The Contortionist

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The Contortionist
The Contortionist 2014.jpg
The Contortionist performing in 2014
Background information
OriginIndianapolis, Indiana
Years active2007–present
  • Joey Baca
  • Robby Baca
  • Cameron Maynard
  • Mike Lessard
  • Jordan Eberhardt
  • Eric Guenther
Past members
  • Dave Hoffman
  • Jake Morris
  • Jonathan Carpenter
  • Christopher Tilley

The Contortionist is an American progressive metal band from Indianapolis, Indiana. Formed in 2007, the band consists of guitarists Robby Baca and Cameron Maynard, drummer Joey Baca, vocalist Mike Lessard, bassist Jordan Eberhardt, and keyboardist Eric Guenther. They have released four studio albums and three EPs. The band signed with E1 and Good Fight Music in early 2010 .[6] The Contortionist has toured with many bands including The Acacia Strain, Animals as Leaders[7], Monuments, Protest the Hero, Born of Osiris, Periphery, War of Ages, Hatebreed,[8] Between the Buried and Me[9], All Shall Perish,[10] Veil of Maya,[10] After the Burial, Within the Ruins, Revocation, Dance Gavin Dance, Reflections, Intervals, and TesseracT as well as Nothing More.


In March 2013, Jonathan Carpenter announced his departure from the band. At the time, Carpenter and his longtime girlfriend (now his wife) were expecting their first child. He left on good terms with the band to focus on his personal life and starting his family. Carpenter commented on his departure:

It's going to be a jarring change of pace for my life, not being on the road most of the year. Making songs with the band and then performing them in front of the best fans has been a once in a lifetime experience. I wouldn't trade the perspective I've found in the past few years for anything. I got to meet so many amazing people and see a good chunk of the world. I absolutely intend to keep creating and playing music in the future, albeit in a more personal pursuit.

I will miss seeing everyone in the TC family very much. I wish the best to all of my band buds and everyone who supports live music and all this heavy banger music we've been making. I feel very excited for my future with the love of my life and our pups, and our little one on the way. Music has always been one of my passions and that's what drew me to this band in the first place. The music comes first, and I know that the talent of the band will rise above this member change and they will find a new arrangement that will blow your minds.

Robby Baca also commented on Carpenter leaving:

"We are sad to see John go, but at the same time remain fully supportive of his decision. We look forward to the process of finding a new vocalist and writing a new record."

Mike Lessard of Last Chance to Reason took over vocal duties for upcoming shows until the band can find a permanent replacement. Mike Lessard commented on filling in for Carpenter:

"I'm happy to be helping my friends in The Contortionist for the next few months on tour as a temporary vocalist. I'll be returning to my duties in Last Chance to Reason once these dates are finished in May. I look forward to seeing a bunch of new and familiar faces in the months to come." [11]

On June 21, 2013, The Contortionist announced via their Facebook page that Mike Lessard was officially their new vocalist.

On April 23, 2014, The Contortionist announced via Facebook the completion of recording their third full-length album. The album was produced by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me, He Is Legend, The Human Abstract, among many others).[12] On June 26, 2014, The Contortionist announced on their Facebook page that their new album, entitled Language, will be released September 16, 2014 through eOne and Good Fight Music. It was also officially made known that bassist Christopher Tilley had been replaced by former Scale the Summit bassist, Jordan Eberhardt, for unannounced reasons. During an AMA session, which took place on September 12, a question regarding Christopher Tilley's departure was answered, the band's response was: "Touring and all that comes with it just wasn't what Tilley wanted to do anymore. We love Chris and wish him the best!"

The band released their fourth album, entitled Clairvoyant, on 15th September 2017.[13] This album featured a softer sound, with predominantly clean vocals.


Robby Baca has stated that his influences include Planet X, Pat Metheny, Meshuggah, Allan Holdsworth, Between the Buried and Me, Dream Theater, The Dear Hunter, Textures, and Deftones.[14] Former member Jonathan Carpenter also stated that his personal influences include Dream Theater and ambient composer Brian Eno.[15] Other influences include Rush, Isis, and Cynic.[16]




The Contortionist in 2012

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Indie
US Rock
US Hard Rock
  • Released: July 17, 2012
  • Label: E1, Good Fight
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
125 23 42 12
  • Released: September 16, 2014
  • Label: E1, Good Fight
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
52 13 15 6
  • Released: September 15, 2017
  • Label: E1, Good Fight
  • Formats: CD, LP, DL
135 8 26 7
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



