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Black Ocean
4/29/2008
 
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Century Announce Line Up Changes, Plot Next Album
February 20, 2009
The Lancaster, Penn.-based post-metal act Century – whose 2008 Prosthetic debut, 'Black Ocean', was named one of Revolver Magazine's Top 20 albums of 2008 – were recently rejoined by original drummer Grant McFarland and bassist Ricky Armellino, the respective drummer and vocalist of fellow Lancaster act This Or The Apocalypse. Additionally, the group has announced the addition of guitarist Todd Mogle to its ranks.

Century has also started work on the follow-up to 'Black Ocean', and promises both "an exercise in futuristic sonic annihilation" and a "bold step forward stylistically." The as-yet-untitled release is tentatively scheduled for a fall release. In the meantime, the band will play select regional dates – including an appearance at April's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival – and continue working on the video for 'Black Ocean' track "Monolith," a continuation of the clip for the album's title track, which garnered extensive airplay on MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" last year. The band also plans to record a cover of Seal'sKiss From A Rose” for an upcoming anniversary compilation to be released by Tribunal Records, the label that issued Century's 2006 debut, 'Faith and Failure'.

“I'm extremely excited to play Metalfest,” says Century front man Carson Slovak, “and I hope people walk away from the experience thinking I'm really, really cool.”

In addition, Slovak – also an accomplished graphic artist who has designed recent album covers and layouts for All That Remains, Testament and Antagonist, among others – will participate in an artwork-related panel discussion at the inaugural Launch Music Conference in Lancaster on April 17, the day before Century takes the stage in Worcester. For more information, visit www.LaunchMusicConference.com.

Century Tour Dates:
2/21 - Union Ramp Skate Park - West Chester, PA
2/27 - Ad Lib Cafe - Lancaster, PA
4/18 - Palladium - Worcester, MA (New England Metal and Hardcore Festival)
 
 
 
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Century Starts Development On 2nd, 3rd Parts Of Short Film
September 4, 2008
Pennsylvania’s Century have confirmed that the band is currently developing the second and third parts of the “Black Ocean” short film series. The series of films comes from its musical counterpart, and second full-length, ‘Black Ocean.’ Part one of the series, available in its entirety on www.blackoceanalbum.com (which can also be viewed below), in both music video and short film versions and aroused questions pertaining to the story of 'Black Ocean' and the album’s overall concept, while the second and third installments will answer these questions as well as shed new light on the album’s meaning as a whole.

The “Black Ocean” music video received heavy airplay earlier this year on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball, and concurrently, the second and third installments will also be presented in a music video format as well as the unedited short film versions only available on the album concept website, www.blackoceanalbum.com, creating a cohesive, all-encompassing story complimenting ‘Black Ocean’’s 10 tracks.

"Though ‘Black Ocean’ has been out for several months already,” Century frontman Carson Slovak says, “it's still only partially released in terms of its concept. I'm excited to roll out the next installment of the story and hopefully shed some light on the questions that the initial album and short film release produced."

Seeing a release in late-April, Century’s ‘Black Ocean’ has already taken the band on regional Northeast dates both solo and with friends Time Of Cholera and Pack of Wolves, with more live appearances being planned. The band’s fully-interactive album concept website, www.blackoceanalbum.com, features news, tour dates, biography information, several other videos, and an interactive cipher which, upon solving, unveils an unreleased bonus track from ‘Black Ocean,’ as well as an e-card featuring several songs from the record.

Century live:
9/27 Carlisle, PA – The Circle Pit
 
 
 
 
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Century Launches Interactive Website, Debuts Video Online
May 1, 2008
Pennsylvania’s Century has launched the band’s interactive website to coincide with the release of the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, ‘Black Ocean,’ at this location. The site features downloadable content, band history, news, tour dates, a chance to solve an interactive cipher puzzle for an exclusive, as-yet unreleased track, and behind the scenes footage and videos from both ‘Black Ocean,’ and Century’s previous effort, ‘Faith And Failure.’ Also included is the video clip for the record’s title track, “Black Ocean.”

MySpace Metal has unveiled the MySpace debut of the “Black Ocean” video as well, and it is available for viewing below. The video saw its television debut on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball earlier in April.

Recorded and produced by Century frontman Carson Slovak, the debut video from ‘Black Ocean’ was co-written along with the band by J. Sifl, the enigmatic mastermind behind SifBlog. Mastered by Kim Rosen of West Westside Studios, ‘Black Ocean’ is two years in the making, following ‘Faith And Failure,’ which saw a 2006 release through Tribunal Records.

Century on the road:
5/16 York, PA - Smalls

w/ Time of Cholera, Pack of Wolves:
5/17 - Pittsburgh, PA – The School
5/18 - Delaware – House Show
5/19 - Lemoyne, PA – The Champ
5/20 - Baltimore, MD – Talking Head Club
5/21 - Washington, DC – The Red & The Black
5/22 - Fredericksburg, VA – KC’s
5/23 - Richmond, VA – Ramakins

5/25 - Muncy, PA – The Ritz (w/ Time of Cholera)
5/31 - Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon (w/ August Burns Red)
6/27 - Lancaster, PA – Siren Records (w/ Cable, Irepress, Gholas)
6/28 - New York, NY – Ace of Clubs (w/ Cable, Tombs)
8/02 - Reading, PA – The Silo (w/ A Well Thought Tragedy, Your Requiem)
 
 
 
 
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Century's 'Black Ocean' Video To Debut On Headbangers Ball
April 19, 2008
Century’s new video for the track “Black Ocean” is currently debuting on MTV’s Headbangers Blog, and will see a big screen debut on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball on Saturday. Check local listings for time and channel. In the meantime, the video can also be viewed below.

