Cage - _Unveiled_
by: Paul Schwarz (
Well, Cage are definitely heavy metal: of that there can be no doubt. Cage owe most to Birmingham's second great gift to metal (after Black Sabbath), Judas Priest. They don't push themselves into the corner of becoming a rip-off band, but I think it is fair to say that _Unveiled_ could easily have been the new Judas Priest album in place of last year's _Jugulator_. It ain't as good, though. This doesn't mean Cage are bad: nice guitar riffs, decent solos, nicely performed Halford-esque vocals and a tight rhythm section combine to make _Unveiled_ a good album for the band to be debuting with. Additionally, the respect they've garnered from the Priest camp and their prestigious live appearances with both the aforementioned and other metal legends such as Dio assures Cage a good base to begin building from. The solid and distinctively metal album which _Unveiled_ is provides ample raw materials for this task.
(article published 10/1/1998)
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