The Contortionist breathe easy
2014-07-01 by Jacob Royal STAFF | 66 Comments
After two years of little news from The Contortionist, the Indiana-based progressive metal
group released a snippet from their upcoming album Language today. While the video's
just a minute long, it showcases a more organic aesthetic - something that differs wildly
from The Contortionist's recent material.




Language is slated for release on September 16th, and will officially introduce vocalist
Michael Lessard, previously of Last Chance to Reason, to the fold. Another detail to note
about the band's third effort is that it's produced by Jamie King- the man widely known for
also being Between the Buried and Me's producer.

"I'm beyond happy to share this album with people! The experience and result are something
I'm very proud to have been a part of," Lessard told Blabbermouth.net. He continued to say
that he thinks "this album will show how we've all progressed as writers and players."
Regardless of how many will agree with Lessard's sentiment about Language, one
thing's for certain- this album sounds like it'll be a change of pace for The Contortionist.
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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2014
10359 Comments


I'm stoked about how NOT like Intrinsic this sounds.

Futures
July 1st 2014
12067 Comments


if they could make a whole chill album like this that would be awesome

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IronGiant
July 1st 2014
893 Comments


agreed ^^

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2014
10359 Comments


i definitely want this album to be heavy, but i like the idea of it being rooted in more positive themes overall. that would be a more natural fit for these guys than yet another space-themed agenda.

drasticaction74
July 1st 2014
1757 Comments


Intrinsic fucking ruled btw

Impervious
July 1st 2014
413 Comments


Video says 9.16.2014....not August.

This sounds in the slighty same vein as their prevous album. I prefered their deathcore in their debut album but maybe they will throw more of those influences into this.

Impervious
July 1st 2014
413 Comments


Not debut, I meant Exoplanet. That album was pretty heavy all the way through.

BigPleb
July 1st 2014
37569 Comments


Best thing they've released, not a hard task to fulfill tbh.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2014
10359 Comments


NOO i shouldve known i would have a reason to edit this article and mess up the format

PitchforkArms
July 1st 2014
1460 Comments


omaha, i love you for posting this. this group has so much going for them but intrinsic was ehh. lessard is truly a beast of a vocalist and im enjoying this teaser. can't even wait

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Apollo
July 1st 2014
10362 Comments


I'm stoked about how NOT like Intrinsic this sounds.

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ApocalypticCows
July 1st 2014
7 Comments


Stoked for this. Exoplanet is my favorite deathcore release ever, and Intrinsic ruled too.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2014
10359 Comments


luv you P4kArms

Dancedrewdance
July 1st 2014
1037 Comments


Fucking awesome mayne

tempest--
July 1st 2014
14395 Comments


cool

GuanoBumbershoot
July 1st 2014
1463 Comments


sounds like it could be really nice

KILL
July 1st 2014
72086 Comments


why dont shitty bands even get hated on any more what the fuck sput

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minimesmyidol
July 1st 2014
219 Comments


Should be interesting though theyll probably never reach Exoplanet status again. Not a fan of Lctr at all, but from what ive heard, Lessard is the better vocalist.

BrushedRed
July 1st 2014
1087 Comments


Posted this on their album thread earlier today but fuck yeah. This sounds beautiful. I cannot wait.

BrushedRed
July 1st 2014
1087 Comments


Also Intrinsic ruled. Haters gonna hate.

Futures
July 1st 2014
12067 Comments


no

InFiction
July 1st 2014
3705 Comments


This sounds like it'll be good.

Intrinsic was a weird album for me. When it first came out, I absolutely adored it, thinking it was one of the most refreshing metal releases I'd heard in a long time. Then, as I usually do, I didn't go back to it for about +6 months, and when I did it didn't engage me at all. I just found it so strange that an album I loved became one that I didn't really like over a space of time spent not listening to it. It's not like I didn't like it AS much, just not at all. It went from being a 4.5 to a 3.0.

Hopefully the same doesn't happen with this album. I still dig Exoplanet quite a bit.

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Durrzo
July 1st 2014
1130 Comments


Intrinsic was so fucking bad.

BrushedRed
July 1st 2014
1087 Comments


It's so underrated

Futures
July 1st 2014
12067 Comments


it sucked

demigod!
July 1st 2014
45005 Comments


band is suck

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2014
10359 Comments


I agree with you about Intrinsic, InFiction

henryChinaski
July 2nd 2014
2836 Comments


Sounds cool

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fromtheinside
July 2nd 2014
19029 Comments


intrinsic sucked so if this is NOTHING like that then i am beyond happy. i just want an album full of Oscillators

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Motiv3
July 2nd 2014
8941 Comments


debut ruled and Intrinsic sucked. Teaser sounded pretty cool.

