Intrinsic (album)

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Intrinsic
Studio album by The Contortionist
Released July 17, 2012 (2012-07-17)
Recorded February – May 26, 2012, @ Audiohammer Studios, Sanford, Florida
Genre Progressive metal, experimental metal, space rock[1]
Length 45:08
Label E1, Good Fight
Producer Eyal Levi, Jason Suecof, Eric Guenther
The Contortionist chronology
Exoplanet
(2010)
Intrinsic
(2012)
Language
(2014)
Singles from Intrinsic
  1. "Holomovement"
    Released: June 11, 2012
  2. "Causality"
    Released: June 17, 2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Intrinsic is the second studio album by progressive metal band The Contortionist, released through E1/Good Fight Music on July 17, 2012.

Release and promotion[edit]

On May 30, 2012, the band revealed the album title, track-listing, and artwork; they also announced various pre-order bundles. The first single, "Holomovement", was released on June 11, 2012. The band also released an animated video to go with the premiere. On July 17, 2012, the band released their very first music video for the song "Causality". The second video was released for "Dreaming Schematics" on December 3, 2012. The videos share a similar concept - they act as a part 1 and part 2; both were produced by KOTK Productions.

Concept[edit]

Jonathan Carpenter commented,

Intrinsic‘s lyrics were aimed to be a science-fiction inspired conceptual storyline. It’s like a handful of puzzle pieces. Instrumentals that have different feels and styles. The Contortionist has always been about contrast, the heaviest and then the most beautiful. This provides a very wide range of emotions to write over. We want the listener to feel the ups and downs and to get engaged in the content. When piecing it all together lyrically… I wanted the concepts to be present without being overbearing. The fans who go looking for the details will find them and the casual listener can listen to any song and enjoy a small piece of the puzzle. Never leaving the boundaries of the mind, the first five songs range from mind/brain phenomena and reality theories to religion and mind trips. The last five are from the perspective of future patients coping with a shared reality scenario; a narrative on the potential of using technology to achieve a perfect dream you could feel and control with ease. There’s an eerie uncertainty to how a person’s psyche will react to that degree of extended consciousness.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Jonathan Carpenter, all music composed by The Contortionist.

No. Title Length
1. "Holomovement"   6:30
2. "Feedback Loop"   5:09
3. "Causality"   4:28
4. "Sequential Vision"   3:56
5. "Geocentric Confusion"   5:50
6. "Dreaming Schematics"   4:36
7. "Anatomy Anomalies"   5:02
8. "Cortical"   4:43
9. "Solipsis"   1:37
10. "Parallel Trance"   3:22
11. "Parallel Trance (Alternate Version)" (iTunes Bonus Track) 3:17
Total length:
48:25

Personnel[edit]

The Contortionist
  • Jonathan Carpenter — vocals, keyboards
  • Robby Baca — guitar
  • Cameron Maynard — guitar
  • Joey Baca — drums, percussion
  • Christopher Tilley — bass
Production
  • Produced by Eyal Levi, Jason Suecof & Eric Guenther
  • Engineered & mixed by Eyal Levi & Jason Suecof
  • Mastered by Alan Douches, @ West West Side Music, New York
  • Synthesizer by Eric Guenther
  • Pro-Tools by John Douglas
  • Management by Jason (Strong Management)
  • Publicity by Bill Meis (Entone Group)
  • Booking by Cody Delong (The Kenmore Agency)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andrew Kapper. "Review: The Contortionist - Intrinsic". About.com. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Jacob Royal. "The Contortionist: Intrinsic - Sputnikmusic - Staff review". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 20 June 2013.