-Interview- Continuum (10/12/17)

Continuum talks about their "Civil Lividity" EP, the current state of Metal and much more.


From: Wolcott, CT
Sounds like: Metal

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")
The Shape
Eyes of the Dead
Crossing Rubicon.