I consider myself a rock lover, as much in Western music as in Latin music. I tend towards a more alternative sound, but I appreciate Panic At The Disco or Green Day just as much. But about El Motivo, the Spanish version of the new album by unknown pop-punkers Cage9, I can’t really say anything good.
Maybe the ugly artwork and the stupid band name (look, we combined a random word with a number, aren’t we cool and original?) should have given me a hint: this record combines the worst of modern rock music. First, Cage9 takes the dreadful riffs and pale sound of late 90′s nu-metal (yes, that horrible mixture of punk and rap we all tried to forget as soon as Limp Bizkit split up). Second, ‘singing’ and ‘lyrics’ are replaced by ‘shouting’ and ‘cheap sentiment’, borrowed from the modern emo-core movement. Okay, I admit the choruses are quite catchy, but without a decent song structure, they just sound cheap.
A point of rest in this 11-song torture is “La Gravedad”, about the only track where guitars aren’t overdubbed or badly distorted. It even has a piano! Ignore the singing and the boring lyrics, and you might even have something that sounds like a song.
Conclusion: Cage9 has neither the sound nor the attitude to make it in 2006. Try again in 2020, there might be a ’90s rock revival!