Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Sun Caged - Artemisia CD (album) cover


Sun Caged


Progressive Metal

3.84 | 42 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

3 stars Sun Caged is a Dutch representative of the heavily populated European terrain of "Dreamtheater-lite" bands (Vanden Plas, Dreamscape, Darkwater etc) - heavy yet melodic metal with keyboards and clean vocals, 7-minute average songs with a few melodic transitions and instrumental twists along the way.

In my view, Sun Caged is not the first tier. They are certainly competent, but the best description I can come up with is, well, OK. Lyre's harmony has an OK intro, making me think, well, I will listen to this. A Fair Trade is an OK melodic song, they are some good choruses and bass lines here and there (instrumental credits list a fretlss bass). The sound is thinner and solos are fewer than average for prog metal, keys are more of an atmospheric backdrop. Singer has a melodic voice, well suited for pop-rock, but not powerful enough for metal. Perhaps accordingly, the tempo is mostly slow-to-mid. In short, nothing here stands out. There are no moments here that make me think, what a groovy riff, or, what an unexpected twist. Departing Words does have a ragtime-space guitar-Indian music-xylophone instrumental sequence, which is unfortunately book-ended by a bizarre "robotic woman" vocal sample and all too obviously inspired by Dreamtheater sound experiments. OK, but not essential.

Progrussia | 3/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this SUN CAGED review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives