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Redkey - Rage of Fire Review

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Artist: Redkey

Album: Rage of Fire

Released: 2006

A mixture of styles and genres: Heavy Metal


It won't be a mistake if I say that this album is the most long-awaited Metal release of the year for all the fans of German metal legends "Heavens Gate". And it's not strange because Thomas Rettke and Sasha Paeth truly united their creative forces for the first time within some years in order to make the album. The result of this collaboration is unexpected to some extent but if you are a true judge of good metal music, you'll be able to appreciate the album. The sound and music itself became more modern, more mature. The mood is darker, but strength and energy are here. Musicians grew older and the things they deal with in their songs turned deeper. Thomas Rettke is magnificent, recognizable and inimitable though he sings in a high-pitched voice not very often. He is a real maestro, so he can express any touches of human feelings with his vocals, and his mastery and talent deserve admiration. The guitar work of Sasha Paeth may satisfy the most exacting fan.

And now I'll draw your attention to the brightest moments of the album. Firstly it's title track called "Rage of fire". It gives a listener a possibility to fully enjoy the musical power of this project and also has got some good guitar solos. "Be my guide" appeals to more profound side of your soul. Its deep and sad force is immense. "Gone too far" is a good, rhythmic, energetic song. "Rebellion" is a mixture of "Heavens Gate" music and modern approach to the sounding. "Peace and war" is a mid-tempo track full of intensity. "Easy way out" is a modern, simple thing which sounds interesting enough because of its vocal and guitar parts. "Obsession" has some connection with their old material in its refrain, in other respects it's absolutely modern song. "Metal head" is just an excellent hymn for "metal heads". "Respectable" is German metal in its best state. The last track named "Fortune" is the heart of the album conceptually and musically. It's philosophical song, sometimes it's crystal clear, sometimes - gloomy but always passionate and varied.

I also would like to thank the musicians for who they are and to wish them great success with their new work. The band is worth recognition. Listen and rejoice. "Redkey" proves that true music and true art can change but never die.

Vocals:10.00 of 10
Instruments:10.00 of 10
Skill:10.00 of 10
Originality:8.00 of 10
TOTAL:9.5 of 10

Reviewed by: Vera Drozdova /31.08.2006/

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