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Cage - Darker Than Black (10/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Massacre Records
Playing time: 58:05
Band homepage: Cage

Tracklist:

  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. Secretc Of Fatima
  11. Wings Of Destruction
  12. Bonustrack: Chupacabra (Spanish)
Cage - Darker Than Black
Yes, this is how true Heavy Metal should sound! CAGE manage to find the perfect balance between power, melody, past and modern times on their third longplayer! They stand true to their Eighties roots and garnish their power hymns with a fat, modern production! The vocals of power roarer Sean Peck are frighteningly good. His voice could go through as a mix from Rob Halford and Harry Conklin and has more power than both gentlemen together! He even doesn't refrain from mean growls and bickering! They put biggest emphasis on variety.

Breakers like "Blood Of The Innocent" or " Eyes Of Obsidian" are just perfect, lithe banger, which you could hardly do any better. Here fast, there very epic, but always with a certain magic, which completely enthuses me. Just listen to the sluggish "March Of The Cage" with its huge choirs, a song that crashes to your speakers so solemn that my chin visits my feet! Pound for pound they continue like that, without a filler straight to the goal. Perfect!

Had the debut "Unveiled" still room for improvement, one could only catch a hint at the potential of this exceptional band. The second effort "Astrology" already had been a hot iron, so to say their journeywork, a very good album that I would easily have rated with a 8,5. But this here is a masterpiece that I always had believed them capable of. An album like a dream, each note is on the right spot here! Who throws something about true or not true into the room should ask himself, who is interested in that at all! Fact is, cannot be more Metal! (Online May 27, 2003)

Ralf Henn



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