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Centrifuge : Taste of Gray

Before I start this review, I would like to make clear that I am not a fan of sludge, stoner, heavy rock, traditional doom, or anything that falls under a similar banner, and I would much rather settle down with a My Dying Bride record that I would to Centrifuge's 'Taste of Gray'. However, even I don't like it, I still appreciate, respect and value good music. And this demo is good music.

Centrifuge originate from Ohio, the same location that spawned bands such as Abdullah and The Rubes, and with 'Taste of Gray', conjure up a very original concoction of traditional doom, sludge and psychedelic heavy rock that lasts thirty six intense minutes. This is the band's first release with a human drummer, Rob Craig, and he does a handsome job, providing an intricate and highly embellished bludgeon that will have you fondly nodding your head within minutes. In fact, all the musicianship presented by the three piece is superb. Along with that fabulous drumming, there's Matt Servenack's heavy, mordant and innovative guitaring that is widely renowned for its organic ness, as well as Todd Fabian's dominating and profound bass guitar, that at times could be depicted as groovy. Fabian also supplies the vocals. He yelps, and at times screams dark and moody lyrics. Admittedly, the singing isn't exactly out of this world, in fact, with heavy enough bouts of listening I suspect it could become annoying, but nevertheless, the vocals are reasonably mellow, fit the music well, and are performed arduously by Fabian, who, with enough practice, refinement and development could become a fine vocalist.

'Feed the High' seems to be the most popular track among critics, and I agree to a point. The song combines very thick, heavy and groovy riffage with serene guitar interludes, with Fabian's singing at its finest. However, despite the undeniable coolness of this track, each song ranks just as highly as the next, combing to make a demo to be reckoned with, and that could well get Centrifuge signed.

To summarise, this is a very heavy, groovy, original and effective record that I am extremely fond of. Centrifuge are clearly a band with a lot of promise, and I strongly recommend them to anyone who has a liking for traditional, sludgy type doom. Though no tracks really stood out to me, and I doubt I will give it many more listens having reviewed it, that is purely down to personal taste. After all, I don't even like this kind of music, and yet I highly rate 'Taste of Gray', so it should really go down a treat with followers of such genres.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Purified
2. Gray
3. Squander
4. Hollow
5. Subdue
6. Feed the High

Duration : Approx. 36 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Stephen Burrell
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