Rage, Edenbridge, Freakozaks - Paris, France, 02.04.2008

Event: Rage + Edenbridge: European Tour
Written by: wrathchild
Published: 10.04.2008
Rage April 2nd 2008

Almost twenty five years and twenty albums and Rage is still hardly known in some countries, like France, where they first played in 2003, supporting their highly acclaimed release, " Soundchaser ". I was there, it was in a small cave in Paris and even though I wasn't very familiar with the band at that time, they just blew my mind away! That was just excellent, better than the Helloween/Iron Maiden show I had just seen an hour ago. And every time I had the chance to see them, I did, and that's why I was at the Nouveau Casino on this second day of April.
Yet, the Nouveau Casino is a rather small place - 400 people allowed if I'm right - and it wasn't packed that evening... This has to stop, the world (or well, France) needs to know one can't keep on missing great bands such as Rage when they're performing somewhere close to you!

And now that you do know, you might as well read on



Freakozaks

First band on stage was Freakozaks, and not Aspect as announced. And while few people knew Aspect, my guess is that no one knew Freakozaks. I didn't for instance and throughout the show I had the feeling they were Italians. And no, they are Russians! It doesn't matter what they are anyway, what they play was much more interesting and it was prog metal.


Freakozaks

It took me two songs to get into it - I don't know why, perhaps the first two songs were definitely not their best, plus they do lack charisma - but after that they hooked me thanks to the excellent sets of heavy riffs and great solos that fill their songs. I'd say I was a bit disappointed by the singer, though he does a good job. The crowd applauded with respect and something more than respect that makes me think those guys have a bright future ahead of them.


Freakozaks



Edenbridge

Then came Edenbridge. I'm of those who have always found this band utterly boring, a sort of pathetic band that got noticed only because they had a frontwoman at the exact time when frontwomen were the new big thing in metal. I checked them from time to time, once when I had heard Lanvall - mastermind and guitarist of the band - was releasing a solo project and once again when they were searching for a new bass player (or was it a new guitar player? I can't remember). But they always left me with the same impression that I described earlier.
Now, maybe they'd prove me wrong while performing live. That was my only hope and well, it didn't last very long. The show was boring, the songs were boring... Only one stood out and I can't remember the name, though I'm sure I had heard it before: sounds a bit country-like, with Lanvall focusing on nothing else than playing the lead melody.
Sabine didn't do it for me neither. The elf-looking singer is not a great frontwoman... I'd dare say she's not a great singer too. The rare times when Lanvall or the bassist used her microphone to address the audience, you could "feel" their presence, unlike the lead singer.


Edenbridge

Granted, I only know a few tunes from the band, but not even the song Evermore moved me, and it happens to be the one I know the most. Not a bad show in fact, but definitely not a good one, a rather boring show. And the main attraction wasn't even Sabine, but Frank, the bass player: plays great, smiles great, you would probably consider him your best friend after 5 minutes in his company.


Edenbridge



Rage

And the heroes of the day rushed on stage after the few notes of the intro of "Carved In stone", the opener of their last album also entitled "Carved In Stone", could be heard in the venue. The stage was unchanged apart from a cheap monster's head mounted on the drums and that looked like it was sculpted in stone, but Rage wasn't giving a fake performance that night. Anyway, they never do so, I believe: that was like the 4th time I see them and the same thing happened again: they are happy to play, the crowd is happy to see that they're happy to play, thus the band is even happier, and so on. A not-so-vicious circle, you could say. That's why it's hard to accept the fact they can only fill small venues while touring in France... Even the small venue of that day wasn't filled... Well, too bad for those who didn't come.


Rage

Rage performed various songs from many albums, mostly the latest one, Unity, Welcome To The Other Side plus a bunch of classic songs like Days Of December, Don't Fear The Winter, Higher Than The Sky as well as Refuge from the 1993 release "The Missing Link" and No Fear from "Speak Of The Dead". You'd have to appreciate their new album to fully enjoy the show, but since it's quite a typical good old Rage album, that wasn't a problem for many of us. Plus they played the best tracks of the album (note that they didn't play "Gentle Murders" although it is the only one available on their MySpace) and well, they seemed well aware that people knew those songs through Internet downloads. The least I can say is that it served the show, for the audience's response to the songs was great.


Rage

In fact, apart from those new songs, the only real difference with the other Rage shows I could attend was the lack of a drum solo. Yes, Mike Terrana is no more with Peavy and Smolsky, but André Hilgers (from Axxis and Silent Force) was a wise choice, since he's got that "I enjoy playing" feel that Rage is all about. He was warmly welcomed by the crowd and did not need to demonstrate his abilities for that. Victor Smolsky - in a not so Hawaiian shirt - had to go through a mandatory solo spot though, and although the guy's an amazing guitarist, I'm not sure this solo was that good. Good enough of course.


Rage

Ah and I almost forgot to tell you about Jen Majura, a beautiful girl who sang on Lord Of The Flies and Dies Irae, two great songs that, IMO, should be considered classics. That's funny to see Jen behind the stall selling Rage merchandises and then a couple of minutes later she's on stage, singing with that damn great voice of hers.
The encores were also mandatory (given the vicious circle theory I mentioned above) and the thanks and applauses were warm and sincere. I repeat, do not miss them. Do not miss them!


