|Angelrage's Flawed Gem
Rock City News, Los Angeles, October, 2009
"Woe to those who dwell here! Pestilence, famine, destruction, and rumors of war..." so screams the opening vocal on Angelrage's long-awaited, much hyped, full length CD, Omega, and it perfectly sets the tone for what is to follow; a dark, sprawling, ambitious debut clocking in at just over an hour in length. The brutal, lushly-orchestrated and guitar-driven musical diatribes within will no doubt shock as well as entertain the band's longtime followers, and also provide their detractors with plenty of ammo.
Angelrage released their first demo, a 5 song CD called Fight the Devil, through MP3.com back in 2003, where the title track famously clawed it's way past current singles by Michael Sweet, Bride, and even King's X to the number one spot on the Christian Metal charts. Fans expecting a sequel will be surprised to find that the Angelrage presented on this CD bears little resemblance to the armor-clad, prettyboy "Archangels of Metal" version on that earlier disc. The band, featuring an entirely new lineup, have reinvented themselves as “creepy stone angels, cracked and covered in moss,” according to their latest press release; performing on a “graveyard set with large Celtic crosses and gargoyles.” The change is an abrupt one, to be sure, but it works here. This is a solid collection of songs, and a great first album. Blending elements of classical, progressive metal, grunge, and European symphonic metal, Angelrage's Omega weaves it's dark spell. From the beautiful yet ominous, anthemic strains of Apertura, a minute long musical introduction in which we hear an eerie, angelic voice say, "Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus," we know we are in for a dark ride. Welcome to the world of Angelrage: church bells, Latin chanting, lush soundscapes, angelic choirs, and end of the world lyrics over riffs heavy enough to melt your face off.
The apocalyptic Signs, which comes blasting out full throttle, features all of these elements and perfectly captures what this band is about. One of several songs on this CD dealing with the subject of angelic warfare, it is in my opinion by far and away the best track on this CD. The vocals range from savage growls to impassioned pleas, and work well within the framework of this track. There is also a killer Pantera-style riff at the end which slowly builds in tempo and then stops abruptly, leaves you hanging.
From there we move on into This World, a plodding, grungy song reminiscent of Dirt-era Alice In Chains. Over a middle-Eastern influenced guitar riff, accented by church bells and Gregorian-style choirs, we are told the story of a child and his mother, following them from his birth to his tragic death. While lyrically brilliant, this song ran a bit long for my tastes, although it does feature some interesting musical elements and a mesmerizing chorus. During the guitar solo, which features blindingly fast Ynwgie-esque guitar arpeggios, the wall of sound is so thick that for a moment the whole thing becomes an indistinguishable pile of mush before eventually returning to lucidity. Perhaps that was the intent, but one of my major beefs with this album is that for whatever reason, it sounds awesome in my ipod, but very bass-heavy in my car, and different again on my home stereo. If these guys had had a good producer, this album would have KILLED! Not to say it isn’t good, but it obviously could have been a lot better.
Here is where things get interesting. Epiphany In Blood features the first of several very detailed dramatic soundscapes the band created with award-winning Hollywood sound editor Karen Vassar, who added her talents to the recent Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th movies as well as the Michael Bay productions of The Amityville Horror and The Island and was nominated for her work in the ground-breaking racial tolerance fable Crash. In this particular one, we hear the disturbing sounds of a baby crying in the distance while demonic giggling weaves back and forth in the mix, building to an intense crescendo which fairly explodes into the song, a shocking account of angels descending to execute the final judgement upon mankind, sounding like Alice In Chains if they were the house band in Hell. This is reportedly the song that freaked everybody out live, with it's refrain of, "Slaughter of the wicked," accompanied by geysers of "blood" from the stage; apparently, some Hollywood record execs who were there to check out the band walked out disgusted, exclaiming, “These ************* will never get signed!” Heavy stuff.
The next track, Oceans of Sorrow, a ballad dedicated in the liner notes to a friend of the band who passed away during the making of this CD, kicks in with a riff reminiscent of In Flames, with unbelievably fast bass drums over a sweet harmony guitar riff that gives way to a delicate piano before thundering back in at the chorus, which features another characteristic effect on this CD: a strange, ethereal, reverse effect on the vocals that appears on several songs, this one most prominently. At times, the vocals reminded me of the late Freddie Mercury of Queen. This song really grew on me after a few listens, in part because it shows a whole different side of this enigmatic band.
