Continuum

Continuum (Metal) - Wolcott, Connecticut




Continuum is comprised of five seasoned musicians interested in a single, common goal: the creation of unique, groove-oriented metal that cannot be pigeonholed into a single genre. Mixing death, progressive, and thrash metal elements, the music is a reflection of what the band members have enjoyed most about being life-long fans of extreme music.

For the listener, Continuum hopes to impart the intended emotion and message of each song utilizing both powerful, stirring melody and blunt force trauma. Guitars push and pull on top of pounding rhythms and pulsing bass. Lead vocalist Brenda St. Amant delivers sermons of suffering and rage with a voice that morphs from an angel to a demon, the contrast providing a perfect sonic accompaniment to the lyrical content.

Continuum invites the listener to feel every ounce of anger and despair so that the music will penetrate both the ear and the mind.

Upcoming Shows:
12/9/17 - Strange Brew Pub - Norwich, CT



"Civil Lividity" EP Review
Continuum have quite the arsenal behind them. The Connecticut based Metal band features seasoned veterans in their lineup including the likes of Darrin of Kayotik as well as the vocal stylings of Brenda St Amant to name a few. Let's dive in and see how hard their 2016 "Civil Lividity" EP hits. "Origins Of Hate" opens up the EP with a chant before blasting a Thrash like sound. There's a Black Dahlia Murder influence on the track as it shreds along at a breakneck pace. There's a sprinkling of clean melody and a kick ass guitar solo on the track which helps transcend it to an even higher level. It's a powerful opener and really sets the tone for the brutality that's about to come. "Dogs Of War" has shades of melodic Death Metal to it. The track is unrelenting and really puts the riffs in the forefront. The headbanging and circle pit appeal of the track is off the charts. "Civil Lividity" blows the doors off with a schizophrenic Metal sound that incorporates clean melodies, blasting drums and guitars that perfectly captures the insanity that is the Continuum signature sound. "Faith Absolves" is a smidge slower than the previous tracks but it still packs quite the punch. The more sludge Metal type sound mixed with melodic Thrash gives it that extra boost that makes it stand out. The guitar solos and melodies on the track are truly top notch. The closer "Born To Give" is probably more traditional Melodic Metal than the previous tracks. The breakdowns and pacing on the track are awesome. Continuum aren't messing around when they say that they bring something new to the table of Metal genre. Do yoursef a favor and pick up this release if you're looking for something new and incredible in the Metal realm.

Verdict:
Continuum's newest EP has what it takes to go toe to toe with the heavyweights of the Metal genre.

-Interview- (10/12/17)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Continuum” and is there any meaning behind it?

We all have varying backgrounds in writing and music performance over the years, which we think has helped diversify our collective sound together. When we write together , our process is what defines our music, quite literally. We start with an idea that any member can bring to the table, (there is no single writer) we then expand on the original idea utilizing everyone's unique perspective of the given piece. we keep the song structure and phrasing malleable and oft times subject to change because as the structure begins to get defined, so does the mood of the piece. Mood and feel are everything to us, we will never consider s song "complete" until it has the intended "feel".

The band name was Bryan's idea, which was a nod to another musician friend that had passed away. The name eludes to the fact that as time soldiers on, we are all still here in it, still developing our music and still developing through the constant, (time and space hence "Continuum")...


2. What do you want people to take away from your "Civil Lividity" EP?

The EP is arranged as a concept which is a representation of different factors of society as a whole and the experiences of living within it. Brenda's lyrics shine a focused beam of light on all things dystopian. Whether it be a first person loss of hope, to recognizing undertones of corruption through power, to the oft times neglect of human empathy in favor of mob mentality belief systems.


3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

Some would say similar to Arch Enemy with more emphasis on groove and vocal melody, We've been told some of our material reflects our influences (Carcass, Death, Morbid Angel, Slayer) based on that, listen to it and let us know what you hear!


4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Testament, Carcass, and Scar Symmetry.


5. What are your three desert island albums that you'd never get tired of listening to?

Death; Individual thought Patterns, Carcass; Necroticism , Iron Maiden; Powerslave.


6. What’s your take on the current state of Metal?

Metal music is ever evolving, its audience could be considered exclusive in regards to its growing list of sub-genre's that foster growth in musical development as a whole. In my mind, metal has become what Chopin was to Piano by being both extremely satisfying and sometimes challenging to the ear of the listener. Metal continues to push the envelope of what can be written and made into congruent pieces of expression which is what makes it both the forefront of music in general as well as elusive in understanding to someone that would normally not seek out the styles. It isn't for everyone, it isn't made for everyone.


7. What’s the current music scene like there in Connecticut both locally and state wide?

CT is a small state, as such, there is a limited number of venues that will host extreme music which does restrict bands or fans to a handful of locations. This being said, metal fans in CT are rabid and familial . Should a show that peaks the local metal scene's interest, rest assured knowing you will see familiar faces at said show. We are constantly pushing ourselves to "up our game" and give our fans their money's worth and stand out not only from the long list of bands that play these select venues, but also to improve upon our previous shows experience.


8. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

No one likes being stolen from and music costs money to record, produce , duplicate and distribute. As a rule, if there's a band with a new disc or available download that I like, I buy the disc/download knowing that I'm helping support whoever created the particular piece of work. Inverse to that train of thought, given the now anemic state of the music industry with regards to metal, it can also be used as a powerful tool to gain national and international fanbase.


9. What’s next for Continuum?

We are currently writing a brand new ep (LP?) to follow "Civil Lividity" as well as being in the early development stages of reproducing some of our earliest material (working title to be determined). We hope to have both available sometime in 2018.


10. Any shoutouts?

Bob Marino (OFNR Forever Industries)
Nicolas Rage (Dexter's Laboratory studio)
Kayotik (our brothers in the "Death Lab")
Xenosis
Stagger
Cyperna
The Shape
Apostasy
Eyes of the Dead
Crossing Rubicon.