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by Contemplator

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Dmitry Nevozhay
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Dmitry Nevozhay Instrumental techy prog metal, with strong King Crimson vibe. Favorite track: Hollowing the Flame.
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obmaz We are specks of dust in an infinite universe, and the soundtrack to our journey is Morphose.

What a beautifully crafted opus! Each sonic layer and soundscape with a purpose. Each musician finding his own perfect voice in a superb ambiant mix. Technique and musicianship serving the music, not just fireworks for its own sake.

Turn off the lights. Close your eyes. Crank up the volume. Lift off! Favorite track: Hollowing the Flame.
Poesy Rider
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Poesy Rider L'album précédent m'avait transporté je ne sais où... Depuis j'attendais... Et voilà que Morphose arrive et m'embarque de nouveau je ne sais comment, et me dépose encore plus loin...Ici, il n'y a rien à faire, et pourtant je ne m'ennuie pas. Serais-je devenu un contemplator ? Favorite track: Rite of Shards.
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Proghead Can't wait for the release! Zero mask is what I would expect from a third Contemplator album.

The production is awesome, bringing clarity to the ordered chaos that is the writing. Orchestral parts and heavy riffs are well balanced. They can really rock the 7:8, and the chord progressions are as enigmatic as always.

Sua coche 👌
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"Let’s cut straight to the point here – ‘Vestigial’ is a fantastic piece of work full on intrigue. With many moving parts and creative changes of feel and pace, the track will do much more than hold your interest throughout its near-five-minute duration. The bass work of Pacaud here is outstanding, building a solid foundation for the track to grow around, at times feeling like the vocalist of the band… Do yourself a favor and get to know the band before Morphose makes its way into the world!" - Everything Is Noise

"Morphose is an epic and ambitious set of songs, orchestrated and cinematic on the whole but harboring moments of intensity and crushing hugeness, at times feeling like an instrumental Opeth. There are elements of more spacious post-metal, material that feels more like a grand film score, and intense bursts of awe-inspiring power." - Treble

"How does Pacaud find so much melodic resonance among the cacophony of technical metal passages? His alternating dynamics between distortion and clean mode are straight from the Stravinsky playbook, yet his fretless bass soloing over the top of Jeff Ball’s violins give it a filmic texture that would not be out of place in a new series of Bosch. Clearly, metal musicians appreciate the technical challenge of playing jazz, but do jazz musicians reciprocate when expanding their knowledge? On this evidence, Pacaud can be confident that they will." - Scream Blast Repeat

"'Heavy' or 'complex' are the wrong words one would use to describe CONTEMPLATOR. The more accurate way to describe them is 'cinematic.' Pacaud has a laundry list of progressive acts that influenced his music in his press releases (and Final Fantasy composer Nobou Umematsu), but the first band we’d compare them to is Fantomas. Mike Patton and company took several cues from Italian film scores when writing their music, and Morphose feels like the soundtrack to a horror film that never got made." - Metal Epidemic


released July 29, 2022

Catalog ID: NEF-67

Christian Pacaud - Bass, guitars, programming
Antoine Guertin - Drums
Antoine Baril - Guitars
Maxime Rochefort - Guitars

Jeff Ball - Violin, viola
Francis Grégoire - Piano on “Rite of Shards,” “Vestigial,” and “Idol Obedience”
David Lawrie - Marxophone on “Hollowing The Flame”
Austin Wintory - Accordion on “Hollowing The Flame”

Composed, arranged, and produced by Christian Pacaud
Guitars and drums recorded and engineered by Antoine Baril at Hemisphere Studio
Bass and additional guitars recorded and engineered by Christian Pacaud
Violin and viola recorded and engineered by Jeff Ball
Piano recorded and engineered by Serges Samson (Laboratoire audionumérique de recherche et de création - LARC)
Marxophone recorded and engineered by David Lawrie (Ishikawa Media)
Accordion recorded and engineered by Austin Wintory

Reamped, mixed, and mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves
Artwork by Is Mirek
Layout design by Greg Meisenberg


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