Supercontinent
Vaalbara


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2010 | 40 replies | 7,357 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Super• continent: (noun) a single landmass made up of all modern continents.

Post metal seems to take the cake when it comes to shoving verbs like ‘epic’ and ‘adventurous’. When a band that goes by the name Supercontinent comes around, you can bring it to the bank that that is exactly how you will be able to describe them. While a short lived band, especially when compared to most post metal giants out there, Supercontinent left a lasting legacy that rewards the listener quite well. Leaving only one full length album, Supercontinent released their debut and final album, Vaalbara, to the masses in 2008 that takes the listener on a new musical journey in a world of split opinions and hostile environments.

In geological terms, Vaalbara is a term that can play a mind*** with the brain in terms of scope. Any idiot that sleep through high school geology classes can say that the term ‘Pangaea’ refers to when Terra Firma was one whole continent, hence the term ‘supercontinent’. Vaalbara takes that and multiplies it nearly a thousand fold, as it refers to the ‘original’ supercontinent that some estimate to be somewhere in the reams of thousands of millions of years ago. Now, how does this have any relevancy towards the band and album itself? It’s simple; Vaalbara takes the aforementioned terms that can be used to describe competent post metal bands like Cult of Luna or Isis and takes them to whole new levels of grandiose scales.

Now this does not mean that Supercontinent exceeds the current leaders of post metal, no. Occasionally, Vaalbara can seem daunting and quite boring at times. Most of the songs on this release exceed the eight to nine minute marker, and with nine whole songs on this album it can seem quite a daunting task to keep the listener actually engaged for the duration of the album. Now Supercontinent cannot be faulted for that alone, as this is the basic approach that most post metal bands carry about themselves in the genre. They were a relatively new band to the perspective genre and because of this they tend to fall short occasionally in terms of replay ability but not nearly enough to the point of it becoming a major hindrance for the entire record.

Standout tracks on Vaalbara include the epic track ‘Earthrise’ which follows a basic formula of post metal, with corrugating riffs that build upon each other for nearly seven minutes. While this may seem typical or even uninteresting, it’s the simple fact that they can create these types of song and still keep the listener wanting more that makes it such a standout track. ‘In Rust’ and its sister track ‘The Monolith’ are stellar tracks that feature impeccable soundscapes that go from post metal to sludge metal nearly interchangeably. The sounds that Supercontinent conveys on Vaalbara is polished and quite clean as compared to most post metal bands out there, more akin to later-Isis material, both in style and in approach.

Obviously, this is worth your time to check out. Great music to sit back and relax to and yet equally good enough to rock out to as well. Vaalbara is an excellent record that, when given enough time to actually let sink in, rewards the listener heavily with cleverly crafted riffs, extended sonic soundscapes and every other verb that can be thrown at a post metal band. While maybe overreaching and dull at times, Supercontinent leaves their legacy in their sole album that will be a treasure for any fan of the genre.



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cvlts
September 23rd 2010



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

first stab at reviewing postmetal. thanx to Relinquished for getting me onto these guys. such an awesome band.

Digging: As Cities Burn - Come Now Sleep

cvlts
September 23rd 2010



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

reading it over, review's kinda geared towards people who dont normally listen to post metal so yeah, definately get this.

pizzamachine
September 23rd 2010



12568 Comments


I'm a post-metal noob so I'll check this out! Good review, just a few errors:

"Occasionally,Vaalbara can seem daunting and quite boring at time. Most of the songs on this release exceeds"
- put space after the comma
- change "time" to "times"
- change "exceeds" to "exceed"

"Great music to sit back and relax to and yet equally good enough to rock out to as well, "
- put a period there



cvlts
September 23rd 2010



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fix'd. thanx dude.

definately worth your time to check this out!

FadeToBlack
September 23rd 2010



10913 Comments


shit the secrets out never listening to this again

cvlts
September 23rd 2010



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

:-o

Relinquished
September 23rd 2010



22391 Comments


y'know i was hesitant like hell creating that list, would've kept on going telling people like you about stuff like this secretly. too late now, now I got faggots that know about this and more.

I heard the band was creating new songs, when they come out I don't know hopefully soon. I want more tracks like 'Cataclysms', goddamn now that's an epic track.

Awesome review too dude, don't know why Isis but u don't really know ur sludge now do u ;)

cvlts
September 23rd 2010



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanx dude, sorry for spoiling the surprise haha.

i think the guys vocals sound like isis a bit... but like you said, wouldnt really know too much haha

Relinquished
September 23rd 2010



22391 Comments


well now that I think about it you're kind of right on that haha, (later)Isis is more atmospheric than Supercontinent though.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2010



16016 Comments


relinquished you should know by now to never reveal great musical secrets to sputnik because then people start giving them 3's and 3.5's and everything becomes really gay

Digging: Katatonia - Kocytean

Relinquished
September 23rd 2010



22391 Comments


delete list y|n

two votes yes and I'll do it

Neurisis of Luna
September 23rd 2010



411 Comments


oh look eternium rated this album yeah fucking bad idea

FadeToBlack
September 23rd 2010



10913 Comments


ive written them down u can delete

Relinquished
September 23rd 2010



22391 Comments


done, don't know what the fuck i was thinking sorry

cvlts
September 23rd 2010



8917 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pos's?

Neurisis of Luna
September 23rd 2010



411 Comments


got it covered twice

eternium
September 23rd 2010



16209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I listened to this thanks to Relinquished as well. Pretty awesome, but not as good as some of the other stuff I got from the list.

eternium
September 23rd 2010



16209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is gone. Wtf? What an asshole.

eternium
September 23rd 2010



16209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm pretty sure that he is the one that's butthurt just because I like the same music as he does.

Relinquished
September 23rd 2010



22391 Comments


did the sheep just call me an asshole for deleting my own list? haha wow you sound like you're 14, but I'm not really surprised.



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