The Contortionist
Intrinsic


4.5
superb

Review

by Alexandre Hamel USER (5 Reviews)
July 18th, 2012 | 3 replies | 1,710 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Overall, “Intrinsic” is a great sophomore album, combining elements of deathcore, ambient and progressive, creating an amazing experience

2 of 4 thought this review was well written

There’s always been a certain debate in a band’s mind before releasing a sophomore album, especially when their debut album was critically acclaimed. They have to choose between keeping their core sound or evolve into something completely different. Some bands succeed to do both, and The Contortionist are one of them with their recent release Intrinsic, allowing the listener go get into the peaceful – yet heavy world that is “Intrinsic”.

The album clocks in at 45 minutes and offers a lot to the listener: heavy riffs and breakdowns showcased throughout the album, well done clean vocals and ambient-focused tracks like the album closer, Parallel Trance. Time signature changes are something the band has always been known for, and “Intrinsic” is no exception. Guitars are as great as ever; groovy, punchy and melodic, while Joey Baca doesn’t fail at giving the tempo behind his drums. Even xylophones add to the melody and the overall grandiosity of the music itself, like demonstrated in the song “Feedback Loop”. Finally, the production of the album doesn’t deceive, which is always a plus.

Overall, “Intrinsic” is a great sophomore album, combining elements of deathcore, ambient and progressive, creating an amazing experience. Sure, it contains less heavy and core material than the band’s debut album, but it brings original, new and fresh stuff to the table, which gets me excited for their next release.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
MetalMan79
July 17th 2012



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Had been a long time. Thanks for the feedback.

YoYoMancuso
July 17th 2012



10104 Comments


pretty short not extremely in-depth. i won't pos or neg cuz it's somewhere in the middle but it was a pretty good effort

MetalMan79
July 18th 2012



102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Who negged? lol



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