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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fragments Of Illusion (4:18)
2. Scatter-Brain (3:49)
3. Pattern Of Fear (3:47)
4. Intolerable Ado (4:58)
5. Epiphysis Thrive (3:58)
6. Edge Of Parallel Circles (3:52)
7. Beyond Imagination (4:37)
8. Thorns Of Weakness (3:53)
9. Salvia Divinorum (4:06)
10. The Prologue Of Completion (instrumental) (1:38)
11. Shreds Of Remains (3:49)

Total Time: 42:45

Line-up / Musicians

- Apollon Zigomalas / Vocals
- Jim Touras / Guitar
- Mike Papadopoulos / Guitar, Bass

Session musician:

- George Kollias / Drums

Releases information

Released by Lacerated Enemy Records on the 18th of August 2009.
Guitars, bass and vocals recorded from 31st of April to 14th of May 2007 at DB Recordings. Studio with Dali Sternisa and Grega Zupan.
Drums recorded at Grindhouse Studios.
Mixed and Mastered at Grindhouse Studios by George Bokos, Mike Papadopoulos and Jim Touras.
Artwork and Logo by Michal "XAAY" Loranc.
Photos by Jimbo.

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Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Spectral Extravagance" is the debut full-length studio album by Greek technical/progressive death metal act Cerebrum. The album was released through Lacerated Enemy Records in August 2009. Most of the album was already recorded in April/May of 2007 but I assume it took a couple of years to find the right record company. Cerebrum, which consist of Apollon Zigomalas on vocals, Jim Touras on guitar and Mike Papadopoulos on guitars/bass, didnīt have a drummer in the lineup when they recorded "Spectral Extravagance", but was helped out on the album by drummer George Kollias (Nile, Sickening Horror, Nightfall, The Circle of Zaphyan, System Shock, Extremity Obsession).

The music on the album is technical/progressive death metal with lots of early nineties US death metal sensibilities. The lyrical themes are about astrology, archaeology, and other rather interesting subjects. So Cerebrum is no bloodīnīgore type death metal act. Cerebrum mentions acts such as Atheist, Death, Morbid Angel, Gorguts, Watchtower, King Crimson, Pestilence, and Nocturnus among their incluences (I would add Theory in Practice as a reference too). Those influences are quite obvious when listening to "Spectral Extravagance" and while Morbid Angel is probably the least progressive band among those influences itīs especially the Morbid Angel influence that is strong in the music. The music on the album is brutal technical death metal first and foremost and then progressive. The progressive elements on the album are, in addition to the song structures, mostly represented by the odd jazzy part which occur in some songs. Thereīs an example of that in a track like "Edge of Parallel Circles". All 11 tracks on the album are of a very high quality but if I have to make one small complaint itīs that the progressive parts donīt always fit too well with the rest of the music. All parts are great but the short jazzy parts featured in some of the tracks sometimes sound a bit awkward in the predominantly brutal technical death metal soundscape. Bear in mind that this is a minor, minor complaint on an otherwise excellent album so donīt let this scare you away.

The vocals are deep growls but still intelligible. There are also some sporadic clean vocal parts featured on the music which is definitely a great asset and good for the variation of the album. The clean vocals actually remind me a bit of how David Vincent (Morbid Angel) sounded on "God of Emptiness" from the "Covenant (1993)" album. In these days thereīs always a danger of extreme metal acts that include clean singing in their music chose to include commercially accessible clean vocals, but thatīs fortunately not the case with Cerebrum. They are quite old school in that regard.

The musicianship on the album is on a high level on all posts. Great razor sharp and fast riffing, excellent growling vocals (and some pretty good clean ones too) and of course some powerful and technically skilled drumming by George Kollias. The guitar solos are generally pretty short but well played and suit the music. The production is professional and well sounding too.

"Spectral Extravagance" is a great quality debut album by Cerebrum and thinking back to the albums Iīve listened to in this genre from 2009 this one is easily one of the best. A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved. A quality album this one, which I can highly recommend to fans of technical/progressive death metal with an early nineties sensibility.

Review by b_olariu
4 stars Cerebrum is a young band from Greece playing technical death metal of the highest calibre. I was knocked out of my shoes when I heard the drums chops, man, this drumer know bussines. So, this band release thir first album in august 2009 named Spectral extravagance , releases at an obscure czech label Lacerated Enemy records. As previous reviewer UMUR said this is a combination of old school death metal not far from famouses Morbid Angel with some progressive elements taken from Cybic or Atheist, the result is this turbulent album Spectral extravagnce. The music is very up tempu with a lots of tempo changes, the guitar is everywhre as is ahould be on this kind of music, the drums is absolute killer, I mean George Kollias is one hell of a drumer, Just check on their myspace page there is one of the pieces Pattern Of Fear , you can see Kollias is a out of this world drummer and one of the most technical I ever seen so far, unbeliveble. Also I oike a lot the voice of Apollon Zigomalas, is just as I like the range on a death metal album, very solid voice with a lot to offer maybe a little close in tone with David Vincent, not only screams and boring parts, this is a true death metal vocalist, great range and very powerfull. As I said the music is top notch, killer musicianship and great atmosphere overall. I liked very first time when I heared the opening track Fragments Of Illusion, mindblowing pieces, the druming is 5 star for sure, technical and very intelligent. Maybe is quite sometime since I heared from A to Z a death metal album, but this Spectral extravagance needs a all the attention, because kicks major ass , belive me. All pieces are recommended aswell like the album, 4 star easy, one of the most mature debutes I heard lately is extreme metal zone. Recommended, and above all the art work and all the booklet works are professional and great made. Well done guys, if the next album will sound at least as good as this one, then I will be very pleased, I'm already a fan. Great stuff, recommended for those who like Atheist, Cynic, Theory in prcatice, or even Watchtower or Morbid Angel.

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