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Cage - 2003 Darker Than Black [US Edition]

ALBUM: Darker Than Black
LABEL: Massacre
YEAR: 2003


LINEUP: Sean Peck - vocals * Dave Garcia - guitars * Anthony Wayne McGuiniss - guitars * Mike Giordano - bass * Mike Nielsen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Darker Than Black * 02 Kill The Devil * 03 Chupacabra * 04 Blood Of The Innocent * 05 Eyes Of Obsidian * 06 Philadelphia Experiment * 07 March Of The Cage * 08 White Magic * 09 Door To The Unknown * 10 Secret Of Fatima * 11 Wings Of Destruction


They've been promising that the follow up to the critically acclaimed 'Astrology' would be a monster. Well, they are not wrong about that. The San Diego natives Cage have stepped up to the podium alongside their major influence Judas Priest, and other Priest-like outfits such as Primal Fear. 'Darker than Black' will undoubtedly establish Cage as one of heavy metal's most professional and exciting bands. From the production, through to the packaging, to the material Cage have got all the bases covered. Not only do they give the fans top-notch melodic metal, it's also in abundance. I was lucky enough to receive the US edition with 2 bonus tracks, making the album a full 13 tracks of unadulterated seething metal and not a filler in the pack.

The Songs
As with 'Astrology' the star of this spectacular show is vocalist Sean Peck. I'm not surprised he's shed some of his hair. It's probably still lying on the floor of the soundbooth after throwing everything into his vocals. Earlier I might have suggested that Priest look at Peck as a replacement for Ripper if the time ever came. Well, I think Peck is onto a good thing and Cage will probably reign supreme for a while to come. Sean has a go at some extreme metal style vocals as well on a couple of tracks, giving Cage an even more sinister feel. Thankfully Cage are only a band and not some back alley gang, otherwise the streets might not be safe at night. Actually, the album cover is enough to give you nightmares. While people still talk about Tipton and Downing as a supreme guitar duo, the same may be said in years to come regarding Garcia and McGuiniss, who lay down riffs that reverberate not just through your ear drums but also the next door neighbours walls. As a treat there are a couple of solo's from Roy Z (Rod Rock) and Joe Floyd (Warrior).

In Summary
Cage have taken all the aspects that worked well on 'Astrology', such as the immense riffing and Peck's vocals, built on those while adding more melody to the material. The guitar lines are more melodic and the choruses greatly enhanced. In other words you get the full package with Cage, and I doubt there's a cage strong enough to stop this heavy metal beast from rampaging its way all over the world.

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