|Review: Kontact - First Contact|
Label: Temple of Mystery Records
Year released: 2022
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: January 24, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
With the goal of channeling ‘80s metal, in particular the occult weirdness of Voïvod, some of the musicians from Traveler and Blackrat joined forces to form Kontact with their initial release being the EP First Contact. The first thing that struck me were the vocals, a croaky shout that has a raspy, blackened quality which I found unsettling at first, but their blatant uniqueness grew on me quickly. Kontact oscillate between pumping riffs on "Ancient Malice" and "Heaven’s Gate" and a doom approach featuring a slow, ominous bass riff and those disturbing vocals repeating the chorus of "The Devil in Iron." The lead work is not flashy but suits the music to a "T." There’s an excellent cover of Sacred Blade’s "Fieldz of Sunshrine," a song that fits the aesthetic Kontact are going for, where the vocals alternately channel Snake and Alice Cooper, showing the croak is not the only tool in the belt. I admit not liking First Contact when I first listened to it. It isn’t anything I would call "accessible," but the riffs are excellent, and the atmosphere is undeniably creepy and unusual, so bravo to Kontact for channeling that aspect of Voïvod and coming up with something unlike most of the metal out there today. Adventurous fans should be on the lookout for this and, at the same time, be willing to give the mix of traditional metal, punk, doom and just plain weirdness time to soak in. It is worth the investment.
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