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Century Black Ocean


01. Pantheon 02. Black Ocean 03. Erasure 04. Drug Mule 05. Equus 06. Rising Sun 07. Monolith 08. Daylight Algorithm 09. Dysgenics 10. Terror Starts at Home
2008 Prosthetic Records
Our score 7

by Nick
4/27/2008

Thanks to Century, the brainchild of former Armsbendback guitarist Carson Slovak, there might just be a little bit of hope left for metalcore in today's music scene. The group's Prosthetic Records debut, Black Ocean, certainly isn't enough to make up for the multitudes of stagnant copycats of copycats that have helped drive the final few nails into the genre's coffin, but the record's unapologetically straightforward song structures, blistering tempos, and dark themes display a great understanding for what the term metalcore did once encompass. While it's unlikely that the disc's musicianship or songwriting goals will turn too many heads, Black Ocean does excel by simply pumping out ten tracks that are heavy, energetic, and pissed off as hell. And that's what counts. But Black Ocean is by no means a throwback metalcore record. The band's unrelenting intensity draws some similarities to a few of Scarlet's less frenzied moments, and their ability to inject subtle melodies into otherwise gritty compositions is a bit reminiscent of Shai Hulud. Breakdowns surface in most tracks, but they rarely rely on abrupt tempo changes and excessive repetition, thus steering away from many metalcore bands' source of monotony. The record's title track provides an excellent example of the band's capable execution, as the track showcases quick, angular guitar leads, brief interjections of melody, and a massively dissonant midsection. "Terror Starts at Home" builds from walls of feedback into a cathartic anthem with screams of "But we'll never know selflessness / We'll never know loss / We are the same." "Monolith" offers recurring rock leads and fast metallic riffing to transition smoothly between soaring melody and jarring vehemence. And despite this record's great intensity and generally pissed off demeanor, Black Ocean's subtle melodic touches deliver a surprisingly memorable listening experience. However, if there's one thing that this record lacks, it's dynamics. Straightforward song structures are certainly more than appropriate for Century's style, but a little more variation and a little less of a blindly balls-to-the-wall mentality would provide a slightly more engaging listening experience. It's almost hypocritical to tell a metal band to take it easy once in a while, but some moments of Black Ocean lose a bit of their edge because of a slight desensitization to the album's relentless, double bass-filled drumming and consistently loud output. A briefly subdued section of "Equus" and the quiet beginning of "Daylight Algorithm" hint that Century has some of the elements for more dynamic variations, but they aren't substantial enough to play an integral part in developing the album's overall flow. Bottom Line: It's heavy. It's fast. It's angry. Century's Prosthetic Records debut, Black Ocean, thrives on straightforward song structures and subtle melodic touches to show that modern metalcore doesn't necessarily have to suck. A little more songwriting variation and dynamics would have helped round out the package, but it's a still a solid release.

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unitedninetythree_ 4/27/2008 9:23:21 PM

first post. carsonslovak is failure.


NoTalentAssclown_ 4/27/2008 10:11:48 PM

Carson accepts no less than a 10... writes strongly worded e-mail to Webby.


carsonslovak_ 4/27/2008 10:26:41 PM

this is f*cking bullshit. f*ck you, Nick. you don't know the first thing about writing a good song, let alone a halfway decent cd review. this deserves better, i put my heart and soul into writing this stuff, and i know not everyone is going to like it, but i don't think there's a single thing wrong with my songwriting ability, so f*ck you.


bensy_ 4/27/2008 10:28:17 PM

CONTROVERSY ENSUES


phobophile_ 4/27/2008 11:10:37 PM

The best modern metalcore record in the history of modern metalcore!


Carson Slovak_ 4/27/2008 11:16:20 PM

Bullshit review my friends. This is 11/ 10 if there ever was such an outstanding rating. I quit this site. Peace!


carsonslovack_ 4/27/2008 11:32:09 PM

WHAT THE f*ck DUDE


Konstrix_ 4/27/2008 11:59:18 PM

posting in an epic review


the real carsonslovak_ 4/28/2008 12:01:01 AM

^^^^ i didn't leave any of those comments, nick.


carsonslovak_ 4/28/2008 12:02:04 AM

f*ck THIS SITE AND f*ck THIS SHIT REVIEWER!!!1!!


carsonslovak_ 4/28/2008 12:07:04 AM

plz rub my dix to completion while listening to my record in its entirety plz.


paradigm_ 4/28/2008 12:08:29 AM

i am a huge armsbendback fan.


xshat_crewx_ 4/28/2008 12:11:11 AM

i go to de jail to get de c-ck in my ass, i luv it mmmmm


Nick_ 4/28/2008 12:41:33 AM

haha @ the fake carson comments


Nowonmai_ 4/28/2008 1:42:32 AM

probably should check this out


Carson Slovak_ 4/28/2008 1:43:18 AM

Do you know how much money my daddy invested in this album? You won't get away with this, Nick. YOU HEAR ME?!! YOU'LL f*ckING PAY FOR THIS


rob_ 4/28/2008 1:59:09 AM

i am busting down the doors to rasputin tuesday morning for this


Fur_Beach_ 4/28/2008 2:30:47 AM

AND IT NEVER ENNDDDDSSSS... AND IT ONLY GETS WORSSSEEE...


carsonslovak_ 4/28/2008 2:56:04 AM

im raping your mom, your dog and you nick.


deez_nutz_ 4/28/2008 7:55:07 AM

you should have named that song 'Terror Shorts At Home'


carsonslovak_ 4/28/2008 10:59:45 AM

f*ck you, lambgoat. this is personal. im not a gay or nothin but you motherf*ckers need to be taught a lesson.......i swear if i ever meet you i will f*ck you in the ass and send pictures to your grandparents motherf*cker because thats what you need, a f*cking dose of reality and humility and i know just how to deal it bitch


