Positioned right between bands as Between the Buried and Me and Cynic, The Contortionist sophomore album “Intrinsic” is a 10 station journey to the outer limits of Deathcore rooted Progressive Metal. Quite disturbing, twisted in and out, upside down and back and forth, complex and technical, but power and soulful, focusing both on intensity and subtle, gently layered atmosphere, “Intrinsic” is a refreshing search for authentic expression in a patterned, predictable and rarely creative world – strictly profit oriented music industry. Also blinking to artist as Rush and Dream Theater, and sometimes reminds me of the early VoiVod (“Nothingface”), The Contortionist deliver an extremely inspired and complex Progressive Metal product, the perfect blending of brutality and edge cutting, experimental, boundaries shattering music.
Robby Baca – Guitar, Jonathan Carpenter – Vocals and Keyboards, Joey Baca – Percussion, Cameron Maynard – Guitar, and Christopher Tilley- Bass Guitar definitively set the bar much higher and moved the accent from extreme Metal to esoteric exploration of the Heavy Metal boundaries. “Intrinsic” moves the band forward in a natural, logical progression, emerging genres like Deathcore and Djent with abstract, cinematic soundscapes and complex musical architecture. Melodic and aggressive passages are smartly build together and the result is a groovy, flowing, ever surprising music.
They are from the future? It’s quite possible.
02. Feedback Loop
04. Sequential Vision
05. Geocentric Confusion
06. Dreaming Schematics
07. Anatomy Anomalies
10. Parallel Trance