Kontinuum | ‘No Need To Reason’
Away from the album and tour cycles, away from the fanfare, bands like Kontinuum await you finding them.
I’ve said before how cool they are: six years ago their debut album was a micro masterpiece.
They had the Beastmilk sound before Beastmilk were Beastmilk; just no-one knew.
So take a chance to reacquaint yourself. This new album is softer and slightly more introspective than their last two rockers, but it has all the atmosphere and mood you could want.
Opener ‘Shiver’ is just perfection itself in a form of dark Batcave rock that the likes of Tribulation could never manage.
‘Lifelust’ will work for fans of Katatonia around the ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’ era – this is where Kontinuum have gone a shade more accessible – and it works, in its gentle way, with a pulsing lead guitar hitting those strokes a la Blackheim.
Last time round I said they had caught perfectly the tone of Babylon Whores (given how few since have), and the only reason to harp on about that is of course how rare and special an achievement that is.
But it does a great disservice to Kontinuum to always be comparing them.
These Icelandic lads know themselves and know their music.
And the result is a new album that’s wispy, smoky, drunken, and yearning in a late night way that will accompany you perfectly for the transition between summer and autumn this year.
Now, granted, I wish it preserved some of the rather more pumping energy of the debut. This is a gentler album though, more regretful than angry – and the tunes speak for themselves.
It’s pure dark rock, and really quite special: pick it up. You’ll be glad.
4.3 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 12/08/18