ProstheticRecords_ 4/28/2008 11:03:24 AM

I'm sorry, Carson. This has made me realize we made a big mistake signing you. We're going to have to release Century from the label. Sorry to do it over Lambgoat, but I hate talking to your gay ass. Don't contact. You're fired


Carson Daily_ 4/28/2008 11:57:28 AM

what the f*ck is this shit? nigga be giving carsons all over a bad name. at least i f*cked tara reid while she was still hot.


ghostarmy_ 4/28/2008 11:58:42 AM

lolllllllll


Lochlan_ 4/28/2008 12:05:32 PM

Most lol comments on a review ever.


the real carsonslovak_ 4/28/2008 12:18:18 PM

oh you guys.


exmembers of armsbendback_ 4/28/2008 3:09:30 PM

you know what carson, we could have been huge. the fact that you went and did all of this century crap hurts us bad...you'll see...we will start the band back up without you.


real phobo_ 4/28/2008 4:26:57 PM

lol @ someone posting a comment under my name.


xvegedgex_ 4/28/2008 4:32:23 PM

Seriously, this is the best cd of 2008, you gays better like this


Kelly Slovak_ 4/28/2008 4:33:17 PM

I take pictures of trees and feet!


Kelly Kapowski_ 4/28/2008 5:18:04 PM

I take pictures of Zach and Slater!


Kelly_ 4/28/2008 5:41:13 PM

God my t-ts are f*cking 10/10 right now! I hope Carson doesn't get upset after reading this review flail his arms around and bruise my perfect f*cking breasts.


shat_jew_ 4/28/2008 8:45:35 PM

carson is a gay and i don't mean that in a good way


thelinbergbaby_ 4/28/2008 8:46:36 PM

f*ck century f*ck metalcore


YouAreSceneAsFuck_ 4/28/2008 8:48:53 PM

mike_dexter told me over IM that he thinks Carson is a gay and wanted to give this record a 0/10


carsonslovacks_mommy_ 4/28/2008 8:50:11 PM

carson i have never been so ashamed of my little boy..first you get arrested for "touching" that donkey and now this? 7/10? i thought i raised my little baby better than that


Amos Slovak_ 4/28/2008 9:52:28 PM

that wasn't a donkey... that was his sister. I'll never forget that day.


Mr. Slovak_ 4/28/2008 10:05:07 PM

f*ck all the haters son. I'm proud of your work. now, come here and suck me dry


Jebadiah Slovak_ 4/28/2008 10:08:00 PM

You are an embarrassment to the family. You're dead to me.


anonymous 4/28/2008 11:20:00 PM

call carson slovak and let him know how you truly feel 717 390-2863


CarsonSlovak_ 4/29/2008 12:22:36 AM

I farted


YouAreSceneAsFuck_ 4/29/2008 2:53:29 AM

gay.


everyonesdead_ 4/29/2008 3:56:10 AM

that singer tried to suck my dck for free once, I gave him some blow and then let him so I could feel better about coming on his tonsils.


anonymous 4/29/2008 9:38:02 AM

perfect example how if you blow lambgoat c-ck you'll get a decent review...cause this band is horrible


Carsons_Unborn_Baby_ 4/29/2008 9:45:36 AM

This shit was made by my dad?!?!? MY DAD? *strangles self with umbilical cord*


alexcreate_ 4/29/2008 10:50:25 AM

my ears are f*ckING dead!


Carsons_penis_ 4/29/2008 3:23:07 PM

ain't nobody gonna want to see me now!


the real carsonslovak_ 4/29/2008 7:57:53 PM

Seriously though, Nick, how about YOU start a band, smartypants? You don't know what you're talking about. Metalcore is alive and well in the hearts of thousands of disenchanted American youth. You would know that if you went to a show once in a while time. This ones for everyone who still hasn't sold out: MY FRIENDS. MY FAMILY. FOREVER.


the real carsonslovak_ 4/30/2008 1:33:22 AM

SONGWRITING VARIATION? DYNAMICS? CARSON NO UNDERSTAND THIS FOREIGN MIND f*ckERY! BLAHFGJHGJFDJKDJLKHFLKFHLKDSFH


Slovakia_ 5/1/2008 12:58:17 AM

We cry for Carson's gayness.


Fredrick Penisincheeks_ 5/4/2008 12:54:53 AM

hey carsy remember me from the north dakota show. my genitalia hasn't hurt this much since you fondled the shit outta them you hot piece of ass. nways yu got my number hoe call me *blows kisses*


LOL_ 5/4/2008 1:16:39 PM

Seriously, this is the best cd of 2008, you gays better like this<--------------------- LOL at this. Seriously, this is one of the worst things I've heard so far in 2008.


taylor_ 5/5/2008 11:07:53 AM

you're making me lol in publix


totalvideo2_ 5/8/2008 12:58:08 AM

i agree with the real carsonslovak the reviewers on this site suck corporate dck for a site that dedecated to hardcore and metal the reviews are always distasteful, judging and opinionated hopefully all the employees of this company makes minimum wage... including it's maker/owner.


smashy_ 5/16/2008 11:23:25 AM

GB2 THE FIRTZ GRAYD


Nick_ 11/19/2008 3:48:31 AM

I just took a massive shit on this album.


trollboy_ 8/11/2009 2:33:46 PM

band is f*cking shit, singer is a f*cking pssy and this kind of music is going nowhere. it'll never make a difference in anyones life, and never will. all these asswipes, especially the "vocalist" should be shot in the f*cking head.