Centinex: World Declension
Expect some fearsome and huge sounds on the eighth and latest CD from Sweden's death/thrash metal merchants Centinex. World Declension sports a fantastic production job by Jonas Kjellgren and the Black Lounge Studio, which perfectly enhances the power, technical virtuosity, and melodic sensibilities of the band. This is a leaner and meaner Centinex, who fully embrace their melodic death metal heritage on this latest release and perhaps have come up with their shining moment to date.
The CD is broken down into two parts, "Chapter 1-Visions of Armageddon" and "Chapter 2-Earth Inferno", and each part contains a handful of songs/sections. There's no shortage of mammoth guitar riffs from the team of Jonas Kjellgren and Johan Ahlburg, who plow through songs like "As Legions Come" and "Flesh is Fragile" with plenty of muscle and technical precision. The vocals of Johan Jansson are some of the best in the business, dripping with hatred and intensity, and the rhythm section of bassist Martin Schulman and drummer Ronnie Bergerstal are almost machine-like.
World Declension is a major statement from a true force not only on the Swedish death metal scene but in all of metal itself. The tightness of the band is at an all-time high here, and fans of technical, brutal metal sounds will revel in the monstrous and intricate nature of this album. At 38 minutes the album is rather short, but honestly, that surely doesn't take away from the fact that it's one hell of a hot metal album.
Chapter 1-Visions of Armageddon
1) Dawn Rising
2) Purgatorial Overdrive
3) The Destroyer
4) As Legions Come
Chapter 2-Earth Inferno
6) Synthetic Sin Zero
7) Flesh is Fragile
8) Wretched Cut
9) Deconstruction Macabre
Added: February 5th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Centinex Website
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Posted by Murat Batmaz, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-02-05 08:33:36
Centinex is another great band from Sweden playing death metal. But unlike most of their contemporaries, they show little signs of following the somewhat oversaturated Gothenburg style of writing. Though I've never heard their earlier work, World Declension comes across as a solid first generation death metal meets classic American death metal riffery, all accented by killer drumming from new member Ronnie Bergerstahl.
On their latest release, the band combines the more melodic side of earlier Entombed with the heavier and vibrant aspects of At The Gates, but there are also obvious Morbid Angel and Death leanings, considering the darker and more atmospheric passages in some songs. After starting in very a traditional old school death metal vibe where thrashy guitars meet brutal screams (albeit a bit too one-dimensional) and fantastic double bass drums, with "As Legions Come", the band opts for a darker musical statement underscored with great rhythm guitars and impressive dual lead work. Much like this, "The Destroyer" features some killer textural guitar harmonies similar to Chuck Shuldiner's stuff on Control Denied. And it is these songs that lend World Declension an extra edge, since the band obviously has an ear for atmosphere and more toned down yet heavier compositions. The songs with doubled vocals, occasional classic heavy leads, and the slightly contrived stop-start breaks, while good in their own way, fail to make much of a lasting impact. That said, I am well aware that it is impossible to reinvent the wheel in genre populated with so many bands practically cloning each other. "Wretched Out", as its title may suggest, is the heaviest and sickest song on the album. First of all, the soloing is taken out of the first Morbid Angel disc, and is executed with perfect command. The bass and drums are thick and wild throughout here. Even Johan Jansson goes out of his way here, really pushing his limits with hateful screams and deep growls. Certainly one of the better songs on the album.
The production is great capturing a solid rhythm tandem and allowing sound separation. Based on the power and intricacy of this disc, I am inclined to check out their back catalog. If you've never heard any Centinex before, this seems like a good place to start.
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