It’s true, …and silence anchored our feet in granite isn’t a brand new release. It’s some months ago that Dresden-based Continents. unleashed it, but since I was only introduced to it recently and it happens to be an EP of tremendous emotional weight, I’ve decided to write about it anyway.
It’s noteworthy that Continents.’ initial demo was also a catalyst in the creation of Pike Records, a new German vinyl-only independent label. It’s great to see that, in an industry typically dictated by the pursuit of money and perceived popularity, quality of music and the passion that it stirs are still reasons enough for the formation of new promoters. Pike, Flood & Heads Down Records have all come together to make this a split-label release worthy of your attention.
Musically speaking, ..and silence.. is a fierce melting pot of melodic hardcore, post-hardcore and screamo; a shape-shifting specimen that juxtaposes sections of frenzied distress with resigned melancholy at will. The layered guitars alternate between picked melodies and low-end tones, with pained screams intertwining with more considered spoken sections. Whilst these dynamics are nothing inherently new, they organise themselves well into a structured, interesting set of songs.
Take for example opener ‘adrift’, a purely instrumental affair which progresses from an initial muted tone into a warzone of convulsing guitars and driving percussion in the vein of Fall of Troy. Or ‘tightening the stitches’, a triumph of diversity which successfully blends multiple tempos, vocal styles and arrangements with a flair and maturity that even established bands of the genre would be proud of.
Technical accomplishments aside, it is in the message that Continents yield their power. The band describe the EP as ‘an attempt at bridging the gaps between desperation, aggression, hope and honesty’, which I suppose leaves interpretation to the listener somewhat open. It’s a very personal thing, but the visceral nature of emotion and the burdens of being alive are both themes which resonated with me. The band ask questions of themselves, the world they live in and the people they are surrounded by, and they invite you to do the same.
So, …and silence anchored our feet in granite is absolutely worth your time. By combining the honest delivery and thoughtful musings reminiscent of contemporary post-hardcore bands such as Pianos Become The Teeth and La Dispute with the tight, layered instrumentation of Sed Non Satiata and Envy, Continents. have carved out a corner of their own in the European screamo world.
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