Starting a band is usually simply an excuse to use copious amounts of drugs, to get laid or play music. Not so for Carson Slovak who originally started Century to hone his audio engineering and graphic design skills. As they say in ebonics: he be fucked! Because Century has grown into something of a metal monster with already three releases under their belt. They’re back to destroy some more eardrums with the follow-up to 2006’s “Faith And Failure”. They do play metalcore but I’m not talking about the Hot Topic variety. It’s blistering metal with the occasional speed attack and breakdown. But mostly, the songs on “Black Ocean” are heavy as fuck! Think of a mix between Snapcase, early Cave In, Mastodon and Botch and you’re on the right path. It’s a lot to take in at once but you can listen to it over and over again while trying to solve the cipher in the album’s layout which will grant you access to hidden content on the album site (http://www.blackoceanalbum.com).