The Contortionist

For Your Friends Booking Presents:

The Contortionist

Silent Planet, Skyharbor, Strawberry Girls

Sat, March 24, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

The Abbey - Orlando

Orlando, FL

$18.00 - $20.00

The Contortionist
The Contortionist
Warped time signatures, percussive mathematics, spider-fingered fretwork, dazzlingly atmospheric keyboards and immediately arresting vocals collide within THE CONTORTIONIST, who have achieved a career defining milestone with a "sophomore slump" defying feat of agility dubbed Intrinsic. The Indiana based prog-metal alchemists conjure the kinetic texture of RUSH, the cinematic musicality of DREAM THEATER, the heavy but heady metallic might of jazzy death wizards CYNIC and the studied experimental precision of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME while simultaneously fashioning an overall sound uniquely their own.
In a short amount of time, THE CONTORTIONIST has enveloped audiences and nearly swallowed them whole. They've toured with a wide-ranging number of acts including PERIPHERY, ALL SHALL PERISH and THE ACACIA STRAIN. The band headlined the inaugural edition of the Summer Slaughter Survivors Tour, as well.

With their earliest self-released work, THE CONTORTIONIST remade the rules within emerging genres like "deathcore" and "djent" as they evolved beyond scenes and categories, even as they were integral enough to be instrumental in defining them. The band teamed with Ken Susi of UNEARTH for their marvelously refreshing, conceptually driven debut, Exoplanet. With album number two, THE CONTORTIONIST entrusted Eyal Levi (DAATH, JOB FOR A COWBOY) and Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, DEVILDRIVER) to help them capture their at once complex yet defiantly easy-to-connect-with esoteric material, which shatters the boundaries of conventional heavy music note-by-virtuosic-note.

In popular culture we often hear space referred to as "The Final Frontier." And while it's true that the vast majority of our universe remains unknown and deserving of further study, much of the inner workings of human beings beg further contemplation and discovery. How wonderfully appropriate, then, that having delved into deep space with their expansive sound and contemplative narrative on the genre-challenging and wholly impressive Exoplanet, THE CONTORTIONIST turns inward with the stunningly mind-bending follow-up, Intrinsic.

Whereas the first album explored the idea of earth's destruction following the inevitable collapse of our star and the ensuing search for an inhabitable planet to call home, Intrinsic dives deep inside the mind. Moving across several operatic sections, the record transports listeners on a journey through the apparent holographic reality we call "experience," through our very consciousness and metaphysical archetypes. Toward the album's conclusion the band ultimately imagines advancements in neuroscience that would broaden and challenge who we are. All of the music, of course, captures these themes.

Canadian thrash architects VOIVOD would surely be proud of the band's science based subjects. Like IRON MAIDEN before them, THE CONTORTIONIST is the kind of band that can be enjoyed for the basest of reasons but can also send astute listeners running to the library, like all of the generations of people who wanted to read more about the origins of "The Flight of Icarus" or "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner."
Lyrical inspiration and reference points came from a stack of research, which included books like Antonio Damasio's The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness and Simon Young's Designer Evolution: A Transhumanist Manifesto. Immediate standout cuts "Holomovement," "Causality" (about a person having a near death experience brought on by an obsession with lucidity in dreaming and astral movement) and "Dreaming Schematics" (where scientific minds develop procedures to strengthen and multiply synaptic networks) are epics. These songs and the rest of the album's material inspire food for thought and aesthetic pleasure in equal measure.

THE CONTORTIONIST continues to be a study in contrast. In their quietest, most ambient moments, the band is intimately melodic. Alternately their heavy parts are as alarmingly bombastic as possible. An emphasis on songwriting and structure has resulted in a series of musical journeys that are constantly climbing new summits. There is only one song on the album with anything like a "repeating chorus."

At the same time, the band is always ever careful to tastefully balance technique with purpose. They aren't shredding for shredding's sake. Each section of every song is rooted in logic, meaning and reason.
THE CONTORTIONIST has succeeded at creating intelligently tasteful metal that is as memorable and melodic as it is creative and dynamic. Within their formula, a listener paying close attention is as likely to discover elements akin to MINUS THE BEAR as MESHUGGAH.

Just as different genre-pushing bands broadened their own minds, the men in THE CONTORTIONIST are happy to lead fans through the gateway of heavy music down pathways of new music and self-discovery. With fervent attention to every detail of their composition and presentation, the band's future in the pantheon of heavy music is assured. Intrinsic is the next step in what will become a landmark catalog. THE CONTORTIONIST opens minds from within and without.
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.
Progressive Metal band from India, started 2008 as a solo project by guitarist Keshav Dhar under the name 'Hydrodjent'. Renamed to 'Skyharbor' in February 2011 to avoid confusion with the 'djent' music genre.
In 2011 two additional musicians joined: Nikhil Rufus Raj on bass (until 2013) and Anup Sastry on drums (until 2015). Daniel Tompkins from 'TesseracT' and Sunneith Revankar from 'Bhayanak Maut' were featured both as vocalists on the 2012 double disc release 'Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos' on each disc respectively.
Goddess Gagged bassist Krishna Jhaveri replaced Nikhil Rufus Raj in 2013 and in 2015 both singer Daniel Tompkins and drummer Anup Sastry left the band and were replaced by the US-American singer and producer Eric Emery and drummer Aditya Ashok.
Strawberry Girls
Strawberry Girls
Zachary Garren parted ways with his previous band, Dance Gavin Dance, in early 2010. While pursuing his solo project, Good Health, he crossed paths with local drummer, Ben Rosett, who was playing with a local band called The Trees. Ben, who was interested in starting a new project, asked Zac if he wanted to jam to see if anything cool would happen. Fortunately, everything clicked, and Strawberry Girls was formed in April, 2011.
Venue Information:
The Abbey - Orlando
100 S. Eola Dr.
Orlando, FL, 32801