Album: "World Wide Wasteland"
Label: Metropolis Records (2004)
Style: Electro-industrial / Coldwave
Songs: 11


Reviewed by: Darklight

Battery Cage consists of Informatik's Tyler Newman as well as Joshua Greco, Paul Savio and Roland Adams. This debut of theirs blends electro-industrial and EBM with the slight addition of rock. They make the type of music that hooks you right away with its heavy aggressive edge and catchy hooks.

What I like about Battery Cage is that they do one thing here, and do it well. A lot of artists in the industrial/EBM music scene sometimes try and offer too much variety on their albums preventing them from being consistent from start to finish. But that's not the case with Battery Cage. From song one to song eleven they unleash energetic powerful music that never lets up. Their music is hard and heavy, but extremely infectious as well. It's like modern coldwave with an electronic rock vibe, but with the emphasis mainly on electronics and less on rock. But there's enough rock elements from how the songs are structured to the guitars that give them a cyber-core edge. This is made even more evident by the angry deep toned vocals that sing with raw emotion. Unfortunately, the song "Hater" takes the rock sound a little too far in my opinion. It basically sounds like a heavy metal song lacking the electronic side of the rest of the album. Thankfully, it's a short song that doesn't interrupt the flow of the CD for too long.

The only real complaint I have with this CD is that it only offers nine original songs. The song "Hater" is out of place, so this only leaves eight original songs that I really like. But thankfully the remixes provided by Headscan and Stromkern are really good. Headscan provides a more electronic club version of the song "Ecstasy", while Stromkern offers a completely revisioned version of the song "Statemachine".