The Contortionist   Exoplanet (Redux)
4.3
superb
Release Date: 2016
Tracklist

 Ratings (88) Give your Rating

0.0 LewisShaw | January 29th 16

So you're rating it a 2 not based on the quality of the content but rather on the fact you don't like that they re-released it?

15 Bumps | Bump

4.5 superbExhaleTheLight | January 22nd 16

The newly added synth parts and crisper production literally made this album a whole lot better. Was hoping for at least a few songs re-recorded with Michael Lessard.

4 Bumps | Bump

5.0 classicSpeed512 | January 25th 16

Contact sounds almost entirely re-recorded and the new Advent sounds like sex.

3 Bumps | Bump

2.0 poorStereochrome1 | January 27th 16

The original album was just fine the way it was. There was no need to come back and revisit it like this if you ask me. It just felt unnecessary to begin with.

2 Bumps | Bump

2.5 averageAnimalsAsSummit | June 23rd 16

Compressiontown, USA.

1 Bumps | Bump

3.5 greatcjbizzlebizzle | February 23rd 16

I must admit: I am a flip-flopper. Only a few weeks ago I was saying how I thought this album was fairly average, overly reliant on chugging and somewhat unoriginal. Well, I always give albums a few chances. This one wrestled with me more than any album in recent memory. At first it was the vocals: brutality with a wide range of style dipping into pure gloomy death, thrash and harmonic cleans. Then it was the riffs: jarring, unsettling breakdowns between spacey technical leads and semi-groovy grind licks. The chugging is plentiful but the high quality makes me want to unleash my inner beast and/or hide on a corner. The overall mood of the album is a lonely and disheartening one and I find the ratio of brutality to harmonious melody to be particularly on point. The first six tracks here are all borderline excellent while I find the band loses my attention in the latter third; the only reason this isn't a superb release in my eyes. Less of a blend and more of a layer cake of deathcore, djent and prog elements, Exoplanet explores galactic themes and creates a lonely, uneasy mood to match. Bonus points to the vocalist as his effort alone makes it worth the listen. Flourish, Expire, Contact and Vessel are all fantastic starting points.

1 Bumps | Bump

4.5 superbBrushedRed | November 30th 16

While overall it isn't a huge amount of change in respect to the original, the adding of some synth parts and bringing the bass up further in the mix is definitely a welcomed change and makes the album feel a little bigger than the original.

Bump

3.0 goodmillwalkey88 | September 9th 16

Like all the Contortionist's albums, Exoplanet (the original) grew on me the more I listened to it; in fact, Exoplanet is one of my favorite albums of all time. When I first listened to this I had no idea they had re-mixed it, but I discovered they did almost immediately. Needless to say, I like it but I don't. I fell in love with album for what it originally was and even though I still really like some of the minor adjustments they made, I dislike the "drowning out" of vocals and guitars. If they would have left the original vocals and guitars alone, I'd be more approving. So all in all it's an interesting twist but I don't believe it's totally necessary.

Bump

4.5 superbPanzerchrist | February 1st 16

This is how you do a remaster; differentiate the instruments more, clean up the mixes and add in elements that flow organically with the originally established material.

If you were looking for an entry point to the Contortionist's discography, or just want to give it a re-listen, this will most definitely deliver.

Bump

4.0 excellentSimpleM | January 31st 16

a good album now made excellent. production sounds cleaner, instruments stand out more and overall the remakes of every song is superior to the original.

Bump

4.0 excellentBreakfastCat | March 17th 19
4.5 superbSpicyPikachu1 | March 16th 19
4.5 superbToT720 | January 16th 19
4.0 excellentXSebbyMcMuffinX | October 16th 18
5.0 classicRpgRiser | September 25th 18
4.0 excellentsizeofanocean | June 19th 18
4.5 superbtheweinerback | April 2nd 18
4.5 superbdctarga | March 14th 18
4.5 superbGet Low | February 20th 18
4.0 excellentDoctuses | February 9th 18
4.5 superbAlphaZoey2008 | January 31st 18
5.0 classicLoch | January 19th 18
5.0 classicanklbitinmidget | January 11th 18
4.0 excellentsuzcruzz | January 3rd 18
5.0 classicToad | October 28th 17
5.0 classicDDDeftoneDDD | October 24th 17
5.0 classic12doggos | October 16th 17
4.5 superbValidus | September 26th 17
4.5 superbArAforN | September 22nd 17
4.5 superbsnerefedsav | September 20th 17
4.0 excellentghostpatrol | September 17th 17
3.5 greatAdoreSwancore | September 16th 17
4.0 excellentGibleson | September 5th 17
4.5 superbDirEnMotionless | September 2nd 17
4.5 superbatlantisismatt | July 9th 17
5.0 classichallgath | June 6th 17
3.5 greatSnide | April 15th 17
5.0 classichollowfenix | February 8th 17
5.0 classictcarafi | January 19th 17
4.0 excellentSp00kyGr00ves | December 24th 16
5.0 classicDrifts | November 24th 16
4.5 superbNewBallistics | November 1st 16
4.5 superbsnakesc | October 25th 16
4.0 excellentPrograde | September 15th 16
4.0 excellentrenegadestrings | September 2nd 16
4.5 superbDarkmatter17 | August 28th 16
4.0 excellentT5Cx | August 5th 16
4.5 superbBAMFlicious | July 25th 16
3.5 greatjmh886 | July 21st 16
4.5 superbReviewc0re | July 13th 16
5.0 classicKyyzen | July 1st 16
4.0 excellentDrawk | July 1st 16
4.0 excellentxzubesx | June 28th 16
5.0 classicanthonyp426 | May 25th 16
4.5 superbNostalgicEcho | April 18th 16
4.0 excellentweltfremder | April 16th 16
5.0 classicOwMySnauze | April 2nd 16
4.0 excellentKronzo | April 1st 16
4.5 superbDolving999 | March 25th 16
4.5 superbDmax28 | March 20th 16
4.0 excellentHyndez | March 15th 16
4.0 excellentwhenallelsefa1ls | February 28th 16
2.5 averagedeadstory | February 22nd 16
4.5 superbFilipeGomes | February 18th 16
4.0 excellentforshoredividesusger | February 17th 16
4.0 excellentem17ah | February 17th 16
4.0 excellentMythoBeanz69 | February 14th 16
4.0 excellentjayz0ned | February 14th 16
2.0 poor99Saveme99 | February 6th 16
4.5 superbAtothendrew24 | February 5th 16
3.0 goodBadgerU | February 4th 16
4.5 superbthediamondcanopy | February 2nd 16
4.5 superbtrilo | February 1st 16
4.5 superbBobbyBologna | February 1st 16
5.0 classicDrBrain | February 1st 16
3.5 greatfedericogambato | January 31st 16
4.5 superbTheFantasticDangler | January 29th 16
4.5 superbComatorium. | January 29th 16
5.0 classicducatijackson | January 29th 16
5.0 classicApocalypticCows | January 28th 16
4.0 excellentelephantREVOLUTION | January 28th 16
4.5 superbThuckabe | January 26th 16
4.0 excellentdbilidb | January 26th 16
4.5 superbbrunch | January 25th 16
5.0 classicmaddin | January 25th 16
4.5 superbSubmissiveOstrich | January 24th 16
4.5 superbTooLateToGoBack | January 23rd 16
4.5 superbGameofmetal STAFF | January 22nd 16
5.0 classicNaj1 | January 22nd 16

Give Your Opinion on Exoplanet (Redux)


You have to be logged in to rate this album Login | Create a Profile

STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy