CAGE9 – Hypesthesia
Release Date: 22/01/2019
Running Time: 43:18
Review by Stephanie Stevens
In 2016 I was introduced to a mastermind. Evan Rodaniche has a craft for making creative alluring music with his band CAGE9. The band was introduced to me with their album “Illuminator”. An experimental, ambitious, gut driven rock induced album.
Now 2019 is upon us and all the quietness from the band had me worried but with one listen to the bands newest album “Hypesthesia” I know all the downtime the band had was put to good use.
With CAGE9 having 15 plus years in the business, 8 albums and over 100 songs released the guys never cease to amaze me. This album, start to finish, is even more defining and illuminating than in the past.
“Hypesthesia” hits you hard with a sonically diverse rundown of tracks. ‘3arthquake’, the opening track and platform single/video, has a lullaby introduction which smoothly takes you into the adventure of heavier driven ambience of rock. The allure of the transitions just makes you feel alive!
‘The Vertigo’ brings thought of being lost in an asylum and trying to find your way out. With driving rhythmic guitar work it will be appealing to anyone into a modern rock sound.
‘Dance The Macabre is moody, dark and electrifying! The chorus pops because the verses are more subdued and eerie yet it brilliantly meshes. It is probably one of my top songs on the album.
‘Monsters +Vultures’ just warms my heart because this is one of the bands heavier tracks. Add that uplifting energy in the chorus and you have a piece of beauty in my eyes.
‘Ice Aege’ and ‘Hypesthesia’ are unforgettable due to the vocal patterns which take both songs to new heights.
‘Parallel Universe’ lays out that modern alternative rock vibe. Truthful lyrics and easy progression from verse to chorus makes it bleed with beauty.
‘Wasteland’ has a more punk ‘n’ metal attitude. It is a nice change of pace and shows the versatility of the band as creators.
Their rendition of ‘Rooster’ by Alice in Chains is dark, captivating and has elegance to it.
They finish the album with the unbelievable ‘Expectations’, a six minute song full of monotony but one that is so hypnotic, beautifully laid out and seductively alluring that you just fall into the mood and vibe of it!
CAGE9, in my opinion, have an amazing, most talented and creative passion for making art and I am honoured to be able to be a part of it with this new listen to “Hypesthesia”!
02. Monsters + Vultures
03. The Vertigo
05. Dance The Macabre
07. Ice Aege
08. Parallel Universe
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