Back in January, Centuries released their second full-length album, The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding. The hardcore opus is abrasive, dynamic and introspective, with lyrical content that touches upon the uncertainties in life and, as the band stated in a press release, “how we choose to cope with an always looming self-doubt.” Svbterranean recently caught up with guitarist/vocalist Eric Verporter who agreed to give a track-by-track rundown of the new record. Check it out below.
1. The Lights Of This Are Blinding:
I wrote this song to try and capture how I felt the day my daughter was born. A mixture of being terrified while also knowing that you have to try and be strong. To try and make the world the best place you can for someone else.
2. Wooden Hands:
This song is about my grandfather. “Wooden Hands” was something a friend and I came up with to describe our grandfathers’ hands. How they were large, worn, and just covered in scars. Like old pieces of wood. This song is about even though something seems invincible, time will slowly tear them down.
This title kind of gives it away on this track. “Bygones” is about letting go of the things in life that are never coming back.
In a nutshell this song is about making an ass of yourself. Being embarrassed of how you once felt so strongly about someone or something and you basically ruin it.
5. A Bow Across Strings:
This track is about the feeling of overwhelming hopelessness and pushing all of your friends away. How you get stuck inside your mind trying to solve your problems and you eventually just shut down.
6. The Endless Climb:
“The Endless Climb” is about the cycle of our lives. How you’re born, you work and struggle to survive, then you die. About how easy it is to get caught up in the routine of that and to try and not forget to create as much happiness as you can.
7. The Endless Descent:
In “The Endless Descent” I wanted to write a song about being at rock bottom. How I reflected back on everything I could have done differently in my life. How those feeling fester and eventually grow into resentment.
8. May Love Be With You Always:
This song reflects my feelings of self-doubt I have when it comes to being a father and a good human being in general.
“Fury” is a song I wrote for my daughter. Something to say that no matter what I’ll always be the best person I can for her. How no matter what happens I’ll always be there.
10: Nul Orietur:
This being the last song the tracks about having a choice. To either stay in darkness and continue to focus on the negatives, or to move on and make the best of the life I have.
The Lights of This Earth Are Blinding is available now via Southern Lord.
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