Guitarist Mario Mollo (check out the two Voodoo Hill albums he did with Glenn Hughes) and vocalist Tony Martin (Black Sabbath/Empire) return with their third Cage album, the last one was released way back in 2002. Mollo writes the music and Martin provides the lyrics and melodies, a true writing partnership.
The album is a great mix of melodic metal like the dark brooding riff heavy 'Cirque Du Freak' and 'Can't Stay Here' - a little funky edge and Martin's vocals give this song a distinct Glenn Hughes feel. Then for a total change there is the melodic rock monster 'One Of The Few', a song that many melodic rock bands would gladly sell their souls for! Love the OTT guitar solos on the chorus. 'Violet Moon' is well constructed ballad, neatly mixing the vocals and haunting guitar parts. They don't really put a foot wrong on this album and for me it is the best one yet from this talented combo.
A fine album to kick start 2012 with and so good to hear Tony Martin again. Now how about the Cage for Firefest?
In his show broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio on 10 May David Randall played a further selection of artists and albums included in the new Features series, “2020 Vision”.
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Featured Albums w/c 25 May (Mon-Fri)
09:00-12:00 FM Synchronized (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 THE ROCKET DOLLS The Art Of Disconnect (indie)
14:00-16:00 BEN KUNDER Searching For The Stranger (indie)
Power Plays w/c 11 May (Mon-Fri)
THE MERCY KILLS Alone (Golden Robot Records)
DEAD REYNOLDS By Your Side (indie)
THE JAILBIRDS Watery Grave (Golden Robot Records)
ALI MASS & MICKY MOODY These Times (Last Man Music)
MASSIVE WAGONS Bangin In Your Stereo (Earache)
UDO We Are One (AFM Records)
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