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Science of Annihilation

Year: 2009
Format: CD
Label: Music Buy Mail
Genre: [Extreme Power Metal]
Overall Rating: 9.0
Music: 9.0
Production: 8.0

Cage has immense talent for crafting heavy metal bliss. On its fifth release, "Science of Annihilation," the San Diego-based band has pushed itself to new creative heights.

Everything about this CD is top-notch. The cover artwork, production, lyrics, vocals and musicianship embodies the essence of true heavy metal. Cage definitely has gusto; there is not one weak or boring song on this album. Breathing life into subject matters with thought-provoking lyrics about religion, war, science and Third Reich scientific experiments, the quintet is determined to make the metal community take notice of its valor.

A spoken intro starts the CD, then Cage absolutely crushes from the very beginning of the first song, "Planet Crusher." The characters, based on Marvel Comics' Galactus and the Silver Surfer, wreak apocalyptic destruction and consume planets. Right away the listener is bombarded by "Painkiller"-era Judas Priest riffs and a high-pitched wail assault from talented vocalist Sean Peck. Guitar work from Anthony Wayne McGinnis and Dave Garcia is mixed to the forefront throughout the CD and most decisively shreds. New drummer Norm Leggio (ex-Psychotic Waltz) and bassist Mike Giordano solidify the Cage onslaught.

If it weren't for Judas Priest laying the initial groundwork, Cage would not exist. Similarities abound, but Peck brings a raspier and harder edge to Rob Halford's falsetto. Throw in influences by King Diamond, David Wayne and Midnight, and you've got one ballsy frontman.

An ability for story-telling in the classic King Diamond fashion, "Black River Falls" is a fictional horror story about wicked people and possessed children. Based loosely on the Michael Lesy book "Wisconsin Death Trip," it weaves a "Village of the Damned" tale about a Midwestern town masked in a mysterious aberration. And Peck's vocals conjure up the spirit of the aforementioned King Diamond and Dani Filth.

"Scarlet Witch," "Speed Kills" and "Stranger in Black" are in true Priest-like custom, with speedy twin-lead guitars blistering away methodically. "Spirit of Vengeance," with its catchy chorus and thunderous rhythms, is in the same vein. "Operation Overlord" dutifully pays homage to WWII soldiers who gave their lives on June 6, 1944, in the invasion of Normandy (known as D-Day) against Nazi Germany. Sticking to the WWII theme, "Die Glocke" ("The Bell") is based on speculation about a Nazi high-tech, radioactive machine built for anti-gravity or time travel.

The time is ripe for Cage to gain global popularity. The band is hugely popular in Europe and steadily gaining a strong U.S. fan base. With the release of "Science of Annihilation," Cage is well on its way to achieving further success.

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- Kelley Simms (August, 18th 2009)


Peck, Sean: Vocals
Garcia, Dave: Guitar
McGinnis, Wayne: Guitar
Giordano, Mike: Bass
Leggio, Norm: Drums
Producer: Garcia, Dave & Peck, Sean
Mixing by: Unavailable
Mastering by: Unavailable
Cage - Science of Annihilation  CD  Cover Image
01. The Power That Feeds
02. Planet Crusher
03. Scarlet Witch
04. Spirit of Vengeance
05. Black River Falls
06. Operation Overlord
07. Power of a God
08. Speed Kills
09. Stranger in Black
10. Die Glocke
11. Spectre of War
12. Science of Annihilation
13. At the Edge of the Infinite

Length: 55:34
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