US power/traditional heavy metal wrecking crew Cage are back with a new album, their sixth overall, titled Supremacy of Steel. Cage is one of the most consistent (and consistently awesome) bands in the American metal scene, and Supremacy of Steel (great title, by the way) does not disappoint.
If you're unfamiliar with the band, Cage is more or less operating from the Judas Priest playbook, with a killer twin axe attack, pulse-pounding rhythms and Sean Peck's stratospheric shrieking vocals. This is power metal in the sense that the songs are really powerful, not in the ultra-melodic, sing-song European way (not that there's anything wrong with that). With Supremacy of Steel, Cage essentially takes their core sound and turns everything up to eleven. The riffs are faster, the rhythms heavier, Peck's vocals are more dynamic and the whole vibe is more intense. Honestly, you're likely to be exhausted after this album is over!
Lyrically, Supremacy of Steel tackles all the usual subjects Cage is so well known for, like love, loss, nature and pacifism. OK, that was obviously a joke. You're getting songs about metal, steel, battles, evil, and battling evil with metal and steel. Oh, and Doctor Doom, who is at least kind of metal, so there's that.
Supremacy of Steel is another winner from Cage, who still doesn't have a fraction of the attention their amazing music (and incredible live performances) deserves. If you're already a fan, you're going to love this album. If you're new to the band, but are into bands like Judas Priest, Primal Fear and Iced Earth, Supremacy of Steel will absolutely make you a believer.