Finger of God gives the listener another, more detailed soundscape, this time taking us inside a house as a tornado approaches and eventually destroys it, with the drums and bass slowly increasing in volume; as the tornado strikes, so does Angelrage. This is one of several songs on the disc that reminded me of early Iron Maiden and Queensryche. The sludgy main chorus riff features a very catchy keyboard hook, the solo breaks into a very cool Black Sabbath-like jam, and the ending features a nice dual guitar arpeggio piece that almost sounds heavenly. I guess that was the intent. Overall a very ominous track, as Angelrage tells us that no matter we go, we can't escape the finger of God. Each song on this CD appears to be some kind of warning, and Angelrage means business.
Crimson Twilight Suite, the longest track on the CD at nearly 8 minutes in length, begins with a dramatic orchestra introduction punctuated by the tolling of a bell, suddenly interrupted by a great intro riff. This song has perhaps some of the most poignant lyrics on the disc (time waits for no one, vain still we run; we can't retrace the steps to find our way back home) and also some of the most controversial (they scream for choice, proudly rejoice; without a care for little ones who have no voice). In a killer break, Azrael snarls, "Whatcha gonna do when your destiny finds you unaware like a thief in the night?" The last verse also has some cool sounding udu drums and sitar! Angelrage is obviously addressing the whole world. Good luck with that one, guys.
One of the things I liked about this disc is that each song has a distinctly different flavor, yet similar elements that unify them into a cohesive collection. An example of this is our next track, Raising Hell, a nasty little ditty about demonic possession that totally gives me the creeps! Introduced by a very graphic depiction of Stephen Crane's classic poem In the Desert, from his 1895 book The Black Riders and Other Lines, it begins softly over a native American sounding beat, "They move in shadows on the wall. Most mortals see them not at all," building to a trippy ostinato guitar riff that warns us, "You shouldn't have let them in!" and finally screaming at us, “You’re raising HELL!” The wordplay on this song I thought clever, particularly in the second verse: "They work in those without remorse, until they too succumb of course. The more to mock you in your pain... they've after all so much to gain." I also really liked the tribal moonlight feel to the verses, and the Geoff Tate-like delivery on the vocals.
From here things just get better. A wistful piano intro gives way to a brutally sludgy riff complete with the obligatory church bells as For the Least of My Brothers takes hold, weaving a fascinating story about an encounter with a homeless man who turns out to be Jesus Christ! The vocals here are some of the best on the CD, ranging from a gritty, Bon Jovi-esque tone on the verses to a crystal clear, angelic sound, imploring, "Can you lend a hand? Don't turn away - now I'm talking to YOU!" on the choruses. I should mention that the crucifixion soundscape in the guitar solo is both shocking and moving, as Angelrage asks in the person of Jesus, "Why do my children lack? I gave the skin off my back! Do you not hear their cries? How can you leave them to die?" The song is dedicated in the liner notes to the Jefferson Street Bridge Bunch, a small homeless ministry operating in Nashville, Tennessee, and this song was originally released as a single to generate donations for this group, who will receive a portion of the profits from this CD, according to their official website, angelrage.com. THIS is one of the things I like about this band. Their first single, the aforementioned Fight the Devil, they gave away for free; this one, one of the best on the CD, they are using to try and help the homeless.
The next song, Dysangellion, is a railing accusation of hypocrisy in the church, featuring some of the best vocals on this CD. "And now in the dawn, perhaps they'll see what they've done in His name should never be." We hear of angels coming to destroy those who, "every Sunday morning... go to watch the witches burn." Dysangellion, by the way, according to a 2008 interview, is a “bastardized Greek word roughly translated into English as bad news.” Angelrage has taken the darkest, scariest, most shocking and controversial parts of the Bible and made them into an hour long horrorshow, with plenty of thunderous riffs and ear cady to keep you interested. Pretty cool stuff whether you are a Bible enthusiast OR a horror movie addict!
"And there was war in heaven," rumbles an eerie voice in the intro of the band's eponymous themesong, Angelrage. Like most of the songs on the CD, this one is obviously based on the book of Revelation. This song has my favorite riff on the album, a vicious little number in a time signature known apparently to God alone, and Cradle of Filth-like vocals. When the chorus rasps in a harsh whisper, "Can you feel the wrath of ages? Can you feel the angels rage?" I think you will. I know I did. The wah-wah guitar solo features a soundscape with gunshots, helicopters, car crashes, blood-chilling screams, and most ominously, Satan laughing at all the misery.
