Ι have repeatedly mentioned and praised the power that technology and especially the internet has given us when it comes to music. None depends anymore to some multinational in order to enjoy a beloved or hard to find song. Yeah, you smartass, YouTube and all other platforms, even our laptops were made by multinationals, I am not saying that. What I mean is that you can listen to whole back catalogues and rare recordings in the comfort of your house while drinking your coffee with just a couple of clicks. And that power that does not stem from the purchase of a commodity, but mostly from the enjoyment of music itself and also from the knowledge that listening to songs, from the most known to the most obscure ones, has to offer. One of these diamonds is ‘Cross and Black’ by Centurion. This band from Ohio, Cleveland is the most known from the 8-9 that have the same name in the metal community. They gave us only this full length in the 5 years of their existence, but this seems enough to list them in our unconscious as another band that contributed a stone to the grand metallic building and the huge legacy of American heavy metal. Coming from the catacombs of the American scene with a sound that is as cult as it gets and a great cover (even though generic), Centurion are delivering a dark, almost doomy, traditional heavy metal sharing many elements with Manila Road, Black Sabbath and Metal Church. Yes, there is a lot of latent thrash or even riffs we find in proto hardcore bands, since some of them are obviously leaning towards punk. The rough sound is blended with an epic attitude (and a bit of Jag Panzer) and in combination with the 70’s approach in the flow of their music, they are giving a diverse outcome despite the simplicity of the compositions. The N.W.O.B.H.M. references are not absent, and in spite of the dark background, it is the US power metal fans that will come to cherish this album and maybe only them. Some songs that stand out are ‘Rebels Freed’, ‘In the Night’, ‘Shadows on the Wall’ and ‘Dark Word’. It was released by Blood & Iron Records few months back celebrating the 30 years of the first release, back then only in vinyl, now also in a cd with a 16-page booklet with rare photographs of the band and all the lyrics, plus 2 bonus tracks that were written for 2 compilations: “Peacefully” that can be found in ‘Northcoast Steel: Cleveland Heavy Metal’ (from Northcoast Records in 1988) and “Be Warned” that can be found in ‘Convicted to the Avant Garde’ (from Underground Express in 1989).