We all like to think of ourselves as badasses at times. I mean, most of the metalheads I know have professional jobs and invite other parents to their house for homemade woodfired pizza night and have a few cheeky beers, but not too loudly because it might wake the missus. If this sounds like you, Centinex’s most recent release Death in Pieces if your new soundtrack. Staying true to their roots, there’s a no-nonsense approach to this music that is reminiscent of that Motorhead style mixed with a bit of death. It’s driving, a hard-hitting metal culture that is just delicious. I can see myself throwing this on in the car and risking getting a speeding fine; which is a big deal for a buttoned-down nerd such as myself.
Production-wise there is a terrific medium between sufficient polish and enough grit to feel the emotion within the instruments. A damn sweet spot that I’ve become more and more in love with. The drums stick out, the voice is unbridled (in the vein of earlier vocalists, but with a sense of character that draws attention) and the guitars are precise. It is everything you could ever need. There is a common theme in this sort of music that every track can sound the same. It is a double-edged sword though because many of the fans of this genre want every song to sound the same. But this release has just enough variance to keep the whole thing interesting and withstand repeat listens. Basically, the whole release is tough as nails and durable. Suitable for the metalhead that is a part-time accountant.
Release Year: 2020
Label: Agonia Records
Reviewed by Liam Frost-Camilleri