It’s almost as if the collective thought process of many fans of The Contortionist somehow made its way into the band’s actual mind. Ever since first hearing Exoplanet, the band’s curiously strong debut from 2010, there seems to be a split fence between fans as to where the band should go in the future. The new record is now a handful of weeks away, and the band’s first track from Intrinsic has surfaced – to mixed reactions and successes.
“Holomovement” may purely seem like the result of a number of people wishing for the band to take less of a deathcore route this time around and experiment a little more. Noodling, majestic guitar lines populate most of the track’s near seven minutes, with a few swift outbursts of pummeling to break up the mostly atmospheric timbre. It’s something we’re used to seeing from a band like Between the Buried and Me, but The Contortionist do it with an admittedly more focused eye on cohesiveness and a little more concern with running time.
While certainly intriguing, and probably by no way completely reflective of the album’s entire sound, it is an interesting choice to make a first peek at the band’s latest work. “Holomovement” is not necessarily bad; I would say that it accomplishes its purpose by submerging us in mysterious yet well-written guitar lines accentuated by strong vocals and rather downplayed percussion.
Thing is, the more this band shows of this particular face of sound, the more that those of us hoping for a slightly heavier sound will feel disappointed. I don’t blame them for wanting to include more of this aspect of their sound, but let’s hope they are able to balance it out with just as impressive bouts of heaviness as Exoplanet did before it.