Company: Blood Harvest
Reviewer: Greg Watson
The debut album for Australia's Contaminated, 'Final Man' is a big slab of sludgy, meaty death metal. The wall of noise that kicks off the album conforms to you like a shroud of tar that is skin tight and refuses to let go. As the album progresses, the heavy, chugging riffs don't let up and the vocals aim to beckon you to edge of the great void. Contaminated deliver on the heavy music without slipping in to the pitfall of repetitive usage of the same riffs throughout the album. The production is the one complaint I have with the album as it is quite muddy and makes it very hard to distinguish anything other than the vocals and guitars. But that may have been the aim to have the production mirror the sound. Either way, despite the production shortcomings, this is still a quality death metal release.
About this Writer:Greg Watson
// Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.