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Album Review: Cambion – Virus (Extended Edition)


Cambion Virus ArtworkLocation: Exeter, Devonshire, England

Genre: Technical Progressive Metal

Release date: 20 April 2015

Label: Independent

Previous EP releases: City of Ember (2010), Last Rites (2011), Virus (2012)

Tracks: 8

Length: 38 minutes

Recommended to: Fans of Meshuggah, Fear Factory, Gojira and other creators of adventurous experimental metal

Mammal’s rating: 4.5 out of 5

When you listen to bands like Cambion, it’s easy to understand how they hold their fans in such thrall. It’s surprising that they haven’t been swooped up by a big metal label.  Cambion will be new to many prog metal fans, but once they’ve heard this band, it should soar high up in their estimation.

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Reggie’s Essential 25 Favorite Instrumentals #18 & #17


bc_rich_widow_wmd_bass_top_imageI love the power of a good instrumental song.  Sometimes they can be energizing or even relaxing depending on the band’s intent with the song.  Some bands use an instrumental song to display a different, sometimes softer side.  And, sometimes an instrumental is a collection of left over riffs and drum parts that didn’t make the final cut.  Or, perhaps they just couldn’t find the words to go with the music.  However they are composed, the instrumental song is a track I look for and hope to find on any album; though there are some bands where it’s almost an expectation.  This list is comprised of 25 word-less songs that I find essential to my music library.  I wouldn’t sweat over the exact order, but yeah the ones at or near the top of this list are definitely my favorites.  I know there are many more instrumental songs out there, but these are mine…so to speak.  This list is also limited to only three per band and only one band made this list three times.  Enjoy!

18.  Spastic – Revocation

This is probably one of the newest songs on my countdown of favorite instrumental songs.  This is another one that is loaded with cool guitar rhythm and lead and speed.  It is also very much a Revocation song complete with all their technical progressiveness just a lack of vocals.  This one appears on their self-titled 2013 release.  This play through video of the band is pretty bad ass too.

17.  Orion – Metallica

Other than Leper Messiah which launched me into thrash metal way back in the day, Orion was the other stand out song for me on this pivotal Master of Puppets album.  Again, guitars are quite prominent in this one, including bass, but I also like the rhythm and smooth tempo.  I felt I was able to lose my 13 or 14 year old self in this song. This is the last of the Metallica instrumental songs on my list.  I have seen Metallica five times and I do not recall ever seeing this song played live.  Bummer!