Hell's Winter was highly anticipated and exceeded all expectations with outstanding production from El-P, RJD2, DJ Shadow, Blockhead and Camu Tao. Cage also recruited some indie rock and punk legends, like Jello Biafria on "Grand Old Party Crash", Darryl Palumbo (Glassjaw/Head Automatica) on "Shoot Frank" and Yo La Tengo's James McNew drops some guitar licks on a track or two.
Improving on his excellent debut, Cage has toned down the drug and suicide talk for more introspective topics, like his childhood relationship with his father in "Stripes" or an old flame in "Scenester" and the eerie "Subtle Art of the Break Up Song." He also takes some time to address his label drama with Eastern Conference on "Public Property" and "Left It To Us" features the remaining Weathermen gang El-P, Aesop Rock, Y@k Ballz and Tame One. This is the album Def Jux and Cage fans have been dreaming of, and it does not disappoint.