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A pleasant surprise.

This one was a pleasant surprise -- I'd been a fan of Dario Mollo's output for a while... for those who may not recognize the name, Mollo is a skilled Italian guitarist, songwriter and producer who came to prominence with the debut album by The Cage, a collection of blistering hard rock tracks. Written by Dario, with lyrics, melodies and vocals added by former Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin, the pair found they had a good chemistry, and received a good response from fans and critics alike upon its release in 1999.

A year later, Mollo teamed up with Glenn Hughes for Voodoo Hill, working in the same fashion as he did with Martin, with equally impressive results. Dario then returned to working with Tony for 'The Cage 2' in 2002, before doing a Voodoo Hill sequel 'Wild Seed Of Mother Earth' with Glenn in 2004. All four albums were well crafted, but it all went quiet on the recording front as Dario busied himself with other things.

The good news is The Cage is back! Reunited with Tony Martin, Dario has picked up where he left off, with another excellent collection of his trademark rock. The album blazes into life with the powerful 'Wicked World', featuring a grinding riff with some great squealing harmonics ala Zakk Wylde, offset by Tony Martin's sinister vocal. Martin sounds extremely strong on this record and it's great to hear his voice again.

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'Cirque Du Freak' continues the darker theme, which is obviously no problem for the former Sabbath frontman to deliver, but there are lighter, almost commercial moments too, such as the energetic 'One Of The Few' and the superb 'Don't Know What It Is About You'. This juxtaposition makes for a well balanced record which keeps it rocking without it being too dark.

I can't omit mentioning one of my favourites, 'Can't Stay Here', which has a slightly funky feel and a huge, soaring vocal from Tony, who really does nail this one. I loved Tony's work with Sabbath and his stuff with Dario is top drawer, especially on this song. I'm delighted to hear him back in such form.

I didn't know they had been working together again, so I'm delighted to report yes, there is a third album, yes, it picks up where the previous Cage albums left off, and yes, you can make a case for it being as good, if not better, than it's predecessors.

James Gaden

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