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Band's Name:  Soul Cages
Contributor(s):  George Papadopoulos (fatez50@hotmail.com)
Last Time Updated:  11-Mar-2000
Band's Country:  Germany


State(Active or Disbanded):  Active
Biography:  The band SOUL CAGES comes from Hemer (Germany) and was formed in December 1990. All members played in several metal-bands (mostly Speed-/Thrash-Metal-bands) before. Cause of all different experiences in music of all members during the years and different influences and faves of every person in the band, they joined each other and tried to create a more flexible, melodic and interesting style in music.

So the music is influenced by lots of different kinds of music-styles and sounds. The aim of the band is to create a kind of sound in music, which you could describe as timeless - away from the trend during the time.

The most important thing for the band is, that their songs get interesting sounds of harmonies in combination with the sound of lead-and backing-vocals.

The creation of the untypical sound of music should knowingly show the listener different feelings. The realisation is reflected in combination of the lyrics with the music.

The band itself would describe their music as melodic Art-Rock combinated with progressive influences.

The band started with a line-up of five persons. The only difference to the actual line-up is, that there had been a lead-vocalist called Frank Lau, a good friend of the band and no female backing-vocalists.

Cause of a lot of new ideas all members had from the start, SOUL CAGES wrote 4 songs in three months and joined the first time the PWS-studio of Peter Waldhelm in the beginning of 1991 to record their first demo-tape, that had never been released officially.

During this recordings the band and their vocalist recognized, that there were different opinions about voice-lines and so Thorsten (he only did backing-vocals before) made his first steps in working out the lead-vocals.

At the end of 1991 SOUL CAGES joined the studio again to record their first and only official demo-tape with four songs. There had been the following songs on it: The Narrow Path Of Truth; New Horizons; Soul Cages and Mindtrip.

During this recordings the band thought of trying to put more backing-vocals on the ballad Mindtrip and remembered the female backing-vocalists of a local band called Latoya.

Beate and Patricia were asked, if they are interested in to do this unusual job for a demo-production.

They agreed and did the background-vocals for this song.

After this recordings the band was surprised and proud of the interesting combination with female-background-voices in their music and they decided to have a try in using more female-vioces in their material. Afterwards Beate and Patricia joined the band.

The demo-tape was published in spring 1992. It got lots of very good reviews in a lot well known magazines in Europe and some songs of this tape were published on different CD-Sampler and MC-Sampler.

In December 1992 SOUL CAGES signed the record-deal at MASSACRE-RECORDS.

In 1993 the band recorded their first album at first at the home-studio of the record-company, but noone was satisfied with the result of the recordings and so they recorded the material in the PWS-studio again during two weeks.

The debut-CD, called Soul Cages, was released in May 1994. It was published in Europe and Japan.

After the publication of the debut, SOUL CAGES played some live gigs with such well-known bands like SAXON and GOLDEN EARRING.

In the summer of 1995 Patricia left the band cause she didint have that much time thats needful to work with the band cause of her job. She only did a few more live-performances with the band and helped with the recordings to the Moments-album at the end of 1995. The recordings were also made at the PWS-studio with the same producer like before.

The second SOUL CAGES-CD, called Moments, was released in February 1996.

In March/April 1996 SOUL CAGES were on tour with SAVIOUR MACHINE from the USA and VENI DOMINE from Sweden for about three weeks. Live gigs with well-known bands like RAGE followed.

Afterwards SOUL CAGES worked at new material for their third album and did several pre-productions during the time.

In August 1998 the band got a constant keyboarder called Enrique Foedtke as a full member of the band.

The recordings of the actual album called Craft were made in the Skyline-Studios in Dsseldorf in March 1999. The producer was Matthias Black.

The album was released in August 1999.

Opinion(s) on Band's Discography:  

By George Papadopoulos:

The band's first album(SOUL CAGES) was abolutely a shock. Their sound reminded a lot huge bands such as PINK FLOYD, RUSH and FATES WARNING, but they showed personal elements too. The rhythm section had a thrash metal touch, Thorsten Staroske had a very emotional and wide range voice and all these, adding their "personal" lyrics and the two female voices, resulted in a unique sound that will always stay in our hearts.

"MOMENTS", their second album was released in 1996. Everything here shows us that SOUL CAGES were not just a band that created one very good album, but something bigger. Deep inside me, I consider this album one of the best ones I've ever heard. "MOMENTS" was surely their most "personal" album since and by this I mean that the lyrics are talking about you, about your fears, your expectations-some kind of JIM MATHEOS thing. The music is awesome, reminding the structures of the songs of early PSYCHOTIC WALTZ. From now on we know that when we are in our darkest days, SOUL CAGES will be there for us.

1999 brought the release of CRAFT. This album showed nothing more that we didn't know since. Dream melodies(reminding me some times the first album of Dan Rock's project DARKSTAR), complicated stuctures and rhytms and depressing, but in the same time hope giving lyrics. SOUL CAGES may not have so progressive sound but the atmosphere they create is so unique that you forget every comparison and let yourself away.

Present and Past Members:  Enrique Foedtke: keyboards
Knut Nitschke: guitars
Beate Kuhbier: background-vocals
Thorsten Staroske: guitars; lead-vocals
Jrg Nitschke: drums
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Links related to the Band:  www.soulcages.de

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