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CEREBRUM is a technical/ progressive death metal act formed in 2002 in Athens, Greece. The band consists of Apollon Zigomalas ( also member of THE CIRCLE OF ZAPHYAN) on lead vocals, Jim Touras on guitars and Mike Papadopoulos on guitars and bass. CEREBRUM released their first self-titled demo in 2005. The band travelled to the Slovenian, Bled based studio DB Recording and recorded the guitars, bass and vocals for their debut full-length studio album "Spectral Extravagance" between the 31st of April and 14th of May 2007. The drums were recorded by NILE drummer George Kollias who acted as a session musician on "Spectral Extravagance". "Spectral Extravagance" was released on the 18th of August 2009 by Lacerated Enemy Records whom CEREBRUM signed a deal with in early 2009. CEREBRUM added bassist George Skullkos to the lineup in late 2009.

CEREBRUMīs inclusion in the Prog Archives database was approved by the Progressive Metal Team. CEREBRUMīs music should appeal to fans of brutal technical and progressive death metal.

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  • At the Gates + Cerebrum + Endsight at Stage Volume 1, Monastiraki, Athens on 9 Jan 2015
  • At the Gates + Cerebrum + Revenge Of The Giant Face at Mylos, Thessaloníki on 10 Jan 2015
  • At the Gates + Cerebrum + Revenge Of The Giant Face at Principal Club Theatre, Thessaloníki on 10 Jan 2015

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4.02 | 3 ratings
Spectral Extravagance
2009
3.09 | 3 ratings
Cosmic Enigma
2013

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Cerebrum
2005

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 Cosmic Enigma by CEREBRUM album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.09 | 3 ratings

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Cosmic Enigma
Cerebrum Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Cosmic Enigma" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Greek death metal act Cerebrum. The album was released through Amputated Vein Records in May 2013. Cerebrum released their full-length studio album "Spectral Extravagance" in 2009, which featured a rather prolific guest musician in drummer George Kollias (Nile). The band apparently still haven't found a suitable drummer because Kollias has laid down the drum tracks for "Cosmic Enigma" too. Another significant lineup change has taken place since the debut album as lead vocalist Apollon Zigomalas has left Cerebrum and guitarist Jim Touras has taken over the lead vocal duties in addition to playing guitar. Bassist George Skullkos was already added to the lineup in 2009, but this is his first studio recording with the band. Guitarist Mike Papadopoulos (who also handled bass on "Spectral Extravagance (2009)" is still with the group.

Despite the lineup changes "Cosmic Enigma" still sounds like Cerebrum, which means technically well played and semi-progressive death metal both influenced by early nineties US death metal like Morbid Angel, but also by more progressive death metal acts like Atheist. On "Cosmic Enigma" the technical part of the band's sound has taken the high seat though and the more old school death metal part of the band's sound is not as dominant as it was on "Spectral Extravagance (2009)". This is basically brutal technical death metal with some pretty odd jazzy interludes thrown in. Not completely unlike what Cryptopsy did on their 2012 self-titled 7th full-length studio album.

The musicianship is excellent although the monotone and unintelligible growls aren't that interesting (and they are too low in the mix too). I much prefer Apollon Zigomalas growls, which were brutal but intelligible.

"Cosmic Enigma" is probably a treat to those who enjoy brutal technical death metal with the occasional progressive/jazzy part thrown in, but personally I can't help feel that the music sounds a bit "constructed" (technical for the sake of it) and that some of the tempo changes or changes between sections don't flow that well. To my ears Cerebrum are actually best when they play more straight forward death metal (which they do in some sections) and leave the technical noodling behind. I'm also listening for hooks to hang on to and have found very few, which means that the album isn't that memorable. Issues aside "Cosmic Enigma" is still a quality release on many levels and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is warranted.

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 Spectral Extravagance by CEREBRUM album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.02 | 3 ratings

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Spectral Extravagance
Cerebrum Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by b_olariu
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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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 Spectral Extravagance by CEREBRUM album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.02 | 3 ratings

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Spectral Extravagance
Cerebrum Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

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 on the 18th of August 2009 by Lacerated Enemy Records. Most of the album was already recorded in April/ May of 2007 but I suppose itīs taken 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 on the bandīs myspace (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 IMO. 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 songs 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 in some of the songs sometimes sound a bit awkward in the pre-dominantly 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 actually quite easily decipherable for the genre. Something I greatly appreciate. There are also some sporadic clean vocal parts that are great 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 generic metalcore/ emocore vocals, but thatīs fortunately not the case with Cerebrum. They are quite old school in that regard which is something that appeals to me.

The musicianship on the album is excellent. 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. These guys are fantastic musicians IMO. The guitar solos are generally pretty short but enjoyable.

The production is really good too. There are some issues with the production that keeps it from being truly excellent if you ask me, but it is professional and suits the music well.

"Spectral Extravagance" is an excellent 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 rating is fully deserved. Iīm gonna keep an eye out for their next release thatīs for sure. "Spectral Extravagance" made it to my top 5 in 2009 and listening to the album again before writing this review made it abundantly clear why that was. A quality album this one, which I can highly recommend to fans of technical/ progressive death metal with an early nineties sensibility.

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