|Review: Cathubodua - Continuum|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2019
Genre: Symphonic Metal
Review online: March 31, 2020
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Continuum is the debut album by Belgium's Cathubodua and it is a sprawling symphonic effort replete with all the trappings of the style from sweeping keyboards to "beauty and the beast" vocals to cinematic songwriting. Singer Sara Venderheyden has a truly operatic voice which is similar in sound to Tarja Turunen or Carmen Lorch and while she is talented, sometimes she doesn't mesh with the music as well as she might. When she does, however, the effect is quite good, lifting tracks like "A Treacherous Maze" and "Abyss" above the rest of the album. Everything else on Continuum is OK, nothing you haven't heard before and nothing that would be considered "bad", but the songwriting is rather safe and frankly a little bland. There aren't any strong hooks to the choruses and none of the keyboard melodies or guitar riffs stick in your head for very long. Continuum is a solid effort that fans of symphonic metal won't dislike but its "memorable factor" is not high as they might like.
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