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Contemplator is instrumental progressive music that circles around and between genre boundaries, from the prog-rock leanings of Uematsu's RPG video game scores to the angular dissonances of GORGUTS.

The project was born after Christian PACAUD came back from his tour playing bass for AUGURY in 2010, inspired by all the deeply creative, passionate and unique people he had met along the road. Now convinced people out there are just waiting for daring and bold musical experiments to shove down their brains, he turned all musical filters off, pressed record and went with the flow.

The "Contemplator" EP was released in 2013. MetalSucks' Vince Neilstein featured it in his "Unsigned and Unholy" column: "This is excellent technical death metal that isn't too big on the "tech" side, if you catch my drift - there's a ton to grab onto here, not just riff salad."

Now a four-piece band with current and past members of AUGURY and AETERNAM, Contemplator are releasing "Sonance", their debut full-length album, mixed/mastered by Colin Marston (GORGUTS, KRALLICE, DYSRHYTHMIA), available on Bandcamp (and other platforms) starting August 21.

The music could be described as progressive, is instrumental, rather on the metal spectrum of things, has weird synth textures and strings arrangements.

Influences include 70's progressive rock, 90's japanese role-playing video game music, modern progressive and technical death metal as well as touches of other styles such as jazz fusion and jam bands.


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Contemplator Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars From Quebec Canada, the band is playing some instrumental Progressive Metal on the technical side and avant-garde style with atonal key signatures. You won't find an instantly hummable melody, but rather an intense atmosphere of dark and heavy music that put you in a discomfort zone. The music is mainly driven by guitars/bass/drums and violin. But there are some passages when the music gets lighter, especially in the first part of the beautiful song "Welkin". The last track "Meridian" is another brilliant song with some nice balance between melody and technique and some tasty string arrangments. If you enjoy the style of bands like Unexpect and Opeth, this has a good chance to satisfy you. You should also check out their first EP from 2013, who is not bad at all and more melodic
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