TheMetalLifer
July 2nd 2014
50 Comments


This is The Contortionist? Sounds really different from their other albums but otherwise still stoked to hear new materials from these guys.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2014
10359 Comments


"i just want an album full of Oscillators"

Lol, that sounds terrible though

Hopelust
July 2nd 2014
1101 Comments


If they're moving toward exploring their more melodic side and incorporating the progressive nature of their heavy side into it, this could be stellar. Very excited.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2014
10359 Comments


I have a friend who has heard this album, and he says it's easily the best thing these guys have done. #hyped

Hopelust
July 2nd 2014
1101 Comments


explain how someone has listened to this 3 months before its release date? Can they send it to me?

Relinquished
July 2nd 2014
25509 Comments


it is possible to have the album already finished and sent as early as they want for promo listenings or just for the hell of it

and no you're not that privileged

Hopelust
July 2nd 2014
1101 Comments


I'm just blown away that theyd have a new album recorded in its entirety, without letting on that they've done so until it was already finished.

PitchforkArms
July 2nd 2014
1460 Comments


@hopelust. bands can have the release prepared many months before its release

YouAreNoJedi
July 2nd 2014
23 Comments


This is a breath of fresh air. I have to give it to The Contortionist, each of their full lengths sound a lot different from eachother

OwMySnauze
July 2nd 2014
1086 Comments


That wasn't much but I'll take anything from them at this point.

Tyrael
July 2nd 2014
20946 Comments


Cool

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Torii
July 2nd 2014
818 Comments


Intrinsic is the shit. Fuck you all. This will rule

Futures
July 2nd 2014
12067 Comments


it's shit agreed

trilogique21
July 2nd 2014
427 Comments


gonna be shit cuz intrinsic was shit

climactic
July 2nd 2014
19839 Comments


intrinsic was hit or miss

this could go either way

Relinquished
July 2nd 2014
25509 Comments


intrinsic grew on me tbh but I don't like exoplanet

idk if the new vocalist is any good at lyrics either so yea this is up in the air

Hopelust
July 2nd 2014
1101 Comments


@pitchforkarms I know that it's certainly possible. I'm just blown away that they could keep it a secret until now. Not that much goes unnoticed nowadays.

Relinquished
July 2nd 2014
25509 Comments


they finished the album months ago

since then people could've heard it by now

Tyrael
July 2nd 2014
20946 Comments


You keep surprising me, wolfe (in a good way)

Relinquished
July 2nd 2014
25509 Comments


good to hear man, i got a job to keep track of even the ones I don't necessarily like

botb
July 2nd 2014
9757 Comments


intrinsic would have been sick if it didn't sound like it was recorded with a fucking gameboy color

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Relinquished
July 2nd 2014
25509 Comments


that's probably why I like it

Hopelust
July 2nd 2014
1101 Comments


my gameboy color couldn't record... had a wicked color screen though.

bloc
July 2nd 2014
35004 Comments


Wow that clip was not something I expected. Like I expect them to get all soft and atmospheric but that clip sounded pretty damn genuine

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PitchforkArms
July 2nd 2014
1460 Comments


yeah the clip sounds dreamy and organic rather than the spacey feeling they've touched on before

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 2nd 2014
10359 Comments


"intrinsic would have been sick if it didn't sound like it was recorded with a fucking gameboy color"

Congratulations you win thread

fromtheinside
July 3rd 2014
19029 Comments


""i just want an album full of Oscillators"

Lol, that sounds terrible though"

haha are you saying that what i said sounds awful or are you hating on oscillator cause man that track rules

botb
July 5th 2014
9757 Comments


thank you thank you ill be here all weekend

loveisamixtape
July 5th 2014
6232 Comments


this is gonna be so good

mawdicker411
July 6th 2014
55 Comments


looooved Intrinsic. stoked for this as well.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 6th 2014
10359 Comments


are you saying that what i said sounds awful or are you hating on oscillator cause man that track rules

i am mostly imagining a mixtape of just Oscillator placed thirteen times, and i wonder how little i'd feel about the song by the time the cd stopped playing haha

but i don't think Oscillator is one of the band's better songs, actually!! i much prefer most of Exoplanet, and i think the main singles off Intrinsic take more interesting turns. still like Oscillator but it is a little predictable and its intro feels needlessly dense i guess

Impervious
July 9th 2014
413 Comments


"intrinsic would have been sick if it didn't sound like it was recorded with a fucking gameboy color"

"my gameboy color couldn't record... had a wicked color screen though."

My day = Made

Feels
July 9th 2014
270 Comments


hoping new album's better than intrinsic... shouldn't be hard

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Drummerboy123
July 9th 2014
2417 Comments


Artwork for new album looks sick as fuck. Hyped as all hell for this.

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Futures
July 9th 2014
12067 Comments


ye artwork is tight

OwMySnauze
July 9th 2014
1086 Comments


Only 9 beepn' tracks?! What the beep?!



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