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The Contortionist

Bottom heavy open chords that resonate strong enough to shake the core of the earth. Skyrocketing bursts of oscillatingguitar leads layeran ominousand dark undercurrent of rhythm. While hardcore punk may be the sound that rules the day inThe Contortionist hometown of Indianapolis, itis theband’s signature brand of forward thinking heavy metal that has madethem stick out as hometown favorites. The band worked hard to amassa followingbeyond Indiana though consistent regionalshows, coastal touring, and two self-released EPs. They clearly began to define their sound andgrow asmusicians on t ...read more

Bottom heavy open chords that resonate strong enough to shake the core of the earth. Skyrocketing bursts of oscillatingguitar leads layeran ominousand dark undercurrent of rhythm. While hardcore punk may be the sound that rules the day inThe Contortionist hometown of Indianapolis, itis theband’s signature brand of forward thinking heavy metal that has madethem stick out as hometown favorites. The band worked hard to amassa followingbeyond Indiana though consistent regionalshows, coastal touring, and two self-released EPs. They clearly began to define their sound andgrow asmusicians on their EPtitled "Apparition".

The songwriting and progression on "Apparition" smacks of a group of musicians who are locked deeply into a remarkable placeofexpression and creativitythat is usually reserved for bands with multiple albums under their belt. While it is not uncommonlately for bands in the world of metal toexperiment withmelody and progression, many times these breaks from the brutal endup sounding forced, too contrived, or way too over the top in shred.What couldhave been an opportunity for the listener tosettle into some depth, winds up missing the mark. When The Contortionist venture into therealm ofambiance it actuallyraises the level of the song above the crushing breakdowns and demands the listener stay put for the ride. Moreimpressivethan theirability to write and record such material, is how big it all plays live. The room seems to expand and fill with spacioustones just in time to beleveled withferocity. The band is razor sharp while nailing every bit of nuance their ambitioussongwriting offers. It is this ability to dole out their soundsin epicproportions through a live performance that piqued theinterest of record label Good Fight Music. The band had already distinguishedthemselves to GoodFight with a penchant forcreating a distinct style of heavy music that has plenty of room for the listener to breathe and settle into. So inearly2010,shortly after the staff had caught them live, a deal had become imminent.

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LPs
Intrinsic
07/17/2012

3.4
548 Votes
Exoplanet
2010

4
1,055 Votes
EPs
Apparition
2009

3.7
233 Votes
Shapeshifter
2008

3.2
92 Votes

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