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REFUGE - Solitary Men
(Frontiers, 8 Jun 2018)
By Wojtek Gabriel, posted 18 Aug 2018
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Refuge Solitary Men cover
Oh, cool, a new Rage album. But wait, why does the logo say Refuge? Since Rage's mastermind Peavy started to record more classic-sounding albums again, I suppose quite a few fans wonder what's the point of releasing almost identical music with two different bands. Well, some may say that in those hard times you can make more money this way (from gigs and merch) to enable you to continue doing what you love, but was that the actual reason behind starting this band? I don't think so and I don't care. As is the case with Accept/U.D.O. we now have two quality traditional metal bands on the scene instead of one, so we should just be happy about this fact. Refuge emerged 4 years ago, as a live-only band, playing gigs in the line-up that is sometimes referred to as classic Rage (Peavy/Manni/Chris) but after a while it clearly wasn't enough for the trio and they went into studio. Named after a track from Rage's "Trapped" album, "Solitary Men" is a release that sounds like a natural follow-up to "The Missing Link" (1993) meaning it's as old-school as it gets. Kept in mid to fast tempos, the songs are full of the typical Rage catchiness (without cheese), with familiar vocal lines and those bluesy riffs and guitar solos by Manni that were missing in Rage's music since the mid-'90s. The only tune that doesn't follow this concept is the slow and a bit boring "Waterfalls", but the rest of the album is an enjoyable ride and numbers such as "Summer's Winter", "From the Ashes" or "We Owe a Life to Death" will take you back in time to one of the best periods of Rage's career. So, just enjoy "Solitary Man" as it's a top-quality traditional metal album and remember, there's no such thing as too many old-school metal bands.
Rating: 8

Written by Wojtek Gabriel

Official Refuge website: www.refuge-band.de
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Tags: Refuge, Solitary Men, heavy metal, power metal, Frontiers
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