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Latest Contrive News

Below is our complete Contrive news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Contrive Issues Statement On New Album Distro

Melbourne’s CONTRIVE have released a press statement today regarding the distribution of their latest album "The Internal Dialogue." The album will be released via MGM Distribution in Australia and through the band’s Myspace on July 2nd, 2010.

The first pressing of the album will be limited to 500 copies, which will be hand numbered and encased in a special limited edition embossed digipak. The album will also be available via iTunes and many other legitimate online music distribution outlets.

The album was mixed by Devin Townsend. Check out the teaser video below.

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Contrive Posts New Album Teaser Online

Melbourne metal trio CONTRIVE has just released a short teaser of their new album, "The Internal Dialogue," on their official Youtube channel. The new album was mixed by Devin Townsend, and is set for a May release this year. Check out the teaser video below.

Contrive – The Internal Dialogue Teaser:

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Contrive Posts Two New Songs Online

Melbourne’s CONTRIVE has uploaded two new songs from their forthcoming album “The Internal Dialogue” onto their official Myspace page. The band is hoping for an April or May release this year.

You can catch Contrive this week on their supporting national tour with Devin Townsend. Here are the tour dates:


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Contrive To Support Devin Townsend In Australia

Melbourne’s Contrive recently announced they will be the support for Devin Townsend on his upcoming Australian tour in March. The tour dates are as follows:

Friday March 12- Brisbane-The Hi-Fi
Saturday March 13- Sydney-The Enmore
Sunday March 14- Melbourne-Billboard
Tuesday, March 16- Adelaide-Fowlers Live
Thursday March 18- Perth- Metro Fremantle

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Contrive To Support Opeth In Australia

CONTRIVE has been personally selected as direct support by the members of OPETH for a run of shows in Australia next month. Catch them on these following dates:


These upcoming shows will focus on the band’s forthcoming second album to be titled "The Internal Dialogue," set for release in early 2010. It was mixed by Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) at Studio D in downtown Vancouver, Canada with the band’s drummer Andrew Haug. The band is currently shopping the album around to various labels to secure a deal for the release.

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Contrive Enters The Studio

Australia’s CONTRIVE will enter the Toyland Studios, Melbourne this week to begin recording the follow-up to their acclaimed debut from 2005, "The Meaning Unseen" (Mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom - Studio Fredman, Sweden)

The band’s drummer Andrew Haug issued this update:

“Finally, we’re hitting the studio to record what has been dubbed by friends and even us as the Contrive Democracy! Meaning, the album has taken what seems like an eternity to complete. There were several setbacks that can lay blame for this delay over the last few years including our bassist Tim’s motor accident whilst holidaying in earlier this year.

“Am happy to report he’s now all mended and ready to thrash! Ok, what can I say about the album without creating a long drawn out tangent on just how damn great it’s going to be?

“Ha! Well I can tell you it will contain 8 songs and musically? Well, WE DIG IT! You’ll have to make up your own minds when it’s done! More updates soon! Horns - \m/ ”

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Contrive Bassist To Sit Out Upcoming Tour

Contrive bassist Tim Stahlmann has been forced to sit out the bands upcoming tour of Asia due to a motor accident he was involved in whilst on holiday, which has resulted in a broken collarbone. The band will enlist of the services of Truth Corroded bassist Greg Shaw for the tour which will see them supporting Parkway Drive.

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Contrive Schedule Australian Dates

Melbourne, Australia-based metal trio CONTRIVE schedule the following dates:

Feb. 23 - The Cornish Arms Hotel - Brunswick, Melbourne
Mar. 13 - Miami Shark Bar - Gold Coast, Queensland
Mar. 14 – [to be announced] - Ipswich, Queensland
Mar. 15 - Inferno Fest - Fortitude Valley, Queensland

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Contrive Confirm Last Show of the Year

Melbourne metal trio CONTRIVE has just confirmed their final show for 2007. Set for Wednesday November 28 at The Arthouse Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, the band will be joined by special guests THE MONIKER SOUL and SCAR THE SURFACE.

