Rage were one of the emerging German speed metal bands of the 80s, along with the likes of Helloween, Running Wild, and Blind Guardian, who eventually became part of the (mostly European) power/metal movement.
This debut (from a quartet who would eventually become an essential trio) is much more raw and reckless than what would come later, with bassist / vocalist Peter 'Peavy' Wagner the one mainstay of the band throughout its very long career, singing from low to a hysterical high register, as if he's trying to be King Diamond. This too would change in the years to come.
There's some fair stuff here, like "Deceiver" and "Hand of Glory", but it falls away after a while, and the crass, sexual "Chaste Flesh" just sticks out from the doom laden material surrounding it like the rod of meat
Peavy refers to (Sweet childlike lady, you stir me up, the time is coming to warm up your ass. I've got the number, and when it's night, I'll come to screw ya, I'll tear you right
). Am I listening to Rage, or Kiss?
Overall, Reign of Fear
is furious and reckless, which will delight some, while leave others cold. It's certainly hard to believe that Rage would eventually - with 1996's Lingua Mortis
- become (according to Wikipedia), the first Heavy Metal band to record an album with an entire symphony orchestra. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor