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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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  • amtrackk

    unpopulae opinion: new album gets two thumbs up.

    27 Jan 1:44am Reply
  • rustedempire

    Language is amazing

    14 Jan 2:17am Reply
  • zhivlyuk

    I don't really like where this is going :c

    12 Jan 7:26am Reply
  • Qyaffer

    I loved Exoplanet (like many others), and I was extremely disappointed by Intrinsic. So when I heard some of the songs off of Language, I dismissed them much too quickly. Thankfully after stumbling upon 'The Source' and having really enjoyed it, I decided to give it another try, all songs together as intended. My verdict is that this album is an incredible experience. I urge people to give it a few spins before dismissing it.

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • phaserz2KO

    "haters gonna hate"

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • AnsOnkruid

    Language is my favourite album of 2014. Haters gonna hate.

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • DesunotoK

    they're not really deathcore anymore...

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Garrychewbakka

    the first russian review

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ssimkoe

    I like how Michael emphasized on "music", he described it perfectly during their last set in Cologne. Language and Flourish were both the killer that evening

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Apex-K7

    @Jordy666sic auch in Köln? He sums it perfectly.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Jordy666sic

    Saw them live for the first time yesterday, have known them since the release of their debut in 2010. What a show, absolutely phenomenal. I remember people bitching about their stage presence in the past, especially during the Exoplanet era. But their latest material translates to the stage as their performances are ment to be: they never tried to evoke the biggest mosh pits or people stage diving and such. Their sets are ment to be a musical experience from beginning to end and they pull that off pretty fucking good. Stood in awe the entire set.

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Givesmechills

    Language is fucking fantastic

    15 Nov 2014 Reply
  • DarkMessengerVI

    Exoplanet & Interstellar... epic! should have been the soundtrack.

    11 Nov 2014 Reply
  • poohliveslarge

    we`ve got to not let them do a Jeff Buckley cover!

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Thewolfred

    Seen them twice with the new singer, and they are awesome. 1st time they played stuff off of Exoplanet and Intrinsic and it was awesome. 2nd time was last month, played 3 songs off the new album, still just as good if not better than the first time. Love this band.

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • thiago_japa

    Não que isso seja ruim, mas eu sinto falta do Jon :(

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • thiago_japa

    Por mais que eu prefira o instrumental do The Contortionist, é incrível como o Mike conseguiu tornar a banda extremamente parecida com a The Last Chance To Reason.

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • buttheadstorm

    I may be in the minority here... but at this juncture, I really don't like the new album... it's dull and uninspiring

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Dead-Poetic

    Read Berserk and listen Language, is perfect!

    29 Oct 2014 Reply
  • FuckingJens666

    This band is just way too good.

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
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