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Centrifuge-Sadness, Loveless, Hopeless, Endless CDEP
These guys are getting better and better and compared to their previous
releases this one is a big step forward to the Doom olymp. This CD is like lava and goes pretty much in the traditional Doom
genre with a lot of heavy ass f**ck Sludge elements....a bit in the vein of Soulpreacher. Centrifuge also scores with a lot
of athmospheric played parts...a little bit like Neurosis...you know what I mean...that sound you feel like standing on a
big mountain and looking into the valley...hahaha...yes, this is music for dopesmokers...slow, heavy and bombastic...just
how I love it when I´m with sweet Mary...burn 1...good stuff.
REVIEW FROM UTTERTRASH; "Dumping garbage
on the side of the information super highway since July 2002"
Centrifuge – ‘Sadness, Loveless, Hopeless, Endless’ (Self-Released)
Centrifuge is a local trio specializing in spacey, psychedelic heavy
metal. Imagine Black Sabbath jamming with Pink Floyd at Helmet's house, and you can start to understand what this band
is really like. The music is certainly atmospheric in it's dark sludginess, with an almost cinematic quality to it.
This could be the soundtrack to a groovy dark and gothic European horror film. The production is a bit on the muddy
side for my tastes, but fans of basement rock will love it. My main beef is that there's not much in the way of songs.
Sure, the groove is straight on, and the riffs can inspire some air-guitaring and head-banging. However, one song seems
to blend into another, and I would be hard pressed to hum a melody from the CD even though I've listened to it three times
through already. Though this is a five-song EP, it really sounds like one long song in five somewhat dissimilar movements.
However, this is a great CD to play at a party or when friends are over, for it's soundtrack qualities lend themselves to
backing up a night of chatting quite well. Also when the bongloads kick in I’m sure I’m going to like this
one better. The Heathen Hippy gives it 3 bong hits.
A NEW REVIEW OF OUR NEW DEMO FROM OUR FRIENDS AT HELLRIDE MUSIC
Centrifuge unleash another slab of post-modern grimness upon us - cold,
nihilistic and hypnotic explorations of the human darkside. Recorded and mixed by Abdullah's Jeff Shirlla.
I’ve been a big fan of Centrifuge’s proto-doom since their
first release, Taste of Grey. 2003’s Visions Old, Feelings Cold was an even bigger improvement in their unique brand of hypnotic, progressive-yet-spartan
latest release, Sadness, Loveless, Hopeless, Endless is a bit of a mixed bag. The first two tracks, “Weak”
and “Self”, drop their patented proto-doom sound for a bit of an old school trad doom feel in the familiar (but
now horribly overdone) Vitus vibe. Vocalist / bassman Todd Fabian does stretch his vocal cords a bit on these
than we’ve heard in previous releases, sometimes employing a throat-shred straight from the plains of pain. But it’s
when we hit “Disbelief” and especially “You Pray, You Lost” and the amazing “Purge” that
Centrifuge gets cooking with some wholly unique arrangements and Matt Servenack’s emotive, David Gilmour-meets-Thurston
Moore solos and chord progressions. No one sounds like this, and it’s to their credit.
I think that the first two tracks stray away from Centrifuge's core sound, this is still a unique sounding recording and a
solid slice of post-modern grimness.
– Chris Barnes, Hellride Music.com
THESE REVIEWS ARE OUT OF THE CLEVELAND SCENE. THE LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT PAPER FOR CLEVELAND, OHIO
Visions Old, Feelings Cold by:Jason Bracelin Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2003
Centrifuge's sophomore album indulges in stoned jam metal that moves
slower than most senior citizens. The Youngstown trio revels in devolved doom, harking back to the very beginning of heavy
metal, when slow and low was the tempo of Blue Cheer and Black Sabbath. Lumbering bass and hulking riffs are the basis of
this band's ponderous sound, which loudly eschews economy: Every song on Visions Old, Feelings Cold stretches well
past the five-minute mark.
