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Pure Steel Records re-issues RAGE's debut in November

Veröffentlicht am 27. Oktober 2017 von Markus W. in Rage, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, News, Pure Steel Records, Re-issue, Classic

Pure Steel Records re-issues RAGE's debut in November

The release date of the RAGE album „Reign Of Fear“ on limited double vinyl edition is November 24th, 2017 with a pre-order phase that will start on November 10th, 2017. The album will be released in a limited edition of 350 black and 150 blue copies with 11 bonus tracks and gatefold on double vinyl.

A name from Germany that is program, RAGE. Founded as AVENGER, the guys around "Peavy" Wagner already guaranteed in the 80's first quality heavy / speed metal shells. After the AVENGER albums "Prayers of Steel" and "Depraved to Black" were already re-released via Pure Steel Records on vinyl, now the debut album "Reign of Fear" under the logo RAGE is going to be available on the black discs again. In addition to the remastered original album, there are also 7 live rehearsal and 4 demo tracks on the double vinyl, in order to bring the fan closer to the entire range of the work at that time.

 

Tracklist:

Side A

1. Scared To Death

2. Deceiver

3. Reign Of Fear

4. Hand Of Glory

5. Raw Energy

6. Suicide

Side B

7. Echoes Of Evil

8. Chaste Flesh

9. Machinery

10. The Scaffold

Side C

1. Echoes of Evil (Pre-Production Live Rehearsal)

2. Scared to Death (Pre-Production Live Rehearsal)

3. Raw Energy (Pre-Production Live Rehearsal)

4. Tough Like Leather (3rd Demo)

5. Hand of Glory (Pre-Production Live Rehearsal)

6. Chaste Flesh (Pre-Production Live Rehearsal)

Side D

7. Suicide (Pre-Production Live Rehearsal)

8. Reign of Fear (Pre-Production Live Rehearsal)

9. Stay Wild (3rd Demo)

10. Mirror (3rd Demo)

11. The Scaffold (3rd Demo)

 

Total Playing Time: 96:09 min

 

Line-Up:

Peter "Peavy" Wagner – vocals, bass, acustic guitars

Jochen Schröder – guitars

Thomas Grüning – guitars

Jörg Michael – drums

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CD review CHASTAIN "We Bleed Metal 17"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Chastain, ICSS, David T. Chastain, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Power Metal, News, CD Review, Pure Steel Records

CD review CHASTAIN "We Bleed Metal 17"

(8/10) Re-releases is one thing, but re-issueing an album that comes with the same drums and vocals while the rest sounds entirely different is an interesting and challenging approach. Guitar wizard David T. Chastain took the challenge and recorded “We Bleed Metal 17” leading to some totally different music than what the 2015 release "We Bleed Metal" included. In addition the 2017 version also got a new artwork which rounds off an interesting package for fans of furious guitars and mindblowing vocals by Leather Leone. It's again the combination of guitarist and singer that makes the difference to some other, more averagely releases.

Some tunes kept the same title on this release, like the title track, while others got even a new name (e.g. "Don't Trust Tomorrow" became "I Live For Today"). In addition the tracklist changed as well which gives the album another flow, including a sound that improved due to some re-recorded parts. My personal fave on the 2017 edition is "Warrior", which was "I Am a Warrior" in 2015. It became far more vigorous and vibrant, making the number to a true power metal hymn.

"We Bleed Metal 17" is an interesting experiment featuring re-arranged songs that showcase the entire potential of David T. Chastain and Leather Leone. Even if you call yourself an owner of "We Bleed Metal" you can easily go for this version too since songs get an entirely different expression. I liked the original version of this Chastain release but the newly arranged "We Bleed Metal" lifts this longplayer to a next level. Good stuff for fans of filigree power metal.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. I Live for Today                  
  2. Against All The Odds                      
  3. All Hail                  
  4. Secrets Creeping                             
  5. Last Ones                           
  6. We Bleed Metal 17                         
  7. Warrior                
  8. Bid Your Farewells                          
  9. Search Time

 

Label: Pure Steel Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: August 25th, 2017

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Pure Steel Records will re-release earlier RAGE records and the AVENGER albums

Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Rage, Avenger, News, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Pure Steel Records

