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Cage - 2001 Astrology




ARTIST: Cage
ALBUM: Astrology
LABEL: WWIII
SERIAL: MM 53299-2
YEAR: 2001

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Sean Peck - vocals * Dave Garcia - guitars * Eric Horton - guitars * Mike Giordano - bass * Mike Nielsen - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Astrology * 02 Final Solution * 03 Psychotically Deranged * 04 The Edge * 05 Echelon * 06 Root Of All Evil * 07 The Trigger Effect * 08 Souls And Flesh * 09 Fountain Of Youth * 10 Broken Dreams * 11 Vandalize * 12 Victim Of Society * 13 The Astrologicon

WEBLINKS: www.cageheavymetal.com


Background
Back in 1999 this San Diego metal quintet took many by surprise with their debut release 'Unveiled'. The band then backed it up live with a set at the Dynamo Open Air festival, soon becoming one of underground metal's favourite sons. Two years on and their highly anticipated sophomore effort is released. Cage are an uncompromising pure metal band, and if you're a fan of 'Painkiller' era Judas Priest, Primal Fear and early Crimson Glory then you are going to have a very sore neck after listening to 'Astrology'. Despite this being an extremely strong release, the production (though the press statement says otherwise) is a little patchy. If these guys had the production of those aforementioned bands, they'd be giving the big boys a mighty scare. Though the production is a little disappointing, the songs on mass are not.


The Songs
Cage definitely know how to kick up a storm and there are some thundering metal anthems such as the scorching opener 'Final Solution', the thundering 'Edge' and pounding 'Root Of All Evil'. I'd have to say the stand out track on the album is the semi-ballad 'Souls and Flesh'. Outstanding lead vocals and crushing riffs. In Sean Peck they've got an extremely agile vocalist who is right up there with Halford and the like.


In Summary
On the basis of 'Astrology', Cage definitely have the songwriting and musical ability to be a major force in the melodic metal scene. There isn't a hell of a lot they need to improve on in those areas. What they do need on their next album, assuming they come up with the same quality of songs, is a better production. Match up this up with the material and Cage will be heading out onto the highway of success.


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