  • "Predator" (2008)
  • "Primal Directive" (2010)
  • "Holomovement" (2012)
  • "Language I: Intuition" (2014)
  • "Reimagined" (2017)
  • "Return To Earth" (2017)
  • "Early Grave" (2019)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Causality" (2012)
  • "Dreaming Schematics" (2012)
  • "Language I: Intuition" - Dir. Corey Norman (2014)
  • "Primordial Sound" - Dir. Corey Norman (2014)
  • "The Parable (Rediscovered)" (2015)
  • "Language (Rediscovered)" (2015)
  • "Primordial Sound (Rediscovered)" (2015)
  • "The Source (Rediscovered)" (2015)
  • "Reimagined" (2017)
  • "Return To Earth" (2017)
  • "Early Grave" (2019)

Concert Tours[edit]

  • This is Where it Ends Tour- All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Conducting from the Grave, The Contortionist
  • To Catch a Predatour- The Acacia Strain, The Red Chord, Terror, GAZA, The Contortionist
  • The Summer Slaughter Survivors Tour- Conducting from the Grave, The Contortionist, Scale the Summit, Volumes, Structures, Rings of Saturn
  • Intrinsic Tour- The Contortionist, Jeff Loomis, Chimp Spanner, 7 Horns 7 Eyes
  • 2012 Co-Headliner- Born of Osiris, Unearth, The Contortionist, Obey the Brave, Wolves At the Gate
  • Frak the Gods Tour- Periphery, The Human Abstract, Textures, The Contortionist
  • MetalSucks Tour- The Contortionist, Revocation, Fallujah, Toothgrinder
  • The Coma Ecliptic Tour- Between the Buried and Me, Animals as Leaders, The Contortionist
  • The Good Fight North American Tour- The Contortionist, Within the Ruins, I Declare War, Reflections, City in the Sea
  • European Tour- Protest the Hero, The Faceless, The Contortionist, Destrage
  • The Divinity of Purpose Tour- Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus, The Contortionist
  • Future Sequence Tour- Between the Buried and Me, The Faceless, The Contortionist, The Safety Fire
  • Escape From the Studio Tour- Periphery, The Contortionist, Intervals, Toothgrinder
  • Traced in Constellations Tour- Sleepmakeswaves, The Contortionist, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving
  • Fall 2014 Tour- The Contortionist, Intervals, Polyphia
  • 2015 North America Tour- The Contortionist, Chon, Auras
  • Polaris North America Tour- Tesseract, The Contortionist, ERRA, Skyharbor
  • Polaris United Kingdom Tour- Tesseract, The Contortionist, Nordic Giants
  • 2016 North America Tour- The Contortionist, Monuments, Entheos, Sleepmakeswaves
  • The Mothership Tour- Dance Gavin Dance, The Contortionist, Hail the Sun, Good Tiger, The White Noise
  • European Unrest Tour- Periphery, The Contortionist, Destrage
  • The Sonic Unrest Part II Tour- Periphery, The Contortionist, Norma Jean, Infinity Shred
  • Colors 10th Anniversary Tour- Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist, Polyphia, Toothgrinder
  • The Stories We Tell Ourselves Tour- Nothing More, The Contortionist, Big Story, Kirra
  • The Clairvoyant Tour- The Contortionist, Silent Planet, Skyharbor, Strawberry Girls
  • The Reimagined Tour- The Contortionist, Intervals
  • Animals As Leaders 10 Year Anniversary Tour, Animals As Leaders

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "The Contortionist". AllMusic. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Falzon, Denise (July 17, 2012). "The Contortionist". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Colwell, Matthew (July 17, 2012). "The Contortionist - Intrinsic". Alternative Press. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
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  5. ^ Colwell, Matthew (February 24, 2012). "In The Studio: The Contortionist". Alternative Press. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Good Fight Music". Good Fight Music. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  7. ^ "BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Confirm New Album, Tour with ANIMALS AS LEADERS, THE CONTORTIONIST - Metal Injection". Metal Injection. March 17, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Hatebreed – Tickets – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN". Marathon Music Works. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  9. ^ "BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Confirm New Album, Tour with ANIMALS AS LEADERS, THE CONTORTIONIST - Metal Injection". Metal Injection. March 17, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Hatebreed – Tickets – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN". Marathon Music Works. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  11. ^ "The Contortionist Part Ways With Vocalist & Keyboardist Jonathan Carpenter". Heavy Blog Is heavy. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  12. ^ "The Contortionist Enter The Studio For New Album". March 20, 2014. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  13. ^ Calder Hannan (September 13, 2017). "The Contortionist – Clairvoyant". The Progressive Aspect. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  14. ^ "Interview: The Contortionist". Mind Equals Blown. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  15. ^ Bell, Robert. "Friday To-Do: The Contortionist". Arkansas Times. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  16. ^ "The Contortionist Bio | The Contortionist Career". MTV. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
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  18. ^ "The Contortionist Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  19. ^ "The Contortionist Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  20. ^ "The Contortionist Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  21. ^ "The Contortionist Chart History (Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved December 12, 2018.

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