Thanks goes to Jeff, Julien (K Prod), Roger (Base).
Sorry for the mobile phone pics... though they did turn out to be better than what I expected!



 




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Bad English - 10.04.2008 at 11:21  
Why under Edenbride singe rpic are written Rage
wrathchild - 10.04.2008 at 11:34  
Written by Bad English on 10.04.2008 at 11:21

Why under Edenbride singe rpic are written Rage


Because maybe you haven't read any other text than those under the pics?
Bad English - 10.04.2008 at 11:36  
Written by wrathchild on 10.04.2008 at 11:34

Written by Bad English on 10.04.2008 at 11:21

Why under Edenbride singe rpic are written Rage


Because maybe you haven't read any other text than those under the pics?


I read but it was firts what I saw, you know looking to soemthing beautifull, atke your mind away from redaing
Collin - 10.04.2008 at 13:54  
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who considers Edenbridge to be a pathetic band on albums and even more so onstage. Must be one of the worst bands I've ever seen live (twice). They're on par with Eyes Of Eden as far as lack of stage presence is concerned.
Bad English - 10.04.2008 at 14:51  
I agree Rage isnt well know band in MS I know only one die hard Rage fan Richard and damn 20 years and so not known band, but still for me Rage was in Avanger days and 80ties and early 90ties albums, even I dont know all but I dont like so much mid 90ties and modern Rage

Freakozaks - firts tiem hear such name

Edenbridge hmm I know firts album + some songs and Im not fan of band and can not say + and - about it ,

About Rage I already answer and say, but I was born to late for Rage
+{Jonas}+ - 10.04.2008 at 21:42  
Written by Bad English on 10.04.2008 at 14:51

About Rage I already answer and say, but I was born to late for Rage


Then we were born too late for Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath and Saxon...
Bad English - 10.04.2008 at 21:46  
Written by +{Jonas}+ on 10.04.2008 at 21:42

Written by Bad English on 10.04.2008 at 14:51

About Rage I already answer and say, but I was born to late for Rage


Then we were born too late for Iron AMiden and Black Sabbath and Saxon...


No IM are remasterd and well know BS too Saxon, not so because NWOBHM days are over so ...

Read St Vitus lyric ''Born To late''
+{Jonas}+ - 10.04.2008 at 21:50  
Written by Bad English on 10.04.2008 at 21:46

Written by +{Jonas}+ on 10.04.2008 at 21:42

Written by Bad English on 10.04.2008 at 14:51

About Rage I already answer and say, but I was born to late for Rage


Then we were born too late for Iron AMiden and Black Sabbath and Saxon...


No IM are remasterd and well know BS too Saxon, not so because NWOBHM days are over so ...


Sooo....?? Besides teh genre of course, what's the difference?
Bad English - 10.04.2008 at 21:53  
Written by +{Jonas}+ on 10.04.2008 at 21:50

Written by Bad English on 10.04.2008 at 21:46

Written by +{Jonas}+ on 10.04.2008 at 21:42

Written by Bad English on 10.04.2008 at 14:51

About Rage I already answer and say, but I was born to late for Rage


Then we were born too late for Iron AMiden and Black Sabbath and Saxon...


No IM are remasterd and well know BS too Saxon, not so because NWOBHM days are over so ...


Sooo....?? Besides teh genre of course, what's the difference?


You cants ee saxon life like in 80ties same songs and NWOBHM attitude and still thay sint so popular how BS and IM
+{Jonas}+ - 10.04.2008 at 22:03  
Written by Bad English on 10.04.2008 at 21:53

Written by +{Jonas}+ on 10.04.2008 at 21:50

Written by Bad English on 10.04.2008 at 21:46

Written by +{Jonas}+ on 10.04.2008 at 21:42

Written by Bad English on 10.04.2008 at 14:51

About Rage I already answer and say, but I was born to late for Rage


Then we were born too late for Iron AMiden and Black Sabbath and Saxon...


No IM are remasterd and well know BS too Saxon, not so because NWOBHM days are over so ...


Sooo....?? Besides teh genre of course, what's the difference?


You cants ee saxon life like in 80ties same songs and NWOBHM attitude and still thay sint so popular how BS and IM


I still don't get why you say you were born too late for Rage.
Bad English - 10.04.2008 at 22:07  
Written by +{Jonas}+ on 10.04.2008 at 22:03

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I still don't get why you say you were born too late for Rage.


Lietsne Avenger and werry old Rage man and you will see, try in SM videos and you will see
Bas - 10.04.2008 at 22:34  
rage were awesome live when i saw them back on their speak of the dead tour! really great live band indeed, sounds like a good show too

when i saw them there were actually pretty much people attending the show though
Baz Anderson - 10.04.2008 at 23:23  
I have only seen them live before once, and that was with the whole Lingua Mortis orchestra.. so that wasn't really a representative show..
it would be good to see them again playing a normal set, although they are not the band I am most enthusiastic about in the world..
albatros - 11.04.2008 at 00:16  
Thanks for the candid review. I saw Rage in Andernach last year. I'm not a fan but could relate what you wrote to my own impressions.

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