Reviews

CAGE - Ancient Evil

RELEASE INFO
Label: Sweden Music Group
Release date: 30.10.2015
Distribution: Soulfood

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

TRACKLIST
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)


LINE-UP
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

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SAVAGE - 7 & Live’n’Lethal

Minus2Zebra

England's Savage keep their New Wave of British Heavy Metal rumbling along. They return with something bound to excite their fans, a double album, "7 / Live N Lethal". As the titles suggests the first is their seventh studio album, the latter a live recording, the title a twist on their first album from 1983. To "7", Savage continues to revisit their brand of NWOBHM heavy metal. It's that perfect combination of thunder and groove which defines classic heavy metal. Speaking to the live side, "Live N Lethal - it sounds fine and it's definitely a nice compliment to the studio album. Which is also to say, the double album, "7 / Live N Lethal" should be on your shopping agenda. Recommended.

HMC

 

 


   

STRYPER - FALLEN

FRONTIERS 2015

Since 1983 Stryper has been wowing audiences and dominating stages around the globe. Like a fine wine Stryper has improved over time and have become legends in the metal genre. From the first track on the album "Yahwey" the boys prove they still have it and Michael Sweets vocals are as strong as they ever where. Stryper these days seem to be making records more for the fans than anything else. And that passion is so addictive and really showcases how great the band truly is.

Like Tesla or Europe, Styper’s reformed sound has had a far more modern feel than their first incarnation, but this time out while the feel still retains its contemporary polish the style harks back to the heavier hard edge sound.

HMC

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRyXDlPthH0


   

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