A Continent Named Coma
The Lachrymose Sessions - Demo


4.0
excellent

Review

by tyman128 USER (35 Reviews)
October 30th, 2018 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Only one way to go from here

From the midst of the Sputnik community comes A Continent Named Coma. Mixing post-hardcore, post-rock, and hints of emo-esque stylings, The Lachrymose Sessions is a demo of potential and talent for the future of the band. Taking influence from the post-harcore genre in general (i.e. They’re Only Chasing Safety era Underoath), A Continent Named Coma utilizes distorted guitar progressions, driving drum grooves, and bass both subtle and prominent at the same time to progress through each track. Binding each song together, the vocals are reminiscent to much of mewithoutYou’s discography, focusing on spoken word/softly sung vocals, while maintaining impressive harsh vocals throughout, contrasting the two vocal stylings.

As a whole, the band shows a lot of chemistry, working together in a flow of instrumental magic. The guitars take advantage of a clean to distorted alternation, providing listeners with relaxed, delay-ridden verses juxtaposed by a subtle aggression of crunch distortion in the choruses. “Lachrymose” expresses this absolute talent produced by the guitars, utilizing a progressive build up, from simple, clean chords erupting into a mass of distorted progressions of note picking and tremolo undertone. Complimenting the strings is the supporting bass, following suit of the guitars while maintaining a punch of its own. Throughout “Show Your Face”, the bass takes over the responsibilities of the lower melodies of the choruses as the guitars churn through the higher octaves, proving the bass to be a rather important backbone of The Lachrymose Sessions. Accompanying these melody-makers, is the impressive performance of the groove-setter. The drumming within this demo is pretty fantastic, mixing both chill rhythms in the slow verses while speeding up the tempo and ferocity within the choruses and bridges. “Don’t Count on Me” displays a double-bass reliant beat with punk-influence sprinkled throughout, maintaining this pummeling fury, only to slow down slightly for a relaxed, yet intriguing, bridge of groove and rhythm.

Encompassing all of the musical aspects of the demo, the vocals take the stage in a rather upfront manner. Combining vocal stylings of both harsh and clean, The Lachrymose Sessions shows A Continent Named Coma expressing both peace and chaos through the vocal performance. While the cleans sometimes fall flat (as most demos feature), sounding out of key and out of place on occasion, the harsh vocals truly make up for it. Taking inspiration from Underoath’s older discography, the harsh screams bring out anguish and anger while maintaining the calm tonality of the cleans. Although this is a demo, the vocals are surprisingly top-notch, producing a performance that is both well-executed as well as fitting for the band’s stylistic choices.

Overall, this demo shows a promising career for the future of the band. While The Lachrymose Sessions only give us a taste of what they have in store, one can only assume that what they have coming is nothing short of spectacular. Even though this is only stage one for the band, A Continent Named Coma is starting off on a high-note, with only improvement to come as they progress further into production and mixing of final track mixes. This may only be the beginning of the band’s future, but they already sound like season veterans in the industry.



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tyman128
October 30th 2018


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, I'm actually quite surprised by how much I enjoyed this. In fact, it's going on its 6th repeat right now and it only gets better the more it plays. So much potential stored up in just three songs, and so much talent displayed in only a few demos. Great job guys, keep it up!

pjquinones747
October 30th 2018


2957 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Holy hell dude. This is an insane review. I'm beaming. You're my new favorite person.

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tyman128
October 30th 2018


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man, it was really fun reviewing this, you guys have a got a great future ahead

pjquinones747
October 30th 2018


2957 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Can’t wait to record and share even more!

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2018


15752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice of you reviewing a homie's work tyman, pos'd. Gonna check this out later.

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JustJoe.
October 30th 2018


6011 Comments


tyman is slowly climbing the corporate sput-ladder

pjquinones747
October 30th 2018


2957 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Cheers to tyman, everybody.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2018


15752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty good PJ, the only thing I didn't dig were the cleans, they feel a bit under-produced and slightly out of tune here and there, the harsh vocals are good. The first track have some interesting beats, def. my favorite. If you guys manage to work out those cleans in the future (full length?) you'll be golden.

pjquinones747
October 31st 2018


2957 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks Dewinged! I am the drummer and the first track is definitely my favorite of ours hahaha. I appreciate the feedback!

tyman128
October 31st 2018


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dew, I have about two more I’m reviewing this week from sput users, love showing them some love in the community

Joe, just working my way up slowly haha

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2018


15752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The drumming is lit dude, this comes from another drummer. m/ m/

tyman128
October 31st 2018


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2018


9426 Comments


Would I dig this? Don’t wanna down rate a sput-user-based-project when it’s getting steam like this

tyman128
October 31st 2018


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think you might, give it a listen and see

Beardog
October 31st 2018


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This really sounds way better than just a demo, the only complaint I have is the cleans tbh. Really excited for a full length with better vocals and production (eventhough it's already really good here)



@tyman plz review my record too xoxo

tyman128
October 31st 2018


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

for sure Beardog

now I have about 4 sput user music to review haha, I’ll try to do them this week since I have a 5 day weekend

Beardog
October 31st 2018


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wow awesome. Don't expect it to come close to this release though, from what I've heard lately this is one of the better 'Sputnik-acts'.

tyman128
October 31st 2018


1373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why are you selling yourself short? I just took a few snippets from all the songs to get a feel for it, and it is some really solid stuff Bear. That drumming is ridiculously tight and the riffs are really catchy and hard hitting. Plus the vocals fit the music so well, looking forward to getting further into it

Beardog
October 31st 2018


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mostly cause I think the clean vocals could've been better if I put more time into it, but yeah I'm really proud of it musically, plus; I don't like boasting about my own music. Thanks for the kind words though!

pjquinones747
October 31st 2018


2957 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Beardog if y'all got a Spotify, YouTube, etc lets have it so I can check your stuff out!



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