Damn, best hardcore release of the year so far for me. Rat Cage from Sheffield have delivered a great run of singles, that were compiled on the Total Vermin tape last year. But now their short-but-devastating first album is out on La vida es un mus. Like their previous recordings, Screams From the Cage is essentially the work of Bryan Suddaby, aka Ratman, with the help of a few friends. With a noticeable influence from Swedish hardcore, these songs are designed to have you rolling around the floor of your bedsit with fists in the air. It’s the year of the rat and we’re all caged in.