Cage - Unveiled

Year of Release: 1998
Label: Omega Records
Catalog Number: OM 990901/LU 99061-2
Format: CD
Total Time: 53:11:00

This disc came to me touted as "Judas Priest meets older Savatage". Well, that's a pretty good descriptor of this band, except that the band uses more of those influences rather than clone them. Complete with biker looks, leather from head to toe, and 80's style power metal, these guys certainly look and sound the part of their predecessors.

It would be safe to say that anyone who is into early Priest, and early Savatage, should like this band. The band consists of twin guitars, bass, drums, and a singer. The Priest qualities come from the Halford-like vocals of Sean Peck, who sings in a normal, aggressive tone most of the way, but when doing his own harmonies, he sounds like more than just a passing version of Halford in his early days. This guy has one of those high-pitched, screeching voice that always made you wonder how Halford even talked after a singing spree.

The music is a similar style to some of the 80's bands of yesteryear, like the mentioned Priest, Savatage, and a host of other bands that just elude me at the moment. It doesn't sound exactly like music from that era, as the band tends to interject some of their own version of 90's power metal along the way. There isn't anything overly complicated about the music, and it's great for headbanging purposes. I would assume that their live show would be a headbanging extravaganza.

The production is pretty darn good for a band that put the disc out themselves. There is a slight lack of low end, keeping this one from really banging out some walls in your house, and you would have to crank this one up a great deal for that to happen. This is not to say that the sound is bad, because it's not. It's very good, just lacking a bit in the lower end. The vocals are very clear, and an interesting thing is that you can actually hear what the singer is saying despite the heavy style of music and the screaming patterns that he uses. Good job in this dept.

Overall, I'm sure you can tell that this is just not cup of tea, although back in 1985 it certainly would have been. In the meantime, don your leather gloves, jump on the ol' Harley, and crank this one up for some headbanging 90's style, with 80's roots.

Shoot To Kill (4:22) / Modern Darkness (4:01) / I Live (3:16) / Buried In The Box (3:43) / Devil Inside (4:26) / Dancing Around The Fire (4:55) / Release Me (4:28) / Unveiled (6:00) / The Iron Priest (0:29) / Nomad (4:21) / Influence (2:59) / E.B.S. (0:12) / Disaster (3:29) / Sudden Death (3:29) / Asta La Vista (3:01)

Sean Peck - vocals
Eric Horton - guitar
Dave Garcia - guitar
Mike Giordano - bass
Damian Arletto - drums

Unveiled (1998)
Astrology (2000)
Darker Than Black (2003)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin US

Added: June 1st 2000
Reviewer: Larry "LarryD" Daglieri

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