Album Review: Contra – Deny Everything (Robustfellow Productions/Shifty Records)


On July 1st 2017 Robustfellow Productions/Shifty Records will release the debut album, Deny Everything, from the video-game inspired sludge/doom metal band, Contra.

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With tracks like Altered Beast & One Hundred Hand Slap, the influences are clear to see but Deny Everything has much more then clever references going on. Mixing the doomy vibe of early Black Sabbath with the harder & rougher vocal style of the likes of Crowbar. Deny Everything is 10 tracks of crushing & brilliant sludge metal.

Riff heavy tracks like Human Buzzsaw, Snake Goat & Altered Beast really get the blood pumping. As well as being very heavy tracks they have great hooks & rhythm. It’s appealing stuff, drawing you in & sucking you down, like a swamp.

Perhaps the best track on the album though is the slow & moody beat of Humanoid Therapy. It’s dark & dripping with atmosphere. The increase in pace & high guitar riffing near the end really finishes it off in style. A fantastic song & one that shows off the talent within Contra.

There’s little to complain about here. It’s banging song after banging song. Son of Beast, Bottom Feeder, One Hundred Hand Slap, Dr Goldfoot…all filled with hard & heavy riffs. Drenched in a doom & sludge vibe.

The excellent, Deny Everything ends on the lengthy & moody beat of Shrimp Cocktail. It’s one final flurry of furious sounding doom, dark & extremely heavy. It’s such a satisfying finish to an album that is filled with satisfying tracks.

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Contra – Deny Everything Full Track Listing:

1. Human Buzzsaw
2. Snake Goat
3. Altered Beast
4. The Gorgon
5. Humanoid Therapy
6. Son of Beast
7. Bottom Feeder
8. One Hundred Hand Slap
9. Dr. Goldfoot
10. Shrimp Cocktail

You can order Deny Anything over on Bandcamp & through Contra’s official webstore. You can find out much more about Contra on their website, on Facebook, on Twitter & on Instagram.

Contra - Deny Everything (Robustfellow Productions/Shifty Records)
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