CONTRITION - REFLECTIONS (Target Distribution)


                           (Review by Patrick De Sloover)

The Danish modern metal newcomers Contrition release their debut ‘Reflections’, shortly after their debut EP ‘Oath Of Iniquity’. The band wrote and recorded 10 new tracks for their debut release, which will have a Target Distribution deal.  Youngsters, that’s what we can say about this band, and these youngsters sure know how to thrash! When they recorded their EP, the average age was about 17 years young. Three years later, they are still young at heart and deliver an album that is worth praising!  If they will continue to evolve through the upcoming years, a lot of nice things will happen for this band that is located around the Copenhagen area.

On ‘Reflections’, we hear a collection of emotional growls and atmospheric melodic passages. It’s no problem at all to bring on mature tracks, with some progressive approach, and a foundation that is based on Thrash, Groove and Core Metal. Besides these terms, I would like to mention a few bands that can be categorized in the same style and direction. The first part of the album has a lot of Machine Head meets In Flames influences without cloning or copying them. Some songs would fit in the roster of The Haunted, As I Lay Dying  and Soilwork. The guitars of Andreas Koll and Josh Grant kill with pleasure and Morten L. Andersen (bass) and Andreas Kleis Baarsoe (drums) deliver a profound wall of sound.

When track 5 “Chaos Reigns” starts, we hear a totally diverse way of singing by Nico Paidar. He’s doing a kind of rap intro, followed by a progressive approach. From then on, I have the idea that the album is continuing into another path, as the next tracks “Nova” and “Surrogate” are more into the modern Hypocrisy style. They are still heavy and pounding, but lose some weight in speed. Anyhow you look at it, this album is a revelation and I’m sure that this band is breaking boundaries to international fame! 

Contrition accelerates with one mission and that’s to accomplish a difficult task to inject melody into progression.  Musical wise the band is far beyond commonplace and the message that they have to spread fits perfect to the name of the band. Some songs are heavy as hell and turn into acoustic parts, while others built up speed to finish calm finally. This whirlwind of ideas and arrangements result in an album that gets better and better the more you listen to it!

My rating: 87 / 100


95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !


Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan


Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it


Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first


Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate


Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard