|Lately, there seems to be a traditional doom revival. Bands like Reverend Bizarre, Orodruin, Shepherd and Violet Vortex strive to bring this genre, which seemed to be forgotten a few years ago, back in the picture.|
Cambian Dawn, hailing from London, is one of those promising new traditional doom acts. Those who have seen this band playing live can only nod approvingly at the energy, passion and enthusiasm of this young trio on stage. This demo offers a small taste of the potential of this passionate band, although, I must add, the two tracks sometimes drown in the garage quality sound. Not that this is necessarily bad, as the obscure, underground sound creates an ambience comparable to the early 'Vitus records, reminding of the dirty sound with which old-school doom bands were known and loved by their fan base.
The two tracks show some 'conventional' doom influences ('Vitus, 'Sabbath, Kyuss), but also other influences of '70 deities, like Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Especially the beginning sequence of the second track 'Futile Existence' is a bit too close for comfort to 'Zeppelin's 'Dazed and Confused' opening riff with its descending bass lines and Matt's soulful vocals are strongly reminiscent of those of Robert Plant. Needless to say that I loved each note of it!
All in all, this demo is a very promising attempt and I'm looking forward to see a longer work of this band in the future -with a sound quality that does justice to their interesting vision of traditional doom/heavy rock.
1. Post Millennium Blues
2. Futile Existence
Duration : Approx. 11 minutes
Visit the Cambian Dawn bandpage.