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Review: Kambrium - Shadowpath

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 50:24
Tracks: 10
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: January 22, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 5/5 (100%) (4 Votes)

Combining elements of different Heavy Metal genres is nothing new and many bands have tried it over the years, achieving varying levels of success. Germany's Kambrium have melded keyboard-heavy Power Metal with Death Metal growls (along with some clean vocals here and there) and aggressive, thrashy drumming. It all works pretty well on their debut full-length album Shadowpath. Most of the songs are good with the crunchy "Armed for Retribution" and the haunting, piano-based "Hollow Heart" standing out from the rest. The trouble I have with Shadowpath is that the production and compositions are extremely smooth and glossy, despite the harsh vocals. It is like all the sharp or rough edges have been filed off giving the album a somewhat sterile sound. I expect that from the Power and Symphonic genres, but the Death Metal elements should hit you harder. Here, they are buried too deep in the overall sound. Shadowpath is good, but less visceral than this type of music has the potential to be.

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