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Centurian - "Of Purest Fire"
Full Moon Productions

Centurian is composed of three out of four ex-members of Inquisitor (Gods!)and they go for a more brutal, heavy approach in their new band. This is a mix of Morbid Angel and early Deicide, and it is done with perfection. They do a cover of Morbid Angel's "Blasphemy," and it smokes! A must buy! --
Kevin Smith metalknight@email.com


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CENTURIAN - "OF PUREST FIRE" Full Moon Prod.
6/10


6-song EP of brutal, blasting death metal, influenced by bands such as Incantation or Deicide. Not the most exciting style, but Centurian execute it rather well, despite the fact that the average production takes off a bit of the edge off their music. Anyway, the number of similar releases on the market is overpowering, so I'm not sure if Centurian really have what it takes to make a name for themselves right now, but in all the relentless blasting evident on this EP there are some reasonably strong glimpses of promise. Yet another good dose of brutality from a band that is clearly not interested in innovation, but just simple pure speed & brutality.


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Mourning The Ancient.com
  
Centurian - "Of Purest Fire"

CENTURIAN is a Death Metal band off Full Moon Productions label. This band could be compared to Deicide because they sound similar to one another, but a little different I suppose. This release is great though and contains two cover songs, the first is "Blasphemy" from Morbid Angel and the second is "Damnation For The Holy" by Inquisitor. Both cover songs are great and keep to the original sound of the tracks, which is what I like when cover tracks are done in the first place. The CD contains one intro and an outro and
there are 8 tracks total. The release has song titles like "Evoking Demonstorms Hell At Last", (which is actually the intro), "Better off
Burning", "God got Killed", and "Of Purest Fire." All and all this is a great Death Metal release, and I only paid like $13 for it.

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Throne of Absence
  
CENTURIAN - Of Purest Fire (HOL CD Full Moon Productions)

Meanwhile their debut full-CD has already been released under the title Choronzonic Gods, but this release if certainly interesting as well. The CD starts with an intro taken from the horror movie-classic 'Hellraiser IV - Bloodline' and hell opens its gates... On their flyer I read they play Death Metal la DEICIDE, MORBID ANGEL & KRISIUN. In the inlay they hail Glen B., Trey A., Pete S. and Fredrik A. I have to admit that these great Metal-musicians (especially their drummer!) come pretty near to their examples, although the bands mentioned above are playing one division higher in the Death Metal league. No need to prove their capacities, if you know they rose like a phoenix from the ashes of INQUISITOR. Still INQUISITOR is somehow alive (if that is a suitable word-choice) and INQUISITOR fans can enjoy Damnation for the Holy from a new angle. The best song on this CD surely is the MORBID ANGEL cover Blasphemy. A killer-instrumental serves as outro. The front illustrates how a simple, black & white drawing can become a succeeded Death Metal cover. Only two negative remarks come to my mind: no lyrics inside the booklet (but they are probably ridiculous anyway, if you check the titles... with words like God Got Killed you cannot expect too much) and a playing time of only 26 minutes (8 strong songs -intro included). High standard shredding Death Metal from the Netherlands. CENTURIAN, Wallenbergstraat 27, 3882 Ha PUTTEN, Holland.

85 % / Gerrit / 1999
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Metal is Good / USA
  
Centurian - "Of Purest Fire"
Full Moon Productions

Who are these bugs? A group of twig-skinny creatures from Holland, the fingers of Centurian flutter as fast above the frets as hummingbird wings, but not quite so gentile. In their sustained whir of bitter nectar production, the group makes fools of the fleshy fatsos in Deicide, while upgrading the quirky animosity of death metal to hyperspeed registers more familiar to black Immortal and Marduk.
Compared to less brilliant black metal bands than those, Centurian are far more dynamic and crazed. These six tracks -- including a meticulous cover of Morbid Angel's "Blasphemy" that seems 1.5 times as fast -- establish the band as masters of a perennial favorite, the Satanic chaos zone. The strategy is push-push-push to infinite extremes, representing about a jillion hours in the state-sponsored practice room. Give these Dutch devils their due. Their well-tempered oscillations scream from devoted hearts, when a tensile density that is inscrutably strong in structure, not heavy and loaded down in mass. Even when they don't take their talents into radical new realms, they are still setting a high standard. [Full Moon Productions, 2039 Roxburgh Court, Lakeland, FL 33813]
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