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Below is our complete The Contortionist news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Tesseract Announces North American Tour

TesseracT will return to North America for a healthy batch of tour dates slated for later this year. The band has tapped The Contortionist as main support along with Erra and Skyharbor.

"Five years ago we bundled ourselves in to a van and set off on our debut North American tour," says bassist Amos Williams. "It was not only our North American debut but also our first major tour, really."

Dates will kick off on November 2nd at the Theater for Living Arts in Philadelphia and run coast to coast making a few stops in Canada before wrapping things up at Irving Plaza in New York City on December 7th. Tickets will go on sale Friday, August 21 at 10:00 local time.

"We're beyond excited to announce that we're touring with TesseracT," says The Contortionist vocalist Mike Lessard. "They're a band we've always wanted to tour with, so it will be nice to share the road with them finally. This tour is a must see for any progressive fan!"

Williams comments again on that first North American run, where the band originally supported Devin Townsend, "We were lucky enough to be supporting the incredible DTP, from whom we learned how to project and perform. It was an experience that none of us will ever forget. Everything about it was intense, from the traveling in a tiny van, or squeezing the whole band into a single Motel 6 room, through to the stunning crowds, and wonderful friends we made. So, a little over 5 years later it is an awesome feeling to return to the US and Canada to headline a tour with that same line up that traveled all the miles, and worked so hard to get TesseracT to where it is today." More...

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The Contortionist Announces Upcoming Shows

The Contortionist has announced a string of upcoming headlining U.S. tour dates alongside Chon and Auras. Dates for the trek are as follows:

5/9 - Davey's Uptown - Kansas City, MO
5/10 - The Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
5/11 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
5/12 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
5/14 - Mesa Music Hall - El Paso, TX
5/15 - Jack's Patio Bar - San Antonio, TX
5/16 - Trees - Dallas, TX
5/17 - The Abbey - Memphis, TN
5/19 - Fubar - St. Louis, MO
5/20 - Expo Five - Louisville, KY
5/21 - Tremont Music Hall - Charlotte, NC
5/23 - Chameleon Club - Lancaster, PA
5/24 - The Voltage Lounge - Philadelphia, PA
5/26 - Port City Music Hall - Portland, ME
5/27 - Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY
5/29 - Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
5/30 - The Shelter - Detroit, MI More...

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BTBAM Announces New Album, Tour

Between the Buried and Me is excited to announce the "Coma Ecliptic" tour, named after the band's forthcoming new album, and set to take place July through August in North America.

The tour features support from Animals As Leaders along with openers The Contortionist. The tour will be the group's first official set of dates following the release of "Coma Ecliptic" on July 7th. A first single from the album will also be landing in early April.

"Coma Ecliptic" will launch via Metal Blade Records worldwide. Once again, the band has returned with an ambitious concept album: this time, the story follows the wanderings of an unidentified man, stuck in a coma, as he journeys through his past lives. Each song is its own episode in a modern day, sort of The Twilight Zone-esque fashion. The unidentified man enters each world and is offered a choice: stay, or move on to the next in search of something better, something more "perfect." More...

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The Contortionist Announces Tour With Revocation

The Contortionist has announced a heavy hitting headline run with Revocation, Fallujah, and Toothgrinder in support.

Dates will start on February 7th in the band's hometown of Indianapolis and wrap up in Newport, KY on February 28th after covering much of the eastern half of the U.S.

"We're excited to hit the road with all these amazing bands and play a ton of epic shows," says vocalist Mike Lessard. "We couldn't think of a better way to start our 2015!" More...

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The Contortionist Posts "Primordial Sound" Video

The Contortionist today debuts a brand new music video for the "Primordial Sound" single, which can be seen below thanks to Noisey.Vice.com.

"Primordial Sound" is Corey Norman's second directorial effort for the group and depicts the band in an ultra minimalist, stripped down state.

"Primordial Sound is one song that I am very proud of," says guitarist Robby Baca. "I had so much fun writing that song! I can't wait to share this video with everyone. The director did a fantastic job for us. The visual elements are extremely important to us and this is a video that we feel exemplifies the overall vibe that we are going for."

Norman also directed "Language I: Intuition" released earlier this year. Watch that video over at this location. More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 32

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 podcast@metalunderground.com 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.

Listen here, don’t forget to catch more Threatpoint at our sign-off, and subscribe via iTunes or RSS feed. Enjoy!

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The Contortionist Streaming New Track

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
4. Intergration
5. Thrive
6. Primordial Sound
7. Arise
8. Ebb & Flow
9. The Parable

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The Contortionist Releases New Video

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
4. Intergration
5. Thrive
6. Primordial Sound
7. Arise
8. Ebb & Flow
9. The Parable More...

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The Contortionist Streaming New Song

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...

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The Contortionist Reveals New Album Details

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
4. Integration
5. Thrive
6. Primordial Sound
7. Arise
8. Ebb & Flow
9. The Parable More...

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Destrage Joining Protest The Hero On Tour

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 band will be touring in support of latest album "Are You Kidding Me? No." (reviewed here) and you can check out a music video taken off the album below. See Destrage live on these dates: More...

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The Contortionist To Release New Album

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.”

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The Contortionist Enters The Studio

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.

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BTBAM Tour Ends Heavy In Tennessee

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...

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The Contortionist Recruits New Vocalist

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...

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BTBAM To Tour With The Faceless

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...

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The Contortionist Seeking New Vocalist

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 thecontortionistsingersearch@gmail.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...

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The Contortionist Splits With Vocalist

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...

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Beyond The Shore Announces New Tour Dates

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...

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The Contortionist To Support Deftones

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...

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