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Cage - Darker Than Black - Fugitive Records - 2003 reviewed by: Chaoslord

Track Listing
1.DARKER THAN BLACK (INTRO)
2.KILL THE DEVIL
3.CHUPACABRA
4.BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT
5.EYES OF OBSIDIAN
6.PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT
7.MARCH OF THE CAGE
8.WHITE MAGIC
9.DOOR TO THE UNKNOWN
10.SECRETS OF FATIMA
11.WINGS OF DESTRUCTION
Upon receipt of the new Cage CD "Darker Than Black" I was unsure of what I was about to listen to, since I wasn't familiar with Cage minus a few scant songs I had heard through friends of mine. I popped the disc in the CD player and sat back and was just blown away. From the moment the first track began to play I started wondering where in the hell this band had been my whole life.

This CD has everything a metal fan is looking for--kick ass guitar riffs, thundering drums, phenomenal solos, and a voice that any singer would kill for. I have not stopped listening to this CD yet and grow more fond of it each time I listen to it.

My favorite track thus far is "Chupacabra" due to the guitar riffs and the fact that vocalist Sean Peck sings his ass off. As I read through the booklet, I was totally floored to see that Sean Peck did all the vocals and character voices on the album. What's the big deal you may ask? Well, on the previously mentioned song, Peck pulls off power, death, and black metal vocals all in one song. It's obvious that this guy has a voice that is different and far better than some. He could be a dead ringer for Tim "Ripper" Owens of Judas Priest, but I think that he is way better than Mr. Owens.

Anyone who wants something to headbang to or just sit back and rock out cannot miss picking up this CD. I believe that this is going to be one of the best, if not the best album of 2003. If you consider yourself a fan of metal in any way, shape, or form you cannot afford to miss this album. And for those of you guitar freaks out there, you should definitely check out the work of guitarists Dave Garcia and Anthony McGinnis. Hell, all the guys in the band are great at what they do so go check this album out.


--Chaoslord 7.7.03
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: CAGE
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Darker Than BlackCage
2003
Greg Watson7/8/2003
Hell DestroyerCage
2007
David Loveless2/1/2008
Science of AnnihilationCage
2009
Raising Iron8/28/2009


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: CAGE
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Supremacy Of SteelCage
2011
Eric Compton12/25/2011


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: CAGE
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
Sean PeckCageMiguel Blardony11/20/2009
Sean PeckCageDavid Loveless2/22/2008
Sean PeckCageGreg Watson9/1/2003


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