Sludgy death that delivers on heaviness and atmosphere
The debut album for Australia's Contaminated, 'Final Man' is a big slab of sludgy, meaty death metal. The wall of noise that kicks off the album conforms to you like a shroud of tar that is skin tight and refuses to let go. As the album progresses, the heavy, chugging riffs don't let up and the vocals aim to beckon you to edge of the great void. Contaminated deliver on the heavy music without slipping in to the pitfall of repetitive usage of the same riffs throughout the album. The production is the one complaint I have with the album as it is quite muddy and makes it very hard to distinguish anything other than the vocals and guitars. But that may have been the aim to have the production mirror the sound. Either way, despite the production shortcomings, this is still a quality death metal release.