Label: Candlelight Records
Release Date: January 8, 2013
In 2010 Kontinuum was born and so brought forth this unique blend of different sounds for one killer album straight out of Iceland! The seed for this metal experiment was placed back in 2001 when Birgir Thorgeirsson and Kristjan Heidarsson (Potentiam) teamed up to try and make a blend of punk and atmospheric/hypnotic sounding metal. When they finally added in Ingi Thor Palsson, formerly of I Adapt, and other Pontentiam bandmate Thorlakur Thor Gudmundsson, the band was complete and they landed a deal with Candlelight in 2012.
The first album Earth Blood Magic is definitely not one to sleep on. The first track off the album was definitely an entrance song to the album you were about to hear. It had a good mix of the punk guitar lines and drum beats with a sweet, psychedelic wail in the metal that I think really set you up for the sound that Kontinuum is trying to achieve. The lead guitar really rides the emotional hooky sounding rhythm that people will really nod their heads to. “Moonshine” is one of my favorites songs period now and the eerie, dragging guitar leads on that song are simply killer!
The album as a whole has a real ambient flow to it that fits not only heavy metal heads but all different kinds of music lovers out there. It is really an album to crank up and really enjoy because there is not a lot of focus on the lead vocals, instead the true art within this album lays in the instrumentals that are really unique and enjoyable to hear. When the vocals do come in, they are such a compliment to the vibe of the song that everything just flows nicely together without being too overwhelming. Finally you get to “City” and get more of the heavy, hard hitting riffs true to some of the Icelandic metal we are used to hearing. Deep vocals carry well over the insane guitar shredding and the drums on this song are simple yet hard hitting enough to really carry a whole other sound in the background of this song. Take a whole musical journey in itself when you hit “Red” on the album because the tunes truly try to take you on a trip. Melodic lyrics are almost mono tone enough to really pull you into the sound like Darkside of the Moon did. I’m sure there are high school kids somewhere claiming this song syncs up perfectly with a movie for a psychedelic trip!
From start to finish the album is a true tribute to Atmospheric metal with just enough punk to make it unique without going overboard, and I was genuinely pleased with almost every track. Kontinuum is definitely doing their experimental goas justice and delivering some uniquely blended sounds that I, among others, am definitely following.