Australian dark death metallers Contaminated are about to unleash their debut album on the world, and what a beast it is. Final Man contains 34 minutes of pestilent, disgustingly ugly death metal, the likes of which you rarely find these days.
Rotting aesthetics aside, the band have obviously got a talent for their death metal songwriting too, as the album is full of thick, weighty slabs of brutality and darkness, all presented to the listener in ripe, virulent, plague-ridden promise. Contaminated are well worth braving sickness for.
So put on your protective gear and get stuck in – Contaminated are waiting for you…
What are your influences?
Mostly old Finnish and dark US death metal, isn’t it pretty apparent?
We don’t hide it!
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
If we’re talking not just death metal and not necessarily new stuff…
Crucifix – Remains, Enemy Soil – everything, Vomi Noir – Envies de Muertre, Krypts – Remnants of Expansion, Nunwhore Commando 666 – S/T.
Tell us about your debut album Final Man How were the songs written?
The new songs on the record were all written as a band in the jam room with more or less myself (Lachy) writing the riffs and Christoph and Nick helping arrange them. The same goes for the two re-recorded ones from the Promo ’15 tape. The re-recorded song from Pestilential Decay was originally pieced together out of my initial fumblings a long time ago.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
I’m probably most proud of Squalid Survival because it was a real cunt to nail tight.
How do you think your music will progress in the future?
The last song I wrote was much more like the first demo, so basic and rough old Finn death. Right now there aren’t really any solid plans for future releases. Would be cool to do a couple of splits.
How did you choose the cover artwork?
We said to Stewie “draw something with a broken, starved, malnourished cyborg in a blasted landscape” and that’s pretty much what happened. I reckon it came up fucking brilliant!
How important is good album art to you?
It certainly helps the full package feel “complete”, especially for a vinyl release. No one likes 12″ x 12″ shitty art. I doubt it affects how I feel about the music as a listener but maybe it does and I just can’t tell?
How does it feel to have your debut album unleashed on the world?
After trying to get a decent death metal album done since I was 15 (I’m 27), I’d say it feels pretty damn good. I’m very happy with the end product.
What are your goals for the album
For people to cop a stiff beating and for it to not sit about for 10 years as dead stock collecting dust.
How would you compare your debut album to your earlier work – Pestilential Decay?
Much faster and more chaotic, and less emphasis placed on the obviously Finnish nature of the arrangements. The re-recorded song, Forlorn and Desolate, also came up much better this time.
Playing live – essential or pointless?
By no means is it pointless. I hate the “exclusive ritual” notion of what playing shows is to a lot of bands kinda similar to us. Also it’s a LOT easier to move records when you play shows – with post being as pricey as it is these days most people grab stuff when they see it. I think we put on a rowdier and rougher show than most “dark” death metal bands all cosplayed up in spikes and leather, soooo…
What are the next steps for Contaminated?
Not sure really. Would love to do a US tour but that depends on work, money, real life bullshit, etc…
Any final words?
Thanks for the platform, hopefully people read this. Buy the record!