Stone-Sour-HydrogradCenturies of Decay – Centuries of Decay

Release Date: 4th August 2017

Label: Self released

If you were to stop what you were doing, place your ear to the floor, and listen closely you may just be able to hear the rhythmic pounding of a bass drum and the frenzied guitar work of Centuries of Decay echoing all the way from Canada. With ferocity that could move mountains metalers Centuries of Decay unleash their eponymous debut album later this month.

Channelling bands such as ‘Goijira’, ‘Sylosis’, and the late ‘Woods of Ypres’ the band tear through the eight tracks on the album with an unrelenting force of complex guitar work, crunching riffs and ruthless drumbeats that rarely lets up. The band have stated in interviews that they wish to ‘tell the story of society being born, corrupt and destroyed in an endless cycle ‘and upon listening to the album I can certainly get a feel of their intentions, not just within the lyrics but the music, which whilst seeming repetitive at times continues to introduce new ideas; Rise’s atmospheric outro for example, and intricate melodic guitar contrasting with brutal vocals heard in The Architect and I’d argue that Centuries of Decay sound their best on those tracks that include experimentation. The lyrics as expected draw from the standard Death Metal Dictionary that so many of bands of the genre tend to draw from, with songs about destruction, death and conflict; but with songs as ferocious as Centuries of Decay present, why talk about anything else?

Whilst not exactly reinventing the wheel, Centuries of Decay deliver a solid debut album, and I’m sure as they progress as a band we will be hearing more from them in the future.

Rating: 7/10

Favourite Tracks: Centuries of Decay, Rise

Keep up to date with Centuries Of Decay here:

www.centuriesofdecay.com

www.facebook.com/CenturiesOfDecay

centuriesofdecay.bandcamp.com/releases