The Contortionist, Reimagined

2017-06-05 by brokatar | 123 Comments
The Contortionist have announced that they have a new release coming out September 5, 2017 entitled Clairvoyant. They also have released the first single with an accompanying music video entitled "Reimagined." The song features a strong stylistic shift, showing the band going in a much less progressive direction than previous releases.

You can listen/watch the music video here:


Tagged: The Contortionist

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Panzerchrist
June 5th 2017
534 Comments


We must have submitted pretty much the same headline/article, ha. And I thought I was being slick :p

Song is okay. Reminds me a bit of what Uneven Structure did with their most recent, though The Contortionist have been hinting at this for a couple albums now. Gonna keep my expectations set low.

Nocturtle
June 5th 2017
968 Comments


can't believe this is the same band that released exoplanet

this is just so bland and boring fuck these guys

withateethuh
June 5th 2017
371 Comments


I'm hoping this isn't indicative of the album as a whole.

OwMySnauze
June 5th 2017
2246 Comments


So disappointing. Waste of talent. Thought they got this slower type of stuff out of their system with their reimagined release of Language.

Hopelust
June 5th 2017
3549 Comments


Dope.

dbizzles
June 5th 2017
14666 Comments


If I wasn't already out, I am now.

beefshoes
June 5th 2017
7945 Comments


Incredibly boring.

Digging: Christopher Larkin - Hollow Knight

JeetJeet
June 5th 2017
9056 Comments


Trash.

Digging: Brent Faiyaz - Fuck The World

Spec
June 5th 2017
36230 Comments


exoplanet style pls

Spec
June 5th 2017
36230 Comments


god dammit

artiswar
June 5th 2017
9936 Comments


Linkin Park wishes they were The Contortionist

Sinternet
June 5th 2017
23962 Comments


ehh don't see the hate for this, it's aight

Digging: Crowning - Survival?/?Sickness

dbizzles
June 5th 2017
14666 Comments


'exoplanet style pls'

That's what I was thinking when I read this: "The song features a strong stylistic shift, showing the band going in a much less progressive direction than previous releases." But, I guess not.

SteakByrnes
June 5th 2017
22599 Comments


Can they choose a style and stick with it pls and thank you

Also this was boring, but the guitar had some cool ideas like at 1:58

Digging: Taeko Onuki - Sunshower

truekebabpower
June 5th 2017
789 Comments


it's not that bad though, just more accessible

Devastator
June 5th 2017
4080 Comments


Forever wishing for Exoplanet 2.

Nomos
June 5th 2017
1737 Comments


Honestly, fuck Exoplanet. People should drop any expectations of that style returning. This should be judged on it's own.

That being said.....it's 'aight. Hoping this is the mellow, simple single for the album. But I'm not bummed at all by them continuing to mellow out. Some more technical/intricate instrumentals would be appreciated though.

Also: anyone ever have the issue where you can't comment sometimes if you're the first to comment? Tried to comment on here as soon as it was posted and there simple wasn't a comment box.

Nocturtle
June 5th 2017
968 Comments


honestly, fuck you.

Spec
June 5th 2017
36230 Comments



honestly, fuck you.


[2]

cvlts
June 5th 2017
9683 Comments


Honestly, fuck Exoplanet.

honestly, fuck you.


[3]

SteakByrnes
June 5th 2017
22599 Comments


[4]

Prancer
June 5th 2017
1215 Comments


I know a lot of people got into this band through Exoplanet, but I first heard their stuff on Language and liked their more progressive style with songs like "Thrive" and "Primordial Sound." That being said, this is pretty disappointing.

PostMesmeric
June 5th 2017
778 Comments


They're getting dangerously close to straight-up radio rock.

bloc
June 5th 2017
64536 Comments


"Clairvoyant"

I can def see this band repeating this word to hell like they did with "ebb and flow" lol

Honestly the music is quite nice. The vocals are pretty weak though. The song really reminds me of A Perfect Circle.

Digging: Ultravox - Systems Of Romance

Drummerboy123
June 5th 2017
3104 Comments


I always found their chuggy stuff boring, this shift was clearly coming after Language and I love it. I'd reserve judgement 'till the album comes out cuz there's a 10 min song on it so I highly doubt they've left prog behind and become radio rock based one 1 song...

