"Whomsoever Worships The White Worm" (Guitar Playthrough)
CONTRARIAN released Their Worm Never Dies March 15 on Willowtip Records. The album is available on digital, CD, and vinyl formats.
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A new school of old school death metal. Creating death metal that is authentically new while have a natural memory and understanding of the old. Rooted in early 90's progressive death metal, but with an unrelenting forward thinking approach, CONTRARIAN return with their third full-length release Their Worm Never Dies.
Spearheaded by guitar player Jim Tasikas, alongside George Kollias (Nile) simultaneously handling drum and vocal duties, CONTRARIAN is not a super group, but a unit of like-minded musicians that coincidentally converged on a vision of what a modern death metal band should sound like.
Organic sounding, yet aggressive and melodically complex, Their Worm Never Dies is packed with snake-like Schuldinerian-style riffage and atmospheric variations that will provide a wholly enticing listen to all those willing to take in its eccentricity.
"Contrarian should please both old-school heads and modern death metal fiends equally."
- Metal Injection
"Progressive tech-death that bridges the divide between Death, Cynic, and new school manifestations Obscura and Beyond Creation."
"CONTRARIAN's sound pays homage to the Tech/Progressive Death Metal forefathers DEATH, ATHEIST, CYNIC. The musicianship is excellent, the compositions are tight, and you have to love the riffs."
- Metal Temple
"Any band that can soar to these heights, while bringing in old school, classic guitar tones, then make those tones and vibes relevant in 2019 is instantly worthy of boundless recognition. 10/10 for a beautiful record."
- The Metal Webzine
"Contrarian's best release yet, a full unfurling of their potential to the heights of death metal a lot of us suspected they could always achieve."
- Heavy Blog is Heavy
"Lots of bands have latched on the Leprosy/Spiritual Healing era of Death with success (i.e. Gruesome) , but Contrarian are the clear leader when it comes to the latter Death era from Human, Individual Though Patterns and The Sound of Perseverance, nailing the tone, skill and song crafting to a Tee."
- Teeth of the Divine
"A highly credible slice of technical and progressive death metal. if you miss latter day Death, feast your ears on Atheist or love the Cynic debut then this will be music to your ears. Impressive stuff. "
- The Sludgelord
"Their Worm Never Dies locks Contrarian in as one of the genre's stronger unsung heroes."
- Dead Rhetoric
"Taking a base of old-school progressive death metal the likes of which bands such as Death, Atheist, and Cynic did so well, Contrarian's talent is in taking these influences and producing their own interpretation of the style, while incorporating modern influences into their music. Very highly recommended."
- Wonderbox Metal
"Listeners who appreciated Death's progressive era, and would prefer a little Cynic influence thrown in as well, should pick this one up."
- Metal Reviews
"The 7 tracks on display on this release simply have to be heard as they are genuine standard setters from now on. This album has so many layers it has been on constant repeat for some time now and will be for the foreseeable future. Simply stunning." (10/10)
- Rock 'N' Load
"This is progressive death metal at its finest."
- The Metal Channel
"If you have any sort of interest in old school prog death, Their Worm Never Dies needs to be on your radar. It captures the essence of the era and presents it in a modern light, and it represents a big step forward for Contrarian."
- Toilet ov Hell
"An early candidate for best death metal record of 2019."
- Glacially Musical
"Classic death metal throwback sound with a thrashy, fast-paced style and guitar sound. What makes their music considerably more enjoyable than your traditional death metal are all the cool transitions and tempo changes. Dynamic and progressive."
- The Metal Observer
"They may owe more than just a pint to latter Death, but Their Worm Never Dies is very fresh with even a certain sense of elegance to it."
- Zero Tolerance
"Contrarian is one of those few bands that can claim to take over the torch of Schuldiner and therefore Death."
- Chronicles in the Abyss
"An album that deserves to be listened to repeatedly and at high volume."
- Musipedia of Metal
"Their Worm Never Dies takes its toll to combine technical and progressive death metal to new heights as the craftsmanship, musical structures and the atmosphere passages that penetrates the album's presentation is undeniably fresh and absolutely natural."
- Metal Purgatory Media
"This one is everything the hype has made it out to be. This is a good one, readers."
- Twenty Red Metal Nails
"The visual of a dark cloaked sorcerer standing before a great dragon in the midst of a cosmic skyline that adorns Their Worm Never Dies is an altogether fitting one when considering how massively complex and vivid the music itself proves to be."
- Sonic Perspectives
"Equal parts brutal and nuanced, with plenty of jazzy tangents and impressive bass solos, the music here never seems pretentious or overwrought. A lot of that has to do with the warm, analog-sounding production, but regardless, this is a prog/tech death release that is well worth visiting."
- Heavy Music Headquarters
"A gallery of great solos, a mixture of fluid styles and compositional quality."
- El Comenta Mierda
"If Schuldiner were still around, there's no question the sound Contrarian currently concoct is the route Death would've taken."
- Technical Music Review
"Contrarian's sound reminds me of a mixture of Coroner, Atheist, and Pestilence, with some definite hints of Death. It's worth a listen if you're a death metal fan of the progressive and more technical variety and if you're a fan of any of the bands mentioned thus far, then this album is for you."
- Indy Metal Vault
"I encourage you to reach for Their Worm Never Dies, for all those who love what Death, Pestilence, Cynic and other similar bands do."
- Death Magnetic
"Perfect for lovers of Atheist, Control Denied, Watchtower."
- From Beyond Metal Fanzine
"A very solid album from a smart group."
1. Vaskania (The Evil Eye)
3. My Curse
4. The Petition
5. Among The Misled
6. Their Worm Never Dies
7. Whomsoever Worships the Whiteworm
Jim Tasikas - Guitars
Brian Mason - Lead Guitars
Ed Paulsen - Bass
George Kollias - Drums/Vocals
Additional Backing Vocals by George Bokos
Recorded at Watchmen Studios, Lockport, NY USA and Burnt Orange Studiosm Brandenton, FL USA
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by George Bokos at Grindhouse Studios Athens, GR