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All right, let’s get the drill over with. We at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast are hosting two upcoming ticket giveaways through Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) has to compensate for his barren, metal-scarce South Florida existence somehow.
The Black Dahlia Murder (supported by Suicide Silence and Chelsea Grin) plays on Monday, October 13th, followed by Attila (supported by Crown The Empire and Like Moths To Flames) on Friday, November 14th. If interested, please submit your full name, matching your ID, to firstname.lastname@example.org with one of the headliners in the subject heading.
We properly kick off this week with another round of unsigned talent: Scranton, Pennsylvania’s Threatpoint, a straight-up, honest metal band that combines groove, thrash ’n’ roll, and the best of the American New Wave. Fans of Testament, DevilDriver, Sepultura, and Machine Head should pay close attention.
Opening anthem “Pave The Way” is taken from the band’s 2013 debut “Dead To Rise” (reviewed here), and stay tuned until the end, where we showcase the brand new song “Devil You Know,” taken from sophomore album “Careful What You Wish For.”
Speaking of Machine Head, the wily internet struck again this week, causing a leak that poured first single “Now We Die” (taken from upcoming eighth studio album “Bloodstone & Diamonds”) into the ears of thousands. Like real dudes - and unlike a certain unnamed band that rhymes with Metallica - the band have opted to roll with the punches and encourage you all to listen to, like, and share this song. We have, and you can hear our full thoughts presently.
Next, Kevin offers a review of “Language,” the recently released third studio album by Indianapolis, Indiana prog-heads The Contortionist. In his opinion, the band have gone “full-on Cynic” (or perhaps Opeth) and shed their deathcore outer-garments to the point where Kevin is unsure whether “Language” is even a proper metal record. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as you will hear.
Finally, we conclude with a rather euphoric reaction to the recently released track “At War With Reality,” taken from the upcoming album of the same title by Gothenburg metal pioneers At The Gates - the reformed band’s first studio material since 1995. As with The Haunted’s “Exit Wounds” and Carcass’ “Surgical Steel,” we think it signals a tremendous return, and until In Flames decide to pull their heads from their nether regions and rediscover metal, the melodic death style should be in safe, capable hands.
With only two weeks remaining before the release of new LP, "Language," The Contortionist is debuting a new single called "Primordial Sound" today.
Check out the track below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net. "Language" is due out September 16th, 2014 via Good Fight Music / eOne Music and the track listing is as follows:
1. The Source
2. Language I: Intuition (streaming here)
3. Language II: Conspire
6. Primordial Sound
8. Ebb & Flow
9. The Parable
The Contortionist has debuted an all new music video for latest single "Language I: Intuition," which can be seen below thanks to Altpress.com.
Directed by Corey Norman, this is the first music video installment from the band since the "Dreaming Schematics" video was released in 2012. Frontman Mike Lessard comments:
"Very pleased to share this video! It was a very special process for me to be able to capture some of the natural beauty of where I call home, the place that was a large part of my lyrical inspiration for the album. It was also a pleasure being able to work with Corey Norman and the Bonfire Films crew. We hope everyone enjoys"
The band released the single just a few weeks ago in an aggressive build up to the release of upcoming LP "Language," due out September 16th, 2014 via Good Fight Music / eOne Music. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Source
2. Language I: Intuition
3. Language II: Conspire
6. Primordial Sound
8. Ebb & Flow
9. The Parable More...
The Contortionist has debuted a brand new single titled "Language I: Intuition," the first half of the title track from upcoming LP "Language," due out September 16th, 2014.
“Conceptually, the song highlights the intuitive nature that stems from the creative process itself,” says guitarist Cameron Maynard. This is the first new material heard from the band since the release of "Intrinsic" in 2012.
The band also shot an all new music video for the track with Corey Norman at Bonfire Films, which will be debuted very soon.
The band will release a new full length via eOne Music / Good Fight Music. The Contortionist tapped producer Jamie King (Between The Buried and Me) to produce at The Basement Recording Studio in Winston-Salem, NC.
"Making this record from start to finish was quite an experience," says guitarist Robby Baca. "From the initial attempts at songwriting to the tracking sessions with Jamie, it's an experience that I cant wait to share with everyone." More...
