Progressive Rock/Metal

Contrarian – MINOR Complexities

Contrarian sounds and feels like a long lost friend from the Eighties (KANSAS). But the aren’t a cheap rippof at all. The sound is Bombastic Progressive Rock I Hear also other influences from Shadow gallery to Genesis,Todd Rundgren.

Their great Vocalist has a similar range as Psychotic Waltz’s “Buddy lacky”. “Contrarian’s songs are wide-ranging, including lyrics inspired by the philosophical writings of Søren Kierkegaard (Fear and Trembling), Frederick Nietzsche (Twilight of the Idols), and Plato (Plato’s Cave).

Other songs cover history, religion and the broader concept of the “hierarchy of needs” as described by Abraham Maslow”. In the spring of 2007 final mixing and mastering of “Minor Complexities” began. On June 20, 2007 the initial pressing of “Minor Complexities” was received from Disc Makers.

Also on that date, word was received that United States Trademark protection was secured for the band’s name Contrarian. On June 22, 2007 “Minor Complexities” was released. On that date Tim and Joe traveled to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA to attend and promote “Minor Complexities” at the annual, three day NEARfest (North East Art Rock festival) concert series. NEARfest is held at the Zoeller Arts Center on the Lehigh campus and is a major gathering for progressive rock musicians, journalists and fans.

In July 2007 the band began performing as Contrarian, incorporating songs from “Minor Complexities” into its cover song repertoire. Also at that time two new additional members were recruited for Contrarian. Joe Suarez was recruited as drummer for Contrarian. Although Joe Suarez is a long-time friend of Tim’s they had never had the opportunity to play in a band together.

That opportunity came after Chuck Bailey announced he had to leave the band due to the constraints of playing in the two other bands of which he was a member before joining Class-X/Contrarian. Joe, a seasoned studio and live performance musician quickly learned the material and Contrarian was able to continue its gig schedule without missing a performance.

Also, guitarist and vocalist Mike Lenyo, who had previously played in the Trenton based band the Dawgs with drummer Joe Suarez, was recruited to join the band after he had come out to a gig and jammed with the band. His performance so impressed the band that he was immediately invited to join Contrarian.

If i know one thing for shure. This kind of music is joy too listen to, and this band is a thru JEM. From the first note from “Operation Overlord” it will be very clear this album will be played over and over. And yes the link with kansas is obvious.(LET FREEDOM CRY). “Twilight of the Idols” is a great up tempo number with great riff playing.

This band incorparates Big Progressive Soundscapes into Heavy rock. “Just Doing Time”Is a well written semi-ballad. I could review every song of the record seperate but the best advise i can give any prog-rock fan to listen it for them self or better buy it blind and enter the world of Contrarian.

All the songs are well written and yes indeed this is heavy EARCANDY for any Prog Rock metal based listener.I think as a reviewer that this album will stick with me for a long time and i will listen to it many times over.

My favorite tracks are
1. Twilight of the Idols
2. Just Doing Time
3. Stand or fall
4. Sanguine Bells

This is a uplifting retro Progressive Rock 92 %

© Ron “thedoorwaymaster” Vermulst


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