This is a real blast from the past. One of my all time fave German speed metal bands is AVENGER. They released an album and a 12” EP before they transmorphed into Rage. Now as the EP “Depraved To Black” will be rereleased an interview with Peter “Peavy” Wagner was in place. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe? How aware were you of the British band Avenger when you picked your name? Which band was the first?
P: We were kids back then, I remember Jochen came with this name and we all liked it. We didn´t know there was a british Avenger band, as far as I remember they released an album earlier, thats why we changed our Bandname to Rage.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
P: We all loved Music, heavy music, so we formed a band…
Today there are so many genres and sub-genres of metal burt when you started it wasn’t like that. What was it that made you play speed metal? Did you even know that you played speed metal whjen you wrote the music?
P: No, we just did what we liked. We called us „Dark Metal“ but actually we gave a flying fuck about genres.
AVENGER later became RAGE. Was there a natural progression in bringing the sound, or part of the sound of AVENGER to RAGE? Or did you see these two entities as separate beasts?
P: it was the same band and we developed ourselves as musicians naturally. We just changed the name.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
P: I just do what feels good and right to me. Never think too much about all this.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
P: I think the Artwork should transport the identity of a band. Work out what the band stands for.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
P: I can´t really say that. We still have our true fans that buy the album. But surely among the younger listeners this may change. Digital is surely killing the music industry.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
P: This digital thing has reduced the value of music in general to nearly zero. Kids today can´t see the value of music anymore, that´s a shame. We composers get robbed by this system.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
P: In the Metal Scene, haha…
What does the future hold?
P: I hope we can go on with our band for much much longer! Thanx to the true Fans!!! Best, Peavy