Capping off the album is Finalis, which revisits the first track, Apertura, as well as the chorus of the song SIgns, in an instrumental version, tying the CD up in a nice little bow and giving it not only a sense of cohesiveness, but a definite end; that is, the beginning.
Disappointingly, the only bonus track on this disc is a radio edit of For the Least of My Brothers, which is identical in every respect except that it does not have the crucifixion soundscape which apparently some people found too intense.
I think this is going to be one of those CDs you either love or hate. Some may find the soundscapes or unusual vocal effects distracting, others, innovative. I thought this was a solid first CD with some really good songs, a classic feel, and some really cool effects I have never heard anyone do before. It suffers at times from the raw, bass-heavy, in-your-face production, and some of the songs were a bit long for me, but still overall I would give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars, just because it’s an indie release with balls and vision, and I look forward to hearing more from Angelrage soon - I think they are capable of better. I STILL don't know if they are good angels or bad angels, but I like them.
(This review is based on the e-version provided for review by angelrage.com)
Angelrage Poised To Conquer LA
Rock City News, Los Angeles, January 9, 2003
The idea on the surface seems intriguing enough: a band whose 4 anonymous members use the names of the four Archangels Raphael, Uriel, Gabriel, and Michael; and who, in 3 short months, have become known to people all around the globe as a band to keep an eye on.
Is LA ready for this I wonder? The group, Angelrage, is progressive metal band featuring a vocal major singing opera-style over music at once so brutal and beatiful it takes your breath away. Their earlier work, "Fight The Devil", featured at www.mp3.com/angelrage, has been all over the mp3 charts, with the title track dominating the top 20 since it's release, peaking at #1. The band is the focus of much controversy, centering on the group's intense music and controversial artwork, which has brought the band to the attention of several unlikely sources, including European radio stations and music publications, and leading to a heated debate over their meaning. Some have classified them as a Christian Metal band who use a fire-and-brimstone approach to get their message out; however, many, including fundamentalist Christian groups, warn that the band is actually a satanic plot to destroy innocent young people, and claim the group's use of heavy metal music, subliminal messages and violent artwork reveal a darker intent.
So what is the truth? The band's website, angelrage.com, only serves to muddy the waters, where scripture references and religious imagery mingle with hidden links, dark and sometimes violent visuals, and a style more akin to Cradle of Filth than Stryper. There has been some discussion among fans intimating that the site also has hidden areas which can be reached by typing certain keywords, questions, and phrases, which give clues to the band's identity and mission.
The group avoids such questions, saying they prefer to let the music speak for itself. They are unique in the world of music, playing alongside Christian and secular bands with ease, leaving us to wonder about who they really are and what they really stand for...
Musically, the group has been compared to Queensryche, Symphony X, and Dream Theater, as well as classic metal bands such as KISS, Iron Maiden, White Zombie, Merciful Fate, and Black Sabbath. If "Fight The Devil" is any indication, we can expect some great things from Angelrage. The band and their new singer are currently said to be heading into the studio to record their full length debut and say they are looking forward to doing shows in Los Angeles in the near future...
Interview With Angelrage
Angelrage is a controversial band with a storied past. Whether or not their music is Christian Metal is a topic for discussion. Many religious groups have condemned them for their music and have tried to put an end to it. Like all heavy metal bands, they have endured through all the criticism and have gained fans from the added exposure. Angelrage is best known for their song, Fight the Devil. They have updated that song as well as the rest of the songs recorded in 1995. They are currently working on all new material for their new album entitled, Angelrage. When Raphael contacted me about the link I have to Angelrage.com, I recognized the name right away, for I had a very strange experience with it. While making the list for The War, I visited both Christian and Black Metal link lists. Angelrage was listed on both types of sites and I had them listed on both sides of my page! Strange how things happen...anyway, I was thrilled when Raphael agreed to let me interview the band, so I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I enjoyed asking the questions!
METALJET: How is your new album coming along and what is your target for release to the public?
RAPHAEL: First of all thanks to Rick and MetalJet! We are still writing and have cut basic tracks for several of the songs.
