Label: Sweden Music Group
Release date: 30.10.2015
San Diego’ s Cage have been in the game since 1992 bearing the banner of classic and melodic true heavy metal. However, while they are very good at their game, “Ancient Evil” is an uneven offering.
No doubt, Cage are masters of combining elements of speed and power metal into a whirlwind of epicness. With a long career including monumental albums like “Hell Destroyer” “Astrology”, “Darker Than Black” etc Cage have returned with opus number 7 and to my poor opinion their best release ever. A massive powerhouse of big guitars by chief songwriters Dave "Conan" Garcia and Casey "The Sentinel" Trask is countered by the epically delivered vocals of Sean "The Hell Destroyer" Peck. “Ancient Evil” is the definition of thoroughgoing heavy metal but still it can be cleared as speed metal, epic metal and mainly so influential.
Musically Cage draws strongly from Judas Priest and less from Agent Steel but the band have a genius identity that categorized them as an original band.
To a certain extent “Ancient Evil” is a celebration of the music and lifestyle of a metal head; therefore themes like standing one’s ground, reflecting on the ‘good old days’ and remaining committed to spreading heavy metal, are the inescapable subjects addressed on this album.
This album is a true masterpiece, judged purely on its own and without consideration of their past catalogue. I love it when a band naturally progresses and morphs into a monster all of their own, and “Ancient Evil” is the next big step for Cage.
Jim "Mutilator" Patsouris
1. There Were Others (0:46)
2. Ancient Evil (5:17)
3. Behind The Walls Of Newgate (4:35)
4. The Procedure (4:46)
5. The Appetite (5:21)
6. Cassandra (4:17)
7. Blinded By Rage (5:47)
8. Tell Me Everything (0:54)
9. The Expedition (5:26)
10. Beholder (5:36)
11. I Have Awakened (1:43)
12. Across The Sea Of Madness (5:48)
13. To Save Love (1:53)
14. Christ Protect Me (0:58)
15. Sinister Six (4:23)
16. Symphony Of Sin (6:04)
17. The Antidote (5:00)
18. Tomorrow Never Came (6:26)
19. It Can't Be (0:42)
Sean "The Hell Destroyer" Peck - vocals
Dave "Conan" Garcia - guitars
Alex "The Captain" Pickard - bass
Casey "The Sentinel" Trask - guitars
Sean "The Thrash Machine" Elg - drums