Contending

Contending (Metalcore/Post Hardcore) - Culpeper, Virginia




“Awake. For a moment, time is unexpectedly frozen, like the grass during an early fall daybreak; the fog of my memory holds of the darkness of reality. Is this real or is this fake? The beauty of fog is solitude – its gentle embrace is carelessly there for my own sake.”
Contending - The Silence of it All

Exploding back into the scene after a year and a half long hiatus, Contending is back with a slimmed down line up and eager to release their new, original sound to the world. A faith-based metalcore band out of Culpeper, Virginia USA, Contending lashes out with energy, passion, and musical complexity.

Upcoming Shows:
More shows coming soon.



"From Ashes" EP Review
Contending are a band with a ton of hype behind them. Their single "Silence Of It All" got people excited and now with their EP released, let's check it out and see how it stacks up. The opening track "Ex Cinere" has a symphonic sound to it as its purely instrumental with a ton of depth. The piano and atmosphere build to sirens which leads into the next track "The Storm". "The Storm" starts off extremely melodic and almost radio Rock like before tearing into a onslaught of Metal which brings to mind early Killswitch Engage. The two step breakdown is a nice touch on the track. The melodic chorus soars and the track has a nice balance of heavy and soft to it. "The Calling" kicks right in with some Bullet For My Valentine tendencies. The cleans mixed with the harsh vocals coupled with the ferocious breakdowns will surely make it a fan favorite. The track is extremely melodic while still having the bite to it. "Silence Of It All" starts off with some strong drums before erupting into a ferocious breakdown. Melodic vocals take over and drives the track into a more Parkway Drive territory. The highly melodic chorus of the track soars with confidence and complexity. The track comes back down with a fury that's unmatched. The melodic verse keeps things going at a good pace before giving away to Feed Her To The Sharks type carnage. The chorus kicks in once again and is the calm before the storm. The storm is an earth shattering breakdown to close out the track. The closing track "Footprints" is a ballad through and through. Get your lighters out because they close out the EP with a highly emotional track that'll pull at the heartstrings. The track is an awesome way to close out an incredible EP.

Verdict:
Contending bring a fresh take on the Metalcore scene with their new EP.



"Silence Of It All" Single Review
Contending are an upstart faith based Metalcore band from Virginia who are looking to make waves in the Metalcore scene with their newest single "Silence Of It All". Let's take a gander and see what they're all about. The track starts off with some strong drums before erupting into a ferocious breakdown. Melodic vocals take over and drives the track into a more Parkway Drive territory. The highly melodic chorus of the track soars with confidence and complexity. The track comes back down with a fury that's unmatched. The melodic verse keeps things going at a good pace before giving away to Feed Her To The Sharks type carnage. The chorus kicks in once again and is the calm before the storm. The storm is an earth shattering breakdown to close out the track. The band describes their sound perfectly as they lash out with energy, passion, and musical complexity. Check these guys out right away and you'll be locked onto your next favorite Metalcore band.

Verdict:
Contending come out swinging for the fences with their new "Silence Of It All" single.





-Interview- (7/22/17)