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THE CANCER CONSPIRACY is a post-progressive experimental rock band from Burlington, Vermont (United States) formed in 2001.

Guitarist Daryl Rabidoux and drummer/keyboardist/saxophonist Greg Beadle decided to join forces after breaking out of their respective hardcore bands. With the addition of bassist Brent Frattini, the three decided to try something new and thus to remain an instrumental outfit.

In 2001 they released their first self-titled EP. Their first full-length, "The Audio Medium", soon followed in 2002. The album showed influences of progressive rock giants like King Crimson and Yes, but also of hardcore, math rock and fusion.

The band's name comes from a concept about "the corporate music industry's control of the masses; that people are sheep to what music corporations and radio stations tell them to listen to, unaware of the real music that exists out there. As in the medical world, a "cancer conspiracy" that hides the cure for cancer for the purpose of making money off of the sick." (Partially taken from Wikipedia.)

The band toured the country with bandmates on their label Big Wheel Recreation. The shows were often enhanced by video projections. But the band's luck was always rough, and after a series of problems and misfortunes, their van,along with all of their equipment, was stolen when they were playing at CMJ 2003 in New York. This was it for the musicians, who decided to dissolve the group.

After the band's dissapearance, Brent Frattini joined DAUGHTER, while Daryl Rabidoux and Greg Beadle continued writing new material. Johnny Northup came to fill in the bass position, and the trio returned to the studio and recorded what would be the last eight songs they ever penned.

Former label Big Wheel Recreation collapsed to the ground which created a legal problem for the release of the new collection of songs. After three years of legal issues over intellectual rights and property of the music, the eight-song full-length album "Omega" saw the light of day in 2007 under the Radar Recordings / Gilead Media alliance in America, and Make My Day Records in Europe. Now with the recording's legal rights restored to their proper owners (the artists), "Omega" has been released to praise and acclaim from the media.

THE CANCER CONSPIRACY is no more. But the music they created endures and, more than likely, will stand the test of time in the minds of prog-rock fans around the globe.

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4.44 | 7 ratings
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3.83 | 10 ratings

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 Omega by CANCER CONSPIRACY, THE album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.83 | 10 ratings

The Cancer Conspiracy Experimental/Post Metal

Review by The T
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A wonderful instrumental album.

I don't think we can call THE CANCER CONSPIRACY a metal album, but more of a post- rock/math/heavy prog one. With that in mind, the album has some metallic elements here and there that could give validity to its inclusion in the exp/post-metal genre.

The music here is absolutely terrific. Eight instrumental pieces, with the first and the last one connected via thematic similarities, that flow from beginning to end with ease, smoothly. It's music that's easy to digest, but that delivers a lot of interesting elements for the mind to analyze and get lost in. The band's obvious influences are classic giants like KING CRIMSON, RUSH, PINK FLOYD, but also more contemporary outfits like PORCUPINE TREE or even post-rock groups. The music goes from the atmospheric to the violent without breaking a sweat, this violence never really getting extreme (this is NOT metal and the metal elements are never extreme). Some psychedelia, some jamming, some spacey moments, passages of pure ambience, but also moments of jazz and fusion. this album has it all.

The musicians are what makes this opus what it is. The guitars are excellent, always creating melody and textures, never taking the easy way out. Keys are used to great atmospheric effect; the bass is playful, never limited to simple harmony; the drums are just outstanding, with style, with very unique patterns, with ghost notes and fantastic fills and always keeping rhythm exactly where it should be. Add some well played sax and winds to the mix and you got the recipe for great music.

The album is instrumental, and the pieces are most of the times written in regular song structure, but the place of the voice has been taken by all the other instruments. There's no need for vocals, this is how this music's supposed to be.

An excellent album that doesn't reach perfection with my rating as I think there are a couple of weaker instrumental pieces that make the already-too-short 36-minute album a less than totally gratifying experience. It's just too short a time to allow for weaker songs. I would say that, if the album was a little bit longer, I'd have forgiven it its minor imprefections and grant it 5 stars. But it's too short. And such good music leaves me craving for more (sadly, from a band that is no more.)

 The Cancer Conspiracy by CANCER CONSPIRACY, THE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
3.00 | 1 ratings

The Cancer Conspiracy
The Cancer Conspiracy Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

— First review of this album —
3 stars Conspiracy or not - a good start anyway ...

This is the EP debut of an interesting US band with two studio songs plus one live track. Instrumental and flawless - post rock alike heavy guitar walls are dominant alternating with psychedelic jamming parts. A good rhythm section with the necessary pressure is serving as the background for Daryl Rabidoux's very impressive guitar work. Unfortunately the band doesn't exist anymore but their second album 'Omega' could be released at the end of 2007 anyhow after some years of confusion about the rights.

October days club is a varied piece with some speed changes - dramatic in parts but also provided with melancholic saxophone additions which are fitting perfectly. With The Summer of Andy a simple repetitive guitar sequence stays during nearly the whole song accompanied by speed rocking bass and drums. The live recorded Lines and spaces - you have to listen carefully to detect the voices of the audience - is more psychedelic afterwards with intuition and suspense.

A very good promotion and appetizer for the following full album 'The Audio Medium' - 3.5 stars.

 The Audio Medium by CANCER CONSPIRACY, THE album cover Studio Album, 2002
4.44 | 7 ratings

The Audio Medium
The Cancer Conspiracy Experimental/Post Metal

Review by shentile

5 stars Never realized they were on there. But since they are i shall be the first to review. This album is nothing groundbreaking or incredible but shows signs of brilliance in the way they use their timbre and time signatures. I first heard this band a few years ago when i saw the name was intrigued as i personally have certain conspiracy theories about cancer and lance armstrong but i digress back to the album. Though not a short album it is not relatively long. The songs vary in length and each have their own pro's and con's if you will. Highly recommended regardless excited about the new album.
Thanks to The T for the artist addition.

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