The Contortionist
Exoplanet


4.0
excellent

Review

by fromtheinside USER (128 Reviews)
September 3rd, 2010 | 53 replies | 4,525 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Contortionist tread new ground on a planet they haven’t quite left yet.

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The Contortionist tread new ground on a planet they haven’t quite left yet. While exuding the nature of a floating ambiance similar to the aesthetics of Cynic’s Traced In Air, the band rely on a damaging clench to their BTBAM-esque senses. The band, however, are simply at their best when they worry less about mechanics and more about atmospheres. Incorporating copious amounts of post-rock tendencies helps Exoplanet reach the heights it so often desires; albeit as cliché as it is to offer in a now unoriginal genre the band create several instances where the genre could find life again. The only thing holding them back is their pace, if they could just get past their chug-a-lug mentality maybe they’d finder faster footing.

Thankfully, The Contortionist know how to move once they get into their rhythm; stifling riffs headway a majority of the affair bringing the journey some sanity and grounded sense of appeal. Catchy leads find their weaving in between the hip-hoppity breakdowns with a sick flash of techno appeal. This stems from the excellent work of synthesizers assisted by vocoder antics displayed by a worthy vocalist might I add - all praise be to him, aspects the band employ. Of course they have their other uses beyond giving the band a hint of nu-metal flavorings. Typically they’re busy eschewing symphonic –like transitions propelling the band with progressive aspirations; another bonus for the worthwhile journey.

This brews both wane and pleasure for the triage outro Exoplanet hosts. Between the three songs lay all the high points of the previous thirty-four minutes. Odd time signatures, which suggest a finer working underneath its technicality, reprise abound dark overtones with heavy handed riffs and commanding drums. It elevates the belief that The Contortionist are at this point supposed to be exiting and finding new life, it’s just too bad their bringing such unoriginal ideas with them. Though they make a lot of their deja vu gratifyings welcomed it hinders the feel of a breath from another atmosphere. Until they learn to cut ties with some dispelling appearances they’ll never be flagged as something more than another deathcore band, which is sad because with this release they couldn’t be floating further from that.



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InterestedGiraffe (4)
Originality and thought can still co-exist with an ever growing stale genre....

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Genre limitations ultimately cause a debut full length to falter....

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Deathcore, done well. Om nom nom nom....


Comments:Add a Comment 
fromtheinside
September 3rd 2010



18171 Comments


probably love this album more than i should.

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Comatorium.
September 3rd 2010



4113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its a damn good deathcore album. Thats why. Pos from me, sir. Excellent short review.

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Zettel
September 3rd 2010



597 Comments


So many positive reviews...I will have to check this out. I liked their debut, but it did not kill me.

witchxrapist
September 3rd 2010



11029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I wouldn't really call it deathcore in all honesty.

There's seriously zero hardcore or metalcore influence.

WhiteWallStargazers
September 3rd 2010



2647 Comments


Is this a big market release or will I have to order it from somewhere specific?

fromtheinside
September 3rd 2010



18171 Comments


are you implying that you'd like to find this on a blog if possible?

Comatorium.
September 3rd 2010



4113 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i heard that store demonoid has it...

WhiteWallStargazers
September 3rd 2010



2647 Comments


I'd prefer a physical copy, just curious at to where to get it

shortz
September 3rd 2010



201 Comments


Hmm, I've never heard of this band, but this sounds intriguing especially if there's some post-rock-y parts, I think I will need to definitely check it out

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2010



31140 Comments


Fromtheinside not hating - nice

You'll have to un-accent deja-vu though

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fromtheinside
September 3rd 2010



18171 Comments


oh weird. will do.

yeah i've been a mook and this set me straight.

fromtheinside
September 4th 2010



18171 Comments


my god this album is so good.

bloc
September 4th 2010



34839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I should listen to this for a second time...

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WhiteWallStargazers
September 4th 2010



2647 Comments


This is amazing on first listen = )

TheFantasticDangler
September 4th 2010



1155 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

THIS IS PRIMAL DIRECTIIIIIIIIIVE

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krig9412
September 4th 2010



794 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fromtheinside likes this, it's good deathcore

fromtheinside
September 4th 2010



18171 Comments


hardly deathcore. but yes, i love this.

bloc
September 4th 2010



34839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just realized that there are two Oscillators, one here and one on Apparition...

fromtheinside
September 4th 2010



18171 Comments


this album murders apparition.
bloc you've done good convincing me with this.

bloc
September 4th 2010



34839 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You know I got the skillz.

And yes, Apparition is pretty mediocre.



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