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Contra - This Machine Kills
Contra was a band unknown to me, but the style that our chief editor categorized it in did appeal to me. Grind mangled with metalcore, so I instantly thought about bands like Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus and Despised Icon. Contra started out in early 2004 and had a demo in just one year. Now they release their debut EP on the world, which has been produced by Logan Mader, the former Machine Head/Soulfly guitarist. As their bio states, they are ready to kick down some doors and anything/anyone else in their way. Well let’s see…
The record indeed starts brutally and I instantly like the raw produced sound of the down-tuned guitars. A booming Hatebreed riff comes at me and a mean pitbull terrier screaming his lungs out. Oh my god I thought, not again… But after some minutes I started to nod slightly with the music. Especially the second track called Learning To Count brought me to my second opinion, because the riffs tended to Arkangel riffs combined with Hatebreed. I don’t like the zillion Hatebreed rip-offs, but bands that give the same aggression as that band and sounding original is quite an extraordinary happening. Contra manages their own sound, although sometimes they tend to go back to riffs that I heard a dozen times before. I was also surprised by the ‘assumed’ stoner riff I heard coming by, it would not have misunderstood if that riff was written by Fu Manchu for example. Nice diversity. Heart for instance is one of those songs that are always cool for the brutality, but lacks originality.
I think This Machine Kills has quite some ability on the market, but I would not buy this myself. Although my taste isn’t really longing to metalcore, I sometimes hear it with friends and with enough beer in me I actually like it. I sentence an above average result for an above average disc. Well, enough about this record. Oh, by the way I haven’t recognized ANYTHING connected to grind in this record. Tibor, you lied!
Contra - This Machine Kills
70/1001Details Mediaskare
Released on Tuesday Aug 30th, 2005

Writer @Mat-Core on Friday Sep 30th, 2005

Tags: #Contra
Tracklisting 1: This Machine Kills
2: Learning To Count
3: Heart
4: Prodigious Sonance
5: Nothing To Me
6: Presence
Line up Jake McCarty - Vocals
Kevin Brooks - Guitar
Luke Matsuk - Bass
John Cruz - Drums