Pure Steel Records will re-release earlier RAGE records and the AVENGER albums

Pure Steel Records will re-release the earlier Rage records including the debut. Furthermore the Avenger classics will be re-released as well. Here comes the original media announcement:

 

RAGE/AVENGER sign a Record deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS

Hell! Yeah!! Peavy and his band signed at Pure Steel Records for the rerelease of their early material under the band names AVENGER and RAGE!
The vinyl versions will be released as limited versions including tons of bonus material.
What we have in mind to release will be:

AVENGER
„Depraved To Black“
„Prayers Of Steel“
 
RAGE “Reign Of Fear”
“Execution Guaranteed”
“Perfect Man”
“Invisible Horizons”
“Secrets In A Weird World”
“Reflections Of a Shadow”
“Extended Power”
“Trapped!”
“Beyond The Wall”
“The Missing Link”
“Refuge”
“10 Years In Rage: The Anniversary Album”
“Unity”
“Soundchaser”
“From The Cradle To The Stage”.

Of course we will begin with the outstanding start of the career from the German legend: AVENGER! Both albums "Prayers of Steel" (as double album!) and the EP “Depraved to black" (as single LP) you will get in a high-end edition. Finally, there will be an AVENGER-box including all AVENGER material! More details also about the RAGE releases you will get in the news for our releases!

LINE-UP RAGE:
Peter "Peavy" Wagner (Rage, Refuge, Lingua Mortis Orchestra, ex-Bassinvaders, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Der Riß) – bass, vocals
Jörg Michael (Heavatar, Headhunter, ex-House of Spirits, ex-Surgeon, Devil's Train, ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Grave Digger, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Rage, ex-Running Wild, ex-Saxon, ex-Soulslide, ex-Stratovarius, ex-Unleashed Power, ex-Glenmore, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Living Death, ex-Der Riß, ex-Laos (Gudrun Laos)) – drums
Jochen Schröder (ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Rage) – guitars
Thomas Grüning (ex-Rage) – guitars

LINE-UP AVENGER:
Peter "Peavy" Wagner (Rage, Refuge, Lingua Mortis Orchestra, ex-Bassinvaders, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Der Riß) – bass, vocals
Jörg Michael (Heavatar, Headhunter, ex-House of Spirits, ex-Surgeon, Devil's Train, ex-Axel Rudi Pell, ex-Grave Digger, ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Rage, ex-Running Wild, ex-Saxon, ex-Soulslide, ex-Stratovarius, ex-Unleashed Power, ex-Glenmore, ex-X-Mas Project, ex-Living Death, ex-Der Riß, ex-Laos (Gudrun Laos)) – drums
Jochen Schröder (ex-Mekong Delta, ex-Rage) – guitars
Alf Meyerratken – guitars

 
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CD review DESTRUCTOR "Decibel Casualities"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Juni 2017 von Markus W. in Destructor, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, News, Pure Steel Records, CD Review

(8/10) Four albums in 32 aren’t a lot and sounds like world record. Destructor hailing from Cleveland, Ohio is the owner of this unofficial record. The band that started in 1983 released their debut in 1985 but had to suffer of the 90's grunge era. Combined with a missing bass player the guys decided in 1989 to split-up.

The second chapter of Destructor started with the new century. Some first signs of life could be recognized and the second album, "Forever in Leather", followed in 2007. Another nine years later the next power metal strike hit the shelves. It seems like the guys got hungry again with a 4th album that will be released 12 months later. "Decibel Casualties" is the name of the longplayer that features eight metal anthems.

Destructor pushes the pedal to the metal; that's already obvious while listening to the opener "Restore Chaos". This sound brings back memories; times when Metal Church, Hexx and Liege Lord put the metal society into a common state of euphoria.

The album can lead to severe neck issues due to intensive headbanging. Songs like "The Last Days" and "Metal Till Death" are glorious power metal songs, done without frills and decoration, but with a strong punch.

This album is an excellent piece of music that deserves attention.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Restore Chaos
  2. Keep the Faith
  3. Metal Spike Deep
  4. We Are Ready
  5. The Last Days
  6. Firey Winds
  7. Metal Till Death
  8. In Hell

 

Label: Pure Steel Records

Genre: Power Metal

Release Date EU: June 9th, 2017

CD review DESTRUCTOR "Decibel Casualities"
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