Whenever I encounter a contract-less band from Sweden Iím on the alert because there is no denying that itís a lot easier for a band from Norway or Sweden to get a contract than one coming from a less renowned metal country.
CONTORTION is worthy a contract but its not groundbreaking stuff they are making, far from. Their take on Death Metal is slighltly technical, ANATA light for those who are familiar with that band, but without the identity. They are steady as rock at their instruments but has some steps to walk before they can call themselves great composers. By all means, none of the songs are bad per se, but there are few moments Iíd call their own. Much of what I hear sounds like regurgitated greatness.
For being a demo, ďForever SufferĒ has a great production. Itís a bit too clean and sterile but fortunately they havenít overdone it. A bit more dirt and gravel the next time around and I might be mighty impressed.
For those who arenít familiar with ANATA, Iíd like to add that the Death Metal at display is heavy on the blasts and solos. There are perhaps some harmonies as well, but Iím not entirely sure what qualifies to being called so. I know when IRON MAIDEN does them. If you wonder how the vocals are I can inform you that they are top notch. Gruff as hell but never sounding even slightly stupid.
CONTORTION is a good band but they should add some more personality and become a great one. I know I simplified it; itís a mean feat to do so.
(Online June 12, 2007)