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Centinex: Redeeming Filth
Death Metal
Agonia Records
November 21st, 2014
Release length: 32:53
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Formed in 1990, Sweden’s Centinex is a Death Metal band that, while having a fairly strong and loyal fanbase, has been criminally overlooked through the sixteen years they were active. There were eight full-length albums recorded throughout those years, starting off with 1992’s well received debut album Subconscious Lobotomy. However, the direction of the music had seemed to change little by little as time went on, leading to the group calling it a day in 2006. Vocalist Jonas Kjellgren eventually went on to join bands such as Carnal Forge and Scar Symmetry, while vocalist Johan Jansson put time in with Regurgitate, Hatred, and most recently Entombed A.D. just to name a few. Drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl had moved on to Nattas, Demonical, and eventually Grave. However, founding bassist Martin Schulman, also active in Demonical, reactivated the group in January of 2014, bringing former drummer Kennet Englund (Interment) back with him, as well as introducing guitarist and bandmate Sverker Widgren into the fold, as well as Moondark vocalist Alexander Högbom. This rounded out the new line-up that would present their ninth full-length album, Redeeming Filth. But does this reformation without two key players bare the same strength as it had before, or is it an emptier husk of what it once was?

“When Bodies are Deformed” reminds you of this through rich buzzing distortions and an aggressive speed that carries a hint of violence throughout the tightly paced performance that feels as casual a performance as it does brutal, enhanced thanks to the heavy layering effects on the vocals in key areas such as the chorus. “Bloodraze” doesn’t quite share the same level of enthusiasm, but there’s a little more complexity in the guitars that give the performance more of an abrasive touch to the sleeker sounding digital production. But without Jonas Kjellgren’s melodic intentions that started to show through a lot more by the time of 2002’s Diabolical Desolation, aside these two songs, Redeeming Filth finds itself a far more traditional experience.

It’s fairly early that where these heavier melodic tendencies start to die down and give way to groove heavy Death Metal cuts that, while not the most unique, manage to pack one hell of a punch behind them. “Moist Purple Skin” starts to show an early Six Feet Under kind of approach, allowing some hooks in spots like the dismal, slow moving patch about two minutes in. “Stone of Choice” is a very burdening piece with a chorus that relies on simpler held notes to create an infectious blunt edge that has as subtle an epic level as it does a sudden melodic touch not found in the standard main verses. Much of this can be said for the cold, trudging “Unrestrained” as well, though the chorus increases the speed, as well as the amount of layering on display.

It isn’t that Redeeming Filth is a bad Centinex album by any stretch of the mind, or that it’s even boring. Almost every song on here sounds great overall, is insanely infectious, and is an excellent choice for nearly any mood you happen to be in. The problem is that it feels like the band is playing it fairly close to the book, trying to maintain their far more brutal roots while taking a groovier approach to that signature Swedish Death Metal sound. It comes off like a great idea, but after a few spins the lack of anything really unique starts wearing you down as a listener. This is unfortunate as the production behind this album is fantastic, begging for something a little more than the often bare bones output that comes through the speakers here. But, for what it is, Redeeming Filth is a catchy album full of short songs that make the just under thirty-three minute experience feel like half that. If you’re a long time Centinex fan, or just enjoy some good Death Metal, Redeeming Filth is a nice little comeback that is worth checking out, has a few memorable cuts, but is still far from the best the band’s discography has to offer.


01. When bodies are Deformed – 2:50
02. Moist Purple Skin – 3:44
03. Death Glance – 2:25
04. Stone of Choice – 3:17
05. Unrestrained – 3:18
06. Bloodraze – 3:23
07. Without Motives – 2:52
08. Rotting Below – 4:37
09. Dead, Buried and Forgotten – 3:10
10. Eye Sockets Empty – 3:18
Initial Pressing Score: 6.5/10

Centinex
Centinex

Digital review copy of this release provided by Agonia Records.