Contra are a band f rom Cleveland, Ohio that plays a mixture of stoner, sludge and doom metal and this is a review of their 2017 album "Deny Everything" which was released as a joint effort between Robustfellow Productions and Shifty Records.
Distorted amp sounds start off the album along with some heavy and melodic retro metal style riffing and the solos and leads also add in a touch of blues and stoner rock while the vocals are done in an aggressive hardcore and sludge mixture style and a great amount of doom metal elements can be heard.
While the music does have a lot of old school influences it still sounds very modern at the same time while the riffs and leads also utilize a decent amount of melody and a couple of tracks are all instrumental and a couple of the songs are very long and epic in length and all of the music stick to either a slow or mid paced direction.
Contra plays a musical style that takes 70's blues rock and proto metal and mixes it in with the heaviness of modern stoner, sludge and doom metal and mixes them together to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover dark and mythological themes.
In my opinion Contra are a very great sounding mixture of stoner, sludge and doom metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Human Buzzsaw" "The Gorgon" "Son Of Beast" and "Shrimp Cocktail". 8 out of 10.