• Monsterth Goatom

    I like what I’m hearing. Subdued rock/metal that gets under your skin, and the vocals are great. Thanks, Madam. Good review.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    Never heard of these dudes, cool find! Btw, did anyone listen to the latest GY!BE? I have mixed feeling about it. The first and last song are awesome and the middle two are just freaking useless, imo…

    • I can’t say I came across it myself. Maybe one of the other reviewers picked it up though.

      • Being that it’s a post-rock band, I highly doubt they sent the promo to AMG

    • basenjibrian

      I miss the steady-build-to-a-climax of their classic albums. And I always loved the sound samples. The crazy street ranter was a favorite, as was the Lee Marvin monologue. No really cool sound samples there makes me sad.
      Plus, it seems like the new album verges too much on a “rock” vibe. I thought that was what Efrim’s other band, Silver Mount Zion, was for?!!!

      • I don’t think it was “rocking” in the traditional sense, apart from an obvious lack of lyrics that is. The structure was very much standard godspeed fare, if a bit too simplistic in the drone and a bit too heavy in the guitars.

    • I listened to it multiple times and I also had mixed feelings, the long drone was really unexpected at first, but then I kinda liked they are stepping out of their comfort zone. I don’t think we’re gonna get another Lift Your Skinny Fists… anytime soon, they are one of those bands that always looks for the next thing when they are done with the last, so I’m sure the next one will probably be even more bizarre.

      • JJnetZach

        If you want a glimpse of their future, check out that song I mentioned above :)

      • André Snyde Lopes

        Some you win and some you lose, that’s the danger of going into unknown territory. I may not like some of it but I applaud bands that don’t let themselves rot in their own clichés.

    • JJnetZach

      Try “Godspeed New Song #2” on YouTube (the 20:22 long one). Very promising, I hope they won’t wait 4 years to record it like they did with Asunder, Sweet.

      • I just heard it, It was nice!, some throwbacks to their soundtrack-like beginnings and even some middle eastern influences. It would have been worth it to have on this album I think. Maybe a not so distant-future EP.

  • Dr. A.N. Grier

    Talk about being polar opposites to the other Continuum. Cool shit and great review.

    • I hoped we could do a double review with the two bands, but it didn’t work out that way… better luck next time I guess :)

      • Dr. A.N. Grier

        Now that would have been interesting… My guess is we would scored Kontinuum the same and you would have scored Continuum lower than me :)

        • Being that it’s been such a strong start to the year, I’ve had a fair few album disappointments and I haven’t been able to give out too many good scores… Looked at my average the other day and it surprised me a lot.

  • DrChocolate

    Honestly, it’s getting to the point these days where all I need to see is “Icelandic (sometimes non-) Metal” and I’m already 95% sold before even exploring it further. The music coming out of Iceland is, as the review mentions, everything I didn’t know I wanted/needed. Then, in this review, you add to that sound checks name drops like Fields of Nephilim, prime Katatonia and Editors? I think I was chanting “Take My Money” by ten seconds into the embedded video.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      I agree completely.

    • Lol yeah, I literaly see Iceland mentioned on the promo sheet and I start scrambling… some good and interesting stuff coming from there. Also moving past the blackened death, Poland has some interesting offerings too.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        I actually thought when I saw this that you must pull rank and grab all the Icelandic reviews :)

    • Óðhinn

      That’s racist. ;)

      • DrChocolate

        Profiling, it’s ethnic profiling. Two TOTALLY different things.

    • swthate

      Tool, Interpol, Fields of the Nephilim??! Too many good names mentioned here to pass up. And yes, I completely agree with the music coming out of Iceland. Fantastic stuff.

      Also, does anyone else hear The Smiths somewhere (everywhere) in these guys?

      Can’t get enough!!

      • Lars Barres

        I’ve only heard the track here, but it definitely has a Smiths vibe (has a big ’80s alt-rock/indie vibe overall). Pretty interesting – will check this one out.

      • hardysponge

        One of my faves in the post punk/goth-y direction last year was the super Beastmilk album. They should tour with these guys and I’d be in the first row.

        • David Mckenna

          Beastmilk are no more, now called Grave Pleasures with a slightly different lineup, supposedly will still be playing some Beastmilk stuff though.

          • hardysponge

            Thanks, I didn’t know. I hope the new band won’t change the sound too much.

  • Feytalist

    I didn’t care much for Earth Blood Magic, but this sounds really promising. Plus you namedropped some of my favourite bands. Checking it out for sure.

    Minor nitpick though: Carl McCoy’s “other” project is called The Nefilim, presumably to distinguish it from Fields. Hardly important, but nonetheless :D

    • I missed that, thanks for spotting the mistake! :)

  • T.A.R.

    Ditto on the Icelandic comments.

    Really liking this release. Lovely review.

    Honestly can’t thank this blog enough for its layout and process. Pretty much the perfect dose of content. Having just been on MS it really hits that truth home.

    • All the contributors and behind the scene admins appreciate your kind words. Thanks for your readership! :)

  • Wilhelm

    post-y metal, post-punk, a little goth rock yes yes yes, sounds fucking great.

    • And they say “post-y metal” is dead… baaaah what do they know!

      • Wilhelm

        exactly, they are way better than those post-ish metal bands.

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    This is interesting. The Interpol is definitely there. So many influences, each one easily discernible and yet it doesn’t sound forced. Fantastic review, had no idea what to expect when I clicked the embedded video but everything you said makes so much sense now. Brilliant job, m’lady

    • Tough to get all the influences down in a sensible way… there’s so many and they’re so diverse. Appreciate your kind words too :)