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Rage - Welcome To The Other Side (7,5/10) - Germany - 2001

Genre: Power Metal
Label: G.U.N. Records
Playing time: 64:36
Band homepage: Rage

Tracklist:

  1. Trauma
  2. Paint The Devil On The Wall
  3. The Mirror In Your Eyes
  4. R.I.P.
  5. One More Time
  6. Requiem
  7. I'm Crucified
  8. No Lies
  9. Point Of No Return
  10. Leave It All Behind
  11. Deep In The Night
  12. Welcome To The Other Side
  13. Lunatic
  14. Riders On The Moonlight
  15. Straight To Hell
  16. After The End
  17. Sister Demon
Rage - Welcome To The Other Side
Hahaa! They still are able to do it! RAGE still are METAL, no more superfluous orchestration robbing the songs off any power, no stale songs, the whip is cracking again (partly)!

After the intro "Paint The Devil On The Wall" sets off with good, straight and swift mid-tempo, but after that hell breaks loose: "The Mirror In Your Eyes" thunders full force ahead, almost like in their best times. Still has a lot of melody, but the double-bass are galloping again, the guitars roar, aah, I've waited for this for some time! The whole classical stuff, which had been brilliant on "Lingua Mortis", well integrated on "XIII" and just ballast on "Ghosts" has been thrown over-board and they've created a very varied album with "Welcome To The Other Side", where the classical passages are cleverly integrated into the METAL-Songs.

You can find anything from relaxed and balladesque songs over straight, powerful mid-tempo with some classical melodies and arrangements up to cracking up-tempo (like that absolute highlight). And the replacement of the personnel with the Gentlemen Smolski and Terrana has done the overall sound very good indeed!

Only two points of criticism: With a playing time of more than 64 minutes and 17 songs there are some weaker songs on the album (especially towards the end), without which the rating would have been a bit better and why have they so shamelessly taken parts of the chorus of "No Lies" from themselves? Listen to it and realise it for yourself!

For sure the best RAGE-album since "Black In Mind", still not completely convincing!

Alexander Melzer



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