Cambion
Conflagrate the Celestial Refugium

In folklore/mythology, a cambion is the unholy offspring of a Succubus or Incubus and a human sexing it up. In this case, for this particular Cambion, the Succubus is The Netherlands’ Centurian (yes, I made Centurian the female sex-demon in this scenario) and that human vessel is Pete Helmkamp of Angelcorpse/Abhomine fame as this Texas act is pure, unrelenting Angelcorpse worship.

Cambion consists of two ex Reign of Terror chaps,  “R.O” (bass/vocals) and “T.R” (guitar/vocals), and drummer Cheston Westmoreland, more known for his work in more tech-death bands like Burning The Masses, Equipoise, and such, but also Hate Eternal. And while this has a clinical, tech-death tone and production, the 38-minute whirlwind is a nasty tornado or razor-sharp, unforgiving blackened death nastiness.

There isn’t much more to say really. If you like Angecorpse or Abhomine, this is a no-brainer for you. It sneers, snaps, and snarls like a pissed-off mob of bath-salt eating wolverines, but they have guitars, bass, a mic, and drums. From the immediate throttle of the title track through “Vae Victus”, vicious “Cambion”, “Impact Steel”, “Eiton Euclarion” and “Fatalism”, there is little refrain from the assault, other than a few slower militant marches here and there.

That said, 9 minute closer “Obscuratio” sarts with a few minutes of ambient atmospherics, and then delivers an lengthy, instrumental bookend to the album, that even has a solo, that shows, they can take slow down the sonic throat fucking ever so slightly if they choose.

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Written by Erik T
May 12th, 2021

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