Power of Metal.dk Review

Cage of Infinity
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 10 May, 2013
Playing time: 47:37

Stefan Lindholm is the founder and the brilliant Yngwie-style guitarist in Vindictiv from Gothenburg, Sweden. He is also the producer of their new album 'Cage of Infinity'. They have two previous albums from 2008 (Vindictiv) and 2009 (Ground Zero) in their discography. This album is a tiny step into a little different metal direction, if I compare it with the full progressive and technical album 'Ground Zero'.

'Cage of Infinity' is not a mega-complex or highly advanced as the previous productions. In several tracks it sounds more like, classic hard rock/neo-classical heavy metal, but Stefan gives himself plenty of space to show off with his shredding ability and excellent musical craftsmanship.

In the opening track 'The Chosen', which is a powerful and captivating track with splendid effort from the Italian powerhouse Marco Sandron (ex-Eden's Curse) on vocals.
Stefan has several magic moments with his guitar and he spiced it with a lot of hot progressive riffs in the title track 'Cage of Infinity'. Marco Sandron is an Italian lead singer most known as a former member in Edens Curse. He is the successor to Göran Edman, the former vocalist in Vindictiv. It's not an easy task to shoulder the great Göran's mantle, but I think Marco manages that part just perfectly. They have quite similar voices, but Marco hasn't the same vocal width and power as Göran in the vocal chords. Marco has other assets in his voice that gives Vindictiv a tougher and more raw sound. Together with the clear, razor sharp guitar riffs, a dynamic drum work and solid bass playing, Vindictive has created an excellent wall of metal sound.

This disc wouldn't have reached the high grade without the special moments from Stefan. It would be like a bit too hard grilled piece of meat, without juiciness and spiciness. Just a hard surface without edible content... No, 'Cage of Infinity' is disc that grows in every spin and is a nice musical dish.

Vindictic line up :
Stefan Lindholm: Guitars
Marco Sandron: Vocals
Pontus Larsson: Keys
Nalle Påhlsson: Bass
Henrik Hedman: Drums

01. The Chosen
Cage Of Infinity
Down In A Black Hole
Human Emergency
Screaming For Answers
The Encounter
11. Son Of Fate
Label: Escape Music
Distribution: Sound Pollution
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 9 May, 2013
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