The Contortionist
Exoplanet


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron USER (8 Reviews)
August 31st, 2010 | 3489 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deathcore, done well. Om nom nom nom.

Sometimes it's hard being both a musician and a listener. To turn off your musical brain and enjoy something doesn't always come easy. You're often dissecting and analysing songs to their microscopic elements, to their fundamental concepts, and it takes away from the experience. This is compounded in technical musical styles; jazz, technical-metal et al. With current trends in heavy music being firmly focused on playing at whirlwind speed and with the utmost complexity this doesn't help. The Contortionist however, make it easy for you to get lost in the experience, maturely pursuing songwriting, in lieu of the aforementioned trends.

Combining elements of deathcore, progressive-death, experimental production, and dare I use the cliche, strong use of melody, The Contortionist is a heady mix of abrasiveness and technical metal, which is executed with precision. Stylistically standing out from it's peers with the added mix of electronica and both synth and guitar-based ambience, the dynamics of Exoplanet interestingly allow the band to eschew the sea of deathcore/progressive bands. The second track of the album, Flourish, is an obvious highlight, particularly the tasteful additive of quietly mixed piano. A second example of this dynamic play being the dichotic use of vocals in Contract.

Exoplanet defines a genre coming of age. Dynamics, and song-writing overtaking aesthetics of violence and brutality dogging the genre, allow the band to stand head and shoulders over its peers, and with breathing space for creativity.



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other reviews of this album
InterestedGiraffe (4)
Originality and thought can still co-exist with an ever growing stale genre....

someguest (2.5)
Genre limitations ultimately cause a debut full length to falter....

fromtheinside (4)
The Contortionist tread new ground on a planet they haven’t quite left yet....

Ian W. (4.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
Aaron
August 31st 2010


652 Comments


Short and sweet baby. That's how it's done.

gaslightanthem
August 31st 2010


5209 Comments


short and sweet baby, that's how you be done

also i won't listen to this but hey good review

Aaron
August 31st 2010


652 Comments


Girth > length.

saucy
August 31st 2010


342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fantastic conclusion. pos'd

ConsiderPhlebas
August 31st 2010


6157 Comments


From what I can see on their website and myspace, these guys seem to think their music is metal with progressive ideas thrown in. Is that what deathcore is, then?

TheFantasticDangler
August 31st 2010


1168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

^ You haven't even listened to the album *facepalm*

Digging: Devin Townsend Project - Z2

ConsiderPhlebas
August 31st 2010


6157 Comments


I've listened to as much as I could stand.

witchxrapist
August 31st 2010


11044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Much better than ADB's review. What you have to say actually describes this album, not some figment of Brent's imagination that doesn't exist.

fromtheinside
August 31st 2010


18717 Comments


loves the clean sections of this they blend so well.

Digging: Devin Townsend Project - Z2

TheFantasticDangler
September 1st 2010


1168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

yes they do

witchxrapist
September 1st 2010


11044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, I don't get how people can say that the structure of these songs is random, it's like they aren't paying attention until they hear a breakdown and then they NEED to complain.

UrsusVeritas
September 1st 2010


81 Comments


Im actually liking this....almost shut their myspace off after a few seconds because death metal isint really my thing, but this is a different breed!

witchxrapist
September 2nd 2010


11044 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, it really isn't death metal.

Anville
September 3rd 2010


7 Comments


Even though half of the songs are from Apparition, the reinterpretation is skillfully done, as are the new songs. This album just takes care of business, and doesnt mess around. AOTY contender for sure.

Ruminations
September 4th 2010


128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

reminds me of a less technical more melodic version of the faceless.

EasternLight
September 4th 2010


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude, flourish is great

ianjulian
September 5th 2010


632 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this is

Digging: Unearth - Watchers of Rule

asaf
September 6th 2010


888 Comments


the entire first paragraph can be skipped in its entirety. also 'Exoplanet defines a genre coming of age...." I have no idea what you're getting at.

are you eleven?


and this >>> "Yeah, I don't get how people can say that the structure of these songs is random, it's like they aren't paying attention until they hear a breakdown and then they NEED to complain"

what's going on here in sputnik? where's the credibility?

Aaron
September 7th 2010


652 Comments


the entire first paragraph can be skipped in its entirety.

No it doesn't.

also 'Exoplanet defines a genre coming of age...." I have no idea what you're getting at.

If you didn't skip the first paragraph you'd know why.

are you eleven?

I'm more than double 11.

climactic
September 7th 2010


19403 Comments


lol avatar



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