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The Contortionist Announce 2018 Tour Dates With Nothing More

New Album CLAIRVOYANT Out Now

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The Contortionist have announced a new batch of tour dates supporting NOTHING MORE early next year. The trek kicks off in Little Rock, Arkansas on Saturday, February 3rd at The Metroplex. The tour brings the band from coast to coast before wrapping up in Sacramento, California at the legendary Ace of Spades on Saturday, March 3rd.

“We’re very happy to announce that we will be sharing the stage with Nothing More,” says vocalist Michael Lessard. “We have continually tried to tour with bands that excite us and push us to evolve, and Nothing More does both of those things. We look forward to seeing everyone soon!”

After wrapping up a successful run with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME on their nearly sold out “Colors” tour, the band is headed out once again in continued support of their latest full length, Clairvoyant released in September via Entertainment One / Good Fight Music. The new LP was the highly anticipated follow up to Language, the genre-defying LP that continues to garner critical acclaim. Clairvoyant, which reunited the band with producer Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, Through The Eyes Of The Dead), took the best elements of The Contortionist’s past and reshapes them as the band follows their individual creative muses toward the future.

After being slated as “One of the most anticipated albums of 2017” according to Metal Injection, Clairvoyant was well received in its own right. The LP debuted at #6 on the Hard Music, #8 Indie, #16 Rock and #31 Current Top 200 Billboard Charts.

The Contortionist saw critics calling the record “gripping adventure,” as Metal Hammer did. Alternative Press said Clairvoyant was “best described as magical” and “a record you can truly get lost in.” MetalSucks even declared it a “Perfect Album.”

Watch the music video for “Reimagined” by The Contortionist:

The Contortionist ultimately proves 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 a 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.

Clairvoyant Track Listing:

1. Monochrome (Passive)
2. Godspeed
3. Reimagined
4. Clairvoyant
5. The Center
6. Absolve
7. Relapse
8. Return to Earth
9. Monochrome (Pensive)

Tour Dates:

Feb 3 – Little Rock, AR @ The Metroplex
Feb 5 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
Feb 6 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Feb 7 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Feb 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
Feb 10 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
Feb 11 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
Feb 12 – Racine, WI @ Route 20 Outhouse
Feb 14 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
Feb 15 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Feb 16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Music Hall
Feb 17 – Sioux City, IA @ Hard Rock
Feb 19 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion
Feb 20 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Feb 22 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
Feb 23 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Feb 24 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Brewster St.
Mar 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Regent Theater
Mar 2 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Mar 3 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades

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The Contortionist release “Return To Earth” Music Video

CLAIRVOYANT Due Out SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
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BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME This Fall
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THE CONTORTIONIST has released a new music video for their track “Return To Earth” via PROG MAGAZINE.

“When making the ‘Return to Earth’ video we wanted to make sure it was cohesive in concept with ‘Reimagined,'” says vocalist Michael Lessard.

Stream the video below:

Return To Earth by The Contortionist on VEVO.

Directed by Erez Bader and produced by Lessard himself, the video is the band’s second from their forthcoming LP due out in mid September.

“We made sure we took our time with the process. This video picks up where ‘Reimagined’ left off, and can actually be played in succession with it. We couldn’t be more pleased with the continuity and end result!”

“Return To Earth” is the third track the band has released from Clairvoyant behind “Absolve” and “Reimagined.” The three tracks are available on all streaming services and will serve as iTunes Instant Gratification tracks, meaning, fans who pre order the LP via iTunes receive all three as instant downloads.

The Contortionist will release Clairvoyant on September 15, 2017 via Entertainment One Music / Good Fight Music. The new LP is the highly anticipated follow up to Language, the genre defying LP that continues to garner critical acclaim. 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 band wrapped up a European tour with PERIPHERY earlier this summer highlighted by their first ever Download Festival performance. This fall the band will support BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME on the “Colors Ten Year Anniversary Tour.”

Click here for all tour dates.

The Contortionist debut “Reimagined” Video, New LP Details

American progressive rock act THE CONTORTIONIST has released an all new music video today exclusively via BILLBOARD MAGAZINE for the track “Reimagined.” Directed by Erez Bader, it is the first music video from the band from their forthcoming LP Clairvoyant, due out later this year.

“’Clairvoyant’ is the product of not only months of writing and recording dozens of song ideas over the last year, but also a definitive creative artifact outlining the artistic confluence of the six members of The Contortionist for our past and future endeavors,” says keyboardist Eric Guenther.

“Collectively, we’re feeling proud, apprehensive, but ultimately excited to finally have this record speak for us as a meticulously sculpted voyage into our musical psyche. On album and stage, between the art’s presentation, zealous and even forceful sonic immersion, and interpretable lyrical and visual metaphor, we are attempting to bring the listener deeper into the world and musical language of The Contortionist. ‘Reimagined’ struck everyone simply as the most truthful and sincere place to start in this new universe.”

“Reimagined” is available on all streaming services today and is available as an iTunes Instant Gratification track,, meaning, fans who pre order the LP via iTunes receive “Reimagined” as an instant download.

The Contortionist will release Clairvoyant on September 15, 2017 via Entertainment One Music / Good Fight Music. The new LP is the highly anticipated follow up to Language, the genre defying LP that continues to garner critical acclaim. 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 band just wrapped up a European tour with PERIPHERY and are currently playing some intimate UK headline shows before their first ever Download Festival performance on Friday June 9. This fall the band will support BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME on the “Colors Ten Year Anniversary Tour.”

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.