Band Website: www.contrariantheband.com
Label: Independent Recording
Release Date: 2007
Part of the challenge for fans of any musical genre is simply keeping up with the new bands coming out of the woodwork.
And strange as it may seem this is true even within the progressive rock genre. I’m always pleased to hear from new bands looking
to get their music exposed to a wider cross section of prog fans. I recently received a package from the
There are 12 tracks on Minor Complexities, most of which are in the 5 - 6-minute range. The
longest of the bunch times out at just over 10 minutes. This is progressive rock that is distinctly song-based, no long solo musical
excursions here, rather most of these compositions place an emphasis on tight performance and with the technology available it’s hard
to believe there are only three guys playing. Many of the songs will feature changes in time and tempo; grand opening flourishes are
countered with straight forward anthemic rock sections. The most symphonically proggy songs tend to be the longer ones like “Operation
Overlord” (6:12), “Fear and Trembling” (10:15) and “Plato’s Cave” (5:37). These tend to be the songs which feature some powerful violin
again drawing the
I must admit to being partial to Contrarian’s more progressive side. There is simply no denying the longer songs are better for holding the musicianship up for display. Although a track like “Barricades” (5:38) quickly became a favorite of mine as well, with its off-kilter staccato accents and violin work providing a strong contrast to the more straight forward rock segments. I’d love to see the band craft more material in that direction. For a first time effort together I give Contrarian’s Minor Complexities high marks and look forward to hearing what they come up with next time.