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Previously released The Contortionist track “Language I: Intuition” gets the full video treatment

The Contortionist Language I screen cap

I gotta say: I think that Language, the forthcoming album from Indianapolis progressive metal sextet The Contortionist, is seriously going to raise a lot of heads. A lot.

It did mine. Despite my years hanging around with heavy prog-appreciating bretheren at Heavy Blog Is Heavy – who adored the group’s first two releases – I couldn’t get my head around them. But with the addition of new vocalist Michael Lessard (of Last Chance To Reason fame), things have clicked in a big way. His vocal input is something very special, but more than that, the band have seen fit to step into a lighter, dreamier realm with this record, and it’s quite breathtaking at times.

Previews have been sparse, however. So far, only the second track “Language I: Intuition” has been available to stream, and although today’s video premiere uses that same song, the mood and general bent of the piece is captured perfectly. Check it out:

From the sun-kissed warmth of the field of long grass, through the easy-on-the-eye performance sections and close-ups of Lessard delivering his dulcet, layered tones, I hope you get a feel for just how chilled – but expansive and interesting – Language will be when it drops on September 16th via eOne Music and Good Fight Entertainment.

If you fancy catching the guys on tour, they’ll be hitting the road with Periphery, Intervals and Toothgrinder on the jealousy-inducing Escape From The Studio north American tour next month. Dates as follows:

09/18 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
09/19 Lansing, MI – The Loft
09/20 Bloomington, IL – The Castle Theater
09/21 Madison, WI – Madison Theater
09/22 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
09/24 Nashville, TN – Exit/In
09/25 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
09/26 Charleston, SC – The Music Farm
09/27 Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s By The Sea
09/28 Winston-Salem, NC – Ziggy’s
09/29 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
09/30 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
10/02 London, ON – London Music Hall
10/03 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
10/04 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
10/05 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
10/07 Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
10/08 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
10/10 Long Island, NY – Revolution Music Hall
10/11 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon