Refuge

Solitary Men

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Release Date:
21st June 2018
Record Label:
Frontiers Records
Total Tracks:
11
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Refuge it the revival of the band Rage mid eighties/early nineties line-up. The period in which they released their best albums in my opinion. Especially Secrets in a Weird World, is still a very underrated album. Their best album with excellent songs and great melodies. Frontman Peavy is one of those singers with an unique sound and a kind of nice to the ears melodic singing style. Although the music of old Rage and also Refuge is rather heavy and fast, it never really sounds like thrash because of the clean melodic singing style.

I think you will not be surprised that the music on Solitary Men sounds a lot like old Rage and is a combination of power metal, speed metal parts, groove and melodic refrains. On top of that the guitar solos are again of a really high standard. The mix of faster songs with heavy metal groovy tracks keeps you focused.

Opener ‘Summer’s Winter’ immediately is the blue print for the album combining speed, contagious melodic refrains and groove. After that there is a variety of slower songs and faster tracks, in typical Rage-style. One of my favorite tracks is ‘Mind Over Matter’, with some fine thrash riffing, speed and groove. The last 2 songs are old Rage tracks. ‘Waterfalls’ is a rather soft track, almost a ballad and needs some time to get used to (not one of my favorites).  Final conclusion is that Refuge made an album that will be liked by all Rage fans for sure and with their best line-up I didn’t expect less either.

Tracklist:

01. Summer’s Winter
02. The Man in the Ivory Tower
03. Bleeding From Inside
04. From The Ashes
05. Living On the Edge of Time
06. We Owe a Life to Death
07. Mind over Matter
08. Let Me Go
09. Hell Freeze Over
10. Waterfalls
11. Another Kind of Madness (Bonus Track)

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Line-Up:

Peavy Wagner – bass & vocals
Manni Schmidt – guitars
Christos Efthimiadis – drums

Reinier de Vries
About Reinier de Vries 322 Articles
Once a metal head, always a metalhead. My parents thought it would only be a period, but they were wrong. I quit to explain the beauty of metal music to others that are not into metal, because it is something you can't tell in words... It is like explaining to a teetotaller why a cold beer is so nice on a hot day... I started with bands like Accept, Metal Church, Iron Maiden and Metallica in the eighties and I think I will still listen to them when I'm stone deaf and old...

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