Touches of modernity keep Centrifuge from becoming entirely monotonous.
Peels of dissonant, Adam Jonesish guitar enliven "Ethanol," while "Underneath" borrows a page from Godflesh, with haunting,
doleful vocals and a rhythmic repetition normally reserved for industrial bands. With these touches of 21st-century aggression
tempering a vintage crunch, Centrifuge has brought heavy metal full circle. Don't be a square and miss out.
Sadness, Loveless, Hopeless, Endless
Published: Wednesday, April 6, 2005
The title Sadness, Loveless, Hopeless, Endless pretty much says
it all: This is wrist-slashing doom that's the heavy-metal equivalent of the passing of a loved one. Forever downcast, Centrifuge
is the inverse of optimism, three dudes from Ohio striving to be a Blacker Sabbath.
Recorded and mixed by Abdullah frontman Jeff Shirilla, Sadness
trudges through five songs in 40 minutes. Matthew Servenack's lumbering riffs move more slowly than a tar-dipped octogenarian.
Singer-bassist Todd Fabian alternates a pained gargle with cleanly sung vocals, sounding like Ozzy Osbourne after he spits
the marbles from his mouth. Compounded by Rob Craig's heavy-handed drumming, it all culminates in epic dirges, like the 10-minute,
album-closing "Purge." There's just one problem for this terminally dejected bunch: When the stoner-rock hordes get hold of
this disc, Centrifuge will no longer be Loveless. Then what will they bemoan?
NEW REVIEW FROM BUSHMADO.COM. "JUST SAY YES TO DRUGS"
Visions Old, Feelings
Reviewed by -sobeck-
Centrifuge is a band from the Youngstown,
OH area. They creat loud rock music with ambient and eerie soundscapes on this recording. Most of the songs trudge along in
a Doom-Stoner fashion. They take a more clean vocal approach that lingers in the atmosphere above the humming and rumbling
of a pounding rythem. Well placed guitar solos add color to a grey and black canvas. The songs really venture into riff heavy
ground with tempo changes. They basically craft a new genre out of the rock archive of new and old. They prove that you don't
have to move at 120mph to feel like your falling. I'm going to stop rambling and let you listen to this for yourself.
METALJUDGEMENT.COM WAS HAD SOME NICE WORDS TO SAY ABOUT OUR NEW DEMO:
Demo Title: Visions Old, Feelings Cold
Centrifuge is a band out of Ohio, and the have released a second demo called Visions Old, Feelings
Cold. Centrifuge's roots go back to 1988, when they started as a band called Strange Ways that covered acts such as KISS,
Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and Zeppelin. After many years and many other projects, they evolved into Centrifuge.
They are a band whose style is mainly doom oriented, but they can also
fit into the category of stoner or hard rock. There are five tracks, all of which are perfect for a fun-filled day of illicit
substances, and they are also gloomy enough to provoke suicidal thoughts. Now, isn't that pleasant?
Overall, I liked this demo. I thought the production was above average
compared to the majority of demos that are floating around out there, and their songwriting was very good as well. If you
are into very slow, dark, and gloomy metal then, I think you should e-mail Centrifuge and check out their demos.
Review from the Sound Monitor in Australia -- Demo of the Month!!!
THE SOUND MONITOR
Visions Old, Feeling Cold
Demos are supposed to be raw, unfocussed and immature. It's supposed to be about a band finding their way around a
studio, getting a feel for the equipment and the writing and recording process. Centrifuge have thrown out the rulebook with
this one. Patient, well structured, atmospheric and balanced are all appropriate descriptors of this little gem.
Centrifuge does not do them justice, but if you had to put them into a pigeonhole I suppose it would be stoner/doom. The tempos
are slow to medium. There is no doubting that this is a heavy album, but the heaviness does not come from an thickly processed
guitar sound, or from snail-paced riffs, or growling, death-metal style vocals. It comes from great songs structured around
huge, rumbling riffs, interspersed with thoughtful, melodic solos, and intelligent use of dynamics and tempo.
song, Shunt, begins with eight slow kicks of the bass drum. The bass guitar then weighs in with the song's central theme,
complemented by a gentle, tuneful guitar. The vocals begin about one and a half minutes into the song - mournful and reflective.
