Into Century

Nobody's Slave

Written by: BV on 09/12/2012 17:42:56

Copenhagen-based post-grunge quartet Into Century is back with their follow-up release to their debut album “Into Your Sun”, called “Nobody’s Slave”, which not only establishes them as solid post-grunge songwriters but quality riff-makers as well.

The album opener, title track “Nobody’s Slave” is a classic post-grunge containing neither pioneering spirit, nor endearing twists. It is however, an extremely well-written and well-functioning song, with classic riffing and the seriously heavy guitar sound followed by a catchy, somewhat “epic-sounding” chorus, complete with powerful vocals, courtesy of lead-singer Jon Century. The overall functional, but not exactly exhilarating songwriting seems to be a recurring theme on several tracks on the album, most noticeably on the tracks “Dare” and “Open Up Your Gates”, as both tracks are made up of more or less of the same songwriting as “Nobody’s Slave”, though they do have their individual special traits, so as not to become dull and monotonous to listen to.

One of my favourite tracks off of this album is “Man of God”, which in my opinion contains its strongest, yet simplest riff. The simplicity itself is perhaps the most fascinating part of it, as it doesn’t come across as pretentious or over-thought. If anything, it comes across as a no bullshit rock song, with a great punch behind it, making it seem like a prime example of what this band should really focus on sounding like, instead of crippling their own songs by making forging them into more single-like, radio-friendly shape.

The most puzzling song on this album is by far “OMG”. The title alone made my toes cringe, but I had to give it a fair listen after all, otherwise this review wouldn’t make sense at all. My worst fears weren’t exactly confirmed, as it is simply a quiet, somewhat atmospheric track reminiscent of a power ballad - just without the power element. It’s a kind of cool track, but I somehow feel like it doesn’t fit on the album at all, as the track mostly sounds like something an entirely different band wrote and performed, when listening to it in the context of the album. Regardless of this however, the track is an effective way to slow down the tempo of this otherwise tempo-filled album, with few dull moments and a generally high level of songwriting.


Download: Into Century, Man of God, Indistogether
For The Fans Of: Soundgarden, Franklin Zoo

Release Date 12.11.2012
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