Rating:
7.5
Centurion - Serve No One
14 March 2012


01. Total Terror
02. Ego Ultimus
03. Sacrilege
04. Gateways To Condemnation
05. Cut The Throat
06. Desecration Of The Holy Kingdom
07. Thy Portal
08. Under The Black Banner
09. Ritual Mass Murder
10. No One To Serve


Am I the only one who hears Behemoth in virtually every death metal band from Poland? It's getting a bit ridiculous, especially when you can pick out a spot or two in a brutal death metal outfit that still reminds you of Nergal and friends.

Okay, so this isn't exactly Zos Kia Cultus with pig squeals*, but the guitar tone and the layered vocal approach aren't the farthest things from the "Blackest ov the Black". With that said, Centurion do play their own style and it's nice to see bands other than Hour Of Penance giving the genre a good name outside of the United States.

* Don't worry you pussy, there aren't any pig squeals.

Serve No One manages to stay quite far away from the current trend of slam death, meaning you don't have to worry about repetitive grooves and breakdowns. Instead, these guys stick to the traditional heavy-hitting riffs of early Suffocation and Cryptopsy with hints of ABC-era Morbid Angel thrown in for good measure. The drums aren't the most technical or varied in the history of death metal, but Dominus offers more than just blastbeats and floods. His rhythmic style adds to the overall catchy appeal of the band, although at times the overall sound comes off kind of light. Probably because the bass isn't really prominent, even with Blacha receiving a few moments in the spotlight. It would be great if they rectified this issue next time around, as this album would benefit immensely from a more audible and heavy bass.

The songs race by, averaging about two-and-a-half minutes and clocking in for a grand total of half-an-hour - barely enough to be considered a full-length. Reading this review alone will probably take you well into the third track. This works rather well for the band, however, as they keep the filler to a minimum and focus on writing the riffs they want without having to worry about reaching a specified total length. They don't concern themselves with overly complex riffing, or genius guitar solos either: just straightforward crushing death metal with a brutal edge.

If you're looking for a new death metal album that won't fuck with your head or take a dozen spins to "get", and you've already grown tired of Sedition and The Anomalies of Artificial Origin, then Serve No One is the album for you.

Performance: 7
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 6
Production: 8


Band profile: Centurion
Album: Serve No One


 



Written on 05.06.2012 by
Troy Killjoy
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Pazdzioch - 05.06.2012 at 19:32  
Nice. I have to check this.

PS. Listen to Ketha's latest album and tell me that it reminds you of Behemoth.
Troy Killjoy - 05.06.2012 at 19:42  
Written by Pazdzioch on 05.06.2012 at 19:32
PS. Listen to Ketha's latest album and tell me that it reminds you of Behemoth.

Meh, I don't listen to djent.
A.Ghosheh - 05.06.2012 at 20:59  
I agree on the Poland thing. Must check this, sounds good.
psykometal - 07.06.2012 at 18:30  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.03.2012 at 00:00

Am I the only one who hears Behemoth in virtually every death metal band from Poland?

I do agree that a lot of Polish DM bands these days sound a lot like Behemoth but in this case I think you might be a little jaded or maybe it's because you expect every band from Poland to sound like Behemoth, Imo these guys sound more like American BDM "B"DM than Behemoth. I do hear the layered vocals but still don't think they sound like Zos Kia Kultus...
Troy Killjoy - 07.06.2012 at 18:35  
Written by psykometal on 07.06.2012 at 18:30
Imo these guys sound more like American BDM than Behemoth.

I agree with you there, although I think Centurion are more like "brutal" death metal and not "brutal death metal", if that makes sense. The only major comparison I was able to find with Behemoth were the vocals and guitar tone - and even then it's not like I'm calling these guys Behemoth clones. Just some similarities that I notice with pretty much every Polish death metal band.
psykometal - 07.06.2012 at 18:47  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 07.06.2012 at 18:35

I agree with you there, although I think Centurion are more like "brutal" death metal and not "brutal death metal", if that makes sense.

I get what you mean perfectly, and yea I would agree on this.

Written by Troy Killjoy on 07.06.2012 at 18:35

The only major comparison I was able to find with Behemoth were the vocals and guitar tone - and even then it's not like I'm calling these guys Behemoth clones. Just some similarities that I notice with pretty much every Polish death metal band.

Oh I realize you weren't calling them clones, the difference in the music is too obvious for them to be Behemoth clones , I was just simply indicating that your expectation [that bands from Poland sound like Behemoth] may be jading influencing what you hear (psychosomatic?)...
Troy Killjoy - 07.06.2012 at 18:49  
Written by psykometal on 07.06.2012 at 18:47
I was just simply indicating that your expectation [that bands from Poland sound like Behemoth] may be jading what you hear (psychosomatic?)...

I'm almost sure of it at this point. Until a death metal band from Poland comes out sounding more like Immolation or Asphyx then I'm convinced I'll always find some parallels to Behemoth.
psykometal - 07.06.2012 at 18:57  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 07.06.2012 at 18:49

I'm almost sure of it at this point. Until a death metal band from Poland comes out sounding more like Immolation or Asphyx then I'm convinced I'll always find some parallels to Behemoth.

Probably, and you're not the only one I'm sure. I have that issue to some extent myself (also though for me, if not Behemoth than Vader), and was beginning to think that would never change but hearing Centurion has made me realize there is hope...:lol:
Tristus Scriptor - 11.06.2012 at 00:48  
Although, as an everyday person, I feel like all these trivial details (i.e. "brutal" death metal vs. BDM, etc.) are adding up to be quite silly; I understand their relevance. So, as a WRITER I completely agree with the review...as well as the notion that someone can be internally biased without realizing it. For instance, a long time ago (I believe 2002?) I opened for Behemoth (i know this sounds like a credibility-drop- but that's not my intention), and they still had some of their black metal aura about their sound for a lot of the set. This has tainted my listening experience with them. I either hear a very heavy black metal band that loves death metal (even though it's blindingly obvious that they are very death metal - of whatever sub-genre you wanna insert), or a death metal band from Poland that has a blacker sound than say...Vader...And I will admit that I could be inaccurate on either; due to my own personal experience. So, I suppose I'm just saying that I see all sides here.

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