CONTRARIAN Releasing ‘Sage of Shekhinah’ on Willowtip in March / New Single Premiered


Progressive Death Metal Masters CONTRARIAN will release Sage of Shekhinah, the band’s 5th album, March 17 on CD, vinyl, and digital formats via Willowtip Records. The album’s first single, “In Gehenna,” has been premiered, courtesy of Heavy Blog is Heavy. Stream it at the link below!

True to their namesake, CONTRARIAN continue to defy the odds and steer the head of progressive/technical death metal towards a more organic approach. On Sage of Shekhinah, the band counteracts genre norms with nuanced composition and subtle production.




Track Listing:

1. Sage of Shekhinah

2. In Gehenna

3. Ibn al Rawandi

4. The Guide for the Perplexed

5. Zabur of Satfiyah al Shamal

6. Apollonius of Tyana

7. A Madman From Island Patmos

Album Credits:

Guest Bouzouki appearance by Michael Paouris on “Sage of Shekhinah”

Guest Bass appearance by Jack Eaton on “Apollonius of Tyana”

Guitars recorded by Doug White at Watchmen Studios, Lockport, NY

Special thanks to Bill Bodily for engineering bass recordings.

Drums recorded at Solitude Studios PA

All songs written by Jim Tasikas

All arrangements by Contrarian

Produced by Jim Tasikas

Mixed by Neil Kernon for Auslander

Mastered by Alan Douches

Jim Tasikas and Brian Mason exclusively play ESP guitars.

Alex Cohen exclusively plays Paiste Cymbals.



Jim Tasikas – Guitars, Keyboards, Bouzouki

Brian Mason – Lead Guitars

Ed Paulsen – Bass

Alex Cohen – Drums

JaKob SiN – Vocals

Contrarian on Spotify

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