Centinex - _Reflections_
by: Paul Schwarz (
I find albums like this very hard to review. In general, a band sticking to their "roots" is a good and commendable thing. Centinex, however, seem unable to modify this to a degree where it sounds fresh. Dismember have proved only recently that you -can- play old death metal and have it sound fresh. Centinex, on the other hand, are still essentially playing the music of four years ago. _Reflections_ is not a bad little album, though. Centinex do have an amazing drummer, and some of the double bass rhythms and breaks are spine-tinglingly well played. The guitars can be tedious and play too many high note chords, only rarely (such as on "The Dimension Beyond") playing on the deeper power chords. They do, however, write good leads, which adds a fuller feel to their songs. If there is a central problem, it is the forced, mechanical feel; the band are almost -too- tight. However, if tightness is what you need to pull off drum breaks like the one on "In Pain", then it can certainly be tolerated. If they loosen up in the future, Centinex could, I think, write some excellent music.
(article published 11/17/1997)
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