The debut album from Scottish metalcore band Centrilia is a solid 9/10
You’d be forgiven for hearing Centrilia and presuming that they are a big American band;
- they are incredibly produced
- they write great music
- everything screams professional.
- Album mixed by Terry Date who has worked with Pantera, Slipknot, White Zombie, Slayer and Soundgarden to name a few
- Played live with Rob Zombie, Behemoth, Arch Enemy, Soulfly and a host of others
So definitely a big American band, right?
Nope, small band from Glasgow.
I’m not sure what kind of witchcraft allows a band with a small social media following to be this damn good, but damn good they are. Centrilia sound like something welcomingly familiar, sort of Pantera-ish, a little Killswitch Engage-ish, perhaps even a bit of early Machine Head mixed in there.
In addition to the big riffs and great melodies there’s some insightful thinking in there which differs greatly from a lot of other bands, evidenced by Vocalist Gavin Marshall’s comment on the lyrical matter of Splitting Hairs/Spitting Teeth:
“The song is a reaction to my own habitual self-righteous thinking. Society is divided right now and tribal thinking is seeping into everything like a cancer. I found myself falling deeper and deeper into quasi-moral crusader territory, correcting everyone and constantly getting into unnecessary arguments about things that doesn’t really matter on the grander scale. It’s a toxic mindset to think you’ve got all the answers all the time; to be blind to the fact that we have more in common with our perceived ‘enemies’ than we don’t. I’m trying to reassert that control over my thoughts and reactions.”
Thankfully this sort of thinking is a breath of fresh air from the majority of bands who voice political opinions and want to preach (Ministry, we’re looking at you). This deep thinking is found throughout the album, examining our perceived morality.
From the very beginning this album comes out swinging with a nice balance of heavy schizophrenic sounding riffs but without the changes being too disruptive. Track two, Splitting Hairs/Spitting Teeth is where the band really hit their stride though with a more focused effort that must be a set highlight live. Likewise, Imposters is a big song with huge potential to go places and The Fool On The Hill gives a glimpse of a band that understands where they need to go to hit the big time, with big harmonies and powerful melodies.
Centrilia are a band who are in a great position for the future. They have a great history in terms of playing with big name bands, they write really solid songs and seem like they have a number of options available to them with the right push –
- Stay as they are and go after the Lamb of God type audience
- Go for the big meoldic choruses and aim for that In Flames market
- Concentrate more on big riffs, slightly clearer lyrics and big melodic/or understandable shouty catchy choruses and go for the big Slipknot/Pantera big time.
Whatever they choose, Centrilia are in a very unique position and just need the right people to push them to the moon. A band that people need to get behind now so they have the bragging rights of saying they were there before the masses, because Centrilia have all the tools to make it big. 9/10
You can buy Centrilia – In The Name Of Nothing from Amazon.
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Ex guitarist in Zenopede, ex vocals for a goth covers band that was hailed as the future of Welsh music, former DJ, promoter and nightclub director. Writer for Gear4Geeks’ Blog4Geeks and owner of Gear4Geeks ltd. First published music critique was Kerrang letter of the Week.
Definitely has never been the future, present or past of Welsh music.