The Continuum Shift is a five-piece technical death metal/deathcore band from Plantation, Florida that counts acts such as The Faceless, Within the Ruins, Burning the Masses, Wretched, Rings of Saturn, and Beneath the Massacre as influences. TCS has slowly but surely been making their way into the upper echelons of the South FL underground tech/deathcore scene, having recently played with the likes of Abiotic and Dark Sermon. They are currently preparing to record and release a formal EP titled The Great Rebirth that will feature “Les Enfants Terribles” and several other brutal-as-shit, shredtastic tracks, that, in the words of the band’s Facebook page, “all listeners will enjoy banging their heads to while their ears bleed profusely.” I can’t help but agree.
TCS’s new song is largely focused around lead guitarist Kyle Baffi’s creativity and technical prowess: throughout the track, the listener will find a tasteful balance of almost schizophrenic syncopation ala Hiroshima Will Burn and Beneath the Massacre, and slick death metal soloing ala Abiotic and Akeldama-era The Faceless. Some passages are less technical than others, however, and allow the band to showcase their penchant for more straightforward brutality, once again drawing comparability to Abiotic and early The Faceless. Vocalist Kenny Diaz and drummer Yuval Shott also offer ingredients crucial to any tech DM assault, as the former brings a Rose Funeral/Suicide Silence-esque level of brutality through crushing lows and scorching highs, and the latter manages to complement all the different variances in the song, while adding some great fills and backbeats. Bassist Juan Ramirez and rhythm guitarist Glenn Conner anchor the assault down, keeping things focused yet unrestrained, which seems to be the mark of TCS: although they draw heavy influence from some of the most chaotic names in technical music, they manage to keep everything sufficiently organized without reverting to excessive repetitiveness. That uncommon level of songwriting ability is typically a mark of seasoned veterans, and just goes to show exactly how much potential these gentlemen have.
Overall, “Les Enfants Terribles” is both an interesting and entertaining listen, and has definitely piqued my curiousity as to what else is to come on their forthcoming EP. Floridian metal has never let us down in the past, and I don’t think it’s about to start anytime soon. So give these guys a like by clicking right here, and be on the lookout for news to come!