Cage – Pilots
Release Date: August 19, 2013
Cage is just a mean band. Mean, mean band. I first heard them when I stumbled across their “Saint Nicolas” EP. It clocks in at four minutes and fifty-seven seconds. For four minutes and fifty-seven seconds, Cage torment and work to destroy you. The EP is just violent and terrifying. I was anxiously awaiting the release of this Bristol, England band’s full length “Pilots”.
Just like with “Saint Nicolas”, every song on “Pilots” feeds on the sense of inevitability. Each second pulses with a crazed fury and unrelenting pummeling. You get lulled to safety with tracks like “Knowing” and “Fire Birds,” and then they pound you some more.
They describe themselves as “grindnoir” and that would be accurate. They bring every element you could want, including a little crusty power-violence, dabs of metal, a groove here and there, touches of beauty, heaps of fast, and some hardcore attitude. The result is grindtastic. The vocals come at you from all sides. Each of the three contributing vocalists has their own distinct sound and feel, and the three form a choir of grim souls.
Their vicious and remorseless ways are second only to their love of our Lord Nicolas Cage. Yup, if you have not guessed it yet, they do indeed write songs based on the films of our Lord Nicolas Cage. What goes better with Grade A grindcore than a little Nic Cage worship? Nothing, my friends.
As a bonus, “Pilots” actually ends with the “Saint Nicolas” EP. The transition from “Fire Birds” to these three songs may be one of my favorite album endings ever. Cage did a superb job making “Pilots” feel like a three-act album. I am not sure if this was the intention or not, but Act III is one massive closer. And you get to be terrified for four minutes and fifty-seven seconds.
In Lord Nicolas Cage we trust.