Review RAGE ‘Spreading the Plague’ – EP

In October and November, Germany’s metal veterans Rage are on a co-headlining tour together with Brainstorm. To give the fans something new to listen to while traveling through Europe, Rage has recorded an EP titled ‘Spreading the Plague’.

In total, the release contains six tracks, three of which are new songs, while the other three tracks are already known in other versions.

The start is made by the snappy ‘To Live and let Die’. Rage show their powerful face here and don’t make any compromises. The songs bangs with full power from the speakers and contains all Rage trademarks. Armed with a thoroughly catchy vocal delivery, ‘To Live and let Die’ is a feast for fans of the band.

After such a massive start, it is on the title track to set the bundled power in scene again. Rage rely on a medium tempo without losing any punch.

Soundwise, all songs are of high quality, since they were recorded during the sessions for ‘Resurrection Day’. These are independent tracks that are not just a leftover. Not only the first two songs are proof of that, but also the thundering and fast ‘The King Has Lost His Crown’.

After those three blasts follows well-known stuff, even if repackaged. ‘A New Land’ comes in an acoustic version, while some may still know ‘The Price of War 2.0’ from the introduction of the new band members, Jean Bormann and Stefan Wagner. Now the songs are available in a physical version as well.
The final track of this EP is ‘Straight to Hell’, one of the most well-known rage titles. Recorded during a streaming concert in the Balver Höhle, the Rage anthem is a good closing for an EP, which can be seen as a bridge to the next studio album and at the same time loudly introduces the upcoming tour.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. To Live And To Die
  2. Spreading The Plague
  3. The King Has Lost His Crown
  4. A New Land (acoustic version)
  5. The Price Of War 2.0
  6. Straight To Hell (live from the Cave)

Label: Steamhammer

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: September 30th, 2022

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