The Contortionist will release new album "Langauge" this coming September 16th via eOne and Good Fight Music in both CD and LP editions.
Pre-orders for all configurations are now available at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Source
2. Language I: Intuition
3. Language II: Conspire
6. Primordial Sound
8. Ebb & Flow
9. The Parable More...
Italy's Destrage is happy to announce that the band will be joining Protest the Hero, The Faceless, and The Contortionist on tour throughout continental Europe this Fall.
The tour begins on November 11th in Germany and wraps up on December 13th in France. Guitarist Mat Di Gioia comments: "We were really tempted to enjoy our scout camp with cross camping skiing tournament, tea party debate and knitting workshop week, BUT we chose to tour Europe with fucking Protest The Hero, Faceless and The Contortionist instead. We can't wait to share the stage with these outstanding bands, this tour is gonna be totally sick! See you there everybody!"
The Contortionist will release an all new LP titled "Language" on September 16th, 2014 via eOne Music / Good Fight Music. The band spent time with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried and Me) at The Basement Recording Studio in Winston-Salem, NC.
"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 cant wait to share with everyone."
"Language" will be the third LP installment from the band and first with new vocalist Michael Lessard who offers, "I'm beyond happy to share this album with people! The experience and result are something I'm very proud to have been a part of. I think this album will show how we've all progressed as writers and players."
The new effort will follow "Intrinsic," which came out in 2012 highlighted by singles “Holomovement” and “Causality.”
Indianapolis metal outfit The Contortionist has officially entered the studio to begin working on a yet-to-be-titled LP. Guitarist Robby Baca comments on what fans can expect:
"We’re pretty stoked to be in the studio again, especially with Jamie King. Some of my favorite records have come out of this corner of the woods, here in Winston-Salem, NC. We’re also unquestionably psyched about Mike Lessard's voice on these new tracks. This record seems to be a good mix of old and new TC, and Mike's wide range of animal noises should make this one a real banger.”
Guitarist Cameron Maynard adds, "These new songs are extremely refreshing and I cannot think of a more ideal place to watch our creation come to life."
The band has tapped Jamie King to produce and will be tracking and mixing at The Basement Recording Studio in Winston-Salem, NC.
The new album will be released via Entertainment One (eOne Music) / Good Fight Music and will be The Contortionist's follow-up to "Intrinsic," which came out in 2012.
Between The Buried and Me have done some crazy things, such as playing "Colors" live in its entirety and following the hour-long album with a second complete set of fan-picked favorites. They've also been selling bundles of their latest album, "The Parallax II: Future Sequence," that include a full-size BTBAM NASA-themed space suit. It's safe to say that the bar on what constitutes 'crazy' for this band is set rather high. For the whole 35-date tour, which had started on September 13th in North Carolina, the band decided to go full crazy again and perform "Future Sequence," their longest album to date, in its entirety.
Moreover, they were bringing a slew of other near-virtuoso-level bands with them to add even more moments of jaw-dropping to the mix for the show. The Faceless, modern kings of start-stop melodic death metal, The Contortionist, a band pushing the boundaries of metal as much as they push the boundaries of jazz and djent, and The Safety Fire, groove-centric prog lads from overseas, rounded out the lineup. These Herculean feats of skill were all to close out the tour in Nashville, TN on October 25th at The Cannery Ballroom. More...
The Contortionist has announced Mike Lessard of Last Chance To Reason as the band's new permanent vocalist, replacing Jonathan Carpenter who exited earlier this year.
"We're very excited about this announcement. The run of dates we did with him as a fill-in were a much needed breath of fresh air. He brings to the table all kinds of new dynamics that will help fuel the progression of the band's sound onto the next record and onward," says Guitarist Robby Bacca.
"I've been a friend and a fan of the band for a long time, so these are exciting times. I can't wait to hit the road and the studio with these talented gentlemen. I believe this to be the start of a beautiful experience," says Lessard himself.
The band just announced new tour dates supporting Between the Buried and Me this fall. Dates stretch coast to coast kicking off in Winston Salem, NC on September 13th and will wrap up more than a month later in Nashville, TN. Pre-sale has begun here and general ticket sales start July 12th. More...
Between the Buried and Me will be embarking on a headlining tour across North America this Fall. This tour will be the first time the band will be performing "The Parallax," both parts I and II, in their entirety (check out our reviews of part I and part II).
