Prototype
Continuum


5.0
classic

Review

by Locrian USER (13 Reviews)
July 1st, 2010 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Prototype's sophomore album deserves a hell of a lot more attention than it gets.

It’s a strange thing, but it seems like the best music never seems to get any attention. Yes, I could go on for hours about how today’s most popular music seems to be written and performed by a bunch of talentless hacks, but it goes further than that. Even within the metal genre – which, despite its metalcore-based revival throughout the past decade or so, doesn’t get a lot of attention from the media – the worst music usually seems to be listened to the most. I mean, we hear all the time about bands like Atreyu, whose last album was basically a rehashing of The Curse, but with even less creativity. Or Avenged Sevenfold, whose last album wasn’t really an album as much as it was a collection of unoriginal ideas, none of which seemed to have any flair. God only knows why these albums get listened to, but it happens.

And then, on the other end of the spectrum, we have groups like Prototype, who are busy cranking out magnificent albums that seem to get less attention, overall, than M. Shadows’ upcoming appearance on Xbox Live. It’s truly a shame, because the band’s sophomore album, Continuum, really has a lot to offer. Opener and closer “The Way It Ends” and “Cold Is This God” are two of the most aggressive tracks, along with “Transcendent Velocity.” In contrast, “With Vision,” “Sea of Tranquility,” and “Undying” are laden with calming, almost melancholic acoustic passages. But whether it may be energetic or soothing, each of the album’s eleven tracks is unique in its own way, and each one is filled with inspiration and creativity. That being said, it’s difficult to imagine how any metal fan wouldn’t like at least two or three tracks from Continuum.

Throughout the album, all four of Prototype’s members prove that they are exceptionally capable. Showing particular skill is drummer Damion Ramirez, whose technical patterns and fills dominate every song except for three. (One of these is “Heart Machine,” in which the drumming is handled by guest performer Pat Magrath, who demonstrates that he is just as capable as Ramirez. The other two, “Sea of Tranquility” and “Undying,” are the shortest tracks on the album, but also two of the most beautiful.) Another notable quality of the album is the bass work of Kirk Scherer. His instrument is louder in the mix than it is on many other metal albums, which allows him to show what he can really do. For instance, he’s able to pull off a great solo on “Transcendent Velocity,” and his part in “Undying” is particularly strong.

This leaves only Prototype’s two guitarists, Kragen Lum and Vince Levalois, the latter of whom also handles the vocal work. Like Ramirez, they’re able to handle speedy technical passages, but they’re not afraid to venture into beautiful acoustic territory, either. In addition, each guitarist shows off some exceptional solo work, which is just as varied as the songs themselves. This is made even more impressive by the fact that Levalois accomplishes all this while also providing the album’s vocals. While his voice isn’t particularly strong, it fits the album’s sound well. In addition to singing, Levalois also provides a rare scream (“The Way It Ends,” “Transcendent Velocity”).

Continuum is one of the very few albums in which every song is not only good, but unique. With four talented musicians performing exceptionally creative songs, this is a must have for any metal fan, and it carries this reviewer’s highest recommendation.

Recommended Tracks: All of them.



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Locrian
July 1st 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've been meaning to do this one for a while, and I wanted to write something positive after bashing The Crusade. As always, feedback is much appreciated.

Bitchfork
July 1st 2010


7584 Comments


For album titles, italicize, like this: [ i ] enter text here [ / i ] but without the spaces in the [i][/i] part

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2010


6203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album stream: http://rockonaut.bandcamp.com/album/continuum


doesn’t get a lot of attention from the media – the worst music usually seems to be listened to the most.

You could end the first paragraph there. Other than that, good review. Prototype slay, and let's hope that with Cragen Lum on Heathen, Prototype will get more attention.

Digging: Seduced (AT) - The Proclamation

Locrian
July 1st 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Bitchfork: Fixed.

Bitchfork
July 1st 2010


7584 Comments


Remove the final verdict part please


as well. pos' : )

Locrian
July 1st 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've been putting it in all my reviews, but I guess it does seem unnecessary.

Bitchfork
July 1st 2010


7584 Comments


One of my alts did that and it became one of many terrible parts of my writing.

bloozclooz
July 1st 2010


1770 Comments


Lorican if you're going to recommend tracks, actually pick out some of them. good review tho

OllieS
July 2nd 2010


2033 Comments


'Or Avenged Sevenfold, whose last album wasn’t really an album as much as it was a collection of unoriginal ideas, none of which seemed to have any flair'

Sorry, but this really irks me. Calling that album unoriginal is almost objectively false. That album has tons of crazy, almost TOO original ideas; you can say it's bad all you want, but calling it unoriginal doesn't make sense.

witchxrapist
July 2nd 2010


11044 Comments


You should probably broaden your horizons if you think A7X is original.... lol.

witchxrapist
July 2nd 2010


11044 Comments


IDK this is kinda lame...

Locrian
July 2nd 2010


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

OllieS, you gave Dream Theater's Scenes from a Memory a 2, so I don't know why you're the expert on whether ideas are original or not.

shindip
July 2nd 2010


3536 Comments


listened to a bit of this and the vocals got on my nerves. instrumentally band is solid though.

blue824
September 23rd 2010


19 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, but Probe is a MAJOR flaw in my opinion. Devotion could use a little work as well, and I'm not a huge fan of Trancendant Velocity either. Every other song, like Seed (which was tragically neglected in the review) with it's vocal-less chorus and killer riff, makes up for the weak points completely though.

shindip: I'll admit, the vocals are somewhat of an aquired taste. If you're willing, listen to The Way it Ends. It's (in my opinion) the most accessible song on the album.

LudsWig
September 5th 2012


254 Comments


Good album.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2012


6203 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heart Machine fuckin' slays.


DirtyDan
May 21st 2013


147 Comments


The Way it Ends is ridiculously good. The rest of the album is decent but nothing else touches the awesomeness that is The Way it Ends.

griffonman14
May 31st 2013


11 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is a 5/5 for me easily. Very underrated. Very thrashy, heavy, hard-hitting with very melodic, emotional sounds as well. For me, this is a near perfect metal album.

DirtyDan
June 1st 2013


147 Comments


This album gets a lot of praise but I can't really get into like most other people.



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