Chicago thrashers WRATH have signed with COMBAT RECORDS who will release their long awaited new abum RAGE October 5th. Produced by Chris Djuricic & WRATH, and mixed and mastered by the legendary Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Sacred Reich, Helstar), with explosive cover art created by Ipoet Poetra/Five Mlligrams and WRATH, Rage is 10 tracks of unadulterated Thrash Metal fury.
The incredible perseverance of WRATH is driven by the fact that the band remains wildly-relevant through 3 decades and counting. From the 1985 breakout debut FIT OF ANGER and the twisted 1987 sophomore cult favorite NOTHING TO FEAR, original vocalist Gary Golwitzer is back at the helm, and WRATH is truly firing on all cylinders!
Originally written as the follow up to 1990’s INSANE SOCIETY, some tracks from RAGE originated as far back as 1989. With a fresh approach, and a new record deal with David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert’s revived COMBAT RECORDS, the rock-solid lineup of Golwitzer on vocals, bassist Gary Modica, the dual-guitar attack of Scott Nyquist and Rob Noon, and powerhouse drummer Jake Fromkin, dove head first into RAGE with a renewed sense of power, angst, and purpose.
The album also features a cover of the Motorhead classic “Ace of Spades”, a tribute to the late Lemmy Kilmister, featuring a guest appearance by Armored Saint/Odin/DC4 guitarist Jeff Duncan.
Says COMBAT’s Thom Hazaert, “When me and David (Ellefson) relaunched COMBAT, our goal was to faithfully bridge the past, present, and future of Thrash and Underground Metal. And WRATH, to me, was always one of the unsung heroes of the genre, putting out indisputable classics like NOTHING TO FEAR, and FIT OF ANGER, that are still so highly regarded by fans. So it made perfect sense when the opportunity came to add them to the COMBAT roster, especially with the reunited lineup with Gary back in the fold. RAGE is an amazing record that I think fans, new and old, will talk about for years to come.”
Wrath, alongside COMBAT labelmates Green Death, will be supporting Ellefson on the Midwest dates of his BASSTORY Tour, including shows in WI, IL, and MN.
David Ellefson BASSTORY, w/Green Death, and WRATH
10/3 Bradley, IL – The Looney Bin
10/4 Lombard, IL – Brauer House
10/5 Sturtevant, WI – Route 20 Outhouse
10/6 Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center
10/7 Mankato, MN – What’s Up Lounge