Cancer Conspiracy "Ω"
Published Apr 27, 2008Four years ago, Vermonts the Cancer Conspiracy recorded tracks for their follow-up to 2002s critically acclaimed The Audio Medium. Their eventual dissolution shelved its release, but now those recordings are finally compiled as "Ω a fitting title, since its the bands posthumous swan song. Eight songs, each titled by Roman numerals, ebb and flow over the listener with cresting progressions and limpid chords, and drummer Greg Beadle fully grounds the festivities with his Peart-/Bruford-esque polyrhythms. A honking, Foreigner-like sax erupts in "I, and guitarist Daryl Rabidoux ekes out the thorniest prog riffs in "II and "III. "IV is the mellow complement to the cathartic squonk of "V, the latter a cross between Don Caballero and King Crimson. The placid piano of "VI echoes like early Pink Floyd, while "VII builds up a Rush-like force thats expertly expanded in closer "VIII. "Ω is easily the Conspiracys finest moments, and its heartbreaking that the bands not around to see it. Genius of this stature has always nudged bands out of early retirement, so maybe the Cancer Conspiracy might still enjoy days in the invisible sun. (Radar)