Dark Century
Murder Motel

Où est le boeuf?

Apparently it’s in Montreal, Canada an it’s all located on the second, fun as hell record from the awfully named Dark Century.

But luckily the band’s tongue in check delivery allows for the moniker and the album name and the album cover, but the music itself is where its at here. Dark Century play a beefy form of death metal/thrash metal heavily rooted in the hefty grooves of Dying Fetus, and I mean heavily in both the literal and stylistic sense. And while they never veer into more broodle or blasting realms, the slammy sense of slightly hardcore -ish metal spiced up with some playful lyrics and thrash galloping (Battlecros or Skeletonwitch maybe?) is just as enjoyable as heck.

With song titles like ‘Mosh Test Dummies”, “Kill The Crowd”, “Blood on My Snare” and the pick up line filled “Ice Breaker” (as well as some French/Canadian song titles that I’m sure  are equally tongue in cheek), Dark Century appear to not be taking themselves too seriously, which is refreshing in death metal. But where the song themes are pretty amusing, the music is downright killer, and all of the songs are just made to kill it live and create wicked mosh pits and shout-a-longs (especially “Kill the Crowd”).

The thick, beefy guitars, throaty bellows and screams, thunderous rhythm section and the basic song writing is nothing to change metal, but these guys know a good groove and slam when they hear one and they ride it out till your neck snaps. But the guys can play fast when called upon as heard to start “Cholesterol” or in opener “In Our Veins” , so they are not mere open note one note ponies, but it’s those hefty slams that litter the album that will get you moving. if you aren’t banging your head or stomping around like a crazed ape to the likes of “Chloroforme”,the aptly named “Torticollis” ( a medical condition which is basically a fucked up neck) , “Gore on my Snare” or the anthemic, bound to be fun live, Kill the Crowd”, you simply aren’t alive and don’t appreciate a decent, simple breakdown when it smacks you in the face, and you deserve a..well…. smack in the damn face. 

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Written by Erik T
June 30th, 2014

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