MICHAEL: A lot of that is going to depend on Raphael, but we're hoping to have it out early enough to be in your Christmas stocking.
RAPHAEL: In the mean time, we will be releasing the new Fight the Devil Extreme single, which should be out very shortly...watch angelrage.com for a release date and metalswordradio.com for an exclusive pre-release preview!
METALJET: METAL in my Christmas stocking! Sweet!! Michael, former lead vocalist Azrael, had an extreme style of vocals, will your classical background mean a return to the Power/Progressive Metal style from 1995?
MICHAEL: Vocally there will be more of a progressive metal feel because I'm that style of singer. Angelrage has always been about good strong melodies and hooky choruses. We are rewriting some of our music to have more of a modern flavor while staying true to the Angelrage style.
METALJET: Right on, with your classical vocal training, how did you become a singer for a Heavy Metal band?
MICHAEL: I grew up loving bands that had awesome singers, like Tony Harnell (TNT), Michael Sweet (Stryper) and Steve Perry (Journey). The only way to develop my range like theirs was to take lessons. My classical training has helped expand my range and vocal power. I never stopped loving my metal roots, in fact, in college I was a vocal performance major and my professors would always say that I had a pop/rock voice instead of a classical one. I guess I was singing what came natural to me.
METALJET: I also enjoy bands with strong singers, my favorite classically influenced singer is Timo Kotipelto who sang for the Finnish Power Metal band, Stratovarius. Have you heard their music? If so, how would you say your style is similar or different from his?
MICHAEL: I love Stratovarius, they are such an awesome band! The difference between the two of us would probably be that my vocal lines won't be up in the stratosphere all the time like his are but trust me they will still be up there. I would like to hear what you think after you hear our new CD single of Fight the Devil.
METALJET: That sounds like an invitation to do a review, I'll do that! Raphael, what do you think about Michael's singing and who are your other favorites?
RAPHAEL: Michael has a very distinctive voice, and a lot of power. He got in this band by singing an Italian Aria! My favorite singers are Fabio Lione of Rhapsody, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, and James LaBrie from Dream Theater. That is the kind of voice I was looking for.
METALJET: Cool, always good when a plan comes together! You know, I enjoy lyrics that have cryptic meanings and touch on subjects in a subtle way. How are your lyrics going to be on the new album?
RAPHAEL: Well, Rick, they are going to have cryptic meanings and touch on subjects in a subtle way! That is what we do, challenge people and make them think. And that's an excellent way to put it.
MICHAEL: Raphael and I have a specific approach to our lyric writing. We always strive to create thought-provoking lyrics that have a message in them without beating you over the head.
RAPHAEL: We don't beat. We maim.
METALJET: Speaking of maiming, that's usually how people describe my guitar playing...anyway, Raphael, what are your main influences for your guitar style?
RAPHAEL: Keeping in mind our ancient nature, of course my influences extend well beyond the boundaries of time and space...in this dimension, I am inspired by players like Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Tony Iommi, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and John Petrucci. What I appreciate in a player is the ability to play fast, but even more, the wisdom to know when to use it. I like players who can make their instrument scream and emote. Vai is incredible. I like solos that fit the song, not just an excuse to machine-gun chromatic nonsense. Not that I have anything against chromatic nonsense, but if I have to choose between the 32nd note barrage of notes or the wild-animal scream that gives you a chill, I will go for the emotion every time. If I use speed it's usually for effect. I am also influenced by Bach, Beethoven, and DeBussy among others.
METALJET: What do you think about the perception that most guitar riffs have been used and most guitarists rely on subtle or not so subtle copying of other riffs?
RAPHAEL: I think everyone shows their influences. That is how music evolves, fans trying to take it to the next level or add their own thing. I think that's healthy. What is not healthy is the way record companies and the media force a scene. Someone gets a hit song and suddenly there are a bunch of cheap knock-offs running around trying to cash in on it and everyone gets sick of the whole thing, because the media runs it into the ground. They squeeze every last dollar out of it, declare it dead, step over all the broken dreams, and start looking for the next thing to shove down your throat. We spit it back in their face and did the unthinkable: we started out by giving the fans our biggest hit for free! In an industry driven by greed, that was an act of war.
METALJET: There is an extreme lack of guitar solos in today's mainstream metal, what do you think is the reason for this trend?
