ORIGINAL CD FROM 1998 ON B.O. RECORDS, GERMANY!
Raging & soaring New Power Thrash Metal from Germany along the lines of Primal Fear, Rage, & Running Wild! Excellently atmospheric, appealing songs with cool vocals (thankfully, never over-done); Centaur are skillful at updating a classic (albeit popular) sound!
Imported from Germany (on B.O./Drakkar Records). Label info (translated from German) says:
CENTAUR is one of the most constant acts in the German Metal scene. Despite the changing music market, it is remarkable that CENTAUR has always insisted on their own style of music since their foundation in 1989. CENTAUR show that trends and hype can be overcome by musical quality. The songs on their fourth studio album ''God Complex'' shows it. The album is filled with timeless Metal compositions. CENTAUR are music-lovers. For that reason they are honest to their fans and themselves. The name CENTAUR is Greek and stands for power and strength, which can be presented by the music.
With their first output ''Mob rules the world'' (1990) Centaur got very good reception from the international media. Even in the German Metal Hammer the album received 7 out of 7 points describing CENTAUR as one of the best newcomers! Nevertheless they still touch the traditional melodic metal, mixed with progressive-, classical- and rock-oriented elements. The following releases ''Power World'' (1993) and ''Perception'' (1996) convinced once more with their ever growing skill. CENTAUR distinguishes itself with its pleasant but straight Hard Rock touch, which stands in contrary to many self-loving progressive-bands. You can hear it on ''God Complex'', which is the most melodic and straight album of the five musicians so far. Songs like the electrifying ''Game of life'', harder tracks like ''The price of money'', the ballad ''An ode to a memory'' or the progressive ''Land of gold' are not hard to keep in mind.
With ''God Complex'' CENTAUR has created a successful album in which a great appreciation will be surely found (Japan has celebrated them as a top act for years!)... The album was produced by Heimi Mikus and CENTAUR, who knew what they wanted! You can recognize that by the lyrical contents, written by vocalist Stefan Keßel. The title of the album gives away, that the songs are about the fact that mankind rise itself to be god or the creator of the human race. This theme accompanies you through the album. It takes action on real emotions. ''The Seed'' shows how thoughts can be changed through influences from outside. The (self-)realization to be surrounded by ignorance. It is an accumulation of real thoughts which should attract the listener's mind.
Nevertheless ''God Complex'' is not depressive at all, it presents the pleasures of life, telling that you should go through your life with opened eyes, & to NOT take things as people expect you to do! Be your own and stand for what you are!
Stefan Keßel - Gesang
Stefan Lohmann - Gitarre
Christoph Weiß - Keyboards
Michael Böing - Bass
Guido Gallus - Drums