Brand new deathcore outfit, Continent, have made quite the powerful entrance with their debut EP Wasteland. These Ontario natives are here to bring the roots of heavy music back with their dark and classic style. Like any new band, their first EP is just the start of what is to come and the time to work out the kinks. Nevertheless, Continent makes their introduction to the music scene a pretty solid one.
The introduction track “Fake” prepares listeners for the haunting tone of the rest of the EP. Any breakdown lover would fall head over heels in love with the overbearing sound of the crashing instruments. However, to keep this structure from sounding too monotone, they throw in a lingering, sharp guitar riffs that sets this track apart from the average deathcore formula. They do this a lot on the EP, and improve it with the progression of each track.
Next in line is “Slave”, a chilling song filled with even more killer guitar riffs. The grumbling screams of vocalist Evan Sennuck are purely intimidating while the staccato riffs of the instrumentals hold down the fierce breakdowns. The creeping and haunting sound that Continent are going for is certainly achieved in tracks like this. They even manage to veer slightly away from generality by maintaining the original instrumental twists of their music.
“Gone/Lost” continues to impress as the clarity of the song structure improves. The elaborate riffs and pronounced rhythms makes this song a strong point on Wasteland. The chugging and aggressive sound of “Gone/Lost” not only catches the listeners attention, but gives the track a memorable personality, which not all bands can do in their first EP.
This track quickly shifts into the next, “Decaying Days.” Again, Continent follow the same pattern of dark sounds and chugging melodies, but decide to interest listeners with another approach as well. They throw in strong heavy metal guitar riffs that string the pace of the song together flawlessly. This new addition to their styling capabilities keeps the EP from being one sided. However, this great element could have been used more to amplify the track even further.
As you reach the end of the EP and come across “Wasteland”, the skills and talents of Continent come full circle. This superstar track has tastes of pulsing riffs, electronic touches, speedy tempos, and liberating unclean vocals. They combine together to show the world the band’s true potential. This is the best that the band does on Wasteland and shows the true potential that Continent have.
Especially after hearing the strength that comes from their closing track, it is clear that Continent have what it takes to thrive in deathcore. The constant buildup of intricacy and excitement throughout the EP is impressive to hear and hopeful for their careers. As long as they pull away from the generality of hardcore music that seems to sometimes grab them by the legs, they can really have a bright future