Polemic is the forthcoming debut from progressive/avant-garde death metal unit, CONTRARIAN. Featuring within their ranks the musical prowess of drummer George Kollias (Nile), guitarists Brian Mason (Sulaco) and Leon Macey (Mithras) and vocalist Cody McConnell (Goemagot), alongside guitarist Jim Tasikas and bassist Ed Paulsen, both from the New York-based progressive metal fusion act Delirium Endeavor, the eight-track Polemic is a transnational recording captured at Watchmen Studios (USA), Dreaming Studios (UK) and Soundtrap Studios (Greece) with all mixing and mastering done by Macey at Dreaming Studios.
In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine offers up CONTRARIAN’s rendition of Death’s “Nothing Is Everything” taken from the iconic band’s Individual Thought Patterns (1993) full-length. Issues Tasikas of their tribute, “The following cover of Death’s ‘Nothing Is Everything’ is a tribute to the memory of Chuck Schuldiner and, as described in the lyrics, to those who have suffered at the hands of mental illness such as many forms of depression, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The band went to great lengths to authentically recreate this song off Death’s Individual Thought Patterns, which many consider their most ground-breaking and progressive release to this day. The solo on this track was dissected and reconstructed by guitarist Brian who was also the primary architect in pre-engineering the overall guitar sound on Polemic.”
Sample “Nothing Is Everything,” playing at Decibel Magazine at THIS LOCATION.
You can also check out the record’s title track still streaming at No Clean Singing at THIS LOCATION.
A sonic smorgasbord of original and authentic death metal riffs, layered with blistering solos and mind-blowing percussion, CONTRARIAN never sticks to any one thing for too long. Perpetually changing and evolving, the band’s layered sound and technical wizardry is not to be misconstrued as senseless noodling. Instead, the songs on display delve into avant-garde, latter-day, Schuldinerian-style riffage, with atmospheric variations proving a wholly enticing listen to all those willing to take in its eccentricity.
CONTRARIAN’s Polemic will see release on CD and digitally via Willowtip Records on November 20th, 2015. Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION.