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Cage: Supremacy of Steel

I have been and remain somewhat ambivalent towards Cage. When I was writing for another website I reviewed Hell Destroyer and was somewhat underwhelmed although I noted that many others had it pencilled in as one of the year's best. Perhaps the same will happen with Supremacy of Steel which again fails to really move me.

Fortunately their record company has helpfully provided a guide as to how awesome this record is. Unfortunately it appears to have been written for Manowar let's have a sample shall we?

"All Hail the SUPREMACY OF STEEL! CAGE has once again struck gold and forged their sixth release of pure metalmagic. Entitled SUPREMACY OF STEEL, CAGE has leapt forward another giant step on the path to metal greatness byonce again delivering a heavy metal monstrosity. Known for crafting great memorable songs, capturing the essenceof classic the NWOBHM sound, and always sounding unique and modern, CAGE somehow effortlessly shows how the limits of the genre can be pushed without losing what makes the heavy metal sound great. Throughout the 11 tracks, all the smashing CAGE elements are found along with fresh new surprises that are tastefully sprinkled about in just the right fashion.

Their latest and greatest lineup yet includes the hulking frame of riff master DAVE "Conan" GARCIA, the unmatched vocal diversity and range of singer SEAN "The Hell Destroyer" PECK, drummer NORM "The Legend" LEGGIO also of PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, and debuting the new additions of thunder-thrash guitarist STEVE "Bloodsteel" BROGDEN andthe amazing bass playing of one America's best, PETE "Hands Of" STONE. All the power and speed from their previous award winning albums has once more been ramped up with faster drums, blazing leads that will stay with you into the night, and the highest of inhumanly impossible supersonic screams. This is all pointless without great songs but CAGE has always had their song writing as their greatest strength and SUPREMACY OF STEEL is absolutely no exception. CAGE has carved yet another stone to fit into the foundation that reinforces their title as the American Power Metal Kings."

The main bone of contention I'd have with that is the guff about the strength of the songwriting as Cage have never really engaged my mind with any of their tunes and "King of the wasteland" and "Metal Empire" in particular are poor. It should be difficult to balls up a song about true metal and the awesomeness of metal but "Metal Empire" does just that with a non-existent chorus.

Supremacy of Steel has an excellent cover though which sadly shows how unengaging the music was if I'd noticed that from a download of the album!

Track Listing:
01. Bloodsteel
02. The Beast Of Bray Road
03. King Of The Wasteland
04. Metal Empire
05. War Of The Undead
06. Flying Fortress
07. Doctor Doom
08. Annaliese Michel
09. Braindead Woman
10. The Monitor
11. Hell Destroyer vs Metal Devil
12. Skinned Alive

Added: October 27th 2011
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3138
Language: english

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Cage: Supremacy of Steel
Posted by weirwolfe on 2012-04-11 02:06:14
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Mate your review is total bullshit. Cage are totally relevant to those of us who still remember the thrill of Vengance era Priest and early Mercyful Fate. You obviously aren't a fan of Cage's music as you stated in your review , so maybe you should have let someone with more knowledge of their style review it. And what's the go with reproducing the record company bio, which took up most of your review space? That's just lazy.

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