Make a “first contact” with the exceptionally alien Heavy Metal of Kontact (interview + first EP stream)

Weird soundscapes and weird riffs are the order of the day with maniacal new canadian sci-fi metalheads Contact, whose debut EP is out tomorrow on Temple of Mystery Records. Featuring veteran metal warriors from bands like Traveler and Blackrat, First contact (missed opportunity to double the “K’s”!) is a journey through the unknown; there’s nothing predictable inside other than a promise of some really cool and unusual songwriting.

While the intro to the first song “Ancient Malice” might make listeners believe that something more conventional is being delivered under the guise of some weird art – seriously, what’s up with the hexagonal sphinx? guys play for alien dungeons. Each line of majestic alien howls delivered to the music is carefully crafted; it seems to follow strange, little explored melodic paths, but the execution is masterful and still works despite the approach. This always offbeat side of music via weird and otherworldly singing is enduring as a valid artistic approach because the music itself follows the same lines to some extent, and this is a testament to the ability to write. of the band’s songs that some of the most fashion choices work.

One of the most striking examples of the band’s mastery over their craft is the second song, “The Devil in Iron”. On paper, this shouldn’t work; although it’s structured like a doom epic, there’s no tension it builds towards, the riffs themselves aren’t particularly heavy or sinister, and at times the tone almost approaches that of a ballad. Instead of sounding weak or heavy, the song is captivating and moving (in terms of how the music is carried – the lyrics about Conan’s terrifying physique and barbaric murder lust are anything but teary) more hovering, catchy than anything. hell and one of the most memorable singles in recent heavy metal memory. Every song has those moments of disbelief, riffs, bridges, and sections that just don’t match up with what heavy metal is “supposed” to be, and in this push towards individuality and disregard for standards, Kontact finds his voice: prophets of oneness, and for the power not only to stand out from the pack, but also to expend precious muscle to try and drive him away.

From doom metal and speed metal to heavy metal and silly muscle to intelligent high sci-fi, Kontact tries to mix everything in his music. Shockingly enough, they more or less get there, and some great fucking bonus points for Sacred Blade’s excellent coverage too – they’re a big favorite here, and grossly understated. Listen to them when you’re done with the Kontact EP.

Listening to the exclusive premiere of First contact read below for an interview with The Alien (aka Ian Lemke).

What impetus has led to the creation of a new group, especially given Matt’s already active involvement with the very successful Traveler? What inner need does Kontact fulfill that other groups don’t have?

All of Kontact’s material was written and arranged by The Alien (ex-Blackrat), who had relocated the group from foreign shores and needed a few brave souls to join them in sculpting the interdimensional SOS transmission that is First. Contact. Once mesmerized by the mind control frequencies of hits such as Ancient Malice and City of the Pyramid, guitar mercenary Matt B1257 + 12 Z was physically unable to end his involvement in the project. This is good news for the heavy metal community on planet Earth. Traveler does a great job exploring the last frontier. Kontact, meanwhile, is dedicated to exploring many frontiers, all even more definitive.

While the album cover and promotional material clearly points to science fiction as the band’s theme, it’s clear from the adoring Robert Howard lyrics of “The Devil in Iron” that science fiction is not. anything that went into the group. Is there just one point that every song should revolve around or is something just right as long as it is right?

I don’t know what you’re talking about. All lyrics are true stories that have come to multiversal replicas of ourselves in simultaneous realities. HOWEVER, you are absolutely correct that the puny sci-fi genre is too puny, far too puny in fact, to contain our many thoughts on the galaxy. Anything on the space-time continuum is fair game. With the exception of Lovecraft, he’s a dead (space) horse that’s been beaten up for quite a long time.

Kontact took over the cult Canadian heroes Sacred Blade to close this record; How important is Sacred Blade to you, and should we expect other ancient Canadian magisters to be covered in future releases?

Jeff “The Pilot” Ulmer was a god beyond time. We’re excited to see Sacred Blade / Othyrworld finally get the recognition they deserve. Regarding future plagiarism, our technicians have worked hard on a certain Voivod song, but it is not for physical reproduction. Good idea though, maybe we should dig up some other ancient obscurity for the full album.

Are there influences other than the obvious that might surprise listeners?

During the initial phase of mindstorm, the work of the following human subgroups was collected: Sacred Blade, Judas Priest, Voivod, Kat (Poland), Dio, Accept, Manilla Road, Master’s Hammer, Sigh (Japan) , Ozzy and others. It is not known whether the influences of these organizations were successfully osmosed in the final merger. At some point, you just have to (space) toggle.

Soundscapes and eerie themes are linked by the cover art of a space sphinx. Where does the concept of group aesthetics come from? Do you anticipate it will last for multiple versions?

Kontact has a sacred preoccupation with walking the razor thin laser tightrope between high science philosophy and utter nonsense. Héloïse Merlin’s breathtaking rendering of a statue of a sphinx flying in space is a beautiful mascot for this sacred quest. I’m concerned that this image, given to me by a distant cosmic thought-being during a chemically-induced dream trance, is simply a rip off from the 1994 Stargate movie, which is not a good movie. The future of the band’s imagery has been predetermined since the Big Bang and possibly before, as it is with all things. We’ll let history decide if we’ve continued to use the space sphinx or if we’ve moved on to something even dumber.

Kontact is forever beholden to the following entities: Annick & Francois from Temple of Mystery, Heloise and co from Cursed Ritual, and all the people from various zines, YouTube channels, podcasts, etc. who have expressed an interest in the group. Due to a very reckless viral intruder from a rival galaxy, we don’t have specific plans for in-person performances, but follow @ kontact.heavy.metal on your favorite mind checkpoint for the latest updates. . END OF TRANSMISSION.

First contact releases Jan. 7 via Temple of Mystery and tape via Cursed Ritual.

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