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Carved In Stone

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AWESOME.

Rag is awesome and this is there best albem yet in my opinion. The guitar riffs are amazing. Great instrumentals and vocals.

Excellent Return to Form

Soundchaser was one of Rage's crowning achievements and stands, in my opinion, as one of the greatmetal albums of all time. They followed Soundchaser with the decent but overly experimental Speak of the Dead. For 2008's Carved in Stone, they promised an end to the experimentation and a return to the classic Rage sound. Well...they lied...sort of. This is, for the most part, a return to the classic Rage sound but there is some experimentation, the bulk of it to be found on the outstanding last track, Lord of the Flies. Every song on the album is killer but there are a few soon-to-be classic standouts: Carved in Stone, Open My Grave, and the aforementioned Lord of the Flies. It's as solid an album as you'll hear this year, no filler, all killer. It doesn't get much better than this, folks.

Hit & miss, but for the most part, great

One thing I've noticed about Rage is that they always have great musical talent and ideas, but can't always tie them together well. This is especially obvious when it comes to transitions where as a result, a few of the tracks in the first half of the album just sound sloppy. But let's have a look at specifics:

Carved in Stone- The title/intro track begins with a beautiful melodic guitar in the intro, building up momentum to the monster riff of the interlude. A great verse and catchy chorus steal the show from there, but then the bridge comes along, setting a different mood for the song altogether. It's unexpected, but still good, until the solo ruins it, being too short and really not that well executed. In fact, it doesn't sound like it's from the right song. Worst of all, it lacks closure entirely, just sort of skipping back to the pre-chorus. I couldn't even enjoy the following chorus, it was that bad. 7/10

Drop Dead!- Starts out with a great descending riff, but then does the classic Slayer move that I can't stand- stopping for a second, then coming back with the rest of the instruments, as if you couldn't just add them in! The verse is good, but I hate the pre-chorus and chorus because of their blandness. The solo owns this time around, but goes back to the ugly chorus. However, I do happen to enjoy the variation of the chorus leading to the outro. 6/10

Gentle Murders- Amazing intro, followed by the most inventive riff I've ever heard in my life. Gotta love that verse and pre-chorus too. The chorus is near perfect, but the first part of the breakdown isn't necessary. The solo is nice and fast but once again lacks closure. Although the rest of the song is perfect, I can't bear to give this a 10, as much as I'm tempted. 9/10

Open My Grave- The acoustic intro gives a great first impression to the fourth track on the album, also sounding kickass as its electric counterpart. The verse reminds me of Disturbed, if only they were talented. Rage executes this in the best possible way, but the song crashes and burns in the chorus, which has no transition, and doesn't belong. The bridge tries to save the song with its climactic build-up, which would be amazing if not for the total letdown that is the solo. It's too short, and- you guessed it- ends terribly, and goes right back into the chorus. Ugh... at least it ends fine. 4/10

Without You- The album looks like it's going to be horrible. Suddenly, a lone, lamenting acoustic guitar starts off the fifth track. Hope seems on the horizon as a melodic interlude kicks off the best riff in this album apart from Gentle Murders. The verse, pre-chorus, and chorus fit together perfectly, stirring much emotion. This is followed by the best solo so far, actually fitting in with the song. The song then fades out with the same lamenting guitar as in the intro. There is hope yet! 10/10

Long Hard Road- Begins with a great, solid riff, but then dies out to a less heavy verse. The pre-choruse is almost explosive, letting out much emotion and heaviness. The chorus is perfect; it blends in perfectly. The solo is another perfect one, fitting in and making sense, and once again blending in right back in with the chorus. C'mon Rage, keep this streak up... you can save this album yet! 10/10

One Step Ahead- The classic metal intro kicks off the song with a bang, erupting into a great, Megadeth- sounding interlude calming down for the verse. It then picks up momentum for the pre-chorus, setting the mood for the once-again emotional chorus. The breakdown fits right in, and solo starts and ends at the right times. The outro echoes the intro, and ends with a nice mini-solo. If this pattern keeps up, I can't wait to hear the next song. 10/10

Lost in the Void- This song is everything Open My Grave should've been. I can't believe the intro, and am immediately sucked into the song as the verse starts up. This one stays heavy throughout the verse, and features a great, hard-hitting pre-chorus. And then all instruments suddenly stop as the vocals go solo with a perfect transition into the best chorus of the album. An epic bridge ensues, followed by an amazingly well-shred solo. Then it's back for another round of the perfect pre-chorus/chorus. These songs just keep getting better and better, don't they? 10/10

Mouth of Greed- The last conventional song on this album begins with menacing, powerful riff that leads to the abrupt verse, picking up momentum with a riff that comes in a close third for best of the album. This one doesn't even need a pre-chorus, that's how great it is! The chorus is perfect in every way, and the melodic, epic chorus epitomises how fantastic this song is. Transitioning back into the chorus, the performance stays rock solid to the very end. 10/10

Lord of the Flies- A dusty chest opens eerily, marking the beginning as church organs add an interesting, dark feel. The xylophone chimes, and a choir enters. It then immediately explodes into the chorus, adding all of the normal instruments, including a keyboard, but keeping a creepy tone. The vocal are almost wispering in the verse, leading back to an all new alternate chorus that hits you with full force. This leads directly to a strange whispering interlude followed by an ingenious breakdown. The solo is impossible to top, without a single note feeling out of place. After another solid chorus, the song strangely enough ends with a verse that doesn't feel the least bit bit out of place. The xylophone chimes once again, and the chest closes. Pure win. 10/10

Rage is a great band, but I don't know what was going on in that first half, as it was enough to bring down what would otherwise have been a perfect album in every way. I only wish they could be more consistent with their transitions, because that's the only thing stopping them from being perfect.

Overall verdict- 88/100
Best track- Lost in the Void
Tracks to avoid- Open My Grave, Drop Dead!

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The German heavy metal outfit, Rage, originally formed in the early '80s, and although the group has issued albums on a steady basis ever since, lead singer/bassist Peter "Peavey" Wagner is the only original member still in attendance. First known as Avenger, the group issued a pair of recordings (Prayer of Steel and Depraved to Black) before switching their name to Rage, to avoid confusion with a British band of the same name. 1986's Reign of Fear signaled the group's first album to be released...
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Feb 26, 2008

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