27/08/19 - Disrupt the Continuum - Disrupt the Continuum EP
Disrupt the Continuum is a four-piece metal band from Newport in South Wales, featuring ex-members of Cryptophile, Epic Fail, Fell on Black Days, and Honour Among None. Describing their sound to be a ‘blend of metal genres’ the band cite some of their influences as Andy James (ex-Sacred Mother Tongue), Animals as Leaders and Killswitch Engage to name a few. In September 2018 Disrupt the Continuum released their self-titled debut and I thought it was about time I gave it a spin, so here goes.
Getting started with a short track appropriately titled “Intro”, the band introduces their distinct modern metal sound with abundant use of big chords and heavy drums. Next up “Collective Suicide” makes good use of the stereo spectrum with different guitar riffs played simultaneously but panned left and right to create an interesting harmony. The pre-chorus section is somewhat reminiscent of “The Light That Blinds” by Shadows Fall which is a definite blast from the past. Alex Harrison’s aggressive vocals turning melodic at the chorus is a nice touch too.
“Callous” is a considerably heavier effort with a Killswitch Engage vibe and plenty of chugging courtesy of Mark Tranter and Jay Stu on guitar and bass respectively. In fact, the only thing missing from this crash course in modern metal is a face-melting guitar solo. Once again Alex perfectly balances his clean and growled vocals throughout. “Waves” on the other hand opens with some superb thrash riffing and drums and yet at the chorus I am instantly reminded of a heavier Sacred Mother Tongue, if there can be such a thing.
Well into the second half of the EP now, “Hate Consumes” again screams Sacred Mother Tongue in its aggressive yet melodic arrangement. The song exemplifies all the band’s best qualities and it is no surprise that this track was chosen to be featured on BBC introducing back in November 2018. With penultimate track “Flames Alight” following a similar format to “Waves”, Disrupt the Continuum’s excellently executed song arranging formula is surely revealed. Despite this, some furious fretwork and a stellar guitar solo midway through the song take the whole track up a notch and prevent it from being too much like its predecessor.
And finally, “Re-Use” finishes off what is a superb debut all round. Featuring some brutal drumming by Christian Powell and another glorious guitar solo by Mark, this song really shows off what Disrupt the Continuum can do, and I can’t wait to hear more. This EP is essential listening for any modern metal fan.
Disrupt the Continuum is out now.
Check it out on Spotify at the link below: https://open.spotify.com/album/5pNI6Btaj4DymtXMg94TBS