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The Contortionist

Bottom heavy open chords that resonate strong enough to shake the core of the earth. Skyrocketing bursts of oscillating guitar leads layer anominous and dark undercurrent of rhythm. While hardcore punk may be the sound that rules the day in The Contortionist hometown ofIndianapolis, it is the band’s signature brand of forward thinking heavy metal that has made them stick out as hometown favorites. The bandworked hard to amass a following beyond Indiana through consistent regional shows, coastal touring, and two self-released EPs. They clearlybegan to define their sound and grow as musicians ...read more

Bottom heavy open chords that resonate strong enough to shake the core of the earth. Skyrocketing bursts of oscillating guitar leads layer anominous and dark undercurrent of rhythm. While hardcore punk may be the sound that rules the day in The Contortionist hometown ofIndianapolis, it is the band’s signature brand of forward thinking heavy metal that has made them stick out as hometown favorites. The bandworked hard to amass a following beyond Indiana through consistent regional shows, coastal touring, and two self-released EPs. They clearlybegan to define their sound and grow as musicians on their Apparition EP. The songwriting and progression on Apparition smacks of a group of musicians who are locked deeply into a remarkable place ofexpression and creativity that is usually reserved for bands with multiple albums under their belt. While it is not uncommon lately for bandsin the world of metal to experiment with melody and progression, many times these breaks from the brutal end up sounding forced, toocontrived, or way too over the top in shred. What could have been an opportunity for the listener to settle into some depth, winds up missingthe mark. When The Contortionist venture into the realm of ambiance it actually raises the level of the song above the crushing breakdownsand demands the listener stay put for the ride. More impressive than their ability to write and record such material, is how big it all playslive. The room seems to expand and fill with spacious tones just in time to be leveled with ferocity. The band is razor sharp while nailingevery bit of nuance their ambitious songwriting offers. It is this ability to dole out their sounds in epic proportions through a live performancethat piqued the interest of record label Good Fight Music. The band had already distinguished themselves to Good Fight with a penchant forcreating a distinct style of heavy music that has plenty of room for the listener to breathe and settle into. So in early 2010, shortly after thestaff had caught them live, a deal had become imminent. With the label now in place, The Contortionist recently spent time in the studio with Unearth’s own Ken Susi handling production duties. Whenasked what interested him about working with The Contortionist, Ken commented: "The Contortionist is not your typical run of the millband. Lots of bands in this day in age are copycats or just plain old rip offs of other bands that are currently out now. This is truly an originalband, from the overall look, sound and structure of the songs. I really feel this band has a bright future ahead of them!". The Contortionist's brand new album, Exoplanet, is a progressive metal mammoth. What stands out about the song structures is thebursts of space and atmosphere underscored by intense sonic emotion and boldness. A welcomed subtlety to the evolution of the band’ssound from previous works is a sparse use of ominous sci-fi inspired clean vocals. For every bit of progression and aura the band offers upon Exoplanet, comes an equal and unforgiving onslaught of heaviness. Just when heavy metal had seemed to reach a ceiling on howpunishing a sound could get, The Contortionist raised the bar even higher. Exoplanet will be out in stores on August 31, 2010. « hide

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