Century
Red Giant


4.0
excellent

Review

by I Am The Sputnikker USER (12 Reviews)
August 29th, 2011 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Century's Red Giant is a massive, burning ball of malice that is just begging to be noticed.

Since the inception of the nearly anonymous side project known as Century, the band has gathered together in small amounts of spare time to undergo monstrous changes and end up culminating the furious masterpiece known as Red Giant. The band has always had a bare-bones, animalistic simplicity to their music and their latest album has integrated a sense of pure virulence that is nearly unmatched in the modern music scene. This band is truly on a different level from the band members’ main projects and is the perfect outlet for built up punk-fueled aggression. Inspiration from groups such as Refused, Converge, Botch, and Rage Against the Machine are rampant throughout the album without ever being cloyingly derivative. As a matter of fact, it is the entirety of its influences which makes Red Giant such a celestial monster.

It doesn’t appear to make sense that the album contains two members of a fairly clean-mouthed and inexplicit band contains plenty of in-your-face, spiteful uses of the word “***.” But it’s for that reason that it comes across as genuinely as it does. The fact these gentlemen have used Century as an outlet for years of pent-up aggression in the form of political and societal callouts have made it an infinitely more personal. Lines such as the following, taken from “Lobotomy” are thematic throughout the entire album:

“Complacence and rapists and homophobes and war-mongers and white supremacists and lobbyists and xenophobes and hypocrites and every single seat in the U.S. House of Reps: *** you. Walk through my spit, through your war path.”

The album puts individuals, societal customs, political leaders, and everything in its path under a microscope in a way that avoids self-parody like one would expect when a band takes this lyrical approach.

Every song was written spontaneously, with Armellino and Slovak handing writing riffs by passing a guitar back and forth. The guitar riffs that form the basis of the poetic expression are perfect: it’s as if 90’s hardcore, Misery Signals, Rage Against the Machine, and Alice in Chains had 10 golden children. McFarland’s depth and experience behind the kit that comes from his years of experience in TOTA and his kinsmanship with numerous other Lancaster-based drummers (Matt Greiner, notably) adds another layer of up-tempo rage as he rarely goes several seconds without a noteworthy fill or pattern in impulse.

From these details, the album was literally pieced together. Each vocal segment was done in one take, and every verse was made up on the spot. Much like a battle of one-upsmanship between Slovak and Armellino, the verses and individual lines seem like they were made up in a rage of fury; each line more spontaneous and pissed off than the last. It stands as a huge improvement from their earlier work, as the vocals no longer need ridiculous amounts of takes from Slovak to piece together each song.

While Slovak is without a doubt the stronger vocalist, his screams are very monotone and short-winded, and Armellino injects a variety and chaos with his vocals that sound decidedly different from his work in TOTA. Often times, he is trying to channel his inner Bannon by twisting his voice higher than thought possible.

All of this tomfoolery was assembled by Slovak at his own recording studio, and the quality of the production is mind-blowing. Every riff, bass/drum line, and vocal track is exquisite. The production is super sludgy and dense, and the guitar and bass culminates in a mountain of sound. The drums are placed just slightly behind in a way that accentuates the power and emotion of the vocals while never undermining the performance of any instrument.

What separates this from any run-of-the-mill metalcore/metallic hardcore band is creativity and diversity to their sound. The album features clean singing by Candlebox frontman Kevin Martin and local folk-rock acoustic artist Adam Taylor in Century’s cover of his folk song, “Painting Leprosy.” While Candlebox might seem like a cringe-worthy-addition, Martin’s vocals are as unique as anything that’s been injected into heavy music.

Century is a departure from metalcore as we know it. Carson Slovak, Ricky Armellino, and Grant McFarland feed off the chaotic fury of Red Giant. This album is a masterpiece and the band deserves some serious recognition for making music for all the right reasons.



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xandermander
August 29th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Official Stream: http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-listen-to-centurys-red-giant-in-its-entirety.html

botb
August 29th 2011


9721 Comments


this shit is so pissed off. i love it. rick sounds awesome too.

xandermander
August 29th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Pissed off is an understatement. It's like a 32 minute long uppercut.

DurzoBlint
August 29th 2011


1182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is excellent ^_^

drasticaction74
August 29th 2011


1740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mmmmmmm mmmmmmmm gurrrrrrrrllllllll

Wizard
August 29th 2011


19519 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Oh god, this wasn't that great.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

pizzamachine
August 29th 2011


12571 Comments


Now that I've realized there's a naked dude in the water, I can't unsee it.

edit: also what Wizard said.

xandermander
August 29th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Well if you don't like metalcore I can understand why you'd call this average.

RosaParks
August 29th 2011


14926 Comments


lmao the first song
FUCK YOU MOTHER FUCKER
I WILL RIP YOUR FUCKING HEAD OFF
AND FUCK WHATS LEFT OF YOUR ESOPHAGUS
I'M GONNA STAB YOUR FUCKING EYES OUT
EAT SHIT YOU FUCKING BASTARD

actually enjoying this because it's funny

xandermander
August 29th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

That's a quote by a certain Mike Williams. Now I'm not sure which Mike Williams it is because it's a fairly common name, I'm assuming it's the frontman of either Eyehategod or The Agony Scene.

EAT SHIT YOU FUCKING BASTARD, CONSUME FECES BECAUSE YOU ARE FATHERLESS.

And then Carson kind of retorts: "Woah Mike, calm the fuck down, you don't have to yell and curse so much."

Josh D.
August 29th 2011


13968 Comments


Turned it off a during the first song because of those stupid lyrics.

FatChickIrl
August 29th 2011


4096 Comments


wat were the lyrics

xandermander
August 29th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah the lyrics deal directly with the 9/11 attacks and school shootings.

Josh D.
August 29th 2011


13968 Comments


More like

FUCK YOU MOTHER FUCKER
I WILL RIP YOUR FUCKING HEAD OFF
AND FUCK WHATS LEFT OF YOUR ESOPHAGUS
I'M GONNA STAB YOUR FUCKING EYES OUT
EAT SHIT YOU FUCKING BASTARD


Verbatim.

xandermander
August 29th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

If you read the lyrics, he's quoting one Mike Williams and telling him to calm the fuck down. If you know who Mike Williams refers to, then you are of more knowledge than me.

Josh D.
August 29th 2011


13968 Comments


I don't care.

xandermander
August 29th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

YEAH ME EITHER.

Kulti
August 30th 2011


72 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sounds very interresting

xandermander
August 30th 2011


626 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

So I asked Carson on fb who Mike Williams is: "Hahaha Mike is just one of our friends here in Lancaster. He came over while we were tracking and Ricky told him to yell a bunch of bullshit and that's what he yelled. We thought it was hilarious so we kept it. Beer was involved."

Not as deep as I thought but I'm glad they have a sense of humor about it.

drasticaction74
August 30th 2011


1740 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Carson ftw



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