Centuries - The Lights Of This Earth Are Blinding album review

Crust-flecked punks add some atmosphere to their anger

Cover art for Centuries - The Lights Of This Earth Are Blinding album

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Intensity is paramount when it comes to punk, especially at the crustier end of the scale, but that doesn’t always have to translate to ‘violent heaviness’ – it’s also about mood. On tracks like Bygones the drums may be twatted so hard your eyeballs hurt, but there’s more to Centuries’ second full-length than a barroom brawl of flailing guitars and harsh vocals. Acoustic instrumentals and scathing feedback pepper the music throughout, with Fury’s dark folk tones evoking something more akin to Wear Your Wounds, counteracted by closer Nul Orietur’s crunching, sludge-laden riffgasm. For what is ostensibly a crust record, Centuries aren’t afraid to experiment with the formula, exploring hidden alleyways to broaden and deepen their pitch darkness. At times delicate, at times destructive, but always sinister, they never truly let you off that emotional butcher’s hook.

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.