California’s technical death metal band Continuum have been around for a decade now and have released the latest chapter in the band’s catalog, “Designed Obsolescence” released this year through Unique Leader Records. For a album that’s only 32 minutes in length, it’s the perfect duration as this album compared to 2015’s The Hypothesis follows the same realm in terms of style, sound progression and lyricism. Right off the bat, the overall sounds is wonderful as it transitioned into a much more creative and incredibly mixed songs brings out whole new dynamics for these Californian musicians whom brings the musicianship, dynamism and progressions to such great heights that any fans of extreme music will definitely enjoy this album front to finish without any hesitation.
There’s moments throughout the album where I hear many musical influences on the new album from Origin and Arkaik to even Immortal Alterbeast era. Designed Obsolescence, on the other hand is diverse, tighter, stronger, more technical and extremely well varied where every track showcases emotion, progression and the musicianship is the highlight on this record. From the technical death metal structures, audible vocal deliveries and extreme musical signatures, the members from Continuum have once again proved themselves that technical death metal is not about complexity, it’s about showcasing the musician’s talent. This album has brutality, technicality and progressive structures just perfectly without any sorts of the instrumentals feeling forcefully rushed or hesitated by the album’s interpretation.
These guys also brought deliverance, consistency and a most focused based album that surely found their sound where to be aimed for. If you enjoyed their previous effort of The Hypothesis, Designed Obsolescence is a Much more improved, matured, naturalized and engaging albums the band has done to date.
Overall Score: 8.5/10
Review by Jake Butler