Jam Hand Music (release date – out now)
Young brit rockers Cage The Gods are a band I have heard a lot about, mostly from my fellow scribe, Simon Dunkerley, who has been a big supporter of the guys for some time. The band released an EP at the tail end of 2013 which I thought was a good listen but it didn’t really excite me so when this album came through I was intrigued to see whether it had more to offer.
I am glad to report that it most certainly does and I now understand why Simon has been championing the guys’ cause for so long. This is honest, no nonsense rock n’ roll from a band with a lot of talent. Opening track ‘Favourite Sin’ is a great introduction to the band and it rocks hard and heavy based on a great riff from guitarist Jam.
The guitar playing of Jam is one of the main elements that makes this album such a good one, his playing throughout is excellent. The vocals of Peter Comerford are another highlight, the guy has a great set of pipes which complements the well written music perfectly. He did remind me of a young Jon Bon Jovi at times but I won’t hold that against him!
The twelve tracks on offer here are all well-constructed hard melodic rock songs with big choruses and memorable riffs aplenty. Songs like ‘The Ending’ and ‘Badlands’ are classy melodic rock tracks which could hold their own against any well-established band. One song that did stand out for me listening through the album was ‘Falling’ which starts out softly before developing into a future classic, what a track!
This is a seriously good debut album from a young band with a very rosy future ahead of them. You could do a lot worse than picking up this album and giving some great British talent a chance to shine. ****
Review by David Wilson
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