The heavy guitar, a continuation of the bass guitar's opening gambit, kicks in minutes later. A faster section at five and
a half minutes marks the song's climax, before reaching its natural conclusion. The track is eight minutes long in total,
but not a second of that is wasted.
They never look back from this promising opening. Each track is strong. The riffs
are powerful and memorable. Tracks build gradually and inevitably toward towering crescendos. Crisp, soaring vocals give way
to occasional angry, despairing snarls.
Each track is a standout, including the monolithic Ethanol, and the ten-minute
epic final track, titled Want, Fear, Believe.
Like Kyuss at their best, Centrifuge have a real knack of making the different
elements of a song 'fit'. Each song is skilfully composed, with different movements flowing naturally to form a unified whole.
At 40-odd minutes in total, it feels more like a full-length release than a demo, and is definitely worth chasing up.
Centrifuge can merely maintain the quality and consistency of this demo on subsequent full-length releases, then they are
destined for a long and successful career. If, however, as I suspect, this is merely a hint of the song writing talent and
musicianship they are capable of, then we may be witnessing the birth of a truly remarkable musical force.
REVIEW FROM STONERROCK.COM-- THE LEADING AUTHORITY
ON ALL THAT IS HEAVY.
Centrifuge - Visions Old, Feelings Cold
Reviewed by Omind (StonerRock.com)
Song Demo, time: 37:24
Centrifuge use leashed in
six-string chug thickened with
appropriate distortion/sustain accented with tasty chiming
and languid heart tugging
leads that work like someoneıs
done their Gilmour/Trower finger exercises. A rumbling
bass and clear voice (not Dio-esque,
but not grind grumbled
or blackened) with a little spit growl here and there drives
home the more aggressive stuff.
This rides a full-bodied
doom-tastic bass and drum sway and has currency with
"trudge-core" grooves via a little DNA
and support from a culture al large thatıs heaved up
Yob, Slow Horse, Goliath, Internal Void and other
Theyıve released a demo previously , "Taste Of Gray", and if
the quality control is consistent with this one
the two would
make a disc with enough gravity to suck a $12 dollar bill out
of many a wallet.
A NEW REVIEW FROM WHITE TRASH DEVIL
WHITE TRASH DEVIL
Visions Old, Feelings Cold
Todd Fabian - Vocals, Bass
Matt Servenack - Guitar
Rob Craig - Drums
"Shunt," the opening track on Centrifuge's Visions Old, Feelings Cold, begins with eight kick drum beats in
twelve seconds. Watch a second hand on the next clock you see to find out just how lumbering that is. At 1:40 into the song,
we hear the first hint of a voice -- some thickly chorused clean vocals, lightly draped over a non-distorted guitar riff,
a slower than usual bass track, and that same steady, penetrating kick drum. That conglomeration continues until almost three
and a half minutes into the song, where we really get our first glimpse of what Centrifuge is all about. A wall of fuzzed-out
power chords hits us, moving so slowly that it's frustrating. At four minutes, all four elements finally come together --
the haunting, echoey vocals, the thick, murky guitar, the totally nasty bass, and the cumbrous drums -- and form something
Unlike bands like Meshuggah where changes jump out at listeners from behind every riff, Centrifuge spends
their time building the foundation of each song solidly. "Shunt" doesn't actually begin rocking until somewhere around the
5:30 marker, and keeps it up for another two minutes before breaking apart back into its individual elements. They might spend
a minute just establishing the drum beat. Got it? Ok, let's move on to the bass. With five tracks stretching across almost
40 minutes, the band has no problem erecting a presence and laying down solid foundations for each song.