RAPHAEL: I would say because guitarists got so self-indulgent in the 80's and 90's, and it's a knee-jerk reaction to that. It will come around. I don't worry about it. Our goal is to make great albums, spread our message, and to have a stageshow that will never be forgotten. You will love us, or you will hate us, but you will not be able to ignore us.
METALJET: Do you ever tune down your guitar or do you stick with the standard "E" tuning?
RAPHAEL: For this album I am tuned to drop-C (C-G-C-F-A-D), which is a nice, sludgy tuning. The original Fight the Devil material was standard tuning at E flat. I have 2 BC Rich Beasts that I use exclusively with Angelrage.
URIEL: (BC Rich) NJ Warlock 5 String Bass with a widow headstock.
METALJET: Wow, Uriel, I've got the matching guitar to your bass! Sweet! You know, in a lot of Metal bands, the bass tracks sometimes get lost in the sound. How will your bass tracks be used on the new album?
URIEL: It's all about the thunder, baby!
RAPHAEL: Our new stuff has been described as sounding like each instrument is a weapon...I like that.
URIEL: Works for me.
GABRIEL: Like an army of angels in your face.
METALJET: Powerful! By the way, Gabriel have you been able to record any drum tracks for the new album? It was a bit disturbing reading an article on Angelrage.com about possibly needing to find someone to record the drum tracks.
GABRIEL: How would they replace me? Who's trumpet leads the charge? Who is that again?
RAPHAEL: Pride goeth before destruction, my friend...(laughs)
METALJET: (laughing) Europe is a hotbed for all types of metal, Power Metal being one of the most popular styles. What type of reception do you get from the European fans?
RAPHAEL: Europe loves us and we love them! We have a lot of fans there and some offers of distribution. Actually I am very much influenced by European Metal, the "Gothenburg sound", you know, Swedish Metal; also bands like Therion, In Flames, Rammstein, Theatre of Tragedy, and Rhapsody. So it doesn't surprise me that we are well-received there...music is after all a universal language.
METALJET: Raphael, you were in an accident in 1997, how badly were you hurt and what was your mindset about being told you would not be able to play anymore?
RAPHAEL: We were travelling at 55 mph and the person who hit us was going 65, so imagine hitting a brick wall at 120 mph. I wasn't driving so I didn't even see it coming. I broke my collarbone, sternum, and several ribs front and back, tore up my right shoulder and my abdominal muscles. My left side was all messed up, my fingers weren't responding as a result of brain trauma. And I was a professional musician and guitar instructor. After months of physical therapy they were telling me I just had to accept it, that I would never perform again. I wouldn't accept it. It took a long time, but I kept practicing my guitar, and then I started swimming and working out. I feel pretty good now. I eat a nearly vegan diet, no dairy, and try to drink about a gallon of water a day. It gets better all the time. I feel like I am living a second life now. In the end it took me 6 years to get that song out to the world, and some think it almost cost me my life, but today Fight the Devil is on the hard drives and CD players and lips of thousands of people around the world. It's rewarding to me beyond words.
METALJET: Wow, that is truly amazing! Ok, everyone wants to know, so on to the controversial topics, sorry.
RAPHAEL: Oh boy! Ok, Rick, shoot away.
METALJET: When looking at your logo, it can appear two different ways. I can see angel wings or devil horns, just depends how you look at it. At the same time, you have a pentagram with a "NO" symbol across it and a pentagram with a devil inside of it. It's confusing! Explain a little about your logo's concept and who designed it.
RAPHAEL: I started out with a simple Old English calligraphy font, and then I tried to elongate some of the letters into wings. Some people say it's a demon face. I don' t see it, but hey, whatever. Some people see a crown of thorns. Maybe. It's like an ink blot test: what do you WANT to see? The logo will change on each album, by the way.
METALJET: So, you designed it yourself! That's cool. What are your thoughts about the church group in Michigan who protested the playing of your songs on the radio?
URIEL: God bless them. They got even more people checking us out to see what all the fuss was about.
GABRIEL: I think most of their kids are now on our mailing list.
URIEL: And the station is still playing us.
RAPHAEL: Well, you know, they have the right to voice their opinion. If Angelrage makes you uncomfortable, turn it off. No one is forcing you to listen to it. Do what you feel is right. We have fans of many different faiths, even athiests. That is what makes it unique. It has a mysterious attraction that defies words and transcends boundaries. People in general seem to have a pretty strong reaction to us one way or the other.
