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There are two artists called The Contortionist.

1) A band from Indianapolis:

Bottom heavy open chords that resonate strong enough to shake the core of the earth. Skyrocketing bursts of oscillating guitar leads layer an ominous and dark undercurrent of rhythm. While hardcore punk may be the sound that rules the day in The Contortionist hometown of Indianapolis, it is the band’s signature brand of forward thinking heavy metal that has made them stick out as hometown favorites. The band worked hard to amass a following beyond Indiana through consistent regional shows, coastal touring, and two self-released EPs. They clearly began to define their sound and grow as musicians on their EP titled “Apparition”.

The songwriting and progression on “Apparition” smacks of a group of musicians who are locked deeply into a remarkable place of expression and creativity that is usually reserved for bands with multiple albums under their belt. While it is not uncommon lately for bands in the world of metal to experiment with melody and progression, many times these breaks from the brutal end up sounding forced, too contrived, or way too over the top in shred. What could have been an opportunity for the listener to settle into some depth, winds up missing the mark. When The Contortionist venture into the realm of ambiance it actually raises the level of the song above the crushing breakdowns and demands the listener stay put for the ride. More impressive than their ability to write and record such material, is how big it all plays live.


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  • AlexMetallist

    Lol, but contorshawnist is trve prog swag bro.

    21 Jul 6:13pm Reply
  • Kingmichael_IV

    The title of the new album is proggy as hell. I like how it's called "Language" even though it probably has nothing in particular to do with languages or linguistics. And the way the title track is split into two songs with vague, mysterious, single-word subtitles. That lets you know that this highly intellectual work of art will totally blow your mind and bring you up to a higher plane of existence with its crazy time signatures and soft vocals singing about some random bullshit. I can't wait to contort myself all day when this highly original djentbro album comes out!

    20 Jul 4:10am Reply
  • Otaru

    I love the new single off of Language and I love Intrinsic. BUT fuck when I want to listen to a deathcore masterpiece I always go straight to Exoplanet. I'm not saying The Contortionist should ever go back to that style but it is definitely missed.

    18 Jul 4:34am Reply
  • 40belowsummer

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    17 Jul 7:21pm Reply
  • Bradalee

    Language is a fucking good song, really looking forward to the album now.

    17 Jul 6:55pm Reply
  • Rusudxc

    Damn, the new song is perfect.

    17 Jul 9:50am Reply
  • knight_88

    New song is simply beautiful!

    16 Jul 3:30am Reply
  • LRHTMetalhead

    New single <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Who needs heaviness when you got a majestic songwritting? <3

    15 Jul 11:46pm Reply
  • iBreakd0wn

    Hype as fuck!

    15 Jul 11:40pm Reply
  • DamienCallisto

    Language I:.... Damn. I do not miss the heaviness. That's crazy. The hype is real.

    15 Jul 11:26pm Reply
  • Djenise

    Language 1: Intuition ♥♥♥

    15 Jul 6:46pm Reply
  • DarkMessengerVI

    damn! pretty amazing!!! instant favorite.

    15 Jul 12:32pm Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx oh boy :D

    15 Jul 10:37am Reply
  • sco703

    Everyone go buy and listen to the new song on iTunes. It's fantastic!

    15 Jul 8:40am Reply
  • Dwimmerlaik

    lol comes out the day after my birthday :D

    10 Jul 2:35pm Reply
  • ValeriaSixx

    New album comes out on my bday fuckyea #thingsnobodycareabout

    10 Jul 3:27am Reply
  • FatcapVandal

    On tour in Europe with Protest The Hero and The Faceless. Holy fuck!

    9 Jul 2:03pm Reply
  • ochuel

    Exoplanet is my all time fav!

    8 Jul 11:39pm Reply
  • VerbalImaginary

    I've reached the point where I'm even more excited about what The Contortionist is putting out next than a band like Between the Buried and Me. I don't wanna hate on BTBAM or anything but they've pretty much attained their perfection and stick to it since Colors, and I love it. The Contortionist is changing lineup, and Intrinsic was so different and so awesome that I absolutely can't wait to see what's next. This is a progressive band that's truly progressing.

    8 Jul 7:52am Reply
  • xxxKillianxxx

    i hope they still play exoplanet at their shows, nothing will ever overcome this album.

    7 Jul 12:26pm Reply
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