Ever had a
feeling that you can never be surprised when it comes to new bands?
Ever had the feeling that you’ve heard it all? Well this
is how I felt until I stumbled on the Greek guys from CEREBRUM
and their insane and yet thick as fuck material. To be really
honest, the first couple of times I listened to the album I was
a bit confused, due to all the influences and changes in the rhythm
and pattern. Once you get into it, I can assure you won’t
stop listening to it. It is a very diverse and brutal material,
so if you’re looking for something in a more “traditional”
way, this is not the place.
As the album states, Spectral Extravagance is the
combination of extravagance of metal, having even some jazzy sound
to it. The album itself was defined by their record label as Progressive
Technical Death Metal, but I dare say it is a much too superficial
description. While the album has some insanely fast and technical
riffs, it counteracts with progressiveness clean guitars, somewhat
melodic solos and mid temp groovy brakes.
For a first album the band nailed it; it’s well produced
and nothing is done sloppy or even remotely superficial. The drums
just blow me away, but there’s no surprise there, since
the mastermind behind it, is none other than George Kollias –
a drummer that needs no introduction.
Being such a diverse and dynamic album, I dare not make a detailed
description of the songs and let you guys enjoy the extravagance
of it all. The killer tracks that stand out are definitely: Scatter-Brain,
Epiphysis Thrive and Shreds Of Remains.
Spectral Extravagance has made a mark on me and
I look forward to the future of CEREBRUM, a future that
looks more than promising. Check them out – it’s damn