Underground Spotlight: Dead Centre
Written by Brett Kihlmire
Death metal is one of those sub-genres of metal that has sub-genres of its own. Whether it’s traditional, melodic, or brutal, death metal is one of the most punishing forms of metal you’ll find. With this writing we’re touching on brutal death metal, which for the uninitiated is thick, gritty, and shameless style that features rapid fire beats, head spinning riffs, bone crunching breakdowns, and deathly and oftentimes indecipherable growls. Pioneered in the late 80’s and early 90’s by bands like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide, the style is seeing quite the resurgence in the 2010’s. One such band is Florida’s Dead Centre.
Though I’m more of a melodic death metal guy, namely Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom, I love some seriously brutal metal as well, and Dead Centre cures the itch. Showing off a pair of songs, ‘Escape’ and ‘Sanded to Perfection’ from their 2016 full length Fractured Memories of a Grotesque Butchering Dead Centre blew me away. The sheer heaviness of the guitars and speed of the drums caught my attention quick, but then there’s those heavy, and I mean heavy, breakdowns, slick harmonics, and the deep, guttural growls of vocalist/guitarist Brian Smith. A longtime Cannibal Corpse fan I can see a degree of inspiration from the legends, but this band is far from a clone. The only thing they have in common with Cannibal and any other brutal band is the genre they fall into. Least to say, Dead Centre is a breath of fresh air and likely to be one of the main acts in the resurgent American death metal scene. Be sure to check be on the lookout for the full feature article coming soon.