songs are constantly changing, none of them do so unnaturally. Unlike, say Metallica's ...And Justice For All, here the changes
can almost be predicted. The songs aren't long for long's sake; the tracks are taking you on a journey, and whatever the length
is just happens to be how long it takes to get "there" -- wherever there is. The most beautiful part of the album occurs during
songs like "Underneath", where part A takes you to B, B transitions to C, C then moves into D. Right around that time you
begin to notice that D has nothing to do with A, and yet it makes sense that you're there, somehow. Nothing on Visions Old,
Feelings Cold is circular; nothing ends where it began. Everything has a definite beginning, journey, and ending.
slow pace of the album physically and mentally wears you out. After the first listen I felt like I'd been working out for
an hour. Sweat was running down my face, and I literally felt exhausted. Fortunately on track four, Centrifuge offers a bit
of relief with "Bleeder," the most upbeat track on the disc. That's all the break you're getting, as track five hits us with
the ten minute title track, combining lessons learned from the previous four tracks. The build, the bass, the heavy (oh my
God the heavy), the repetition -- it's all here.
Centrifuge's style of doom has more in common with Neurosis than it
does with Black Sabbath. While most albums I listen to tend to inspire or excite me, Centrifuge's Visions Old, Feelings Cold
left me hot, thirsty, sweaty and exhausted. I couldn't tell if my heart was going to stop or burst. What is this? Sludge?
Heavy Rock? Doom? Sludge? What is Visions Old, Feelings Cold like? It's like walking against the wind in a dream. It's like
wading through waist-high mud or snow. It's like pushing a car. Uphill.
I can't wait to do it again.
A REVIEW OF "VISIONS OLD..." FROM COSMIC LAVA. GREAT
CENTRIFUGE (Visions Old, Feelings Cold) CD-R:
One of the best hidden US-underground heavy doom bands returns with
a new and stronger release. Their first one, titled "Taste of Gray" received some good reviews in the underground press, and
with "Visions Old, Feelings Cold" they will sureley become much more good critics. In opposite to "Taste of Gray", CENTRIFUGE
have added a stronger 70's doom influence in their song-material. The expressive slow and heavy opener "Shunt" is a good example,
but this isn't the only outstanding song here. Todd Fabian vocalstyle is hard to pigeon-hole. He mostly uses clear vocals,
which still reminds be a bit to softer Godflesh, as I've said it before in the "Taste of Gray" review. There's something special
in CENTRIFUGE's sound. A strong heavy doom influence, but they play it more in a mechanical way....hmm, hard to describe.
That's another reason, while Godflesh are always on my mind, while listening to CENTRIFUGE. But don't misunderstand, they
haven't much in common with the UK-innovators, but there's the same 'cold' vibe in their sound. Something that sounds very
isolated and desperate to my ears. "Underneath" is another good song with its different breaks and changes, but there aren't
any worse songs on it and so I give you the advice to check out the CENTRIFUGE homepage for additional infos.
A "VISIONS OLD..." REVIEW FROM STONERROCKCHICK.COM.
YEP, YOU GUESSED IT: CHICK'S THAT DIG STONER ROCK. THIS IS A GREAT AND VERY INFORMATIVE SITE.
Dark doesnt even begin to describe Centrifuges second demo Visions
Old, Feelings Cold. On this demo, they churn out 5 epic songs of plodding, throbbing hypnotic doom that make them a heavy
force to be reckoned with in the Ohio heavy rock community.
Songs grab you right away with their pulsating rhythm
that almost puts you into a trance through repetition at times. There are enough experimental time changes and rhythms to
keep the long songs interesting, though. The flowing ethereal guitar playing by Matt Servenack takes you away to another plane
but when the tempos pick up a bit, it chugs naturally along. One of the best parts is that Todd Fabian's bass is always up
there right in front; as a testament to this Want, Fear, Believe is a low-end spiritual journey. Todds vocals are mostly psychedelic
and distorted, placed a bit back in the mix to blend into the music but also turn at times to hardcore screaming, but not
too much to give you an aneurysm. Lyrics, however, are sparse, in favor of long instrumental breaks.
for me on the album is Rob Craig's drumming, heavy hit but slightly muffled resonance giving them a unique tribal sound. Plus,
he never lets up on the crash. The drum tone (thats the best way I can describe this) is the doomiest drum sound Ive ever
heard on Shunt, the opening track.
