THE CONTORTIONIST has released a new music video today for their track “Return To Earth” exclusively via PROG MAGAZINE. “When making the ‘Return to Earth’ video we wanted to make sure it was cohesive in concept with ‘Reimagined,'” says vocalist Michael Lessard. Directed by Erez Bader and produced by Lessard himself, the video is the band’s second from their forthcoming LP due out in mid September.
“We made sure we took our time with the process. This video picks up where ‘Reimagined’ left off, and can actually be played in succession with it. We couldn’t be more pleased with the continuity and end result!”
“Return To Earth” is the third track the band has released from Clairvoyant behind “Absolve” and “Reimagined.” The three tracks are available on all streaming services and will serve as iTunes Instant Gratification tracks, meaning, fans who pre order the LP via iTunes receive all three as instant downloads.
The Contortionist will release Clairvoyant on September 15, 2017 via Entertainment One Music / Good Fight Music. The new LP is the highly anticipated follow up to Language, the genre defying LP that continues to garner critical acclaim. Clairvoyant, which reunited the band with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Through The Eyes Of The Dead), takes the best elements of The Contortionist’s past and reshapes them as the band follows their individual creative muses toward the future.
The Contortionist ultimately prove to have as much in common with the psychedelic experimentation of later Opeth or Tool and even the textured melodicism of Sigur Ros as they do technical heavy music, but they’ve never sacrificed urgent impact. Critics and fans admire their intelligent approach to the crushing riffs of tech-metal, which becomes more vibrant with elements of ambitious post rock and jazzy / fusion-infused virtuosity. Even when angular riffs, odd time signatures, and devastating breakdowns give way to hypnotic, ethereal, and trancelike musical meditations, The Contortionist are never lacking in total power.
In whatever The Contortionist endeavors to do, there will always be a great amount of thought, attention to detail, and shared love of musicality. They have committed to never surrender to the path of least resistance, always challenging themselves and their audience.
This is art for art’s sake. The Contortionist ease through the doors of perception with grace where possible and smash through the boundaries with absolute force when necessary.