, CATAMENIA, CELTIC FROST, DARK FORTRESS, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, HELLOWEEN, KATAKLYSM, MINISTRY, MYSTIC PROPHECY, PERSIHING MANKIND, RAGE, SKYFORGER, TANKARD, WINTERSUN.

More details to follow.

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Queensryche Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

QUEENSRŸCHE have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's instalment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place on June 27-28, 2008 in Balingen, Germany. The band will deliver a very special three-hour performance with the full "Operation: Mindcrime" sets along with a huge stage production including stage actors, dialogue intermissions, video screens and other audio-visual effects.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AGE OF EVIL
AGENT STEEL
BREAKER
CONTRACRASH
ENSIFERUM
FORBIDDEN
GRAVE DIGGER
GREAT WHITE
KORPIKLAANI
LIZZY BORDEN
OBITUARY
ONSLAUGHT
QUEENSRŸCHE
RAGE
SAXON
SECRECY
TANKARD
TRAMP'S WHITE LION
TYR

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Sodom Announce Post-X-Mas Show

SODOM, along with RAGE, STORMWARRIOR and a to-be-announced guest, will play "After X-Mas Metal Blast 2007", scheduled for Saturday, December 29th, 2007at Halle Gartlage - Schlachthofstrasse, Osnabrück, Germany

Further show details can be found at this location.

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Rage Announce New Album Release Date

German power metallers RAGE will release their new album, "Carved in Stone", in Europe on February 22, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.

RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski previously stated about the upcoming LP, "From the beginning we decided to compose the songs for this CD more straight, concentrating on cool riffs and catchy melodies. Actually, with our new lineup it was easy to realize everything, as we pulled together with André [Hilgers; drums; AXXIS, SILENT FORCE] perfectly! All the recordings with our co-producer, sound engineer and almost fourth bandmember Charly Czajkowski runs perfectly, as well as the final mix with Charlie Bauerfeind. From my point of view I promise you brutal guitar riffs with fancy soli. In one song, I've hidden a modification of a real famous melody — the one who will first recognize this melody will get a present! At 'Open My Grave', my sitar guitar came into operation, at 'Lord of the Flies', I've contributed a phat keyboard arrangement."

Other ongtitles set to appear on the CD include "Carved in Stone", "Drop Dead", "Gentle Murders", "One Step Ahead" and "Without You".

RAGE's new DVD, entitled "Full Moon in St. Petersburg", was released on February 23 via Nuclear Blast. The double DVD set was filmed in St. Petersburg, Russia last year in front of 15,000 fans. "Full Moon in St. Petersburg" contains the complete concert in St. Petersburg, Russia, plus a lot of behind-the-scenes footage and material from personal archives.

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Testament Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

May 30, 2008:

DESTRUCTION
VADER
OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

JORN LANDE
BELPHEGOR
FINNTROLL
UNLEASHED
AMORPHIS
RAGE
TESTAMENT

One more international act as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.

TESTAMENT has set "The Formation of Damnation" as the title of its new album, tentatively due in early 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records.

The band is currently recording the effort with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE) at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California.

TESTAMENT recently recruited Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, EXODUS, FORBIDDEN, SYSTEMATIC) to play the drums on new CD. The group was previously rehearsing and writing new material with British drummer Nick Barker (CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR), but Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and international work visa issues have prevented Barker from continuing to be involved in the project.

Bostaph, who was a member of TESTAMENT for a brief period starting around February 2004, had previously played several live dates with the group in 1992 and appeared on the band's 1993 live EP, "Return to the Apocalyptic City". He also toured with TESTAMENT in 2006.

TESTAMENT's current lineup is rounded out by Chuck Billy on vocals, Eric Peterson on rhythm guitar, Alex Skolnick on lead guitar and Greg Christian on bass.

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Destruction To Appear At Mexican Festival

German thrashers DESTRUCTION check in with the following quick update:

"Good news for the Mexico City thrashers. We did just get the following festival confirmation: March 8th, 2008 - Mexico City, Mexico - Metal Attack 2 Festival / Circo Volador."

As previously reported, Destruction are also confirmed for the 2008 edition of Serbia's Legacy Festival, scheduled for May 30th - 31st at Ushce in Belgrade.

Other acts scheduled for the festival include: DARK FUNERAL, THRESHOLD, OBITUARY, JORN LANDE, AMORPHIS, MELECHESH, RAGE, UNLEASHED, FINNTROLL.

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Melechesh Pull Out Of Legacy Festival

Mesopotamian metal masters MELECHESH have cancelled their participation in the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. Replacing them on the bill will be Austrian black/death metal titans BELPHEGOR.

The festival billing is now shaping up as follows:

May 30, 2008:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD
VADER
SEPTIC FLESH

May 31, 2008:

JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
BELPHEGOR
RAGE
UNLEASHED
FINNTROLL

Two more international acts as well as four Serbian support bands will be announced soon.

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Vader Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Polish death metal veterans VADER have been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
VADER
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

FINNTROLL
JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
MELECHESH
RAGE
UNLEASHED

VADER released its new DVD, "And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw", in Europe on October 15 via Metal Mind Productions. The group's third DVD, which is being made available in North America today (November 20) via MVD, features footage from the band's February 12, 2007 concert at Stodola Club in Warsaw, documenting the final stop of the group's tour in support of their latest album, "Impressions in Blood". The show was filmed with seven cameras and includes a guest appearance by Orion, a member of two other great Polish metal acts: VESANIA and BEHEMOTH. The DVD also includes: a fully animated menu, band bio, discography, interview with frontman Peter, the brand new video clip "Sword of the Witcher" (taken from the forthcoming RPG game "The Witcher"), desktop images, photo gallery, weblinks, and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. "…And Blood Was Shed In Warsaw" DVD is also available in a special DVD+CD limited swing case edition! The artwork and layout of the DVD was created by the Brazilian artist Marcelo HVC, who has previously worked with GORGOROTH, LORD BELIAL and NECROPHAGIA.

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Finntroll Confirmed For Legacy Festival

Finland's FINNTROLL has been confirmed for the Legacy Festival, set to take place May 30-31, 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

May 30:

OBITUARY
DARK FUNERAL
DESTRUCTION
THRESHOLD

May 31, 2008:

FINNTROLL
JORN LANDE
AMORPHIS
MELECHESH
RAGE
UNLEASHED

A nine-minute video interview with FINNTROLL frontman Mathias Lillmåns (a.k.a. Vreth) conducted by The Dude Von Doom can be viewed below.

FINNTROLL's fifth album, "Ur Jordens Djup", entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 91. The CD, which was recorded by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki, is the group's first release with Lillmåns following the departure of Tapio Wilska (SETHIAN, ex-WIZZARD, former session vocalist for NIGHTWISH) in January 2006. Like FINNTROLL's original singer, Katla Mathias, Lillmåns is reportedly Fenno-Swedish, with Swedish as his mother tongue. More...

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Ministry, Behemoth And Others On Metalcamp Fest

MINISTRY, BEHEMOTH, RAGE and KATAKLYSM are among the newly confirmed bands for the Metalcamp festival, set to take place July 3-9, 2008 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

CELTIC FROST
MINISTRY
BEHEMOTH
RAGE
KATAKLYSM
WINTERSUN
TANKARD
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
BRAINSTORM
SKYFORGER
CATAMENIA
DARK FORTRESS
PERSIHING MANKIND

For more information, visit www.metalcamp.com.

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"20 Years Of Nuclear Blast" Trailer Posted Online

A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.

The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:

01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...

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