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Centinex - Reflections (9,5/10) - Sweden - 1997

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Diehard Music
Playing time: 45:39
Band homepage: Centinex

Tracklist:

  1. Carnal Lust
  2. Seven Prophecies
  3. Before The Dawn
  4. The Dimension Beyond
  5. My Demon Within
  6. In Pain
  7. Undivined
  8. Darkside
  9. Into The Funeral Domain
Centinex - Reflections

Out of all CENTINEX albums I prefer “Reflections” the most. Especially on this album the true class of this band really comes to the fore, they sat between the chairs style-wise, but that is exactly what makes these songs so intriguing.

 

They offered typically Swedish Death Metal of the early years a la DISMEMBER or GRAVE, but without this washed out guitar sound, plus a nod in the direction of AT THE GATES and DARK TRANQUILLITY, but without letting the melodies run amuck. They mostly operated in the higher tempo, yet without getting themselves into a speed rush, the album also is very brutal, but you still shouldn’t expect any CANNIBAL CORPSE dimensions. Sounds like an average album, doesn’t it? But this is anything but. No, once you sit down and pay attention to the music intensively, you will find the class of the single songs and it will transform you into an drooling, screaming, grunting and wildly flailing, air-guitar swinging wild hog that will level everything in its vicinity.

 

But who now thinks of loutish Death Metal is wrong. Technically the band is top-notch and their songs are very fluent (if not very varied). Sure, they use some slower interludes, otherwise it would get boring pretty quickly and as so often the devil is in the details. A first-class album that you can fully bang to, but also can sit down with to listen to in depth. With some downstrokes the CD can be compared to the first album of LUCIFERION.

(Online January 9, 2011)

Falk Kollmannsperger



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