Itís about time to break a lance for one of the best Swedish Death Metal bands of all times. Please excuse the comparison, but somehow CENTINEX are the ARMORED SAINT of Death Metal. On the one hand melodic, but never as sappy as IN FLAMES inc., on the other side brutal, but never going beyond bands like ENTOMBED or DISMEMBER. The truth is somewhere in between.
And at times the songs groove like hell, which makes the connection to ARMORED SAINT. I just love this band, since I had seen it twice live in the Osaka Inn (R.I.P.) in Kaiserslautern (a true, if far too short eye opener). With the new album "World Declension" the band returns a bit towards their roots of "Hellbrigade" or "Reborn Through Flames", meaning they are heavier again. Sure, CENTINEX will never be as hymnic as, e.g., UNLEASHED; but at some point this hopefully will pay off. These bastards wonít get rid of me that easily. Short and good: The Swedes are not technical at all, but neither primitive.
The songs are mostly up-tempo, but without stepping through the pedal. You will need some time to get warm with the songs, but thenÖ Does the band stand out from the mass of the scene? Nowadays definitely. I personally would, though, wish for hellhammers like "Under The Pagan Glory" or "Carnal Lust" again, which despite all heaviness drill right into your brain, but the album is definitely a keeper. (Online October 13, 2005)