Featuring a guitarist from Tesseract and an ex-singer of Eths, Cage Fight are here to smash your face unceremoniously into the concrete, over and over again. Prepare yourself.
Apparently Cage Fight exist to pay tribute to old-school metal and hardcore such as Slayer, Terror, Hatebreed, Biohazard, Stampin’ Ground, which suits my younger music taste right to the ground. As such, this is a great way to approach the 45 minutes of belligerent music you’ll find on Cage Fight.
This is an old-school muscular hardcore/metal hybrid, with thick metallic riffs and plenty of angry violence. The songs are full of rage and frustration, seeking catharsis through aggressive behaviour and brutal heaviness. Thrash riffs and hardcore breakdowns cut you up and beat you to the floor, while the vicious vocals tear the skin from your back. The riffs don’t stop, and you can tell that the guitarist knows his old-school thrash and hardcore bands well enough to recreate their strengths, but without overtly plagiarising.
This is a high-energy collection of tracks that are all about attitude and crushing riffs. The music is designed to get mosh pits moving, and I can easily imagine these songs going down a storm live. A guest slot from the singer of The Black Dahlia Murder appears on Eating Me Alive, and the album ends with a Body Count cover.
If you have a taste for nostalgia, yet still want something capable of crushing skulls in 2022, then make sure you check this out.