While not the most famous Polish Death Metal
band out there, Centurion
has been around since 1998 released their debut in 2002 and, yes, took another ten years to deliver a sophomore release after some line-up changes. Initially inspired by the likes of Deranged
is all blast-beasts and devastating Death Metal
Likewise early Krisiun
, Serve no One
delivers full blasting from head to toe with very little room for breathing fresh air, hence the final result of ten unforgiving tracks not even peaking at the 30 minutes mark! So yes, the all-blast thing has already been done by other bands like the aforementioned Krisiun
or Infernal War
and yes again it’s probably going to be hard for Centurion
to stand above those already established legends but the effort is more than commendable.
First of all, despite the constant aggression and the relatively short duration of the songs, Centurion
manages to go in all sorts of direction. From time to time, songs will have a distinct early Deicide
flavor, sometimes they’ll be reminiscent of early Morbid Angel
and sometimes they’ll feel 100% Polish a la Vader
Art of War
style. Cut The Throat, for instance, starts off as a renegade copy of Lord
Of All Fevers and Plague, with similar riffing and vocal delivery.
If I had to pick the band closest in sound to Centurion
, I’d say go for an all blasting version of Lost Soul
, who happen also to feature a distinct early Morbid Angel
influence. This is also certainly due to the fact that the guys at Centurion
do not only blast and impale riffs upon riffs but they also have great melodic soli like Lost Soul
. Except it’s much faster overall, except maybe on the longer track Gateways
To Condemnation whose intro is about the only breather in the whole album and accessorily is a killer track played live as it works towards a momentum of pure brutality.
So, as I wrote, don’t expect the album that’s going to top High On Blood
. Expect rather an album whose varied songwriting and pure mayhem of aggression will certainly please you if you’re a fan of the genre and looking for something fresh. And
even if you’re not that kind of fan since the main turn off for such bands is the lack of variety which clearly is not showing in Centurion
's sophomore release. Buy this.