Oct 07

The Contortionist – Language & Exoplanet + Rivers of Nihil

Union Stage All Ages
Doors 7PM | Show 8PM

About the event

The Contortionist claimed adventurous and experimental progressive heavy metal as their stock in trade at their 2007 inception in the Indianapolis underground. Across four albums, they’ve crafted a musical identity championed by a diverse audience, demonstrated by the feverish support of fans who’ve seen them on tour with similarly-minded heavy music luminaries like Deftones, Periphery, Between The Buried And Me, and Animals As Leaders.

The deathcore infused brutality of Exoplanet (2010) and Intrinsic (2012) laid the foundation for the adventurous Language (2014), which earned perfect scores from several publications. Metal Sucks called Clairvoyant “a perfect album” and rightfully declared, “The Contortionist have thrust themselves into the conversation for being one of metal’s all-time greats.” Metal Injection likened the band’s evolution to Opeth, TesseracT, and Anathema. 

Even when angular riffs, odd-time signatures, and devastating breakdowns give way to hypnotic and ethereal trancelike musical meditations, The Contortionist never lack in absolute power. While they have proven themselves masters of psychedelic enhanced experimentation and trippy melodicism, endearing them to fans of later period Enslaved and Sigur Ros alike, they have never fully forsaken the urgent impact of tech-leaning extremity. 

“From The Beatles to Pink Floyd to Mastodon, all the great rock bands in history have clear, non-linear musical trajectories,” Metal Sucks observed. “It’s great to see a band taking chances and moving forward. The result is a fully formed band, four albums in, to which no other bands compare. Literally: no one else sounds like The Contortionist even a little.”

This show is at Union Stage

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Washington, DC 20024