Roel de Haan : The Icelandic rockers of Kontinuum finally return with some new work. ‘No Need To Reason’ follows up the excellent and catchy ‘Kyrr’ album and expectations are high. ‘Kyrr’ could be characterised as effective, straightforward and appealing to a wide audience. On ‘No Need To Reason’ we see Kontinuum continuing on their downward path on the extremity-scale. Yes, this is even less heavy than ‘Kyrr’ was, yet that doesn’t mean it is easier on the ears though. ‘No Need To Reason’ is definitely darker, structurally more complex and less catchy at first listen. This result is an album that has more depth and soul (‘Kyrr’ already had soul in spades). And with the added amount of synths the atmosphere is enhanced even more. There is an ever present suppressed depression raging underneath the up-beat veneer and that makes it even more effective when it bleeds through to your ears. Kontinuum are masters in creating songs that show more and more upon repeated visits and that is a quality not many groups possess. Fans of Solstafir, Paradise Lost and Katatonia are urged to check this out.