ALBUM: Centiment – Streets Of Rage
January 3rd, 2014
Following a very successful PledgeMusic campaign, Centiment have been granted ‘band’ status and are already touring the country. Branding themselves as “Geeky Gamer Tech Metal”, this Essex five-piece have been working tirelessly for the last four years to produce this fine album: ‘Streets Of Rage’. If you aren’t already familiar with Centiment, then you should know the 3/5 of the band is made up of InMe members; Dave McPherson (vocals/guitar), Greg McPherson (bass/engineering) and Gaz Marlow (guitar).
Before you even listen to ‘Streets Of Rage’, you can already tell that it’s going to be an amazing album. With the creativity of the McPherson brothers in a new environment, you know the creative juices are going to flow like a tsunami. For those of you that are familiar with InMe‘s latest effort, ‘The Pride’, you should already be aware of their love for technical breakdowns with weirdly appropriate electronic noises laced over the top. Well, this is what ‘Streets Of Rage’ is somewhat like.
Opening track, ‘S.O.S.’, starts with a simple 8-bit melody before dropping into an aggressively catchy riff that’ll grab your attention like a proactive nudey ad (you know the ones that I mean, you perv). In fact, most tracks on this album follow this formula, all with stunning effects.
When stacked up against most of the band’s main focus, InMe, Centiment take themselves less seriously and are more willing to indulge in repetitive riffs and excessive distortion, quite similar to those of Fear Factory. This isn’t a bad thing though, and in fact makes ‘Streets Of Rage’ a fun and entertaining album and more accessible, too. Rather than working on emotive lyrics and poetic solos, Centiment focus on balls out, neck breaking riffage and the results are truly stunning. Take a listen to ‘The Kraken’, as it’s a fine example of Centiment‘s head banging inducing awesomeness.
So, if you’re an InMe fan or someone who likes bloody heavy stuff that isn’t too bleak, then look no further than Centiment. Sure, it’s not a lyrical masterpiece on par with that of Coheed & Cambria, but it’s not trying to be. ‘Streets Of Rage’, is a thoroughly entertaining offering that’s a lot of fun to listen to.
Written by Andy Roberts