Warped time signatures, percussive mathematics and spider-fingered fretwork, eOne Music and Hit The Floor bring to you The Contortionist and their latest LP ‘Language.’
The six-piece from Indiana have spent a lot of time with Producer, Jamie King, making this record into what it is, 9 tracks of groundbreaking heavy prog-rock at it’s finest. “Making this record from start to finish was quite an experience” says guitarist Robby Baca. “From the initial attempts at song writing to the tracking sessions with Jamie, it’s an experience that I can’t wait to share with everyone.”
‘The Source’ introduces us to the LP in a way that none of us expected. The haunting vocal performance from Mike Lessard was enough to stand up the hairs on the back of our necks. The cinematic quality of this song can easily be resembled to the works of Dream Theatre and the subtlety of the guitars are similar to our favourite heart breaker, Dallas Green, which is more than okay with us! A combination well thought out and one that stepped effortlessly into ‘Language I: Intuition,’ but a sudden intrusion of distortion in this track leads us to a taste of the bands heavier side, before simmering back down into the powerful subtlety that we have heard from the beginning. Bleeding into the twin track ‘Language II: Conspire’ we’re treated to a full slice of some seriously heavy metal. The sharp guitar riffs and ruthless vocals make this track stand out as a polar opposite of the previous track and in the last minute, a snappy little melody makes an appearance, displaying an impressive amount of versatility, making this one of our favourites.
‘Integration’ takes us back to the 80’s with some eye-watering technical synth and a walking base line that leads us into a good old-fashioned, groove-driven rock pit and a real chance to bounce your feet, much like the track ‘Thrive,’ which also boasts a somber, yet intense menace of distortion and melody from guitarists Robby Baca and Cameron Maynard. ‘Primordial Sound’ is both smoother than butter and hauntingly sharp, with it’s progressive nature in both tempo and over-all vibe. You’re getting a ballad combined with some scientific synth all in a mighty six minutes.
‘Arise’ could easily be highlighted as the track with the most Grunge influence but just give it a minute and some technical math riffs are introduced, giving this particular song a new lease of life. Not our favourite number so far, however as we are shuffled on into ‘Ebb & Flow,’ we are brought back to the familiar sounds that have led us to enjoy the record. Finally, ‘The Parable’ brings us to the end of this phenomenal LP in an emotional combination of everything that we have heard across the last nine tracks.
By incorporating the cinematic musicality of Dream Theatre with the heavy rock beats of Between The Buried And Me; The Contortionist have done a sincerely epic job on this latest LP and created a sound that is uniquely their own, which is sure to catapult them to a status very much deserved. It’s just as well they are set to hit the road with Protest The Hero and The Faceless this autumn, we can’t wait to catch them in action.