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