Contention was a hardcore band from Oslo, Norway. The band was formed at some point in 1991. The band consisted of members from more well-known bands such as Gain, Onward, Rectify, Amulet and Sportswear. Contention was a side project, but played regularly live during the mid-90's in the area around Oslo. Noteworthy, they played support for bands like Earth Crisis, Unsane and The Offspring among others. They were never a straight edge band, but some of the members were. The band had a strong animal rights stance that can be heard throughout the song «Undefended».