Supremacy of Steel
Style: US Power Metal
Release date: 25 November, 2011
Playing time: 64:15

The first minute of opening track "Bloodsteel" I was blown away by the blast beating drums and the scream and I landed back on my feet after the last track "Skinned Alive". Each song in between has something special and interesting. Vocalist Sean Peck sounds even more like James Rivera and during the track "The Beast of Bray Road" the band sounds a lot like Agent Steel with Bruce Hall on vocals.

Their tribute to Mercyful Fate can be heard in the song "Annaliese Michel". A song that could have been written by the King himself, even the vocals of Sean sound very similar to King Diamond's. What a sublime track with superb riffs! Another track that I have to mention is "Braindead Woman", one of their to date unreleased cult songs. Fans will be pleased that it has finally made it on an album. Critics will say that the lyrics are too cliché, and they are probably right, but Manowar has gotten away with it for decades, so why not Cage? When you are able to put in such a drive in a song like they do in "Metal Empire", who can complain about a bit too much 'true metal'?

I have been a huge fan of Cage since their 2003 album 'Darker than Black' and the adoration has grown with every release since. With this new album they have again topped all of their previous releases, if you ask me. You can call it 'over the top' and 'too much', but how can you get 'too much' true US power metal when it is executed in the best way and with the best sound and songs you can imagine? Add the variation in songs and within the songs and you can probably speak of the 2011 album that breaths out METAL the most. Perhaps I'm exaggerating now (and is far from objective), but if there is any album that gives the perfect blue print of what 'heavy metal is all about’; it will be without a doubt: 'SUPREMACY OF STEEL'.

The title covers the package completely. Some might say that it is again Judas Priest's 'Painkiller' raise to a square, but they are wrong, it is much more than that. If you find Helstar's latest album 'Glory of Chaos' top of the bill, you will be flabbergasted by this one. 'THE GOD'S OF POWER ARE BACK'!! Any self respecting metal webzine should make this one 'Album of the Month'.


01. Bloodsteel
02. The Beast of Bray Road
03. King of the Wasteland
04. Metal Empire
05. War of the Undead
06. Flying Fortress
07. Doctor Doom
08. Annaliese Michel
09. Braindead Woman
10. The Monitor
11. Hell Destroyer vs Metal Devil                         12. Skinned Alive

Label: Music Buy Mail
Promotion: Connecting Music
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 November, 2011