speaking of melodies to latch on

The classic Rage period had those aplenty, both in lead vocal melodies, in guitar parts, and in orchestral parts as well. Yes they had quite a lot of orchestrations during that time  – which is basically “nineties plus”, ending with Soundchaser (2003). Soundchaser I would personally call a “transitional” kinda record – they were trying to become kinda heavier, which isn’t bad per se, it’s just that the melodies got somehow downplayed in the process and not supported throughout the whole instrumental fabric anymore. Maybe this is why there is a backlash against Smolski, but I don’t get it. It’s not like you can publish any material under the name “Rage” without Peavy looming over you. They’re both to blame, if anything.

But when there was Smolski, there was hope. The dude has DA TONE ™, and while yes he can shred along with the Dario Lorinas of this world, he can also play those coveted oldschool melodic leads.

I just can’t seem to really like the contributions of the new guitarist, Marcos Rodríguez. The 2016 record seemed to be written in a way that attempted to mix “classic” and “new” approaches, but here’s the thing: the attempt didn’t exactly work IMO. Either the problem is the new dude’s less bitey tone (even as compared to the tone Schmidt had in the early 90s, yes – he had a damn powerful one), or again, the general structure.

There is a new record about to be released, and here’s a promo vid for one of the songs.

The good thing about the song is that it seems to be melody-centric, and the riffing supports the vocal leads relatively well. Notice the “relatively” thing. I’m trying to figure out if it’s my bias or something more objective. The guitar tone here is definitely on the wimpier side, but maybe this one is supposed to be the ballad? // as ballad-y as it gets with Herr Wagner, sure //

How does it stand against the original studio version of Set the World on Fire?



one day I will hunt down this DVD, I promise

There was a day when Hansi Kürsch appeared live on three songs with his friends from Rage – in the days of Victor Smolski looking the way that even this asexual Fox can’t describe him any other way but “smoking hot”.

And this appearance gave rise to three amazing duets between Hansi and Peavy, which have thankfully been recorded in high quality for a rare but official release.

…people who maintain Hansi is a “baritone” should really give it some more thought.

…another fun tidbit: for many a fan/reviewer, that DVD came as a shock – since it was the first time they saw Mr Kürsch after that Important Haircut ™ (here’s the link if you don’t recognise the TV Trope concept), y’know. Some didn’t even recognise him; some got worried; and, well, that all was a subject of many a joke for quite some time.

But of course, if the first time you saw Hansi was here on my blog, you are going to recognise him no problem.