CENTURION - Serve No One
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Psycho Records
YEAR: March 14th, 2012
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Psycho Records
Serve No One is a run-of-the-mill effort. The music is typical Polish death metal full of clichés. To some it may be a bad thing, but not to me. In a way the music reminds me of Lost Soul and Zoz Kia Cultus era Behemoth. At first the music felt kind of uninspired, but the songs grew on me the more I heard them.
The songs are diverse in spite of the fact that the music overall is very fast. The band does gear down when needed, but mostly it's brutality all the way. I really like that the songs are fierce and in-your-face. It definitely profits the music. So what the music may lack in originality it so plenty has in intensity.
The song-writing is good. There are lots of good riffs and parts to make the music electrifying, but in particular on "Ego Ultimus", "Ritual Mass Murder" and "No One to Serve" it gets really exciting. Moreover there are some okay solos in most of the songs. It does add a little extra to the music. .
The vocals remind me a bit of Deicide's Glen Benton. Again it's standard, but it fits the music well. The production is crisp and meaty. It's easy to hear what's going on, but at the same time it has lots of punch.
Serve No One is a well-rounded effort. There's no unnecessarily filler to bore, but as I wrote before the band doesn't think outside the box and try anything different. It does make it all a bit predictable, but it's not much of an issue. This is Polish death metal at its finest.