When I first opened this promo in the mail and it said “Badlands” I thought for a brief two seconds it could somehow be a Jake E. Lee helmed posthumous collection lost material of the classic group with the late, great Ray Gillen on vocals. But no…this is the record title of a new release from a pretty awesome UK group called Cage The Gods. The band are doing dates with Fuel and possess a similar radio ready but decently gritty enough and genuine melodic flair, but tempered to real classic rock chops (think Bad Company) and modern feel. This band is fun and exciting. It may be more commercial than some metal heads can handle, but if you grew up on big hard rock you will eat this up. The band kind of rock like Z02 where they were channeling greats of the past but in their own way, a sort of homage to more Aerosmith-y Lizzy and yet married to slight hints of post-grunge, harmony-laced stuff or even the bluesier, grainier side of Journey. They have a certain spacious freedom to the songs that in some weird way reminds me a bit of the cool guitar stuff Dead Letter Circus are doing, but in a much more traditional “rock” manner, like U2 crossed with The Black Crowes or something. “Promises” in particular fits this recipe.
The band have Irish, British, Scottish and Welsh members, which is pretty cool in the spirit of getting along. You’d have to be pretty jaded to not get a sense that these guys really like jamming out and crafting compelling yet palatable songs together. Winery Dogs needta take these boys out on tour, stat!
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