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CONTRARIAN will release Their Worm Never Dies March 15 on Willowtip Records.
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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 Diesis 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. Stream another album track, "Exorcism," at youtu.be/rx2Enr1BZ9Y
"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
"It's fucking excellent!"
- Heavy Blog is Heavy
"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
"This is progressive death metal at its finest."
- The Metal Channel
"Contrarian is one of those few bands that can claim to take over the torch of Schuldiner and therefore Death."
- Chronicles in the Abyss
"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
"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
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