Released: 2016, Independent
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Centrate is a German Thrash Metal Band, formed in Dillenburg in 2010. ‘Ritual’ is the first full-length album from this outfit, following an EP called ‘Tiger Force’ released in 2015. ‘Centrate’ is apparently a contraction of ‘centre of hate’, which sounds suitably thrashy, and the songs are certainly no exception. If you want more information I recommend looking at their website http://www.centrate.de
because it is very pretty, great shots, and absolutely nothing else on it. Maybe they’re minimalists…
‘Voodoo’ kicks off with some bongos, which I like and is a little different, then very quickly you are in familiar thrash metal territory. Picks from the album for me include ‘Soul Collector’ and the title named ‘Ritual’, which is a truly excellent track. Their sound is technical without being overly fiddly and overall the album is very well mastered – clean, crisp and well-balanced. There’s some good rhythmical diversity throughout, aggressive themes but with tight - even elegant – solos.
All in all this is a good addition to the genre. A traditional style but with some new takes on it. Ultimately, I didn’t find it life-changing, but I doubt these guys set out to change my, or anyone else’s for that matter, life, simply to play what they liked well, which they have unequivocally managed. Well worth a listen.