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3.89 | 76 ratings | 6 reviews | 22% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2017

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Monochrome (Passive) (4:57)
2. Godspeed (3:47)
3. Reimagined (3:22)
4. Clairvoyant (7:37)
5. The Center (7:12)
6. Absolve (5:20)
7. Relapse (6:18)
8. Return To Earth (6:16)
9. Monochrome (Pensive) (9:23)

Total time 54:12

Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Lessard / vocals
- Robby Baca / guitar
- Cameron Maynard / guitar
- Eric Guenther / keyboards, synth
- Jordan Eberhardt / bass
- Joey Baca / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Forefathers

CD eOne ‎- EOM-CD-5422 (2017, US)

2xLP eOne ‎- EOM-LP-5422 (2017, US)

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THE CONTORTIONIST Clairvoyant ratings distribution

(76 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(22%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

THE CONTORTIONIST Clairvoyant reviews

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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars This Indiana-based band has matured and, if truth be known, mellowed over the seven years they've been recording and releasing excellent Metal-oriented heavy Prog albums, but this is their best. They have mastered individual restraint and understated performances in favor of group chemistry, group composition, and seductively gorgeous heavy prog music. Simply stunning.

1. "Monochrome (Passive)" So many creative computer/Hal 9000/synth openings on this album, of which this is the first. As it amps up into heavy guitar and bass distortion it fits! It works. Then the song settles into a softer, almost nujazz groove, with some great guitar and keyboard interaction. I haven't heard this creative and innovative keyboard work in years! (10/10)

2. "Godspeed" (3:14) fast opening and abrasive, settling into great weaves to support Michael Lessard's restrained vocal. Amazing subtle effects and contributions throughout--especially the restrained yet virtuosic guitar work. Michael actually lifts his voice in that last minute just before the guitar does the same. Awesome! (9.5/10)

3. "Reimagined" (3:17) gorgeous heavier song on the KARNIVOOL or VOTUM scale of latently heavy prog. (9/10)

4. "Clairvoyant" (7:37) is the first true metal, djenty song on the album (IMHO)--complete with chorale-styled vocal sections and machine gun bass drum pedal play. Really gorgeous transitions and chorus sections; nothing too difficult or abrasive but all played to group perfection. Also the most diversified and chameleonic song on the album. (9/10)

5. "The Center" (7:34) a smooth, gorgeous song that continues to build while Michael Lessard seduces us with his incongruously sedate vocal. Is he the new Maynard James Keenan? Just brilliant! Reminds me of my favorite song from last year by THE MERCURY TREE. (9.5/10)

6. "Absolve" (5:12) brilliant restraint shown on this vocal despite the yearnings of the music to soar! Makes for a great tension between the two. At 5:05 the song shifts, kind of cuts out, while a spacey, post-esplosion synth- concerto slowly builds and (9.5/10)

7. "Relapse" (6:14) opens as an odd synth experiment with spacey vocal for the first 1:30 before the heavy rock instruments enter. Synth washes and sliding power chords finish off the first half before a piano-based, computer- paced section with Lessard saying "They're clairvoyant." Interesting sliding-tremolo guitar solo in the fifth and sixth minutes. It even gets a little djenty at times. (9/10)

8. "Return to Earth" (6:15) spacious and atmospheric genius that lets loose at the 1:25 into a heavier (though simple) and still gorgeous and inviting prog song. Vocalist Michael Lessard has the silky smooth pipes to keep the listener engaged despite the frenetics of his mates--like a mellower version of LEPROUS. (8.5/10)

9. "Monochrome (Pensive)" (9:24) very nice song that, unfortunately, takes seven and a half minutes to finally soar to the heights one might expect from a nine and a half minute "epic." (9/10)

A five star a masterpiece of gorgeously woven heavy prog. My nominee for Most Improved Band and Best Heavy Prog album of the year--and maybe Most Creative Keyboard Player in Eric Guenther.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Despite being one of the best records, if not the best record, I have ever heard in my life, I've held off writing an actual review of this album. There's simply no way for me to fully articulate my adoration for it in a mere 150-word blurb and therefore avoided even trying to do so. As progress ... (read more)

Report this review (#2287367) | Posted by ssmarcus | Saturday, December 14, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 3.8/5 great vocals, effects, atmosphere (rounded to 4) At first I had mixed feelings about this. One one hand, The Contortionist completely abandoned djent roots down tuning and extreme metal, while on the other hand, they actually did it atmospherically right. In the end, I came to terms with ... (read more)

Report this review (#2023146) | Posted by Egyptianprog-Fahmy | Saturday, September 8, 2018 | Review Permanlink

2 stars In my opinion the new album from The Contortionist is very far from being progressive rock. It has some odd twist and turns and the song structures are more adventurous than your average pop or heavy rock song. But in terms of melodies, creativity in the instrumentation and the overall commercia ... (read more)

Report this review (#1839585) | Posted by Fenris | Thursday, December 7, 2017 | Review Permanlink

5 stars "Clairvoyant" - a great music prog metal work, varying from more intricate parts to ,catchy mellower "songs (almost-pop, in a good term)", to minisuites. Great vocals - similar in approach to Echolyn ones, though maybe with a little less extension. The sound and production quality is top-notch - ... (read more)

Report this review (#1821326) | Posted by ingmin68 | Saturday, November 11, 2017 | Review Permanlink

5 stars It's fitting The Contortionist's new album is titled Clairvoyant, because I'm going to start this review with a prediction: this band has a bright future ahead. A very bright future. Those of you familiar with the group know this already. But this album was the first I ever purchased by the India ... (read more)

Report this review (#1789520) | Posted by Mebert78 | Saturday, September 30, 2017 | Review Permanlink

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