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The Contortionist

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The Contortionist

Monuments, Entheos, sleepmakeswaves, By The Thousands, Mithya

Tue, April 5, 2016

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:25 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)

$15.00

This event is 15 and over

The Contortionist
The Contortionist
Bottom heavy open chords that resonate strong enough to shake the core of the earth. Skyrocketing bursts of oscillating guitar leads layer an ominous and dark undercurrent of rhythm. While hardcore punk may be the sound that rules the day in The Contortionist hometown of Indianapolis, it is the band's signature brand of forward thinking heavy metal that has made them stick out as hometown favorites. The band worked hard to amass a following beyond Indiana though consistent regional shows, coastal touring, and two self-released EPs. They clearly began to define their sound and grow as musicians on their EP titled "Apparition".

The songwriting and progression on "Apparition" smacks of a group of musicians who are locked deeply into a remarkable place of expression and creativity that is usually reserved for bands with multiple albums under their belt. While it is not uncommon lately for bands in the world of metal to experiment with melody and progression, many times these breaks from the brutal end up sounding forced, too contrived, or way too over the top in shred. What could have been an opportunity for the listener to settle into some depth, winds up missing the mark. When The Contortionist venture into the realm of ambiance it actually raises the level of the song above the crushing breakdowns and demands the listener stay put for the ride. More impressive than their ability to write and record such material, is how big it all plays live. The room seems to expand and fill with spacious tones just in time to be leveled with ferocity. The band is razor sharp while nailing every bit of nuance their ambitious songwriting offers. It is this ability to dole out their sounds in epic proportions through a live performance that piqued the interest of record label Good Fight Music. The band had already distinguished themselves to Good Fight with a penchant for creating a distinct style of heavy music that has plenty of room for the listener to breathe and settle into. So in early 2010, shortly after the staff had caught them live, a deal had become imminent.
Monuments
Transcontinental metallers MONUMENTS have come a long way since starting as a side project of John Browne (guitars; Fellsilent) and Josh Travis (guitars; The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza). From a surprise appearance on BBC Radio 1 to debut full-length, "Gnosis"", the group immediately found a fanatic audience. Praised for their brainy yet song-oriented approach to heavy music, MONUMENTS bridged the progressive metal gap like few before. On one side they challenged. "Gnosis"" was full of mind-bending, betcha-can't-play-this-type passages. On the other side, fans deeply connected to hook-laden songs like "97% Static" and "Empty Vessels".

Fast forward two productive years later and MONUMENTS - now with Chris Barretto (ex-Periphery, Ever Forthright) on vocals - have grown tremendously. While they're still way into instrumental gymnastics and impressing fans with their musical prowess, they've really honed in on writing huge, impossibly memorable songs for new album, "The Amanuensis". Like bigger, badder, and even more epic-than-before type stuff. If "97% Static" and "Empty Vessels" stuck to the brain, new songs like "I, Creator", "The Alchemist", and "Origin of Escape" hit the head, body, and mind hard. "I really like the chorus of 'The Alchemist'," guitarist John Browne smiles. "It's really simplistic, but I think that part will sound big and open when we play it live. I also dig the ending of 'I, The Destroyer'. I can't really focus on one part or song. All of the songs I'm happy with how they all turned out."

"The Amanuensis" is a complete experience, actually. Even Browne's mom is impressed: "I know my mum will blast this out of her car like she did with 'Gnosis'. She loves groove."

If one thing's certain about MONUMENTS and Browne in 2014 they're keen to move away from needless classification with "The Amanuensis". They're specifically referring to their tenuous association with the djent movement. "Music is music," Browne says. "It has the same 12 notes as any other music. The only difference is the way it's expressed, so we use pretty silly words to try and explain the sound. The word 'djent' makes no sense whatsoever to describe a genre. The tone that it references isn't really utilized by many bands that are classed as it. I feel progressive metal is a much better reference to our music, with a huge dose of groove."

"The Amanuensis", at least the title, was inspired by author David Mitchell's novel, "Cloud Atlas". The complex story lines are the perfect analog for MONUMENTS. Musically, the group weave in and out of themes, motifs, and professor-like note calculations with graceful ease. But lyrically "The Amanuensis" comes from a very different place. "The album is about the Samsara cycle," reveals Browne. "The cyclical existence of life that we are all bound to. Chris has written an entire story around the lyrics. Maybe that will see the light one day! It's the story of Samsara."

Recorded at Monnow Valley Studio (Black Sabbath, Rush, Led Zeppelin) in Wales, Audiohammer Studios (The Black Dahlia Murder, The Contortionist) in Florida, and Browne's own studio Bear Noize Studio in England, "The Amanuensis" is powerful and clear. A resolute sonic statement. But the group's sophomore album is also the most stripped down production in MONUMENTS' history. By design the drum triggers and studio trickery are gone. "Metal has lost the 'live' element of production," Browne admits. "All bands sound too perfect. And albums aren't really a true representation of what the bands actually sound like in a live setting. We wanted to give everyone what we actually sound like, with us actually playing the instruments. The final result is great!"
With a new vocalist - Browne calls Barretto "A musician. It's really easy to bounce ideas off of him." - and a new album in "The Amanuensis", MONUMENTS are taking progressive metal to the next level. The group's ardent fanbase are sure to adore "Atlas", "Garden of Sankhara", and massively cool "Quasimodo". "Hopefully they feel like they had the journey that was intended. It's a pretty relentless record, but with some huge vocal hooks. We're hoping this album will get stuck in peoples' heads. It was a lot of fun to write."

After the release of "The Amanuensis" – Monuments toured heavily across the globe playing over 200 shows in 2014-2015, performing alongside international heavyweights such as Protest The Hero, Animals As Leaders, After The Burial, Karnivool and Devin Townsend.

In summer 2015- Anup Sastry (ex-Skyharbor, Intervals, Jeff Loomis) joined as full time drummer after Mike Malyan's departure.

Monuments are currently working on their 3rd album – to be released in late 2016 thru Century Media Records, and are confirmed for numerous European festivals such as Wacken Open Air, With Full Force and Graspop.
Entheos
Frank Costa -
Chaney Crabb -
Evan Brewer -
Navene Koperweis
sleepmakeswaves
sleepmakeswaves
we write love songs about delay pedals.
By The Thousands
Mithya
Venue Information:
The Cabooze
917 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN, 55404
http://www.cabooze.com