Carved in Stone

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Band Name Rage (GER)
Album Name Carved in Stone
Type Album
Data wpisu 22 Luty 2008
Wydawcy Nuclear Blast
Styl muzycznySpeed Heavy
Zarejestrowanych posiada ten album131

Tracklist

1. Carved in Stone 05:21
2. Drop Dead ! 04:13
3. Gentle Murders 04:12
4. Open My Grave 04:41
5. Without You 05:45
6. Long Hard Road 04:37
7. One Step Ahead 05:05
8. Lost in the Void 04:14
9. Mouth of Greed 03:56
10. Lord of the Flies 05:45
DVD - LIMITED EDITION
1. Lord of the Flies (Clip)
2. Open My Grave (Clip)
Recorded live at Wacken 2007
3. Overture
4. From the Cradle to the Grave
5. Alive But Dead
6. Lingua Mortis Medley
7. Turm the Page
8. Suite Lingua Mortis
9. Higher Than the Sky
Total playing time 47:49


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Artykuł @ Vinrock666

03 Kwiecień 2009
Rage's 2008 LP "Carved in Stone" is a flag bearer to the sound and fury of classic power metal. The strength of this album is in the band's execution and resolve in delivering a typically narrow style of music, for not only are these songs simple, stock, and straightforward, they are also unoriginal and short on creativity. The singular exception is the last track, "Lord Of The Flies". The orchestral and choir arrangement in both the introduction and last movement is very cool and complimentary to the heavier parts of the song. Throughout the rest of the album, however, the most creative output is found during the various solos by guitarist Victor Smolski. Every one of them is impressive and masterful. One of the best songs, "Open My Grave" starts out with a sitar that no doubt is placed to match the track's Egyptian theme. Another very good song, "Gentle Murders" sports a fast fretting bass introduction; one of the very few times that the bass is highlighted. The best song may be "Without you"; a vaguely lyrical piece with the feel of a ballad due to its melodic chorus, but with a much dirtier guitar riff behind the verses. The rest of the album's songs are delivered straight from the power metal processing plant: these ingredients include fast riffing, mid-range power vocals, and chorus hooks. One strange aspect of the album comes from the lyrics, especially the first four tracks. There is a somber and dark social consciousness presented in all of the themes. Coupled with the very light and happy sounds of their music, the result feels nonsensical. Had this been a conscious choice of Rage to pair up light music to dark themes by way of satire, "Carved in Stone" may have turned out to be a more relevant accomplishment. As it stands now, it is not. For those who could care less about direction and more about feeling nostalgic over hard rock and metal riffs once upon a decade dominant, Rage's "Carved in Stone" will definitely satiate your appetite.

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