Red Giant is the third full-length album from Lancaster quintet Century. The band packs hardcore fury and dissonant metal riffs into a brisk 30-minute package. When they’re on, they’re really on. “Obelisk” is a standout that features oddly timed riffs and pummeling double bass, which will impress hardcore and metal fans alike. But Century aren’t afraid to experiment, too, and echoes of early Cave In show up throughout the album. It’s a juxtaposition that works to their credit. Carson Slovak’s vocals sound as angry as ever, but the clean singing on tracks like “Dry Bride” is somewhat reminiscent of the Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala. Despite these creative moments, Century occasionally fall back on clichés, and the lyrics sometimes approach self-parody, but nevertheless Red Giant demonstrates both the band’s innovation and raw aggression. DAVID McKENNA
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