The Contortionist

Clairvoyant North America 2018

The Contortionist

Silent Planet, Skyharbor, Strawberry Girls

Wed Mar 07 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

El Corazon

$18.00 - $75.00

This event is all ages

The Contortionist
The Contortionist
The Contortionist is an American progressive metal band from Indianapolis, Indiana. Formed in 2007, the band consists of guitarists Robby Baca and Cameron Maynard, drummer Joey Baca, vocalist Mike Lessard, bassist Jordan Eberhardt, and keyboardist Eric Guenther. They have released four studio albums and three EPs.

The Contortionist represents fearlessness in musical expression, designed to please artist as much as audience. This band makes progressive metal music, anchored in the heavy sounds that first drew the individual players to the stage, yet unmoored by convention or expectation.

On Clairvoyant, the band’s distinctive fingerprints remain, even as their atmospheric flourishes broaden to encompass ever-richer textures and mine the beauty of simplicity.

For the entirety of their career, The Contortionist has proven capable of being been equally at home on tour with Deftones, Periphery, or Between The Buried And Me, thanks to their dynamic combination of metal’s blunt precision with the adventurous spirit of prog-rock heroes like Rush and King Crimson. The Contortionist integrates seemingly disparate worlds to create their own sound, with a focus on tone, vibe, color, and atmosphere.

The band’s first two records, Exoplanet (2010) and Intrinsic (2012), are monstrously heavy,though no less ambitious than their newer and more expansive creative declarations. The character of The Contortionist’s sound expanded greatly with Language, the 2014 monolithic album that introduced the band’s current lineup of vocalist Michael Lessard, keyboardist Eric Guenther, and bassist Jordan Eberhardt alongside co-founding members Cameron Maynard (guitar) and brothers Robby Baca (guitar) and Joey Baca (drums). In it’s 5/5 review, Substream praised the album as being akin to “a journey through a dream state.” Prog Metal Zone was similarly kind, awarding the album 10/10 and remarking on its propulsive drum rhythms, ambient keyboards, fusion, and “astonishingly inventive flight(s) of musicality.”

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.
Silent Planet
Silent Planet
"There is a constant discussion between those who study theosophy (the philosophy dealing with the nature of divinity) about if there is a God how can God allow so much evil to happen. Writers throughout time have suggested, in poetic terms, that the state of universal chaos and moral entropy leaves us only to assume that God may have simply "fallen asleep." Garrett Russell, vocalist of the Los Angeles based sextet, Silent Planet, engages with this quandary on the band's forthcoming debut record.

That album, The Night God Slept will be released via Solid State Records (Fit For A King, Demon Hunter) on November 10th. Co-produced by the band's guitarist Spencer Keene and Daniel Braunstein (formerly of the band Volumes) musically it contains some of the most frenetic metal-core put to tape. However as possessed of tremolo picked guitar fury and double-bass attack, there is a balance of melody, moodiness and ambient sections making it a well-rounded and well-paced auditory experience.

Though using aggressive and energy inducing riffs in their music, Silent Planet brings a fresh insight and message of openness as a band. Lyrically, Russell (a self-professed 'history nerd' who holds a Master's Degree in clinical psychology) acts like a theosophist who seeks to understand the bonds that unite humanity and the divine. On The Night God Slept and their previously released Lastsleep (1944-1946) EP the main lyrical thrust is songs through the eyes of women protagonists throughout history.

Spanning from the dawn of time ("First Mother" Lillith) to the bombing of Hiroshima Japan ("Darkstrand" Hibakusha) to the modern day crisis of Sex trafficking in America ("XX" City Grave), the validity of these tales are reinforced by Russell's choice to add source footnotes that further the literary experience of the album by citing historical and literary references.

Speaking on this direction Russell says "we see a lot of cultural misogyny in music, certainly in heavy music. Women in heavy music are caught in a binary - they are either written as a 'good' moral, ideal woman or a 'bad' sinful, tempting woman - but almost never written from their own perspective. What links all of the women in our songs is that they ultimately have to make difficult decisions under the systemic oppression of their coercive ruling forces. Forces which include government, authority figures and the society they live in."

Though a voracious researcher, Russell admits that working at a counseling center for the past year gave him new insight into other people's struggles to tackle these subjects. "I interacted with many different people of gender and sexual orientation who certainly represent people who are part of our music scene and the same age as our audience. I believe everyone has their own narrative to tell and hopefully giving these characters a voice can open people's minds and invite new thoughts into our scene."

Rounded out by Alex Camarena (drums), Thomas Freckleton (guitar, keys), Igor Efimov (bass) and Mitchell Stark (guitar) geographically Silent Planet includes natives of California, Russia and Canada within their ranks. Originally forming in 2009, the band's debut EP, Come Wind, Come Weather, which was produced by Matt Goldman (The Chariot, Underoath) was released in 2012. Since 2013 Silent Planet has completed several national tours including with such notables as Sleeping Giant, Impending Doom, Fit For A King, Gideon and Phinehas.

Still unsigned at the beginning of 2014, the Lastsleep EP was initially recorded just to have something new to sell on tour while writing this full-length album. However the reaction to the material was staggering and reached far beyond those who already knew of the band. Examples of this include HM Magazine's Editor In Chief, David Stagg giving the EP a perfect five star review and calling it "a perfection of the metalcore genre" and not hearing anything like it since "some random band called August Burns Red released Messengers." Also impressed was Solid State Records, who stepped in to add the band to their roster and bring their musical message to the masses.

On November 10th, hear the band that is shaping up to be a major voice in modern metal-core.
Skyharbor
Skyharbor
"Break your elastic chains of convention. Escape your mental prisons and run, heart open to synchronous possibility, towards the sun. Skyharbor have. Join them."

-John Whitmore / The Circle Pit

From a file on a computer sitting in New Delhi, to a full-fledged touring band with members from around the world formed over the internet – Skyharbor have defied convention every step of the way. The debut album ‘Blinding White Noise’ was released worldwide in 2012 to critical acclaim, and earned the band a dedicated fan following across the globe. Since then, Skyharbor have been performing regularly around the world and making waves with their distinctive brand of sweeping, ethereal prog-rock, releasing 'Guiding Lights' in 2014 after a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign. After a brief patch of turbulence that saw new frontman Eric Emery and drummer Aditya Ashok solidify the band's lineup, Skyharbor embarked on a series of tours around the world, covering North America, Europe, UK and India. The future is especially promising in 2017 as a new album with Emery approaches its release and the band look set to hit even bigger stages as they march into the future.
Strawberry Girls
Strawberry Girls
instrumental groovecore trio featuring ex-Dance Gavin Dance guitarist Zac Garren, drummer Ben Rosett (Eternity Forever), and Ian Jennings. "Italian Ghosts"
Venue Information:
El Corazon
109 Eastlake Ave East
Seattle, WA, 98109
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