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Exoplanet [Import]

The Contortionist Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Good Fight Music
  • ASIN: B003U82OHG
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent One Minute, Mediocre The Next 7 July 2013
Format:Audio CD
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

When deep in conversation about what music my friends and I are 'into' at present, American Progressive Metal band, The Contortionist popped up, namely, the song 'Flourish' which was the first song of theirs that I heard, later becoming the reason to investigate more. As I suspected, there were songs that had real merit and moments of inspiration in the chaotic style this band has forged. Unfortunately, just as one song began to grow in appreciation, it was cut down by just plain bad breakdowns and lack of any melody, beat, rhythm, soul. I really wanted to like this album and band, but I can't quite grasp what they're getting at, and at times, I doubt the band know themselves either..

Primal Directive
is a fairly brutal introduction to 'Exoplanet' thanks to generally unpleasant chords and straight up angry, riffage. There was no doubt about the technical ability of the band members, particularly the guitarists and drummer, but for all their instrumental expertise, it seemed they could do little to form a pleasant sound at all. It takes a good minute and a half to hear some drawn out vocals finally breathe some sort of life, alongside some double bass and spiralling guitar work the second time around (which eventually closes the song). Not exactly the best way to kick start this sort of album, as it isn't the fastest, strongest or best the band can do. I should make things clear here and say that I hold nothing against screaming and the likes found in heavy metal, even death-core etc, when its done properly and not devoid of any real feeling or melody.

Upon first listen, this one takes 2 agonisingly long minutes to have any sort of appeal at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rewards after a few listens. 21 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is excellent. I didn't know what to think of it on first listen, but after about 4 listens I was hooked. The highlight of the album for me are The Tracks Flourish and Vessel.

I can't be bothered giving a detailed review at this juncture; I just wanted to see some stars next to this release - I n this case a resounding 5.

Well done, guys. Have a biscuit
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 23 April 2011
By Symmetricon - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard tidbits of songs off this cd ad wasnt impressesd. As a fan of pure tech it wasnt exactly my style. I was listening to the metal channel via direct tv and heard a full length song and was intrueged. 5.99$ for a mp3 download what the heck? After the first listen through, I was shocked, and was in goosbumps. As others have said, possible album of the year! Its not overly technical, not really fast, but exudes maturity in composition rarely achieved. The atmospheric layering in combination with the progressive aspect of the cd left me stunned. It's moody, groovey, and beautiflly brilliant. Every time I listen to the cd, it gets deeper, welcome to the bottom of the ocean, dont drownd.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Really... 28 April 2011
By D Mazz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album is mind blowing all around. It spans the gamut from heavy to super melodic and everything in between. I was lucky to catch the last half of their live set at NEMF April 2011 and they were absolutely incredible. The singer plays keyboard and sings the melodies as well as screams. From watching him you can tell he is on another level than your average metal singer.

Knowing that he plays keys on the album let me hear this in a new light. The song themes and lyrical content also make this band unique. People compare them to BTBAM who played later on that night but The Contortionist's performance blew theirs away in my opinion. Check this album out as well as their EP Apparitions which I've seen many hardcore Contortionist fans proclaim as their best album.

I'm not even sure how you'd classify this band. Sci-tech-metal?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They have built it & now they will come!!! 10 April 2011
By jeremy_0420 - Published on Amazon.com
I just stumbled onto this band last night, holy hell!!! These guys are ridiculous!! The sounds are so eclectic, but mesh well together. Parts of it would fit right in with the Obzen, Periphery, Colors, Animals as Leaders, Circle of Contempt album and more, but you get my point. I'm not saying it's a rip-off of these. This disc stands on it's own for what it is. And that is a well thought out & flawlessly executed prog, djent, grind, tech, deathcore, whatever the hell u call it...it friggin kills!!! GO GET IT!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Buy It. 21 Nov 2012
By Christian D. - Published on Amazon.com
Exoplanet is simply incredible! This is a truly groundbreaking album. Exoplanet seamlessly blends deathcore and progressive into a heavy but very artistic musical masterpiece. This is one of my all-time top albums. Even the heaviest parts are musically complex, with time signature and tempo changes that make your head spin. All of the tracks are epic (quite literally), and there is a lot of instrumental material here, due to the fact that the vocalist also plays keys.

Exoplanet starts off on a super brual high note with "Primal Directive," a dissonant and odd-timed song full of chugs and growls. It has some brief cleans, but for the most part is just a face ripper.

Flourish starts and ends super heavy with an incredible progressive section in the middle. At 6 1/2 minutes long, this is a prog-death ballad.

Expire is a fast and heavy one, with tons of crazy stuff going on. This song has some sick breakdowns with some ambient spacey sounds provided by the vocalist on the keys, making it very memorable.

Contact is very Dream Theater-ish at first, until it gets to the diminished chugs that is. Lyricaly this song adds to the "space metal" feel that people like to label this style of music.

Advent is a solid song, but I often find myself skipping it to get to the following track, Vessel. Vessel is very musical, portraying some prestigious ideas musically and rhythmically.

Oscillator starts out just as brutal as it gets. Diminished 5ths, minor seconds, triplet chugs make for a super powerful start to the song. This utter brutality only lasts a minute and a half though. After that it jumps into a progressive section that lasts for the rest of the 5-minute long song. A favorite track for sure.

This sets the stage for Axiom, the instrumental. This is one of my favorites also. It's short, but sweet. Interesting progressions, key changes, and modal sounds show off the talent of these musicians.

Now the rest of the album is where the magic happens. Exoplanet I: Egress is by far my favorite track on the album. Exoplanet II: Void is brutal, and Exoplanet III: Light seems at first like an ambient outro track, but then turns out to be a brutal one as well.

This album is phenomenal. One of my all-time favorite albums EVER. Check it out on Youtube; you never can get the full impact of progressive music from a thirty second clip. This album simply covers too much ground, but that is part of why it's so fantastic.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing prog metal 17 Oct 2012
By B. Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Simply amazing band. Progressive metal at its finest. Sounds even better on vinyl. A must have for a true metalhead.
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