Joining the band for this tour will be The Faceless, The Contortionist, and The Safety Fire. The tour is scheduled to begin on September 13th in North Carolina and will wind its way across the U.S. and Western/Central Canada before wrapping up in Tennessee on October 25th. More...
The Contortionist has officially launched a search to replace frontman Jonathan Carpenter, who left the band last month.
The Contortionist has uploaded two instrumental tracks right here, and the band encourages applicants to complete a vocal demo of at least one, but preferably both songs (YouTube preferred) and send the link via email to email@example.com along with any other pertinent info. Other criteria needed are:
-Must be local to Indianapolis area or willing/able to travel/relocate.
-Must be 18+ years old
-Preferably able to play keyboards/synth in a live setting but not required.
-Preferably has some previous tour, songwriting, and studio experience.
-Must be free of any full time commitments (such as school or work) and ready to commit to the band FULL TIME starting June 1, 2013.
"We aren't just looking for someone that can show off their skills as a musician," says guitarist Cameron Maynard. "The band needs someone special that personally favors the traveling, and it should be in this person's best interest to truly enjoy performing and working creatively day in and day out." More...
The Contortionist has announced the departure of frontman Jonathan Carpenter today, along with his interim replacement in one fell swoop. Jonathan and his long-time girlfriend will be expecting their first child and Carpenter has made the decision to focus on his personal life.
Mike Lessard of Last Chance to Reason will be taking on vocal duties while the band finds a permanent replacement. Statements from each of the parties can be found below.
Jonathan Carpenter comments: "It's going to be a jarring change of pace for my life, not being on the road most of the year. Making songs with the band and then performing them in front of the best fans has been a once in a lifetime experience. I wouldn't trade the perspective I've found in the past few years for anything. I got to meet so many amazing people and see a good chunk of the world. I absolutely intend to keep creating and playing music in the future, albeit in a more personal pursuit.
"I will miss seeing everyone in the TC family very much. I wish the best to all of my band buds and everyone who supports live music and all this heavy banger music we've been making. I feel very excited for my future with the love of my life and our pups, and our little one on the way. More...
Beyond the Shore has landed the opening slot for a portion of Veil of Maya's upcoming headlining tour. The "Canadian Forgiveness Tour" begins April 28th in London, ON with Beyond the Shore confirmed through May 4th. Additional supporting acts on the tour are The Contortionist and Glass Cloud. The entire list of confirmed dates can be seen below, with more still to be announced.
Beyond the Shore will also be joining Shai Hulud on tour in March-April, as well as appearing on the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA. Beyond the Shore is scheduled to perform at the fest on Sunday, April 21st. More...
Fresh off a run with Hatebreed and Dying Fetus, The Contortionist has announced participation in a handful of dates with Deftones.
Front man/keyboardist Jonathan Carpenter weighs in on the news: "We feel honored to be sharing the stage with the legendary Deftones! They have an incredible sound that has absolutely impacted us as musicians. Should be a surreal week."
The band will then head out on the road with label mates Within the Ruins on a batch of dates trekking to the west coast and back. The Contortionist then kicks off "The Road To Metal Fest" supporting After the Burial. Dates can be seen below.
The Contortionist released "Intrinsic" earlier this year, which landed at number #107 on the Billboard Top 200, #15 on the Hard Music Chart, and #3 on the New Artist Chart. More...
The latest round of bands confirmed to storm the stage at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival XV has today been announced. The fresh additions to the brutal three-day event include Alleageon, Alpha & Omega, Born Low, MurderDeathKill and Dark Sermon, as well as Baltimore hardcore squad Trapped Under Ice and New Jersey’s renowned explosive tech metal practitioners The Dillinger Escape Plan.
A tour based around the fest has also been created by MassConcerts, something they’ve done for the past four years. Dubbed Mission Quest to Metal Fest, the trek was formed in order to help a few of the bands get to and from NEMHF this year. This year the tour unifies Expire, Alpha & Omega, Power Trip, Twitching Tongues, and Antagonist A.D. on a ten-date assault leading up to their individual performances at the festival.