This is the second demo Centrifuge has put out, and hopefully a label will pick
them up soon. More great heavy music coming out of Ohio is always a good thing! Pick this up if you like all things DOOM.
HERE'S ANOTHER COOL REVIEW FROM HELLRIDEMUSIC.COM.
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Centrifuge - Visions
Old, Feelings Cold (Self-Release)
I really enjoyed Centrifuge's first outing,Taste of Grey. Six songs of with a Helmet/Prong type of approach; very dark, cold, industrial sounding. Well, it's almost a year later,
and things have gotten a whole lot darker and colder with Centrifuge, it appears.
On Visions Old, Feelings Cold,
Centrifuge expand a bit into more organic, almost atmospheric textures while still retaining the tight, almost spartan rhythmic
approach of the aforementioned bands. The new experimentation with textures gives Visions... an even more menacing,
doom feel. It's as if Cable and 5ive had an angry, depressed kid.
The driving force of Centrifuge is it's sense
of rhythm... both in Rob Craig's tight, perceive drum work, Todd Fabian's understated bass and Matt Servenack's methodical
yet moody guitar work. I've never heard a drum sound so friggin'... doomy... as in the single repetitive bass drum that opens
Because of the epic length of the songs on Visions... the rhythms are allowed to be repetitive and
drawn out, bordering on hypnotic. The length of the arrangements also allows Servenack to explore multiple ideas in the context
of the same song, really sucking the listener in. This is another one of those albums that made me miss two freeway exits.
"Want, Fear, Believe" sucked me right in. I just zoned out in a dark bliss... pretty captivating stuff.
may just be the next big thing - they embrace doom elements, ambient and experimental elements as well as appeal to those
that just dig all around "heavy". Best of all, they do it with some exceptionally original songwriting . There's something
here for almost every volume-head.
2 COOL REVIEWS FROM DAREDEVIL MAGAZINE. AN ONLINE SITE FROM GERMANY.
Centrifuge-Visions Old, Feelings Cold Demo CD
These guys gettin´ slower and slower. The first output
of these guys was kind of Heavy-Rock with a lot of Doom, but this time Centrifuge are slower than lava. I would prefer the
title "Iceage" for this CD, cause these guys laying down some serious depressing Doom, five new songs, five soundtracks for
friends of suicide. The sound of the Demo pretty much stayed the same compared to their first release, fat and heavy. If you´re
into Doom you sure will dig this release...but be careful, cause Centrifuge maybe causes serious drug problems. Good stuff.
Centrifuge-Taste Of Gray CD
his stuff sounds really industrial but
also doomy with a decent Heavy-Rock aura. Damn, it´s groovy and it´s pretty new to my ears. Imagine High On Fire meets Eisenvater.
Really brutal riffing with a mellow shouter. I like the music, cause Centrifuge are really good in mixing in sounds that go
right into your brain and the constant repeats of hard riffs do the rest. This is a headbanger group for sure and I can imagine
that the concerts of them are pretty intense. It´s the march of the heavy riff, it´s Centrifuge. By the way, this name fits
perfectly on the music. No more comments, oder this banby!!!!
ANOTHER DEMO REVIEW FROM STRICKLE.COM--A GREAT SITE
BASED IN BELGIUM THAT IS A RESOURCE FOR STONER-ROCK/METAL INFORMATION.
Centrifuge is a doom band, with a crusty raw sound, psychedelic vocals
and chainsaw solo's. This 3 clean shaven lads from Ohio recorded 6 songs to put on their first demo CD. The band are good
friends with Abdullah and it reflects somewhat in the music, though they're more focused on the heavy grindy doom-rock themselves.
