Centuries – Taedium Vitae by Ben Spencer

Rating: 2/5
Distributor/ Label: Southern Lord

Band Line up:

Album Track list:
1. Incipit Tragoedia
2. Caeruleus
3. Gelu
4. Metus
5. Pessum Ire
6. Tabeo
7. Grave Cordibus
8. Servisse
9. Irrita

After a brief sense of foreshadowing from ‘Incipit Tragoedia’ the guitar slides of ‘Caeruleus’ burst in with screaming, galloping drums and metallic guitar work fitting the standard for contemporary hardcore to a satisfying level.

‘Gelu’ carries forward many of the aforementioned qualities with shrieking vocals, technically proficient drumming and heavy bass slams honing their sound in a relentless mould that remains ever consistent.

This is how most of the record plays out with each track bursting out with short, but energetic savagery with most of the tracks being only 2 minute plus. ’Pressum Ire’ barges forward with some axe swinging pit energy that is no doubt something that fans of the band rejoice to at live shows.

However, this is about a far as the album ever really seems to go. It suffers from a lack of diversity, which in the case of this band, would definitely be a most welcome addition to their sound. Most of what you can find from them, can pretty much be surmised in the early stages of the album itself. After that everything appears to fizzle out and drift into mundane song structures with virtually nothing else to keep things interesting.

An example of this can be found in ‘Tabeo’ which as far as the track goes, it really doesn’t seem to serve any purpose of being there. Thankfully however, the water tight sounding groove of ‘Irrita’ seem to redeem the record somewhat with its time signature changes but again nothing about this that really has much staying power.

Bottom line, if you’re looking for something fast, adrenaline fuelled then this may be something to quench your thirst but it’s the lack of memorable moments that make this average at best.