The Contortionist Megathread

Discussion in 'General Music Discussion' started by MetalJordan, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. BIG ND SWEATY

    BIG ND SWEATY Edgy

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    That's fair, neither one of us is going to have our opinions changed by arguing about it though, we both like the album and that's all that really matters.
     
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    Just listened to this. Weirdly, it sounded to me like the polished version of Tesseract's Altered State, with some Oceansize-Trail of Fire thrown in on a few songs for good measure. I liked it a lot more than Altered State, but yeah, weird. It had a similar problem for me, too, which is that I find almost every song sounds like the climax and it gets draining so I have a hard time making it through in one sitting. I'll have to give it some more time to digest.
     
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    Just listened to this. Weirdly, it sounded to me like the polished version of Tesseract's Altered State, with some Oceansize-Trail of Fire thrown in on a few songs for good measure. I liked it a lot more than Altered State, but yeah, weird. It had a similar problem for me, too, which is that I find almost every song sounds like the climax and it gets draining so I have a hard time making it through in one sitting. I'll have to give it some more time to digest.
     
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    I also gave the album a listen now.
    I honestly did NOT like Reimagined when I heard it first. Still don't like it that much and it feels a bit out of place on the album. By saying that, the rest of the album is absolutely fantastic. I think most of the critic would not be that harsh if they had used any other song to represent Clairvoyant than Reimagined.
     
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    I'm happy that they did what they wanted to do rather than what was expected but personally I loved the heavy/clean balance of language and my favorite album of theirs is still Intrinsic. Even though I wish they continued with that almost Cynic sound (super heavy parts then into beautiful cleans that could almost be another song) I respect they wanted to go to a different direction.

    That said the album isn't personally for me after a few listens but thats ok, which is a bit disappointing. I'm glad a lot of people love it though, they're a very talented group of guys.
     
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    Now that the album has been out for a bit, I've found that I really enjoy taking a break from it for a few days, then re-listening to it start to finish. When it was first released, I had over-played the singles so much that they REALLY stuck out when playing back the whole album. Now everything is starting to blend together & become more cohesive, which is really great.......I still can't stand Relapse, though. The only good thing about that song is that I know my favorite two songs on the record come after it haha.
     
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    I completely agree with your assessment as Im in the same boat.

    This part at the end is why I think more and more bands are doing this. Its almost like a unnecessary showcasing of their talents at the detriment of the actual music. Yes technically its beautiful, and yes it takes a great amount of song writing ability to achieve these sorts of songs BUT...does all of that make it a good listen?. No not to me.
    does all of that make it memorable/iconic?. No not for me.

    in that aspect, its no different than sitting watching Michael Angelo Batio wank guitar solos over a double neck for 40 mins. Is it mind blowingly impressive? yeah. Does it make me actually like or care about him or his music?. no
     
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