METALJET: Gabriel cracked me up! Religion has always had a hard time accepting the Heavy Metal genre as a way to get a message out. Why do you think that is?
RAPHAEL: They do well to be cautious with all entertainment. I say question everything! The tree is known by it's fruit, so our fans will be our witnesses.
METALJET: On your website, the reference page, you list Christianity/Angeology sites and Occult/Demonology sites together. Much like I list Christian/White Metal and Black Metal bands on my "thewar" genre's page. Do you believe that education of all things good and evil is the best way to get your message across?
RAPHAEL: Angelrage says, "Know thine enemy!" Ignorance is dangerous, especially in these times. Those links are for those who want to understand our lyrical content a little better. Remember that Lucifer and his minions were once, and still are, angels! Because of the concept of Angelrage it is important to offer as much information about angels as we can. We also promote literacy and scholarship by using old English, Greek and Latin, encouraging people to learn more about these things. We like to challenge our fans. And on our website, there are lots of hidden links that give them more information about who we are and what we are all about if they really want to know.
METALJET: I have actually found some of those hidden pages and they are good reads! We are all generation Xers and grew up while Heavy Metal came into existance and most metalheads are generation xer's. Groups like Stryper and Barren Cross developed at the same time. What are your thoughts on Christian Metal and it's success with the generation xer's?
RAPHAEL: Well, I think it started out with good intentions, people who wanted to try to use rock music to evangellize. I do think you have to use discernment, and theologically I take issue with some of those bands, but that being said I love Stryper, Sacred Warrior, Guardian, and Petra. But we have never said Angelrage is a Christian Metal band! A soundtrack for the tribulation, maybe. We don't belong in any category. Angelrage is bigger than that. Our words and music are for all people, not just Christians. Sorry, world, you will have to invent a new category for Angelrage...I would call it "Baspel". The word gospel comes from the Old English "God Spell" meaning good news. We feel there are enough bands out there preaching the "good news." We have the "bad news" - that the return of Christ with his angels will be a day of terror beyond imagining for those who reject him. We are here for the ones who won't listen to the good news. Fear of The LORD is the beginning of wisdom, kiddies...the day of wrath draws near. Sleep tight!
METALJET: Speaking of Stryper, They were the first Christian Metal band to use a dark theme on an album cover. To Hell with the Devil seems tame compared to album covers used today. Why do you use dark themes on your album artwork?
RAPHAEL: I loved that album cover! I think the concept of Angelrage is very dark and very scary...and it's just beginning. We are working with a well-known makeup effects artist to help us develop our new look and stageshow, and I guarantee it will be the spectacle of a lifetime.
METALJET: I can't wait to hear your new album and give it a review on MetalJet. I am a traditionalist when it comes to Heavy Metal, so how do you think I'll like it?
RAPHAEL: Well, Rick, Angelrage is about to unleash upon the world a sound and a show unlike anything ever seen before! It's going to be intense. I can't wait for you to experience it and hope to see you out on the road!
METALJET: OH YEAH! Just let me know when you'll be in the Seattle area and I'll be there! So, anything you'd like to add?
RAPHAEL: Yes. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
|Genre: Progressive Metal
Secondary Genre: Death Metal
|Angelrage is a progressive metal band best known for their international smash hit Fight the Devil, and for the controversy that seems to follow their every move.|
|"Is LA ready for this? The group, Angelrage, is progressive metal band featuring... music at once so brutal and beatiful it takes your breath away." - Rock City News|
|"I recognized the name right away, for I had a very strange experience with it. While making the list for The War, I visited both Christian and Black Metal link lists. Angelrage was listed on both types of sites and I had them listed on both sides of my page!" - metaljet.com|
|"It will be a very messy show. Again, this is something quite new, they are going to have to create a new category for Angelrage. It's a soundtrack for the apocalypse." - Buried Scrolls interview|
|"They are unique in the world of music, playing alongside Christian and secular bands with ease, leaving us to wonder about who they really are and what they really stand for." - Rock City News|
|"We - Raphael, Michael, Gabriel and Uriel - are the first, others will come. Angelrage is a parable and a riddle, and a warning to a dying world. There are many layers of meaning to be uncovered." - Angelrage interview with Christian Edge|
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