In 1984, RAGE was formed under the name Avenger. After the release of their debut album “Prayers Of Steel” and their EP “Depraved To Black” in 1985, the band changed their name to RAGE because there was already another band in England that also carried the same moniker. Originally the new name was supposed to be “Furious Rage” but it was eventually shortened to RAGE. The first album which was released under the new name was “Reign of Fear” in 1986.

RAGE have released their following albums in regular, continuous intervals and the band began touring with Running Wild, U.D.O., Motörhead and Saxon in the early 1990s.

Their 1992 album “Trapped!” marked their international breakthrough, with a tour in Japan being a short first highlight. Their success was repeated again in 1993 with the release of “The Missing Link”. After a lineup change,  RAGE went on to record “Lingua Mortis”, the first classical album by a German metal act ever, in 1996. Their material was performed live for the first time in late summer 1996 in Kufstein, Austria. Subsequently, together with a hired orchestra, RAGE embarked on a celebrated Christmas tour and played several European festivals.

In March 1998 RAGE released their thirteenth album XIII” including the Lingua Mortis Orchestra which became a huge success on the charts. XIII” was ranked at number 272 in the German Rock Hard magazine’s Book Of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums Of All Time.

After the album XIII”, RAGE continued working for he next album Ghosts” with the Lingua Mortis Orchestra in 1999. This album was followed by a major line-up change, featuring Peavy Wagner, Victor Smolski and Mike Terrana.

The trio performed at Wacken Open Air in August 2001, revealing their newest album Welcome to the Other Side”.

Also in 2001 the song “Straight To Hell” was featured in the German movie “Der Schuh des Manitu”, which is even until today one of the biggest box-office successes in the history of German movies.

The following releases Unity” and Soundchaser” were met with enthusiastic response from critics as well as from fans . RAGE toured with Primal Fear in 2002 and with Helloween in 2003.

In 2006, RAGE brought the Lingua Mortis Orchestra back to life again to release the album “Speak Of The Dead”, which was the last album featuring Mike Terrana on drums. On January 1st, 2007, the new drummer André Hilgers, formerly of Axxis, was announced.

In 2007, the band toured in Europe with a show featuring a symphonic orchestra from Minsk, Belarus under the name “Lingua Mortis Orchestra”. Their concert at Wacken Open Air in August the same year in front of 80,000 fans was recorded for a DVD to be included as bonus to their new album called Carved in Stone”, which was released in February 2008.

In 2009 the band played at Bundesvision Song Contest 2009 (BUVISOCO), a nationwide TV song contest featuring Germany’s best artists from different genres. This show was hosted by the most famous German TV host Stefan Raab (TV Total). Of course. RAGE’s participation in this show, where the band reached the third place, enhanced their popularity even more.

Also in 2009, RAGE celebrated their 25th anniversary with the release of the EP Gib Dich nie auf / Never Give Up”.

In early 2012, RAGE’s 21st album, simply called 21, was released.

In 2014 RAGE released the special box edition “The Soundchaser Archives, 30th Anniversary” with rarities and demo songs from the last 30 years of the RAGE history.

In February 2015 Peavy Wagner announced the split of the lineup with Victor Smolski and André Hilgers.

In December 2015, RAGE put out a huge 10 CD Limited Edition Box Set called “The Refuge Years” as well as the re-release of the band’s milestone album Black In Mind” as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of its original release, followed by an extended tour that featured the brand new band line up, consisting of the Venezuelan/Spanish guitarist Marcos Rodriguez, the German/Greek drummer Vassilios “Lucky” Maniatopoulos and, of course, Peavy Wagner on bass/vocals. In early 2016 RAGE toured again as special guests of their longtime companions Helloween.

The first RAGE album in the new line up “The Devil Strikes Again” was released on June 10th, 2016, presenting a stronger-than-ever band that has managed to recollect their musical roots with a contemporary approach. “The Devil Strikes Again” was highly acclaimed by the international music press and by the fans from all over the world.

With looking at multiple festival shows throughout Europe and a headlining tour in fall, 2016 marks one of the busiest and most successful years ever in the history of RAGE.

On July 28th, 2017, only 13 months after the highly acclaimed album The Devil Strikes Again”, the successor Seasons Of The Black” was released with a bang, reaching worldwide chart-entries!

The Seasons Of The Black”-World Tour in 2018 was a major success! Later in 2019, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Lingua Mortis Trilogy, Rage decided to pay tribute to perhaps the more successful album of their career: XIII”, bringing the entire album live on stage for the first time ever, performing at major festivals all over Europe. including the spot as the closing band for the mighty Wacken Open Air 30th anniversary edition.

In January 2020 Rage released their 25th studio-album “Wings Of Rage” which entered the album charts in Germany, Switzerland, Spain, France, Japan and the USA.

In May 2020 guitarist Marcos Rodriguez left the band due to personal reasons and in June two new stringsmen Stefan Weber (ex-Axxis) and Jean Bormann (formerly Angelinc, Rage & Ruins) were introduced with the release of a new version of “The Price Of War” (originally on the album “Black In Mind”). The new line-up is already working on new material and on new tour dates…


Rage are back from the Corona crisis with a double bang: as had already been rumoured behind the scenes, guitarist Marcos Rodriguez has left the band. To replace him, vocalist/bassist Peavy Wagner has welcomed two new stringsmen to the Rage fold. New addition Stefan Weber (ex-Axxis) was introduced to the public at the METAL HAMMER online show in early May, now the band has presented its second new member, Jean Bormann (Angelinc, Rage & Ruins). Alongside Peavy, drummer Vassilios “Lucky” Maniatopoulos continues to be part of the group’s permanent line-up. Peavy: “We’ve wanted for some time for Rage to be a quartet again, with two guitarists the way we operated back in the days of Black In Mind and End Of All Days. After Marcos had returned to Tenerife and consequently was no longer available, I used this opportunity to enlist two young guitarists.”


