Kontinuum - KyrrIceland’s KONTINUUM pick up where the excellent Earth Blood Magic left off. Filling the void that bands like GREEN CARNATION and SENTENCED left behind, KONTINUUM forge a sublime, melodic, and memorable album in Kyrr.

The powerful album artwork really sets the tone and expectations of what Kyrr will sound like – emotive, powerful, and atmospheric. The thrash explosions from Earth Blood Magic are not to be found here.

With the new album, KONTINUUM improve as songwriters with more memorable songs. Opening track, “Breathe,” is more or less a radio single. The hooks are huge, especially the massive guitar riff that hits between verses. So good. It should be noted that it is pretty distinct from the rest of the album.

Vocalist/guitar Birgir Thorgeirsson has also become a better singer. Ex-IN THE WOODS… vocalist Jan Transit comes to mind. Thorgeirsson sings in Icelandic for most of Kyrr but his message easily crosses language barriers.

The instrumental song sections are carried by just great riffing. Things never get stagnant as there is always a momentum moving forward. Check out the awesome crescendo that closes out “Hliðargötu-heimsveldi.”

Lone” is a sublime (instrumental) gem that, unfortunately, ends all too soon after 4:29 of pure gold.

The strongest songs occupy the center and end of the album. KONTINUUM are perfect on “Hliðargötu-heimsveldi,” “Kyrr,” and “Undir Þunnu Skinni.” Closer, “Red Stream,” is a true closer bringing in all of Kyrr‘s elements together like an Icelandic volcano.

The only complaint about Kyrr is the fact that it’s too short. It’s cruel in a way…a good way.

If you’re seeking another winner from KONTINUUM that is unique yet shares spaces with the likes of IN THE WOODS…, FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, BLAZING ETERNITY, and AGALLOCH, look no further. (Candlelight Records)

KONTINUUM – Earth Blood Magic

Kontinuum  - Earth Blood MagicFans of IN THE WOODS…, FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM, SENTENCED, and European dark metal will be most pleased with Iceland’s KONTINUUM.  The band specialize in creating morose and lonely atmospheres that exude passion and emotion.

Vocals (both male and female) are used only sparely through out Earth Blood Magic as KONTINUUM regularly embark on long instrumental sections.  The band let their instruments do much of the talking.  Clean and distorted guitars are used throughout and there is a great interplay between rhythm and lead guitars.

The masterful use of dynamics in their songs is where KONTINUUM succeed.  Strong phrases are used, and the momentum is always in perpetual motion.  The action is not always sublime as the band can whip up a whirlwind of heaviness as heard on “City.”  Indeed, crescendos of volcanic proportions can be felt all over Earth Blood Magic.  The riffing is charismatic and varied with sweeping chords, sweet melodies, and intense playing all fitting together.

If KONTINUUM‘s debut is this good, imagine what’s to come.  (Candlelight Records)