Ξ April 1st, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Album Reviews |
In the great void of metal, bands try and fail to come up with an original name that truly encompasses their sound, attitude and lyrical slant. Panzerbastard nail this coming out of the gate, combining two of probably the best words to use in a metal band name. It works especially well with their rabid, Motorhead/Discharge/Venom racket.
‘Centurion’ is a quality EP; short and sweet, with two great new tracks and two Celtic Frost covers (‘the Usurper’, ‘I Won’t Dance). The original material is solid, d-beat and crustpunk coming together to kick your ass up and down the room. The title track offers something different than their previous work, slowing the pace and creating an almost Frostian atmosphere. ‘Lifewaster’ is a more straightforward grimy, fast thrust of d-beat.
The two Celtic Frost covers provide the other highlights of this EP. ‘The Usurper’ is given a great deal of respect, and it lurches and crashes its way through the stereo, while ‘I Won’t Dance’ is faithfully reproduced as well. After the doom of the title track, these covers fit in perfectly with the overall style of the EP, and if Panzerbastard were to continue in this direction, they’d be capable of writing some great d-beat/doom (ha, just created yet another new genre).
If Discharge covering Celtic Frost is your cup of tea, get a copy of this EP, as Panzerbastard have created something rather tasty here. Crusty, thrashy goodness!