"Purified","Squander" & Subdue" are songs that stick out on "Taste Of Gray". All in all, "Taste Of Gray" is a good first
demo to put out and i'm sure that the minor fluent mistakes in the drums on the recording, will be gone when this band performs
live on stage. Ear-ripping heavy doom that needs to swing by europe for a serious introduction!
HERE ARE 2 NICE REVIEWS FROM GL-PRODUCTIONS, A
VERY COOL E-ZINE FROM SWEDEN THAT SPECIALIZES IN DOOM METAL AND 70'S HEAVY ROCK.
Centrifuge (US) Visions Old, Feelings Cold
Ohio Doomsters Centrifuge have returned with a follow up to their first disc Taste Of Gray, Visions Old
Feelings Cold and this one is even better than the first one. My only minor complain with the first one was Todd Fabians vocal
delivery that I felt could have a lot more pondus, he has definitely a lot more pondus on this one and the peformance is more
progressive and dynamic, a more complete soundpicture. Matt Servenacks guitarwork was one of the focal points on the first
one, he is covering some new cosmic adventures on this one but this time I feel that the band have concentrated to make it
more atmospheric + a more experimental ability, the material does have a hook, that is one thing for sure by listening to
Visions Old..also a better production compare to Taste Of Gray, pretty tight and pretty good power. Visions Old.. proves that
Centrifuge are one of the most promising powerdoom trios around, pleasant and enjoyable material that should be enough to
seccure a deal with any label that is looking for something new. Visions Old.. is a musthave for doomsters, heavyfans and
those who are looking for a alternative.
Centrifuge (US) - "Taste Of Gray" Unconventional Heavydoom from the state of Ohio, the same regions where Abdullah
and The Rubes are coming from and yes, this powerhouse trio have shared the stages with them. Centrifuge puts on a amazing
power here in their first disc, they are definitely not holding back and that is what pleases me most about Taste Of Gray.Here
is 4 slabdash mindtripping doomrippers, a umtempo blaster in Hollow and a epical powertune Feed The High that clocks in at
9 + minutes, my personal fave on the disc where guitarist Matt Servenacks organic playing is very earcatching. The only minor
problem I have is frontman Todd Fabians vocalsound, he have a pondus but he should bring out more power out of his voice,
I know he will reach more out with the next recording. Centrifuge are in the same regions as Abdullah, Solitude Aeturnus and
early Candlemass. Taste Of Gray should please Doomsters as well as those who are looking for a alternative. Heavy Psychedelic
Doomrock, very effective and very pleasant to listen to.
ANOTHER COOL REVIEW FROM AN AUSTRALIAN SITE CALLED
PLANETFUZZ. THIS FUZZED OUT SITE HAS REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS, A FORUM AND MP3'S.
Killer 3 piece Centrifuge do the low end theory on us with their Taste
of Gray demo kicking off with some deep bass lines and a crunch that I havent heard since Helmets Meantime. Todds basslines
are the meat of Centrifuge, capped off by some headsplitting drum work and wicked atmospheric guitars by Matt. One of the
coolest aspects of Centrifuge are the unique vocals of Todd Fabian who sounds like early era Mike Patton totally fucking cool.
Centrifuge also has a slight Godflesh tinge to them, with their slow and methodical bio body crush on Gray, and the dark,
hard-core cymbal driven Squander. Todds screeching vocals, along with Matts under-water guitar sound work amazingly together.
Their sound is pure and deep, deliberate and evil, like Pitchfork-era Clutch, something you do not wanna fuck with. Hollow
is a mid-tempo crusher, reminiscent of Shallow ND, with a thick ass groove and strong, steady drums. Feed the High is the
closer on this demo, a 9 minute chug fest filled with evil bass and down-tuned RATM guitar fuckery. Great demo, check it out!
HERE'S A REVIEW OF OUR NEW DEMO CD FROM HELLRIDE MUSIC. A
KICK-ASS METAL SITE THAT HAS IT ALL-- REVIEWS, INTERVIEWS, AND EVEN A STORE.
