The Pitch: Scathing Florida hardcore band Centuries deliver their second album via Southern Lord: "a dark album that carries a theme of constant self-doubt." FFO: Grieved, Converge, Implore
What I Like: The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding is just one of those hammer-to-the-face kind of albums. There are a few slower, acoustic detours a la Converge and even a surprise slide guitar on "Nul Oreitur," but the primary draw of Centuries is brute force. These lightly blackened, bass-heavy riffs will pound you into the f@#king ground. Eric Verporter's vocals are gruff and filled with ire. There's something so destructive about the delivery of every single syllable. And don't get me started on the drums. Whether raging through D-beats or building a slower, towering inferno ("The Climb"), each bass and snare hit resonates within your very soul.
Critiques: While the energy and intensity are definitely there, quite a few of these tracks are pretty run-of-the-mill. Even the more unique ones like "Fury" don't grip me as much as they should. In a genre as bloated and balls-to-the-wall as this, it pays to make sure that your hooks are really going to stick. Also, the outro to "A Bow Across A String" definitely overstays its welcome.
The Verdict: Centuries show a lot of promise with this album. While The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding doesn't quite live up to its aspirations, I plan on spinning this album a lot more and keeping my eyes on the horizon for more in the future.
Flight's Fav's: The Lights Of This Earth Are Blinding, The Climb, Wooden Hands
-Review by FlightOfIcarus
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