Cryio
June 5th 2017
121 Comments


What is this garbage? I expected more Sikth-like, djenty progressive metalcore stuff and less this chill, current-age Linkin Park stuff.

artiswar
June 5th 2017
9936 Comments


Linkin Park lol

Dromasta
June 5th 2017
169 Comments


Am I the only one who really loved Language!?

Dromasta
June 5th 2017
169 Comments


And I got into these guys when they released Exoplanet. I'm fine with the shift in sound will check single in a bit

zaruyache
June 5th 2017
23616 Comments


hope they become the new deftones so i can stop hearing people talk about deftones all the time tbh.

Drummerboy123
June 5th 2017
3104 Comments


"Am I the only one who really loved Language!?"

It's got a 3.9 avg, so...no.

artiswar
June 5th 2017
9936 Comments


Dromasta trust me you're not alone. just most people on Sputnik don't care for it

Dromasta
June 5th 2017
169 Comments


Ehh I hope not. I like Deftones but I definitely feel as though they have an extremely fanboyesque group of followers. They are a really original band but slightly overrated

Dromasta
June 5th 2017
169 Comments


Yeah I get that it has a high average Drummerboy but people on here always react very negatively towards this band forum wise. That I don't understand

SteakByrnes
June 5th 2017
22599 Comments


Language was good, but Exoplanet was just a beast of a record

impoppy
June 5th 2017
2230 Comments


It's been 7 years since they've played prog-influenced deathcore shit, not sure why people would expect them to go back to an Exoplanet sound.

That being said, song is okay. It's definitely a waste of technical ability but it's mixed really well and has a nice ambient tone going for it.

Dromasta
June 5th 2017
169 Comments


Agreed it is still my favorite album of theirs. Spacecore perfection

dbizzles
June 5th 2017
14666 Comments


'It's been 7 years since they've played prog-influenced deathcore shit, not sure why people would expect them to go back to an Exoplanet sound.'

I don't think its that we all expect a sudden return, but more so that they just get farther away with every release. It's to the point that I wasn't even excited when I saw this headline.

Daedus
June 5th 2017
220 Comments


Okay, so I'm pretty conflicted.

I genuinely liked this, but this isn't what I wanted from this band in the first place.



clavier
Staff Reviewer
June 5th 2017
1106 Comments


I'm on the same boat as Daedus - I didn't think they'd take the ambient direction any further than they already did

Drummerboy123
June 5th 2017
3104 Comments


Dunno why everyone is taken aback, they've been getting more ambient and vibe-y since Intrinsic. Language was my fave by them, Exoplanet has some bangers but is less cohesive for me.

VanFullOfSpooks
June 5th 2017
29 Comments


This made me want to go back and listen to Intrinsic again....my god that is one hell of a underrated album.

lilv
June 6th 2017
17 Comments


pretending that exoplanet doesn't exist doesnt make this any less average :'(

Danred97
June 6th 2017
2544 Comments


I really liked it. I admit I'm not coming into this being a fan of the band (I've only heard a song here and there), but I still feel this is an excellent track.

anklbitinmidget
June 6th 2017
35 Comments


this vaguely reminds me of when alcest released shelter. an album of perfectly fine, inoffensive chill shit from a band capable of so much more

bring back the riffs please

JBawlin
June 6th 2017
39 Comments


I'm glad we're not all jumping to conclusions after one song. /s


That being said, it's definitely chill– sounds like an opener or a transitional song and I'm fine with that. Language is one of the best progressive metal albums imo and I'm optimistic of their new stuff.

SgtShock
June 6th 2017
915 Comments


Nearly fell asleep when I saw them live. This doesn't look like its gonna change that.

MisguidedYouth
June 6th 2017
265 Comments


aye, at least it isn't the direction volumes went in

Hopelust
June 6th 2017
3549 Comments


"Forever wishing for Exoplanet 2."

Aaaand forever wishing you will be, cuz that shit ain't ever gonna happen.


tcat84
June 6th 2017
1304 Comments


How can any of you "Exoplanet or bust" fans think that after they released Language and then the reimagined slower versions of Language, that they would suddenly say "fuck it" and go back to their Exoplanet sound?

