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Review: Centvrion - Hyper Martyrium
Hyper Martyrium

Label: Scarlet Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 42:15
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 14, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Hyper Martyrium

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

Centurion are back with this second release which boasts a better production than 1999's "Arise Of The Empire". This album also has a thrashier feel to it, while retaining a strong heavy metal base to the sound - and the result is very good. I found this album a little more difficult to get into than their debut, in part due to the occasional use of guttural vocals... Those are totally out of place with this kind of music and frankly I wonder why the hell they chose that route. Thankfully, there isn't too much of that here (and please don't do this again!) The Judas Priest influence is still strong and the music reminds me a little of Painkiller-era Priest with a little more aggression. Overall the playing is tighter and more enjoyable than it was on the debut where the lack of experience showed a little. The singer obviously is influenced by Halford while still having his own style, I'd even say he has developed his own style a bit more with this release, so this doesn't come up just as a Priest clone. The songs are all very heavy and must be great to hear live as most of those will be guaranteed crowd-pleasers. A very good cover of "Riding on the Wind" closes the album.

This is a worthy follow-up to an already pretty good debut album. Scarlet Records have better distribution of their products nowadays so you don't have to spend a fortune to check this one out. Recommended.

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