Cage9 has officially been released.
One of the latest additions to Dave Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, the band released its new album Illuminator this past Friday, June 3rd. The album was released via eOne in the United States and Triple Vision Entertainment in Japan. It is schedule for release later this year in Europe via SPV. The band unveiled the video for the album’s lead single ‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die’ earlier this spring. The video is streaming online now via YouTube. It features footage of the band’s members and fans singing the song.
Front man Evan Rodaniche discussed the video in a recent interview. He noted the song’s family roots in the interview and the video’s recording process. “This song is dedicated to my father, who passed away about a month ago after a two year battle with cancer,” he said. “But even when I first wrote these lyrics at the onset of his terminal diagnosis as a sort of comforting mantra, in the back of my mind I believed my dad was indestructible. I never thought I’d be adding an “in loving memory” dedication at the end of this video. But then he was gone. And that’s what this is all about. We spend our modern lives wrapped up in our first world problems, completely disconnected with the natural cycles of the planet around us.”
In discussing the video’s production, Rodaniche noted the cameras that were used and the band’s general approach to making the clip. We shot the video DIY with a couple Canon DSLR cameras, a black sheet in our rehearsal room and about forty non-actor friends, fans, and family who showed up one sunny Los Angeles afternoon in 2015 to mouth the lyrics to a song they’d never heard. We aimed to bring home the message that no matter who you are we’re all in this together.” He went on to not the song’s roots and sound in his discussion, too noting, “As for the song itself, it’s a little bit of old school thrash mixed with something more melodic and a little piano and acoustic guitar wankery to push it over the 6 minute epic-metal-song mark. (Yes, there’s a radio edit.) He linked this in to a discussion on [Dave] Ellefson discovering Cage 9 through ‘Everything You Love Will Someday Die.’ I was the 14 year old kid running around with a worn out cassette of Peace Sells in his Walkman, he said. “So having the dude that brought us pretty much THE most recognizable bass riff of my (and half the planet over 30’s) youth dig our band is a huge honor.” He went on further noting, “Cage 9 originated in Panama where I grew up playing in a band yet having pretty much never experienced famous bands performing live to learn from, not to mention any of our idols like Megadeth or Metallica. This definitely makes this chance to work with Dave in a mentor/label situation that much more amazing. Very excited to be releasing our new album Illuminator with EMP this summer.”
Ellefson shared his thoughts on the band and its song in a discussion of his own even echoing the Megadeth/Metallica influence in the band’s new single noted by Rodaniche. “Cage9 is definitely the real deal,” he said. When I first heard ‘Everything You Love Will One Day Die,’ it instantly struck me as the closest I’ve heard to a song with a true Metallica/Megadeth core, with the radio accessibility to really connect with a modern rock audience. And with the band’s history, and everything they’ve accomplished, they were a perfect fit for what we were doing at EMP.”
Since moving to Los Angeles the band has released a total of six albums and more than one hundred songs. One of those albums was completely in Spanish. The band has sold 25,000 copies of its albums worldwide in that time and played over 50 dates across America just last year. It has also toured Japan and Central America as direct opener for Ozzy Osbourne, Bad Religion, Seether, and In This Moment. The band has also shared stage time with the likes of Sevendust, Hellyeah, Karnivool, and others. Even Rodaniche himself spent some time in the past as a member of Powerman 5000. He also helped to co-write, record, and mix some of PM5K’s most recent albums. That isn’t Rodaniche’s only production credit. He also worked on ex-Flyleaf singer Lacey Sturm’s new album and work from Boy Hits Car, and others. As if all of this isn’t enough credit to Cage9, the band has also received glowing reviews from its much more well-known counterparts including: Pop Evil, Korn, Saving Abel, Asking Alexandria, Devil You Know, and 9Electric just to name a handful of acts.
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