I'm noy saying one sound is superior to the other, but it just seems like wasted energy to me.

Faraudo
June 6th 2017
3904 Comments


Pretty sweet.

NonApplicable
June 6th 2017
2854 Comments


I for one feel this is the best thing they've released. Their records never grabbed me and their live show boarderline put me to sleep! On this single they took the approach that TesseracT did and streamlined their sound. It sounds to me that this style suits them.

OwMySnauze
June 6th 2017
2246 Comments


This is boring and plain compared to Language.

MarkvandenBerg
June 6th 2017
148 Comments


So much better than all their past shit

Calc
June 6th 2017
16692 Comments


this is ok I guess. I hope the album more like Language in the end though

Laen
June 6th 2017
569 Comments


Zzz. Language was fantastic, this is boring.

dbizzles
June 6th 2017
14666 Comments


'How can any of you "Exoplanet or bust" fans think that after they released Language and then the reimagined slower versions of Language, that they would suddenly say "fuck it" and go back to their Exoplanet sound?'

Just because we saw this coming doesn't make it less disappointing. It's vanilla. Chalk it up with the newest Pianos Become the Teeth or A Lot Like Birds.

henryChinaski
June 6th 2017
4396 Comments


lol at people crying for Exoplanet Part 2...

New song is good.

0GuyMan0
June 6th 2017
3403 Comments


This may sound weird, but I've always thought of Contortionist to be amazing at crafting music, but absolute shit at writing SONGS. Of course there is a place for bands like that, way down below someone like BTBAM who mastered both very early on.

This is a pretty good song. Subtle hooks and things. I liked.

henryChinaski
June 6th 2017
4396 Comments


"Chalk it up with the newest Pianos Become the Teeth [...]"

Keep You is an excellent album.

Piripichotes
June 6th 2017
581 Comments


Song is ok... Kinda reminds of Thrice.

BlackTaxi2d
June 6th 2017
289 Comments


I love Language. That album as a current progressive metal album is one of my favorites from the past decade. With that being said, "primordial sound" is a shit track. and I knew they would follow that direction because every time I see them live they play that shit and people love it.

I can see this as the "primordial sound" of the new album. regardless, I'm still hype for it.

also, I still jam exoplanet at the gym from time to time. what a banger.

Feels
June 6th 2017
301 Comments


Lame.

Digging: The Obsessed - Lunar Womb

bloc
June 6th 2017
64536 Comments


This shit hypercommunicates hard

sharkmsc
June 6th 2017
331 Comments


They've lost the members who were at the wheel for their (subjectively) better sound

Sinternet
June 6th 2017
23962 Comments


i like their other stuff but was never that invested in the band, might be why i actually like this a fair bit

hortanz
June 6th 2017
811 Comments


well that's a huge change, bands seem to like doing this nowadays

Flugmorph
June 6th 2017
23756 Comments


oh god no




plz

AnimalsAsSummit
June 6th 2017
5402 Comments


yo this that breaking benjamin, linkin park shit

Digging: Space Heater - Music Planet

Tundra
June 6th 2017
5707 Comments


Im sure the band is going to have a lot more in store for us lol

Hopelust
June 6th 2017
3549 Comments


Agreed. This is pretty much the tip of an iceberg.

JeetJeet
June 6th 2017
9056 Comments


It's a pretty shitty iceberg then

dbizzles
June 6th 2017
14666 Comments


global warming melt-ass iceberg.

VanFullOfSpooks
June 6th 2017
29 Comments


Honestly its not a bad track and grows on you. Its disappointing as someone who wanted more heavy songs and a return to a Exoplanet sound but it is still a damn good song. Generic? Yes. Bad? No. Underwhelming for a band who is held to very high progressive standards? Yes.

Still its not a bad song even if it is much softer then even the single the released with Language.

That being said they are doing the same thing they did with Language, release one of the slowest songs (I hope) and let fans speculate. Then blow everyones mind when they release the full album.

Stop being so overdramatic guys, its 1 damn song.

ajcollins15
June 6th 2017
177 Comments


People that think they want to make the prog-metal/metalcore stuff need to really get over it! If you don't like it then move on!