Centrifuge is yet another fine young band brewed in the vat
of the burgeoning Ohio heavy music scene, taking their place among names such as Sofa King Killer, The Rubes and Abdullah among others. Not a bad place to be, in my book. The aforementioned are
some of the best bands in their respective genres within the U.S. today. Centrifuge included.
The band play a type
of dark heaviness pioneered by bands such as Helmet, Prong and Godflesh. The Centrifuge sound, however, is tempered by a more
organic feel - not as industrial sounding as their forefathers. This ends up serving Centrifuge well as the sound finds a
middle ground between factory-like pulverizing and soul, especially on tracks like the hypnotic "Feed the High"...take note,
real drummers rule.
Speaking of hypnotic, that would pretty well describe the six songs that make up this disc - six
heavy, hypnosis-inducing slabs of well executed volume. Guitar solos are eschewed in favor of lean, tight, rhythm-centric
song structures. Vocals, courtesy of bassist Todd Fabian, are staccato shouts, reminiscent of Helmet's Page Hamilton. Lyrically,
as one might expect, focus is on the dark side of things with what seems to be special attention to single words that conjure
images/emotions - very effective, in that no words are wasted in verbal masturbation.
nice work by a band that I sincerely hope to hear more of in the near future.
ANOTHER "TASTE OF GRAY" REVIEW FROM DOOM-METAL.COM
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.
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
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.
HERE IS A COOL DEMO "OVERVIEW" FROM THE CYBER
ACID ROCK 'ZINE, ROADBURN
CENTRIFUGE -- "TASTE OF GRAY"
The flat lands of Ohio have produced some towering mid-tempo riffs
on this promising demo. Centrifuge's take on heavy rock is buttressed by good musicianship and interesting ideas.
These three reviews are from a great underground zine called Worm Gear
CENTRIFUGE - S/T
of all, the production on this is outstanding. CENTRIFUGE swims in the same pool as GODFLESH or HEAD OF DAVID, but theyve
brought their own rubber ducky to play with. This is two guys playing slow, dirgy and colossally heavy music, but they throw
in a lot of their own personality, and have more discordant guitar lines through much of it than some of the others in this
vein. Vocally this is on the mellow side with much of them being lethargic and almost spoken, but it melds extremely well
with the music and fits very well, they do however inject some aggression here and there. This release is full of interesting
progressions and each track maintains its own identity, damn fine stuff, and undoubtedly signable. - Scott
Youngstown, OH USA
CENTRIFUGE - Strata
This is 5 new tracks from these fellers that sticks pretty close to the style explored on their previous self titled
demo. They have continued to explore the discord that helped make the last release so enjoyable, and it has given Strata a
real melancholy feel that is highly enjoyable. CENTRIFUGE continues to show that they know how to write a powerful, and more
importantly, interesting song. With inventive tempos, and structures, and an almost meditative vocal style this is one of
the better unsigned acts to cross my desk in quite a while. This is a magnificent blend of aggression, and trance like drones
that really hits the spot. Some please sign this band, please. - Scott
CENTRIFUGE -- "TASTE OF GRAY"
This is a self released 6 song CDR. Centrifuge's previous work on two
excellent cassettes took the foundation of early Godflesh influenced dirge and expanded on it to make something their own.
With "Taste of Gray" they have added a real drummer to replace the drum machine and gone in a more rock direction. "Purified"
is a slow, heavy, rock drone with cleanly shouted vocals and a somewhat upbeat tempo. "Gray" has a similar sort of delivery
but is more downtrodden in overall feel. "Squander" starts off nicely and then kicks into a similar heavy rock vibe and actually
brings in some screaming vocals that gives an added enthusiasm and urgency. The music is unquestionably heavy and has a solid
droning hook to it. They haved done some cool things with the guitar solos, something I don't generally like, by making them
atypical and more abstract. It's a pretty strong collection of tracks that has grown on me.