The Rods unleash their latest album Rattle The Cage like it’s the three-headed hellhound on its cover, rocking with a fury as if they’re trying to teach the kids a thing or two about how do it.
Led by founding members David "Rock" Feinstein and Carl Canedy, Rattle The Cage introduces a new force to the Rods lineup – bassist Freddy Villano, known for his stints with Quiet Riot and Widowmaker. The chemistry among this seasoned trio is obvious, resulting in a record that is as tight, heavy, and maybe even more dynamic than anything the band has done before. With a lyrical approach reminiscent of Feinstein’s cousin, the legendary Ronnie James Dio, the Rods channel a sense of hope and resiliency through tracks like "Now And Forever," "Cry Out Loud," "Play It Loud," and the title track. In their own way, the band confront the ever-changing world with a raw and unyielding spirit.
Feinstein, with his gritty vocals and relentless guitar work, embodies the essence of hard rock, while Canedy's drums provide the rhythmic backbone that propels the album forward. Villano's bass playing adds a layer of intensity, completing the trinity that defines the Rods' latest batch of incendiary rock. Lyrically, the band infuse each song with a narrative that mirrors the human experience in the face of adversity. Title track "Rattle The Cage," for example, serves as an anthem for those seeking hope and strength in a world that constantly threatens to evolve without them. It resonates with the listener, offering a light of resilience amid the dark of chaos. The songwriting showcases a newfound cohesion within the band. Yet, paradoxically, they remain musically unbound, exploring heavier grooves and more dynamic melodies. The band push the boundaries as far as they can while still staying true to their roots.
As the title suggests, the band implore you to shake off the constraints, embrace the raw power, and join them in rattling the cage of conventional hard rock norms. The Rods prove with Rattle The Cage that the fire still burns bright, and the need to rock still rages inside them.