I’ve had Nine Centuries for some time now and I’m all about it. At first I wanted to compare it to Rise of the Banshee. But I can’t. Rise of the Banshee has it’s own Pedestal, it’s own place among my own personal hall of fame. Nine Centuries forged a new path to the same hall, then took a seat next to it’s older siblings, lit up a clove cigarette and chugged a very boozy drink.
This album is crisp. It’s very clean while being distorted and grungy. While listening, I’m able to pick out drum tracks from bass and guitars. And at points you can even pick out individual guitar tracks which I find super cool. And that’s what I mean by being clean, there are not many albums that pull that off, so when I found Bulletbelt had put that into Nine Centuries, I was super impressed.
And in keeping with how crisp Nine Centuries is, it’s not all up tempo, fast paced metal. Oh no, Bulletbelt have their own flare on slow and melodic, Thou Shall Not Suffer A Witch To Live, Nine Centuries final track is a great example of slow and melodic meeting heavy and brutal, 9 minutes and 47 seconds of FUCK YES. And their Intro track, Sacred Tongue, is just beautifully creepy.
Vocals… Where do I start? Man oh man can Jolene Tempest shred, she’s got one hell of a set of lungs on her. In true Bulletbelt fashion, the vocals are legible and and clear, while still keeping that deep and Metal feel. It’s come to my attention that Jolene that is no longer in the band, while this news sucks cause her vocals are just so badass, I do hope the best for her in the future.
Nine Centuries is full of Technical prowess and grungy rhythm. A fantastic medley of instruments mixed with vocals, precision guitar riffs with deep rhythm and a Bass that just won’t quit. There is even orchestral sections which, while breaking up the metal, add to the ambiance of this album. From Sacred Tongue (Intro) through to Thou Shall Not Suffer A Witch To Live, Nine Centuries is tied together very nicely.
If I haven’t said it already, I FUCKING LOVE THIS ALBUM
(although saying that kinda feels familiar)