Lingua Mortis Orchestra feat. Rage Article

03.08.2013 Lingua Mortis Orchestra feat. Rage

Wacken Open Air XXIV

Wacken (Germany)

(Pentax K-5 with Sigma AF 70-200mm 2.8 EX DC APO HSM II)

We were hitting the home stretch of the Wacken Open Air and on the Black Stage to that late point in time it was getting quite cosy (what you are not able to tell of the audience in front of the stage because there were not so many people anymore). The Dortmung metal combo Rage always has had a high affinity to classical support and so the cooperation with an orchestra was simply outsourced and called Lingua Mortis Orchestra feat. Rage.
This was crowding the stage. Unfortunately I have to admit that just like Dimmu Borgir in the last year the sound of the orchestra was extremely bad and way too quite. Really a pitty because so the huge effort was barely made for nothing. Anyhow. The day before the new album LMO was released and this was played completely. Only the two songs "From The Cradle To The Grave" and "Empty Hollow" of the "Strings For A Web" CD were completing the set by well known Rage songs. Additionally to Rage there was the Lingua Mortis Orchestra as well as the two singer Dana Harnge and Jeanette Marchewka and ex-Metalium front men Henning Basse.
The show can overall be called good and experienced especially Victor Smolskis guitar and cello soli were completely convincing. What could have been skipped were the announcements made between the songs. During that none of the singer could cut quite a figure and some of them were simply awkward. But let's forget it! Was it due to the late point in time or because most of the people were already tired after so much good music, the great mood was not emerging. However it was nice to see and as a bridging to Subway To Sally finishing this year's Wacken it was OK.


  • Cleansed by Fire
  • From The Cradle To The Grave
  • Scapegoat
  • Empty Hollow
  • Lament
  • Witches' Judge
  • Straight To Hell