For those of you unfamiliar with Dutch Death masters Centurian, just try to imagine the fastest, most ripping, shredding, vile Morbid Angel / Deicide worship this side of Angelcorpse. Unfortunately, Liber Zar Zax is not the best place to start. Though this record does have its moments like “Heading for Holocaust” and “Ritually Slaughtered for Satan,” not to mention its fair share of precious lyrical blasphemy (“Christians were born to be smashed / Beat them to death with their bible / Their god is a cockroach, made in their image”), it just cannot live up to the standard set by Of Purest Fire (1997) and Choronzonic Chaos Gods (1999). For one, I miss departed vocalist Seth van de Loo, even though his replacement, Jerry Brouwer, is almost a dead ringer with the same style. But most of all, this album suffers from a lackluster production. A sound so muddy and low that the instruments are stifled, creating a mundane atmosphere in which the constant speed becomes redundant. In summary, there are some gems here, but a tough album to listen to all the way through.
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