CONTAMINATION
Traumatic Recollections
(self-financed)
51:06min

CONTAMINATION are a Death / Thrash Metal band from Germany. They haven’t been exceedingly productive when it comes to quantity, considering the band has existed for twelve years and has a demo and an album to its name before the present release. Judging from this new offering, however, they make up for it in quality. For an unsigned band, their skills, both compositional and technical, are definitely remarkable. They play very energetic, very speedy music, with much aggression but in a classy way. I most enjoy the strong vocals (always treading the fine line between Death and Thrash), and they are very aptly complemented by the instruments. These are not only proficiently played, also they don’t rest, jumping from riff to riff while along the way grasping the attention of your ears with their stylish showmanship. The drumming is equally excellent and sometimes both drums and strings indulge in pushing the pedal together; there are great moments of amazing speed drumming with shameless guitar flaunting in songs like ‘Infestation Of The Soul’ and ‘Curse Of The Tomb’. So you get treated to an array of metallic prowess with a lot to delve into… listen for instance to the impressive guitar fest in ‘Isolated Fear’. Or ‘Lost In Psychotic Dreams’, an instrumental that once again shows their effort in keeping their songs varied and interesting, this time not so much with speed and brutality but with sheer skill and composition, sometimes brushing some Prog Thrash. And they somehow manage to keep this twelve-plus minutes song interesting from beginning to end. If only for all the work they have in writing their songs they deserve praise, but truth is the album is really good. Find it out at https://contamination.bandcamp.com, www.facebook.com/contaminationband

Ricardo Campos

Ricardo Campos

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