"The Hypothesis"

By Dr. Abner Mality

The Continuum Hypothesis was a supposedly insoluble mathematical problem dealing with cardinal numbers and infinity. A number of famous mathematicians including Georg Cantor tried to solve it but failed. Cantor himself was driven to suicide by the hypothesis. I'm sure I would join him, since I suck at any form of math. Nevertheless, the Continuum Hypothesis is the subject of "The Hypothesis" by Continuum. Nice and neat, eh?

This is a very typical Unique Leader release. Ultra-technical death metal up the ying yang, digitized typewriter drumming and plenty of scales and arpeggios. Even the logos and art design of the Unique Leader bands are starting to blur together into one big mass. "The Hypothesis" is not the worst or most impenetrable of these types of albums, but this music has little staying power and is very uniform despite the admittedly incredible playing. Or maybe because of it?

At any rate, the album flies by in no time at all and most tracks here are quite concise, coming in under four minutes. Strangely enough, the two longest songs are the most memorable. "Where the Worlds Were Left" is an instrumental dominated by amazing jazzy drumming and a repetitive rise-and-fall kind of simple riff. "Steppes To Ascension" is the epic, coming in at over nine minutes. It features a repeated loop of riffing that is as mathematically precise as one of Georg Cantor's equations. I can easily believe that pure math was used to put both of these songs together.

This kind of wonky tech-death is not really in my wheelhouse, but I will say that Continuum are nowhere near as overbaked as Rings of Saturn. If you're a fan of Unique Leader's usual fare, this is recommended. If not, then avoid.