Stated promoter Scott Lee on the formation of this built-in tour: “We are really proud of this year’s lineup, and to bring these bands together leading up to it. The tour includes Expire who played last year, California powerhouse Alpha & Omega, Power Trip who is an up-and-coming hardcore band from Texas, and Twitching Tongues. We're also very excited to have Antagonist A.D. from New Zealand; they are the band coming from the farthest away for the fest. Pretty happy to have them; we love putting foreign bands on the bill!” More...
Promoter MassConcerts detailed the 2013 edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival's annual event at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass. The three day festival commences on Friday April 19, 2013, with a kick off event on Thursday, April 18th. The press release reads as follows:
"For the 2013 installment, the NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL will once again overthrow the historic venue, The Palladium, in Worcester, Massachusetts, this year marking the 15th anniversary of the iconic weekend-long gathering! The festivities will commence with a pre-party on April 18th, 2013 and the three official days of the fest following on the 19th, 20th, and 21st.
"Commented the festival’s founder Scott Lee of MassConcerts: 'I am excited with how far we have come and am ecstatic for this to be on our 15th year! It has been a long, interesting journey. We always try to make it a memorable event and we really hope you all enjoy the festival this year.'
"With more than forty acts from all realms of the extreme music world already set to storm the two stages of NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL XV -- and with many more to be announced in the coming weeks -- the confirmed headliners for the event will include Hatebreed, Opeth and Suicidal Tendencies, as well as legendary thrash titans Anthrax performing their Among The Living album in its entirety, as part of their headlining spot on the Metal Alliance Tour.
"View the full list of bands set to confirm this year below. Tickets for the event will go on sale next Wednesday, January 16th."
The lineup includes: More...
Death Metal powerhouse Dying Fetus will be hitting the road in in January of 2013 alongside Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, and The Contortionist as part of "The Divinity of Purpose Tour." The tour will kick off January 26th in Flint, MI and will wrap up February 17th in Amityville, NY.
The band is currently out on "The Blood of Power Tour" which is the band's first headlining trek on the "Reign Supreme" album cycle. The first leg of the tour is underway now with support coming from Cattle Decapitation and Cerebral Bore. The second leg begins December 15th in Denver, CO, wrapping up December 23rd in Trenton, NJ. Support on this leg will come from Malignancy and Cerebral Bore. A complete list of dates is available below.
Dying Fetus recently completed shooting a video for the song "Second Skin." Look for the video to debut in the coming weeks. More...
The Contortionist has debuted a brand new music video today for the single "Dreaming Schematics." Check out the video below.
Fans familiar with the last video for "Causality" will see a definitive correlation between the two clips, and front man Jonathan Carpenter comments, "We're very pleased with the vibe captured in our new video. It has a very spacey look and that fits the ethereal sounds of the song."
The band also recently announced its participation in Hatebreed's "Divinity of Purpose" tour heading out early next year. Dates can be seen after the jump. The Contortionist released "Intrinsic" earlier this year, which landed at number #107 on the Billboard Top 200, #15 on the Hard Music Chart, and #3 on the New Artist Chart. More...
Hatebreed has issued the following announcement about upcoming U.S. tour dates starting in January, 2013:
"We are pleased to announce that we'll be hitting the road again in the United States next year on The Divinity Of Purpose Tour! Joining us on tour are Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus, and The Contortionist. VIP meet n’ greet packages and pre-sale tickets will be available Thursday, November 29th (tomorrow) at 10 AM PST at this location."
The band's new album "The Divinity of Purpose" is due for release on January 25th in the UK/Europe and January 29th in the US/Canada. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
Jan 26 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
Jan 27 - Joilet, IL - Mojoes
Jan 28 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
Jan 30 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater
Jan 31 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum Theater
Feb 1 - Los Angeles, CA - Roxy
Feb 2 –Chico, CA–Senator Theater
Feb 3 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
Feb 5 - Colorado Springs, CO - Black Sheep
Feb 6 - Wichita, KS - Cotillion
Feb 7 - Sauget, IL - Pop's
Feb 8 - Lexington, KY - Busters
Feb 9 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
Feb 11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Feb 12 - Jacksonville, FL - Freebird Live
Feb 13 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligans
Feb 14 - West Springfield, VA - Empire
Feb 15 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
Feb 16 - Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
Feb 17 - Amityville, NY - Revolution