A recently released mini-documentary CONTRIVE can also be viewed at the band’s Myspace page.

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Contrive Mini-Documentary Online

Melbourne's Contrive was recently featured in a mini documentary / rockumentary on TV, which you can now view it via the band's MySpace page, as well as downloaded via the JTV Vodcast page.

They have also set up a channel on You Tube where you'll see recent Live footage when they supported Stone Sour in May.

Contrive drummer Andrew Haug is also host of Triple J's weekly National Metal Program Full Metal Racket since 2001. Over the years Andrew has interviewed such greats as Metallica, Tool, Pantera, Slayer, Ozzy Osbourne and more.

ABC-TV in Australia recently screened a segment on the late night music program JTV featuring Andrew, focussing on his impressive metal knowledge, as well as his relationship with his twin brother and Contrive guitarist/vocalist Paul Haug.

Contrive are currently writing new material to follow up their debut album "The Meaning Unseen."

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Black Steel CD Launch Show

Perth's metal sons Black Steel are releasing thier new album titled "Hellhammer" at The Lookout on November the 12th.

"Hellhammer" is being released internationally, a first for Black Steel and should be a ripper as it has been critically acclaimed by the metal press and also The Dick himself Bruce Dickinson from none other than Iron Maiden has given the album praise and added them on high rotation on his BBC6 rock show.

Supporting the local legends will be Victoria's Contrive featuring triple j's metal segment presenter Andrew Haug plus Psychonaut and Chaos Divine. Check out blacksteel.com.au for more details.

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Contrive Ready New Album

Aussie metalheads Contrive are to release their debut album through Shock early September. Produced by Fredrik Nordstrom, it's ca lled 'The Meaning Unseen'.

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Contrive To Support Machine Head In Australia

Melbourne Metal trio CONTRIVE will support MACHINE HEAD in Sydney for their upcoming AUSTRALIAN Tour kicking off in October. In a relatively short time CONTRIVE have earned touring opportunities with acts such as SEPULTURA, SOILWORK, DESTRUCTION, MAYHEM, SKINLAB etc.

CONTRIVE are all set to enter the studio next week to begin recording their debut album titled "The Meaning Unseen". Here are some confirmed track titles set to appear on the forthcoming release: More...

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Contrive To Play Free Show, More

Australia's Contrive is playing a free show at The Greenroom (33 Elizabeth St, Melbourne) Friday July 16th. Tribal Clown, Picture The End, The Sunset Provision, and Bowelmouth will also be playing. Contrive takes the stage at 11pm.

Contrive will also be playing in ADELAIDE with Embodiement 12:14, Truth Corroded, Frankenbok, Never Again, and Shotpointblank.

Saturday July 17th
"Battle Royale" presented by (The War Room) @ The Enigma Bar

CONTRIVE are on stage at 9:00pm.

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Contrive To Record New Full-Length

Australian Metal trio CONTRIVE are set to hit the studio sometime in August to begin recording their debut album titled "The Meaning Unseen". It will feature 9 new tracks, some which have already been road tested live with a welcoming response. Contrive bassist Tim Stahlmann says "whilst the past works had it's influences the new Contrive material will definately display our development as songwriters and as a band." It will also feature a special Taiko drum piece written and performed by drummer Andrew Haug whom continues his studies of the great ancient Japanese art of Taiko drumming. The album will be recorded at the Toyland Studios, Melbourne with Adam Calaitzis ( http://members.ozemail.com.au/~adamcal/ ).

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Contrive To Record New EP

Melbourne, Australia's CONTRIVE are currently writing new tracks for an upcoming EP due out mid this year. It will also feature a cover from Australian metal legends ARMOURED ANGEL ('89/'90 era).

After a huge year of shows including supports with SEPULTURA, SOILWORK and SKINLAB, CONTRIVE make a return to the stage this Friday, March 5 at The Armadale Hotel with PLOW and LIKE NOTHING DIES. CONTRIVE take the stage at 11:00 p.m.

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