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Contrive are a heavy metal band[1] from Melbourne, Australia formed in 1999. Their musical style has been compared to that of Sepultura.[2]

The band consists of bassist Tim Stahlmann and twin brothers Paul Haug (vocals, guitars) and Andrew Haug (drums).[3] Andrew Haug is perhaps better known from his history as the host of the weekly Triple J metal radio program The Racket between 2002 and late 2011.[4]

The band's first studio album, The Meaning Unseen, was released in September 2005. It was mixed by Frederick Nordström. It received favourable reviews highlighting the combined elements of stomping modern hardcore, '80s thrash and old-time heavy metal.[5]

Their second album, The Internal Dialogue, was recorded in Melbourne, Australia with producer Adam Calaitzis and mixed by Devin Townsend.

The band have performed extensively since their inception and include three performances at the (now defunct) Metal For The Brain festival as well as opening slots for overseas bands which include Sepultura, Mayhem, Machine Head, Destruction, Devin Townsend, Opeth and Testament.[6] In 2009 the band toured South East Asia, including a show in Singapore with Parkway Drive. During 2011, they toured Vietnam and were the first Australian metal band to do so.[7]


Studio albums[edit]

  • The Meaning Unseen (2005)
  • The Internal Dialogue (2010)
  • Slow Dissolve (2017)


  • Finally (self release, 2001)
  • Prosper (self release, 2003)


  1. ^ Flaherty, David (11 September 2005), "The Meaning Unseen review", Sunday Herald Sun 
  2. ^ "Contrive." Aus Metal Guide. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Putting pedal to the metal", MX (Australia), 27 October 2005 
  4. ^ "Contrive taps Devin Townsend for new album mix" (21 July 2009). Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  5. ^ Flaherty, David (11 September 2005). "Metal". Sunday Herald Sun. p. E14. 
  6. ^ "Gig History Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.." Contrive. Retrieved 2 August 2009.
  7. ^ Brian,, Giffin,; Lachlan,, Watt,. Encyclopedia of Australian heavy metal. ISBN 9780994320612. OCLC 913785338. 

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