Cambion – Virus (Extended Edition) review

CAMBIONWords: Rowan McCaffery

April 20th marks the release of the extended edition EP from progressive tech metallers Cambion. Their re-release of their EP Virus is a brilliant example of what is to come from the Devon based four-piece. The six original tracks plus two bonus tracks include their newly released single Mechanics Of Extinction, which has been aired on Ian Camfield’s XFM Rock Show and has received backing from BBC Introducing. Cambion are writing for their debut album, which is looking to be released this year.

Virus is an eight track EP with melodic bridges and heavy breakdowns sandwiched between solid riffs, intense drumming and rough vocals. The opening track Outbreak kicks the EP off with an epic build up into the song, giving the listener a feel for what is to come in the rest of the tracks.

Each track is incredibly unique in their own way, whether it is through the atmospheric bridges or the groovy riffs. The fourth track, Afterlife, brings another element on to the table by the addition of clean singing and solos with a Born of Osiris influence. The EP finishes off with two new bonus tracks, including the new single which was also released in accompaniment of a new music video.

The band have been very busy over the last 12 months, playing stages such as the Sophie Lancaster Stage at Bloodstock Open Air, hitting up Cologne’s Euroblast Festival and sharing the stage with big names in metal such as Meshuggah and Evile.

They continue to play shows and festivals throughout the next three months. The dates are as follows:


23rd –  Swansea, The Scene Club
24th – Exeter, Lemon Grove


1st – Basingstoke, Sanctuary Bar
2nd  – Reading, The College Arms
3rd – Thrashersaurus Fest, Norwich,  Brickmakers B2
4th –  Exeter, The Cavern
22nd-24th – Breaking Bands Fest, Bromsgrove
30th – Southampton, Firehouse


19th – Swansea, Crowleys Rock Bar
20th – Hard and Heavy Fest, Abertillery, Dolls House
25th – Bournemouth, Anvil
26th – Weymouth, Finns
27th – Southampton, Firehouse
18th – Cornwall, Britannia Gardens

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