Released: 2005, I Hate Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Are you ready to be mangled, crushed and grinded to dust? If not, then leave these halls of doom immediately and save your prayers, please... If yes, then let´s welcome in Centurions Ghost, this 5-piece band from London, England that seems to draw their main influences from the early ´90s Doom Metal ála the earliest material of Cathedral, Nihilist (because of some immensely heavy and down-tuned guitar parts), Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride - and spicing their sound up with some bits from Celtic Frost and Venom.
This 7-song effort (of which 5 are real songs) shook me in a very positive way as I just never expected to hear such a crushingly heavy album like this one I´m holding in my hands. Centurions Ghost´s sort dedication and devotion to the doom sounds of early ´90s earns much credit for being so incredibly well-done, amazingly catchy - and basically paying attention to what should only be essential in Doom Metal, leaving out everything else that could possibly give them more credit or value as sort of a highly idiosyncratic yet "no-other-band-sounds-like-us" act. In fact, there are actually several combos out there that may cross your mind while listening to Centurios Ghost (like the ones I already listed a few lines backwards), so certain band influences are surely involved with them. And no, it´s not an unforgivable crime to sound like someone else. However, the bottomline with Centurios Ghost´s case is that they have made their very best out of their musical influences and ingredients they have got - and the result is truly amazing, no matter how you look at it. These guys simply crush... or wait, I actually meant to put it C-R-U-S-H on every possible level, but especially song writing-wise. You just gotta hear this slap of release in order to believe my shameless praising about them.
I´m lazy on commenting the songs on A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME any detailed or specific way, but all I can tell you is that Centurions Ghost have found a winning recipe that is destined to bring the band´s name on the lips of many Doom Metal -fans out there. There´s no way they could fail any longer after releasing this brilliant and throughly outstanding album.
So, the question is, do we have the best newcomer of 2005 here? Most probably, yeah...