1986 - Reign Of Fear

1987 - Execution Guaranteed

1988 - Round Trip / Across The Universe (Split)

1988 - Perfect Man

1989 - Invisible Horizons (EP)

1989 - Secrets In A Weird World

190 - Bathory / Tankard / Rage Sampler (Split)

1990 - Reflections Of A Shadow

1991 - Extended Power (EP)

1992 - Trapped!

1992 - Beyond The Wall (EP)

1993 - The Missing Link (Demo)

1993 - Power Of Metal (Split-Video)

1993 - The Missing Link (EP)

1993 - Melodic Metal Strikes Back (Split)

1993 - The Missing Link

1994 - The Video Link (Video)

1994 - Power Of Metal (Split)

1994 - Refuge (EP)

1994 - 10 Years In Rage: The Anniversary Album

1995 - Black In Mind

1995 - The Crawling Chaos (Single)

1996 - End Of All Days Demo (Demo)

1996 - Lingua Mortis

1996 - End Of All Days

1996 - Higher Than The Sky (EP)

1997 - Live From The Vault (EP)

1998 - From The Cradle To The Grave (Single)

1998 - XIII

1998 - The Best From The Noise Years (Compilation)

1998 - In Vain (EP)

1998 - In Vain - Rage In Acoustic (EP)

1999 - Ghosts Demo (Demo)

1999 - Ghosts

2001 - Welcome To The Other Side

2001 - Best Of - All G.U.N. Years (Compilation)

2001 - Metal Meets Classic Live Plus All G.U.N. Bonustracks (Video)

2002 - Unity

2002 - The Lingua Mortis Trilogy (The Classic Collection) (Box-Set)

2002 - The Dark Side (Compilation)

2003 - Soundchaser Demo (Demo)

2003 - Soundchaser

2004 - From The Cradle To The Stage: 20th Anniversary (Live)

2004 - From The Cradle To The Stage: 20th Anniversary (Video)

2006 - Speak Of The Dead

2006 - Full Moon (Single)

2007 - Full Moon In St. Petersburg (Video)

2008 - 2 Originals Of Rage (Box-Set)

2008 - Carved In Stone

2009 - Gib Dich Nie Auf (EP)

2010 - Into The Light / Purified (Single)

2010 - Strings To A Web

2012 - 21

2014 - The Soundchaser Archives (Compilation)

2015 - The Refuge Years (Box-Set)

2015 - The Refuge Years (EP)

2016 - Carved In Stone / Speak Of The Dead (Box-Set)

2016 - My Way (EP)

2016 - The Devil Strikes Again / Second To None (Split)

2016 - The Devil Strikes Again

2017 - Blackened Karma (Single)

2017 - The Early Years - From Avenger To Rage (Box-Set)

2017 - Seasons Of The Black

2019 - The Metal Years (Box-Set)

2019 - The Classic Years (Box-Set)

2019 - Let Them Rest In Peace (Single)

2019 - True (Single)

2019 - Chasing The Twilight Zone (Single)

2020 - Wings Of Rage

2020 - The Price Of War 2.0 (Single)

2020 - Live In Poland - February 16th 2016 Warsaw (Live)

2021 - Virginity (Single)

2021 - Monetary Gods (Single)

2021 - Resurrection Day



Dienstag 24.01.2012
Kurz vor Release von RAGEs 21. Album „21“ habe ich mich mit dem Gitarristen Victor Smolski über die Platte, die Band, die Tour und ihn als Musiker unterhalten und so manches Spannendes über das Trio erfahren. Das Ganze fand am 24.01.2012 per Telefon statt.
Sonntag 16.11.2003
Seit Jahren eine der deutschen Vorzeige Bands wenn es um guten Heavy Metal geht - RAGE! Das mittlerweile dritte Album im aktuellem Line Up Peavy Wagner, Victor Smolski und Mike Terrana - "Soundchaser" - weiß zu überzeugen. Vor der Show der laufenden Tour quatschten wir ein paar Takte mit Peavy.


21 - Cover
RAGE sind schon so etwas wie ein Urgestein im deutschen Metal.
Ghosts - Cover
Wer geglaubt hat, Rage hätten nach den hinlänglich bekannten Streitereien und dem Verlust fast des gesamten ursprünglichen Line-ups - einzig Sänger/Bassist Peavy Wagner blieb übrig - andere Sorgen als
Soundchaser - Cover
"Soundchaser" - so ist der Titel des neuen RAGE Albums -dem dritten in der Traumbesetzung Wagner (Voc, Bass),Smolski (Git.) und Terrana (Drums). Jeder einzelne



Band Termin Land / Ort / Location
30 years of RAGE anniversary tour 2014
Osnabrück - Lagerhalle
Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
Andernach - JUZ
CH-Pratteln - Z-7
I-Milano - Live Club
Nürnberg - Hirsch
B-Vosselaar - Biebob
Bochum - Zeche
HU-Budapest - A 38
A-Wörgl - Komma
Steinheim - Stadthalle
Burgrieden - Riffelhof
Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
Hamburg - Markthalle
Bremen - Aladin
Köln - Essigfabrik
Speyer - Halle 101
SK-Bratislava - Randal Club
Augsburg - Spectrum