Supercontinent

by THECODONTION

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revolv0
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revolv0 This is the experimental metal our ancestors who crossed the Bering Strait Bridge would have listened to.
zirtonic
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zirtonic Either I'm a sucker for double bass or that configuration innately leads to interesting songwriting. Or both (it's probably both). Add in a unique concept and what you get is sure to be one of the better releases this year. This is well worth your time.
Ippocalyptica
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Ippocalyptica Prehistoric death / black metal is very on the mark for Supercontinent, because while we have a few adjacent sub-genres like cavernous death metal and bestial war metal for reference, this really does sound extremely primitive, minimalist (partly due to THECODONTION being a two-piece band), and simply outright savage. This is far from a one-trick beast, though, because despite all of the above, this is also actually surprisingly melodic and nuanced throughout! 2020 continues to amaze! Favorite track: Pangaea.
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1.
Gyrosia 02:08
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Vaalbara 04:12
3.
Ur 06:32
4.
Kenorland 04:23
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Lerova 02:23
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Nuna 06:01
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Rodinia 03:52
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Tethys 01:58
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Pangaea 07:36
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Panthalassa 02:41

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After releasing a demo ("Thecodontia", 2018) and an EP ("Jurassic", 2019), Italy's bass-driven black/death metal prehistoric beast THECODONTION is back with its first full length album, "Supercontinent". Thus far, the band's material has been uncompromisingly fast-paced and length-wise short, featuring their signature distorted double bass attacks and blistering bass solos. With "Supercontinent" THECODONTION move towards a more atmospheric and intricate direction, with tribalistic drumming, slower and lengthier riffing, and wailing reverb-drenched leads, all played on bass except for a baritone guitar guest solo on "Laurasia-Gondwana". Their blast-beating fury is nevertheless always present, this time around with a lot more variety in the riffing department. There are also four mostly non-metal instrumental segments in the forms of intro, interludes and outro, in which THECODONTION further expand their sonic palette, with bass ambience explorations and atmospheric rock leanings.

As the album title suggests, "Supercontinent" is a conceptual voyage through various stages of ancient Earth's continental drift phase, from the earliest known supercontinent ("Vaalbara") to the most recent one ("Pangaea"). Extensive researches with an almost scientific approach have been made for the lyrical department; and yet there is a strong pursuit for a certain vivid imagery, with poetic descriptions of ancient lifeforms populating the planet during the various geological eras, and cataclysmic events leading to the break up and collision of landmasses. The four instrumental non-metal songs feature short poems about superoceans: enormous bodies of water which surrounded these continental assemblies.

On the visual front, the concept is perfectly embodied by the phenomenal artwork of Stefan Thanneur (CHAOS ECHOES), with a colourful representation of the final supercontinental stage and climax of the record: Pangaea surrounded by the Panthalassa Ocean.

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released June 26, 2020

Digipack CD edition out via I, Voidhanger Records
12" LP edition out via Repose Records

THECODONTION is:

G.E.F. - vocals, songwriting
G.D. - bass, lyrics, arrangements

V.P. (Seventh Genocide) - all drums
J.G.P. (Seventh Genocide, Bedsore) - guitar (baritone) on "Laurasia-Gondwana"
R.C. (Seventh Genocide) - additional vocals on "Pangaea"
Skaðvaldur (Urðun, Igor Mortis) - vocals on "Ur"

Stefan Thanneur (Chaos Echoes) - artwork & design
Guglielmo Nodari - recording
Marco Salluzzo - mixing, mastering at Necromorbus Studio, Sweden
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Cat. Nr. IVR131

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