THE RODS – Rattle The Cage

The Rods - Rattle The Cage album cover.
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Label: Massacre Records
Release date: January 12, 2024

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2024 starts off with a bang as New York’s old school Heavy Metal veterans The Rods kick off the year with the release of their 10th full length studio album Rattle The Cage. Formed back in 1979, The Rods have been a staple of Heavy Metal ever since the NWOBHM movement swept the world. The band first came to us via Mike Varney and Shrapnel Records on his U.S. Metal compilations along side bands like The Wild Dogs, Culprit and Vixen. Original members guitarist/vocalist David “Rock” Feinstein and drummer Carl Canedy continue the tradition, with the recent addition of bassist Freddy Villano (Altered Minds, ex-Rock Asylum, ex-Dee Snider, ex-Quiet Riot) nicely completing the power trio.

Shake It Up

The Rods – Rattle The Cage was mixed and mastered by Chris Collier, and has a great sound, with killer drums and a no-nonsense guitar mix that grounds the songs, leaving plenty of room for David “Rock” Feinstein’s trademark vocals. On how the title track came into being, David “Rock” Feinstein states:

“In preparation for this new album, I received a message from Carl stating that he had an idea for a new song. He sent me the title, and some lyric ideas, and of course I thought the title and concept he formed was great. He then left it to me and my imagination to add more lyric ideas and complete the musical work.”

“The song is about the everyday person who feels trapped at what they might be doing in their life. No matter what the job may be, the need for relief was in need. It’s also about freedom, and about standing up for what you feel is right, and not being taken advantage of.”

Final Notes

Though an American band, The Rods are another one of those bands that came to us at the birth of the NWOBHM movement that still stay true to their musical roots, continuing to deliver hard hitting, heavy songs that keep us headbanging. Rattle The Cage is another feather in their cap, with 10 cool tunes that have that catchy, heavy groove that made them what they are today. Rattle The Cage is an album that Hard Rock and Heavy Metal fans will want to hear, and add to their collection.

The Rods band photo in 2024.
Photo: Roger William Theise.


  • David “Rock” Feinstein – vocals, guitars
  • Carl Canedy – drums
  • Freddy Villano – bass

Rattle The Cage – Tracklist

  1. Now and Forever
  2. Wolves at the Door
  3. Cry Out Loud
  4. Rattle the Cage
  5. Can’t Slow Down
  6. Metal Highways
  7. Hell or High Water
  8. Play It Loud
  9. Shockwave
  10. Hearts of Steel


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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