Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds
Cage9 - El Motivo Review

by Robert VerBruggen

.
By any reasonable first impression, Cage9 is a generic pop-punk act. There's the eye-rolling "random word followed by a number" name, the singer who wouldn't sound out of place on an Eve6 record and the radio-friendly choruses.

But just under the surface, there's some real musicianship on El Motivo. The very first track closes with an exotic instrument - possibly a steel drum, or a keyboard simulation of one - and upon close inspection it turns out such minor touches aren't uncommon.

There's a piano line here, a quiet melody there. Many of the songs even feature some lead guitar.

"Hearts and Stars" is a good, genuine dose of metal riffing topped with aggressive, distorted singing. The teenybopper crowd can still latch on to the chorus melody, but it's clear someone studied his old Metallica records.

Then there's the spacey, fleet-fingered riff that supports the verses of "Dead Letter." And "Four Leaf Clover" ends in a gentle wave of Pink Floyd-inspired guitars and piano.

Each song has its own subtle personality - the pop-punk facade holds the record together instead of damning it to the Hell of Unoriginal Music (except maybe on the hopeless "Breaking Me Down").

The vocals are performed well, with solid delivery and occasional harmonies, though the style is a bit stereotypical. The lyrics, while sometimes random, flow well and pretty much keep away from cliche themes.

Despite all this, if you absolutely don't like pop-punk, you won't like El Motivo. The sing-along choruses will prove too much to handle.

But if you're willing to give the better element of a terrible genre a shot, this record is a great place to start. And Cage9 is a band to watch for the future, because the album hints at a number of avenues to explore.


Robert VerBruggen (http://robertsrationale.blogspot.com) is an apprentice editor at The National Interest in Washington, D.C. and is an antiMusic contributor.


CD Info and Links

Cage9 - El Motivo

Label:Long Live Crime Records
Rating:

Preview and Purchase This CD Online

Visit the official homepage

More articles for this artist

tell a friend about this review

.


...end


.
News Reports
.
Day in Rock:
Slipknot Eyeing World Tour Next Year- Ace Frehley Plans To Play Entire 1978 KISS Solo Album Live- Def Leppard and Journey Tour Rocked Over 1 Million Fans- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

. .
  .
.

 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.