Djang0
June 6th 2017
583 Comments


This is a real solid song, can't believe the outrage on this thread. Can't a band like change up their sound a little lol

pxl
June 6th 2017
39 Comments


I like it.

Relinquished
June 6th 2017
46070 Comments


"yo this that breaking benjamin, linkin park shit"

and they're way better than most of them. I like the song.

"The song really reminds me of A Perfect Circle."

right?? the song sounds nice from that perspective

chinesewhispers
June 6th 2017
4767 Comments


Contortionist go APC? Def checking after work

bloc
June 6th 2017
64536 Comments


Yeah I think it is an enjoyable track overall. I bet if this was some brand new band the response to this song would be much more positive.

My only issue is how lifeless their vocalist always sounds. I know that's part of the aesthetic but it gets old.

MercuryToHell
June 6th 2017
1359 Comments


I really dig this, and I adore Exoplanet over any of their other releases. Definitely agree with the APC vibe too, it's really well put together.

Nomos
June 6th 2017
1737 Comments


People still crying their eyes out and circle jerking to Exoplanet in comments?
Let me taste your tears. They are rich in salt and taste good.

This isn't a bad song. Sorry it's not all polyrythmic chugging. It's like the 4th song on the album and the shortest. I see this as more of a breather track between some heavier stuff. Also gets better after a few listens.


dbizzles
June 6th 2017
14666 Comments


'I bet if this was some brand new band the response to this song would be much more positive.'

Yeah and if I was a dog, I wouldn't be typing this comment. Any band with previous work will always draw comparisons to their older albums. I always hate that argument, bloc.

Hopelust
June 6th 2017
3549 Comments


Well it applies to why you're so butthurt dbizzles; let go of some of your expectations and you might not feel so disappointed.

dbizzles
June 6th 2017
14666 Comments


I'm not even butthurt. I lost interest in them a while ago and didn't even really complain about the change in sound, holmes. I just said it's vanilla and that it's dumb to think people aren't going be disappointed by this.

In fact, it looks like just as many, if not more, users are crying about people not being on board with this.

Sinternet
June 6th 2017
23962 Comments


you've made eight comments so far whining about the song man give it a rest already

dbizzles
June 6th 2017
14666 Comments


K, having a discussion is whining now. Got it.

EDIT: I did make that shitty iceberg comment, I forgot about that.

brokatar
June 6th 2017
30 Comments


"Any band with previous work will always draw comparisons to their older albums"

I agree and disagree. While I personally was pretty let down by this track because I had rediscovered the beauty of "Language" recently and listening to it pretty extensively, it's very easy to put the past behind you and move into the future. That's how I found beauty in DIVISI. I believe it's completely optional whether or not you would want to stay disappointed in comparison to those past records, or move forward and embrace the change without bias. In conclusion, three listens in and I'm not loving it but it is a grower.

artiswar
June 6th 2017
9936 Comments


I'm pretty sure feelings are not optional

botb
June 6th 2017
14323 Comments


this is really solid but just not what anyone wants to hear from this band. their singer sounds great though.

botb
June 6th 2017
14323 Comments


dat server double post

artiswar
June 6th 2017
9936 Comments


Language sold more than Exoplanet and Intrinsic combined so saying no one wants this is nonsense.

BurnedBlack606
June 6th 2017
513 Comments


Song is nice. I'm sure the rest of the album will be more proggy, singles tend to be a little more basic.

MyNameIsPencil
June 6th 2017
5795 Comments


this is nice, language > exoplanet anyways oops

Digging: Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It

StarsDie
June 6th 2017
71 Comments


Exoplanet is the only album of theirs that I don't like. It was just generic tech deathcore.

I'm tired of over-the-top technicality and complexity. Not that I don't appreciate a degree of complexity. I think it's better to be creative and emotive with your sound moreso than trying to be the MOST technical you can be.

With that said; this new song is quite a bit less impressive and interesting than Language and Intrinsic. But it's still pretty cool mellow shit.