The track comes from Century’s latest effort, the forthcoming ‘Black Ocean,’ which will hit the streets April 29 through Prosthetic Records. An e-card for the album, featuring three tracks, tour dates, and biography information, is available at http://www.blackoceanalbum.com, and will feature an interactive puzzle, revealing behind the scenes footage, a short film based on the “Black Ocean” concept, a bonus track and more, upon ‘Black Ocean’’s release.

Recorded and produced by Century frontman Carson Slovak, the debut video from ‘Black Ocean’ was co-written along with the band by J. Sifl, the enigmatic mastermind behind SifBlog. A commentary on the making of and concept behind the video is available at Headbangers Blog as well.

Mastered by Kim Rosen of West Westside Studios, ‘Black Ocean’ is two years in the making, following ‘Faith And Failure,’ which saw a 2006 release through Tribunal Records. The track “Black Ocean” is available on Century’s MySpace page, with two additional tracks available on the e-card.

Century on tour:
4/20 - Lemoyne, PA – Championship (w/ Defleshuary)
4/26 - Lancaster, PA – Hempfield Fire Dept. (‘Black Ocean’ CD release show)
5/16 - York, PA - Smalls

w/ Time of Cholera, Pack of Wolves:
5/17 - Pittsburgh, PA – The School
5/18 - Delaware – The Colony
5/19 - Lemoyne, PA – The Champ
5/20 - Baltimore, MD – Talking Head Club
5/21 - Washington, DC – The Red & The Black
5/22 - Fredericksburg, VA – KC’s
5/23 - Richmond, VA – Ramakins

5/25 - Muncy, PA – The Ritz (w/ Time of Cholera)
5/31 - Lancaster, PA – The Chameleon (w/ August Burns Red)
6/27 - Lancaster, PA – Siren Records (w/ Cable Irepress, Gholas)
6/28 - New York, NY – Ace of Clubs (w/ Cable, Tombs)
8/02 - Reading, PA – The Silo (w/ A Well Thought Tragedy, Your Requiem)
 
 
 
 
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Century Launches E-Card
April 9, 2008
Pennsylvania’s Century has posted an online e-Card, featuring three tracks from the band’s forthcoming effort, 'Black Ocean', alongside biographical information, tour dates, and a trailer for the “Black Ocean” music video, which will see a debut on MTV2’s Headbangers Ball later this month. Fans can also spread the word about the e-Card at the above link. In the meantime, 'Black Ocean' will see an April 29 release on Prosthetic Records, and is the follow-up to 2006’s critically-acclaimed album ‘Faith and Failure’ which saw a release via Tribunal Records.

Mastered by Kim Rosen at West West Side Music in New York, a completed version of the title track from ‘Black Ocean’ and the album’s cover art are also available on Century’s MySpace page. Two years in the making, in conjunction with the release of 'Black Ocean', Century is launching a special album website as well, featuring a fully-interactive, full-flash site that will feature exclusive content, including hidden features and a bonus track only accessible by solving a code found in the album’s artwork. The website will be officially launched April 29 along with the album’s release.

Century on tour
w/ Time of Cholera, Pack of Wolves:
5/17 - Pittsburgh, PA – The School
5/18 - Delaware – House
5/19 - Lemoyne, PA – The Champ
5/20 - Baltimore, MD – Talking Head Club
5/21 - Washington, DC – The Red & The Black
5/22 - Fredricksburg, VA – KC’s
5/23 - Richmond, VA – Ramakins
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 2005
HOME TOWN: Lancaster, PA
MEMBERS:
Carson Slovak - Vocals
Jason Baker - Guitar
George Fava - Guitar
Matthew Smith - Drums

CENTURY was originally conceived in late 2005 as a fleeting creative outlet for front man Carson Slovak to hone his development of both audio engineering and graphic design. Now, three years later, CENTURY has emerged as a full band with three releases under its belt and has proven to be a crushing new force in the world of heavy music. After the massive critical acclaim of 2006’s Faith and Failure, many expectations were focused on CENTURY to outdo its prior effort. But with Black Ocean, the band’s most stylistically cohesive and poignant release to date, the band has taken the next step in its evolution and created a piece of art that will not be soon forgotten.

CENTURY’s work ethic has always epitomized DIY and that mentality is in full effect on Black Ocean. The album was produced, recorded and mixed by Slovak at his own studio. Immediately catching the attention of several labels with nothing more than one demo track and subsequent buzz, Prosthetic Records quickly became the natural fit for the band and an ideal venue though which to present their latest opus. The album was also visually interpreted by Slovak, who incorporated a classic Vigenère Cipher into the artwork. Fans can further involve themselves in the world of Black Ocean upon solving the cipher, gaining access to hidden content on the interactive album website blackoceanalbum.com.

Over two years in the making, Black Ocean is both intriguing and unsettling as an album. The music is devastatingly heavy and raw yet does not pull from any of the ephemeral trends suffocating the metal and hardcore scene as of late. The juxtaposition of the album’s dark, horrific concept to the epic and ethereal universe of sonic texture results in an effort that will no doubt secure CENTURY’s foothold in the heavy music community. The only question that remains is if that community is prepared for the sheer, crushing force of sonic annihilation that is CENTURY.