Nontinuum
The Stars You Gathered, The Stars I Destroyed


3.5
great

Review

by Michael Snoxall USER (47 Reviews)
November 27th, 2012 | 18 replies | 1,504 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Engaging and enjoyable, but there's no promise you haven't heard it before.

6 of 10 thought this review was well written

In our current day and age, we are constantly witnessing many budding musicians stepping out of the box and rolling into the scene with unique music. Though not always stellar, it’s encouraging to see the eager young minds of today working on their art, honing it and releasing it unto the public. Then there’s the even greater abundance of musicians who merely follow in the footsteps of others. Though not always terrible or recycled, it’s never as encouraging to see talented musicians conforming to a certain clique. This is where one-man atmospheric black metal project Nontinuum comes into the picture. Nontinuum walks that line, that thin line between individuality and conventionalism. While the specific type of post-rock and black metal infused music Nontinuum plays isn’t exactly fresh, it’s not exactly overdone either. And being part of the Australian metal scene also grants Nontinuum a little breathing room to leap ahead of the pack. With fellow Melbourne black metallers like Ne Obliviscaris going above and beyond in terms of what black metal can be, and progressive metal bands like Okera retreating from the unknown into the warm arms of comfort, I like to think that Nontinuum nestles neatly in the middle of its genre handicap.

With Nontinuum’s 2010 demo Dwelling In Oceans, we heard a poorly produced depressive black metal album that felt rehashed, tepid and too repetitive for its own good. Now the one-man band’s back again this year with a brand new EP: The Stars You Gathered, The Stars I Destroyed. Upping his game in every aspect, The Stars You Gathered, The Stars I Destroyed provides us with greatly improved production, more organic song-writing and an overall layout of the future for Nontinuum.

Starting out with what is essentially a six-minute post-metal intro, opening song ‘Swallow’ focuses on sluggish, thumping drum beats and repeated, melodic riffs to build an atmosphere. It ultimately sounds like an amateur’s attempt at post-rock with predictable builds and it just lacks any real essence and is a poor start to the EP, lacking the atmosphere it’s so obviously trying to create and failing wherever it turns. Not a horrible song in any sense, but the sort of formless, sheepish mediocrity we come to expect, and it’s wholly unsatisfying, considering we could rather just listen to other bands who have already done the same thing, albeit much better. Thankfully, the EP doesn’t keep this follow-the-leader attitude and blasts us into beautiful bloody melancholy with ‘Surrogate,’ which we will now refer to as ‘The Song That Swallow Wanted To Be’. Wherever ‘Swallow’ went wrong, ‘The Song That Swallow Wanted To Be’ went right. It’s the engaging drumming, the memorable and hopelessly ethereal riffing that gets you going, gets you into the music, makes you feel what it’s about. The clean singing and the gut wrenching screams. The black and the white. The contrast in control.

Following pattern over the next couple of tracks, the EP seems to find its comfort zone and plays from here on out like a soft cloud of post-metal, shoegaze and black metal goodness. The album takes a minor turn for the worse on the fourth track ‘Waiting With You’. Just past the halfway point, the song segues into a quiet spoken-word section with the repetition of the line “I’ll die as a piss stain on your bed” which continues almost until the end of the track, eventually breaking into the same line being screamed, then sung in an uncanny Placebo-esque vocal style and finally into cringe-ridden oblivion.

While certainly nothing new, The Stars You Gathered, The Stars I Destroyed sounds unique in its own little way and is more than just another colourless addition to a slew of bland bands that will be forgotten quickly in time. Nontinuum demonstrates extremely proficient song-writing capabilities and shows that with a little ingenuity, elbow grease and dedication, he can produce something truly spectacular.



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MichaelSnoxall
November 27th 2012



12163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

The EP is streaming for free here, but if you pay $10 or more, you get a free t-shirt: http://nontinuum.bandcamp.com/

HSThomas
November 27th 2012



668 Comments


You just had to drag post-metal into it didn't you? Review's good but reads like a track-by-track in places and I still fucking hate Isis.

MichaelSnoxall
November 27th 2012



12163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

ISIS = all post-metal

HSThomas
November 27th 2012



668 Comments


Neurosis = all post metal
Isis = shit

MichaelSnoxall
November 27th 2012



12163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Review's good but reads like a track-by-track in places

Well there's 6 tracks to talk about and I tried to avoid seeming track-by-track-ish by name-dropping any more, so I only
name-dropped a handful to try and target my key points. I was thinking of talking about the final track and the spoken
word passages with really obnoxious Australian accents, but I decided against it.

HSThomas
November 27th 2012



668 Comments


Ah ok, that's fine dude. I've just had criticisms in the past where people have told me to only focus on the overall points of the band's music rather than just individual tracks.

MichaelSnoxall
November 27th 2012



12163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, sometimes it's just hard to talk about the album as a whole when there are a few individual tracks doing things that need mentioning.

Maniac!
November 27th 2012



26250 Comments


http://mediasnobs.com/music-review/intriket-the-woods/

*cough*

HSThomas
November 27th 2012



668 Comments


Ah, Snoxall, might be wise to change the opening paragraph.

Tyrael
November 27th 2012



20829 Comments


'Neurosis = all post metal'

bahahahahahaha

okay review for a good album

I'm a big fan of the vocals

zaruyache
November 27th 2012



6287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I WILL DIE AS A PISS STAIN ON YOUR BED.

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MO
November 27th 2012



18526 Comments


"Though not always terrible or recycled, it’s never as encouraging to see talented musicians conforming to a certain clique. This is where one-man atmospheric black metal project Nontinuum comes into the picture."

uh you know there are a fuck load of one man black metal acts right

CaptainDooRight
November 27th 2012



28864 Comments


koo rev bro, good job, pos'd

MichaelSnoxall
November 27th 2012



12163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

uh you know there are a fuck load of one man black metal acts right

Wasn't exactly the point I was making. Did you read the whole review, bro?

http://mediasnobs.com/music-review/intriket-the-woods/

*cough*


I don't see your point. The only real similarity is the line "This is where one-man atmospheric black metal project Nontinuum comes into the picture."



SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2012



4415 Comments


Good work, Michael. POS'd.

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MichaelSnoxall
November 28th 2012



12163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks, Hernan. It's much appreciated.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2012



6993 Comments


Howdid I miss this?

MichaelSnoxall
November 30th 2012



12163 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It's pretty obscure, I guess.



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