9 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Opening with the atmospheric, keyboard-driven instrumental “Monochrome (Passive),” Clairvoyant solidifies the Indianapolis prog-metal sextet's reputation for balancing technicality and melody. Led by twin brothers Joey (drums) and Robby Baca (guitar), the band plays heavily layered and angular compositions with passages that alternately recall Rush, Meshuggah, and The Contortionist’s contemporaries Between the Buried and Me. Singer Michael Lessard ties it all together with a voice that's both warm and serene.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Opening with the atmospheric, keyboard-driven instrumental “Monochrome (Passive),” Clairvoyant solidifies the Indianapolis prog-metal sextet's reputation for balancing technicality and melody. Led by twin brothers Joey (drums) and Robby Baca (guitar), the band plays heavily layered and angular compositions with passages that alternately recall Rush, Meshuggah, and The Contortionist’s contemporaries Between the Buried and Me. Singer Michael Lessard ties it all together with a voice that's both warm and serene.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
76 Ratings

76 Ratings

evergreenjd ,

Refined, subdued, masterful

Lots of haters on the new contortionist song. I die a little when fans are are cruel to bands who continue to refine their songwriting. Granted it's not all over the place with regards to music theory and odd signatures and technical riffs (which I'm absolutely certain there will be), but this song is expertly crafted with harmony, mood, and colorful sounds. Not every piece of music should be super technical in structure. Sometimes, subtlety and a boiled-down maturity is what a song calls for. The restraint in this song is particularly admirable. It's just "a different kind of speech" from the same group of talented and hard-working engineers of sound.

Orph4n 1vy ,

Can't wait!

Love the dark downbeat twist from this art metal act. I'm sick of the ignorant haters; I really respect bands who aren't afraid to grow and mature. It often takes years for an artist to refine their work, music is no different; and if you really listen to what Contortionist has done before this point, this single shouldn't surprise you. REIMAGINED reminds me of one my all-time favorite bands... and if this is the new CONTORTIONIST, then I don't even miss not having a new album from TOOL. *(Contortionist > Reimagined = Deftones > Change in the house of flies).

TheLastFreeman ,

Can't wait

The Contortionist really does evolve with each release. The way they've continued to refine their sound and the poetry in there song writing is always something to behold. I don't think they're "going soft", it feels like they're continuing to explore uncharted territory. Bravo, I can't wait for the full album.

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