Cambion - Virus EP
If you've ever worked in an industrial environment surrounded by loud, noisy, pounding machinery then you’ll know that there comes a point when all these sounds appear to synchronise and become musical. That point of synchronisation is Cambion.
The UK technical progressive metal quartet, formed in 2009, have made two appearances at Bloodstock and toured with the likes of Fozzy, Evile and Sacred Mother Tongue amongst others to become a live force in their own right.
This EP is an extended version of their 2012 release Virus although this new edition features two new tracks including the new single Mechanics of Extinction. The song titles are numbered sequentially on this EP giving it a conceptual feel that suggests a unity between tracks although each song stands well enough on its own.
Did you know? A cambion is the offspring of a demon and a human female and is more powerful than either.
Cambion’s sound assumes the twisted riffs of Fear Factory, the crazy time signatures of Meshuggah and an almost cinematic, soundtrack quality that can be found in the likes of Cult of Luna at their heaviest. These meld together expertly to create their particular brand of sonic bludgeon. But far from soulless technicality this EP has a dynamic groove all of it’s own. Like HR Giger’s Biomechanical paintings, there is a beating heart, a living organism squirming beneath the outwardly industrialized façade.
Picture, if you will, the metallic racket of The Terminator and Iron Man twatting each other with shovels while Optimus Prime bounces joyfully on a trampoline and you have Cambion’s hardest moments where as softer interludes on tracks like Virus Part.5: Resurrection showcase a more melodic sensibility that adds to the epic feel of this EP. Infection has a spiraling vertiginous riff that somehow manages to swing, albeit like a hammer on a rope, and the breakneck thrash of Death has a breakdown section that will cause neck muscles to swell and pop.
Heaviness, technical mastery, intricate melody and musical excellence all come together in this organic/mechanical hybrid showcase. Catch the infection on 20.04.15.
Words: Paul Cooke