After local band Cage played adjacent gigs with Germany's Scorpions at the Universal Amphitheater November 26, a Los Angeles zine reported, "Singer Sean Peck does his best to channel Rob Halford, even shaving his head and sporting a properly Satanic goatee, but his vocal chops are hampered by an inability to hold a note without wavering like Laura Petrie bemoaning 'Rob!' The songs from last year's Darker Than Black CD (their third), in the context of the Scorpions gig [Cage played an outdoor stage close to the Amphitheater], seemed well suited to the evening due to their Germanic bombast and brevity. Like David Hasselhoff, Germans love Cage. The German rag Heavy Odor placed Darker Than Black at number one on their Soundcheck chart list for March 2003, ahead of more established acts like Anthrax, Krokus, and Biohazard. This proves once again that Germany is, historically and today, a country which cannot be trusted to back the right horse."
(L.A. Loudness, November 30)