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Hailing from the one and only Reno NV, home of legends Fall Silent and December, comes quit possibly the most musically extreme band to emerge from the area. At a time when math metal was in incubation, Cranium came out with a style way beyond what was to come for years afterward. And still hasn't yet been matched. Belting out riffing from progressive rock to off-time death metal, with drumming to match if you can imagine double bass jazz with metalcore tendencies. This band is in a league of their own. It's difficult to describe really, yet it's not so experimental that you can't catch deep metal and rock grooves all over the place with dynamics and creative time changes to keep you well satisfied. A must for for anyone who appreciates Meshugga, Dillinger Escape Plan, mixed with a weird hint of old Yes, or Emerson Lake and Palmer. Forget it, not even close, just download this sucker and you will be pleased.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

As foretold by their album titles, Speed Metal Satan (1997, an EP), Speed Metal Slaughter (1998), and Speed Metal Sentence (1999), Sweden's Cranium specialized in, er, speed metal — of the sort made popular during the 1980s by bands like Sodom, Destruction, and Hellhammer, to be exact. Obviously, vocalist/guitarist Fredrik Söderberg, guitarist Gustaf Von Segebaden, bassist Philip Von Segebaden, and drummer Johan Hallberg (replacing Joakim Pettersson...
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