The Dead Centuries – ‘Race Against Time’   22 comments

The Dead Centuries are a 3 piece Ottawa-based instrumental prog metal band. ‘Race Against Time’ follows their debut single ‘Overdrive’, featuring special guest guitar solo by Mandroid Echostar’s James Krul.  ‘R.A.T.’ is loosely based on the creative song-writing process. A catalogue of challenges have beset the band, during this process, which have just made them even stronger and more determined, as a unit, to create a work of high standards, reflecting the contributions of each band member.

Inspired by the words of respected author and visionary Michael Moorcock, of Hawkwind and Blue Oyster Cult fame, (in a collaborative sense), ‘it is the business of the future to be dangerous’, T.D.C. have carried this theme into their music. Influences include Protest The Hero, Periphery, Paul Gilbert, Sithu Aye and Intervals.
Writing and playing complex and intricate instrumental prog metal, T.D.C. are as skilled and accomplished as they set out to be. Their music is testament to that. There are no egos involved here. It’s about the passion, creation and love for the music. Their cohesion and chemistry as a band is in perfect sync. ‘R.A.T.’ offers 10 tracks of spirited, compelling metal, through which, escapism can be found.

Freddy Lounds – Fresh sounding intro, with plenty of riff-based melody and a breathy sense to it. Good rapid pace and quick-fire timing. Heavy edgy drumming and a high vibe, making for a fun listen. Unusual to have a pure instrumental introing, but it makes a nice change. Likeable and upbeat.

Gotham – Straight in there, with a real NWOBHM feel, not missing a beat. It’s got something really uplifting about it and that always wins out. Again, it’s pure instrumental sound provides space for a free-form style. Hard edged, but with a light atmosphere. Ending on an unexpected piano outro, like melodic rainfall, in an attractive pattern. That lends a certain uniqueness to the track.

Reboot – Hard-hitting, fast-paced drum intro, setting the scene for a lively song, segmented into versatile sections, providing glimpses into high-energy, exciting sounds. Well structured, driven and loaded with simply gorgeous riffage I could listen to endlessly. Slick fade-out. Just a great song altogether.

Tree Fort – Banging intro, offering more of that lively melody and a more considered drum section, with a spacious zone within it, creating a steadily timed riff section, following it. So rhythmic, passionate and fulsome. Characterised by periodic spaces in which the song has chance to breathe. Carefully and thoughtfully timed, stimulating, yet contemplative. It’s exuberant and at the same time, complex. Another hit.

Blood Dragon – Heavier intro, with a more marked edge to the riffage. Still tons of awesome melody, with a harder foundation surrounding it. Growing more thunderous, but still intersecting that with more sentimental guitar solos. Bringing more meaning to the lighter sections, always keeping the catchy flavour, it ends more fittingly abruptly, this time, with a clearly defined edge to the final riff.

Attack Of The Mutant – A darker intro now, with plenty of steel and oodles of aggressive intent. Still, though, it never loses that emotional streak, running right through it. The liveliness returns, within the spaces in between light and dark. Filling your being with metallicised feeling, it’s pure, honest metal.

Venus Gospel – Opening on a softer, shadier sound, before then giving way to a harder attack, it’s intelligently composed. There’s a quieter audible background to the sound, creating room for contemplation. Even within that sense, the heaviness still remains. Hammering its way through the silence, sporadically, it just seems to make each feature that much more meaningful.

Overdrive – A gentler, but firmly handled intro, the faster, harder stuff soon follows. Melody heavy, rapid and driven rhythm, filling the drum sections with excitement and loading the rest with energy fuelled riffage and catchy pace and sound. A racing track, with high-speed power and stacks of likeability.

Attack Of The Mutants – Is this ‘Attack Of The Mutants 2’? Either way, it’s still filled with the same high-class, top-level stuff. Big melodies, soaring riffs, confident, intense drum rolls and a general feel-good sense. So what if it is a repeat? It’s all good music, worth listening to twice and in fact, repeatedly, forever more.

Souvenir – Right in there, with furious, loaded steel. Riffs with thrashy feel and hard, heavy intent. Bull Riff Stampede fans will get off on them, as will Blaze Bayley fans and all fans of quality speed/power metal riffs and NWOBHM styles. A definite harder edge to this track, but still packed with great melody and another piano section thrown in there, for good measure. Ending on a tasteful fade-out, it’s a class act, without doubt.

Overall – A pure instrumental album, of racing speed/power metal, packed with light, energy, life and melody. Showcasing hard and heavy, played within a lighter backdrop, with a lively, but thoughtful atmosphere. ‘Race Against Time’ is aptly named, as it defines the sound, perfectly.

10/10 **********

For fans of Bull Riff Stampede, Blaze Bayley, Signify, Reign Of Fury, Trivium. id=Biemkneljmnb7oktkan53jca4si&hl=en

Posted December 30, 2017 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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