|Review: Rage - Strings to a Web|
|Strings to a Web|
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: June 22, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
for:Strings to a Web
Rage, a band that many people know and love but for some reason I had never listened to any of their studio albums. In fact, the only Rage album that I have is their live one, Cradle to the Stage (which I found good but somewhat underwhelming). In addition I've read that their past couple of discs have a symphonic sound, therefore I was purposely avoiding this band so when a new album came out I decided to give them a chance.
Since I've never been a huge fan of this band, I don't know if that last notion was true or not, but as is turns out Strings to a Web is a solid Power Metal album. It has all the elements that I like about the genre: catchy choruses, stellar guitar work, rough voice and good songwriting. Having said that, this has some symphony/orchestration to their sound, especially during the "Empty Hollow" saga you can hear those classical tendencies. To my surprise it works rather well, I didn't feel like I was listening to Bach or the latest Luca Turilli album by any means.
Most of the songs on the album are at least good, with a couple of exceptions. There are no horrible tracks and very few songs that you want to skip, however there is some familiarity when listening to this album, but nothing that made me think that this was a copycat record. Their playing ability is exactly what you expect from a veteran band, I just wish that the bass were louder than it is.
In the end, this has more in common with fellow Germans Grave Digger than Edguy and the result is a gritty album for the most part. I don't know how this stacks up against the rest of their discography; I'll leave that for their fans to determine. What I do know is that this is a good record and although I wouldn't listen to it everyday, it is a great choice for Power Metal fans.
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