Rating:
8.5
Centimani - Aegaeon
29 June 2012


01. Titanomachy
02. Serpents Coil
03. Self Aggrandizement
04. Thyestean Banquet
05. Flames Of Gehenna
06. Fields Of Karelia
07. Non Servium
08. Sacramentum


Normally I absolutely hate surprises. I like to know what's the in the box before I open it. I want assurances, safety, reliability - something dependable. Sometimes, however, something comes along and briefly changes that thought process. Centimani have done just that.

What did I think I was getting into here? Well, it's an unsigned extreme metal band from the United States. Expectations weren't exactly at their highest... In an instant, I was introduced to a rather grandiose melodic opening track, "Titanomachy", an introduction that felt rather similar to the likes of Mercenary or Scar Symmetry, before the piano interlude of "Serpents Coil" all but morphed the sound into a more Dark Lunacy style. Aegaeon, it seemed, wasn't exactly going to be a safe, unsurprising listen.

Thankfully the rest of the album falls more in line with the second track, consistently bringing forth comparisons to some other technically driven progressive melodic death metal bands. The band members definitely know their way around their instruments, with a natural emphasis on melody, yet the songs aren't overly complex and are even readily digestible for the more casual listener. The symphonic vibe is strong thanks to the focus on several piano passages - whether in the foreground or the background - and in spite of the somewhat cacophonous instrumental medley, everything adds up nicely without inducing any headaches.

With such dedication given to the melodies, you have the pleasant listening experience of never feeling as though you've heard the same riff being recycled. The typical straightforward chugging riffs appear few and far between - the standard seemingly set at "ready to break into a ridiculously over-the-top solo any time". For those of you expecting some Dream Theater wanking, fret not. The technicality extends merely as far as promoting the flow of a song, not interrupting it for the sake of a musician's personal gratification.

At face value, there really isn't any glaring issue with this release. It's an incredibly well-thought out debut; there is a clear-cut beginning, middle, and end; and it incorporates elements of both melodic and extreme metal. Symphonic synth work, rich guitar melodies, chugging bass patterns, alternating pitched growls, progressive song structures: all elements that are laid out in one nice cohesive package. Perhaps the only real problem with this is up to the listeners' personal taste - whether or not they can handle such a melody-laden release without feeling the need to fight a dragon, and whether or not they can focus on each track without being distracted by the continuous changes in melodic riffs.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Band profile: Centimani
Album: Aegaeon


 



Written on 24.06.2012 by
Troy Killjoy
Just another opinionated guy telling you what to listen to.
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Mr. Doctor - 24.06.2012 at 12:56  
Dude, you wrote "Titanomachy" wrong in the second paragraph. But yeah... you got me interested.
Cynic Metalhead - 24.06.2012 at 13:47  
Oh and I just submitted their latest news "Now Streaming Online".

Will check.
K†ulu - 24.06.2012 at 14:37  
So this is a different type of melodeath from what Be'lakor and In Mourning put out this year?
Troy Killjoy - 24.06.2012 at 16:03  
Written by K†ulu on 24.06.2012 at 14:37
So this is a different type of melodeath from what Be'lakor and In Mourning put out this year?

Different but still similar. In spite of this album focusing more on melody and not so much on simple riffs, it still seems to sound more "death metal + melody" as opposed to melodic death metal. The atmosphere is also far less somber than the likes of Be'lakor and In Mourning, with the synth work creating an uplifting vibe.
Ag Fox - 24.06.2012 at 17:35  
Sold
Zealot644 - 24.06.2012 at 17:52  
For those who cant find youtube links such as myself: http://soundcloud.com/centimani
Alex Fenger - 24.06.2012 at 19:00  
Troy, first sentence of the last paragraph reads "...there really isn't any glaring issues..."
Dethking26 - 24.06.2012 at 19:20  
I'm only on my second spin, but it seems like the album gets better as it progresses.
Verdun_sc - 24.06.2012 at 21:32  
These guys are yet another local Colorado band. And from my city, no less!
psykometal - 24.06.2012 at 21:41  
Written by Zealot644 on 24.06.2012 at 17:52

For those who cant find youtube links such as myself: http://soundcloud.com/centimani

Or you can just click on the Official Site link on their MS band page...
Risto - 24.06.2012 at 21:45  
One of the better recent bands in this kind of style but still far from being anything special. The production isn't up there as you make it seem to be, vocals are buried most of the time.
Troy Killjoy - 25.06.2012 at 02:39  
Written by Alex Fenger on 24.06.2012 at 19:00
"...there really isn't any glaring issues..."

I see "...there really isn't any glaring issue..." :/
Cynic Metalhead - 25.06.2012 at 13:58  
Sounds good.
Alex Fenger - 25.06.2012 at 18:54  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 25.06.2012 at 02:39

I see "...there really isn't any glaring issue..." :/

Dammit, i though you said "issues" as in plural, but i was just speed reading... you said issue... my bad
Stoned Crow - 25.06.2012 at 20:22  
A MDM release the Killjoy approves of- I will have to check this out.
Passenger - 25.06.2012 at 22:22  
It's more Melodic Black Metal in the sound, with some growls thrown in.
Stoned Crow - 25.06.2012 at 23:54  
Written by Passenger on 25.06.2012 at 22:22

It's more Melodic Black Metal in the sound, with some growls thrown in.


I agree- I was going by the genre it's listed as. However, I think many different genres could be applied to this. Flames of Gehenna is
Troy Killjoy - 26.06.2012 at 00:39  
I don't feel the black metal elements are strong enough to be considered the primary genre, to be honest. The symphonics and uplifting melodies can both be attributed to either melodic black or melodic death metal, but I have a much easier time comparing this to melodic death metal bands than melodic black metal bands.
Dethking26 - 27.06.2012 at 20:37  
How about we just call it blackened death metal?
Regolith - 27.06.2012 at 23:43  
Can't seem to find any good listens at the moment (of this album) but I have to say I let a huge breath out when I read, "The technicality extends merely as far as promoting the flow of a song, not interrupting it for the sake of a musician's personal gratification." - You've put into words what I've been trying to say for a while. I'm not really going anywhere with this other than to say thanks, Troy, for voicing that. We need more music where all of the focus of the musicians is to make a good song...not partialy good music and partial wankery. Shouldn't that be common sense when making music? Sorry, didn't mean to rant. Good review :-)
Troy Killjoy - 28.06.2012 at 04:26  
I could settle on a mix of blackened death and melodic death for sure.

And I also agree too many musicians these days seem to emphasize showcasing their technical prowess rather than displaying their songwriting capabilities. Thankfully these guys manage to put a lot of soul into their compositions - or at least I get that feeling from their songs.

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