OUTRAGE - WE THE DEAD (Metal On Metal Records)
Between 1985 and 1987, German blackened thrashers Outrage put out four demos entitled “Outrage I" and "II”, “From Nightmares And Myths” and “The Book Of Seven Seals”. Afterwards, after the reunion in 2004, they recorded 7 full-length efforts including their newest “We The Dead”, which saw the light of day in April 2014, during the KIT festival. In 2011, Metal On Metal Records released their previous album “Go To Hell” which was filled with re-recorded songs from Outrage’s early years. Everything seems to run smoothly between the group and the label as “We The Dead” has been released by Metal On Metal Records yet again. I keep repeating myself, this label deserves my highest rating because both owners, Jowita and Simone, dedicate themselves to Metal 100%. To live and die for Metal music, the only right spirit to me!
And again, there’s a lot going on on the Outrage new effort “We the Dead”. What strikes me is the fact they’ve re-recorded three songs from their old demo times also this time: ‘Death From Behind’ (from “Outrage I”), ‘Delos’ (from “Outrage II) and ‘Spherical’ (from “The Book Of The Seven Seals”). That’s a really good initiative for me - this way you can easily form your own opinion about the difference between the band's old and new work.
To me, there are no striking musical changes. The vocals remain raw, raspy and harsh, the voice of Frank P. (The Voice of Hell) still plays a very important role in this bone cracking Metal act. Harsh to the core and in the vein of Tom Angelripper (Sodom), Tom Gabriel Fischer (Celtic Frost) and even Bathory’s Quorthon. I have to admit that music wise, Outrage sounds better than ever before. The song structures are improved thanks to the varying rhythm changes, now they’re also able to serve more melody, and from time to time keep the pace low, almost doomy.
Something for everyone could be the motto of this new Outrage album! Purebred old school thrashing maniacs better watch out for tracks like ‘Eye For An Eye’, ‘Death From Behind’, ‘Delos’, ‘The Elemental War’ and ‘The Biggest Wrench’, or the mighty mid-paced killer ‘The Iron Door’. Doom merchants, can skip to ‘Be That As It May’ followed by ‘Sepia Eyes/Birth To The Flame’. All great brand new and renewed tunes, with a sense of obscurity. One thing is for sure, Outrage will never deny their old school Metal character and I can only be happy about it. To all unadulterated worshipping souls of 80s German styled Thrash Metal, Doom aficionados and old school Metal lovers, you’re one click away from ordering this great and very well produced album, right HERE. My final opinion: Best Outrage album to date!
My Points: 89 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard50- : Rubbish