Digging: Demoniac (CHL) - So It Goes

erizen826
June 6th 2017
857 Comments


This sounds like store brand Opeth.

necropig
June 6th 2017
6172 Comments


Shite

Digging: Ad Nauseam - Imperative Imperceptible Impulse

supremejelly
June 7th 2017
1208 Comments


..I liked it

Digging: Julee Cruise - Floating into the Night

bloc
June 7th 2017
64536 Comments


Heard this a second time and I like it even more. Liking the video a lot too

Hopelust
June 7th 2017
3549 Comments


"EDIT: I did make that shitty iceberg comment, I forgot about that."

I believe your words were "global warming melt-ass iceberg" lol

I did laugh at that comment; pretty good stuff there.


dbizzles
June 7th 2017
14666 Comments


Lol yeeeah, about that... I was more just trying to be funny than actually complaining, but I can see why users might see otherwise : )

Voltimand
June 7th 2017
1215 Comments


The song really reminds me of A Perfect Circle. [2]

Flugmorph
June 7th 2017
23756 Comments


lol the singer looks like the most generic guy ever conceived.

didnt liked their previous music at all, but this song is actually decent

JeetJeet
June 7th 2017
9056 Comments


“yea, hate to break it to y'all, but exoplanet isn't good”

Of course a guy named after a trash rapper has a bad opinion

NewBallistics
June 7th 2017
918 Comments


I liked the song quite a bit. Sure, it's not Exoplanet but I already knew this. Those who are calling this crap because it's not deathcore are the reason I can't take this site seriously.

Their last album sounded exactly like this. You've had more than enough time to evaluate if you'd still listen to them with the new sound.

artiswar
June 7th 2017
9936 Comments


what do you mean? deathcore is the best genre clearly

Flugmorph
June 7th 2017
23756 Comments


"Those who are calling this crap because it's not deathcore are the reason I can't take this site seriously."

deathcore is one of the most hated genres on sput dude, so idk what you're sayin here
and yeah deathcore is crap, especially is they try to go prog urgh

NewBallistics
June 7th 2017
918 Comments


Don't get my words confused, I like deathcore. Fuck, 50% of what I listen to is metalcore.

I just don't see why people have this mindset that if a band becomes less heavy they are of a lesser quality.

artiswar
June 7th 2017
9936 Comments


I think it's just a taste thing but it does sometimes feel like a bandwagon mentality

unforgiven89
June 8th 2017
213 Comments


Language is fucking amazing. This track is pretty cool.

Dunpeal
June 8th 2017
4413 Comments


yes, kinda tame, but i'm still down to see what they cook up for their next album. Reimagined was pretty swee

Torii
June 8th 2017
831 Comments


love it

NonApplicable
June 8th 2017
2854 Comments


I get being disappointed, but saying this is garbage? This is clearly a competently crafted track whether you like the style or not. Quit being drama queens.

macman76
Staff Reviewer
June 8th 2017
2122 Comments


Catchy

JayEnder
June 8th 2017
9300 Comments


Good song. Also the album art is really fucking cool.

Digging: Whirr - Feels Like You

Dmitri
June 9th 2017
47 Comments


this shit sucks

NewBallistics
June 9th 2017
918 Comments


That album cover is sick.

dctarga
June 10th 2017
1773 Comments


This is cool, loved Exoplanet, liked Intristic, LOVED Language...I don't get the hate on this. No, it's not groundbreaking, nor totally unique, but its nice. I don't want a whole album of it, but its fine.

bloc
June 10th 2017
64536 Comments


Why does the album art look like something a nu-dissonance death metal band would put out

Relinquished
June 10th 2017
46070 Comments


more like nine inch nails downward spiral remix cover

bloc
June 10th 2017
64536 Comments


That new Ulcect album rings some bells. Or even the most recent Execration album. Damn these guys like spirals and circles.

Groink
June 23rd 2017
846 Comments


The deathcore shit from these guys is in the past. Time to let it go. I like this. Pretty chill.

dbizzles
June 23rd 2017
14666 Comments


Sounds like they are trying hard to seem like they aren't trying hard which, in turn, makes it sound like they are trying hard to seem like they aren't trying hard which, in turn, makes it sound like they are trying hard to....

I'm sure the album will be okay and will received by the majority of listeners. I'll give it a spin. They deserve that from me at least.



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