DECADES OF AG­GRES­SION

Ten clas­sic al­bums from the Cen­tury Me­dia vaults

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MOR­GOTH CURSED (1991)

As the death me­tal scene erupted, Ger­many’s Mor­goth be­came Cen­tury Me­dia’s first in­ter­na­tional suc­cess. The band’s blend of slow-mo­tion men­ace and turbo-thrash fury proved an im­me­di­ate hit with scowl­ing diehards ev­ery­where.

THE GATH­ER­ING MANDYLION (1995)

After two well-re­ceived al­bums of at­mo­spheric doom, The Gath­er­ing re­cruited An­neke van Giers­ber­gen for this, their ground­break­ing third. Her voice, com­bined with the band’s imag­i­na­tive songs, made it an in­stant clas­sic.

STRAP­PING YOUNG LAD CITY (1997)

Never know­ingly un­der-the-top, Devin Townsend’s sec­ond out­ing with SYL re­de­fined what it meant to be fast, fu­tur­is­tic and bru­tal, mak­ing Fear Fac­tory sound like Weezer. City was most metalheads’ in­tro­duc­tion to Canada’s finest.

ARCH ENEMY WAGES OF SIN (2001)

An­other band dis­re­gard­ing the sta­tus quo by re­cruit­ing a fe­male singer, AE could hardly have sounded more con­fi­dent or re­vi­talised on An­gela Gos­sow’s first al­bum as vo­cal­ist. Now they’re un­stop­pable.

LA­CUNA COIL CO­MA­LIES (2002)

Less gothic and heav­ily in­flu­enced by al­ter­na­tive rock, La­cuna Coil’s third al­bum put the Ital­ians in the in­ter­na­tional spot­light. With songs this grandiose and mem­o­rable, how could they fail?

FIN­NTROLL NATTFÖDD (2004)

Pioneers of a sub­genre that con­tin­ues to be hugely pop­u­lar, Fin­ntroll con­firmed their sta­tus as folk me­tal fig­ure­heads with this ab­surdly en­ter­tain­ing jour­ney through moon­lit forests.

DE­SPISED ICON THE HEAL­ING PROCESS (2005)

Prov­ing their knack for spot­ting the next wave of heav­i­ness, Cen­tury Me­dia wisely signed Canada’s death­core pioneers in 2005. Their first al­bum for the la­bel was an ab­so­lute mon­ster that re­fined and de­fined a sub­genre.

OR­PHANED LAND THE NEVER END­ING WAY OF ORWARRIOR (2010)

A sprawl­ing master­piece of es­o­teric prog me­tal, Or­phaned Land’s fourth al­bum brought Is­rael’s finest to­gether with co­pro­ducer Steven Wil­son. Thus, ev­ery­one from black me­tal fans to prog afi­ciona­dos dis­cov­ered their new favourite band.

TESSER­ACT ONE (2011)

Ar­guably the al­bum that most pow­er­fully sold the idea of djent to the me­tal masses, Tesser­act’s epic and ambitious de­but de­liv­ered on ev­ery level. An­other shrewd ac­qui­si­tion by the Cen­tury team.

NA­PALM DEATH APEX PREDA­TOR – EASY MEAT (2015)

Liv­ing proof that the great­est bands grow stronger with age, Na­palm Death’s 15th stu­dio al­bum is ar­guably the finest thing they have ever re­leased. Vi­cious, in­ven­tive and noisy as fuck, this is what hap­pens when ge­nius is given free rein.

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