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The Contortionist Release New Vinyl Set “Retrospective: Live From Atlanta”


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Progressive metallers The Contortionist released a new vinyl box set today, January 30th, titled “Retrospective: Live From Atlanta“. That set compiles the band’s three livestreamed shows from 2021. Boasting 30 tracks, the set is limited to 1500 copies worldwide and comes housed in an embossed box with translucent acetate overlay alternate covers for each record.

Guitarist Cameron Maynard offered:

“When we initially conceived this project, our objective was to give something to our fans amidst the inability to physically perform to a live audience. As it turns out, we were so happy with the end result that we thought it would only be appropriate to release in a more tangible way.

We have always wanted to release a box set like this, and after seeing some original ideas for the art, we knew it had to be done.”

Keyboardist Eric Guenther added:

“Although the motivation for this project was born out of uncertainty and cancellations, the opportunity to perform and create the definitive musical artifact for this band’s history became a silver lining.

To me, this is years of work finally realized, and thanks to our fans’ response, we were able to make this project timeless with a proper release. This is the best representation of The Contortionist to date, and to us, the recording that defines the identity of this band and how we sounded in the first 10+ years.

Thanks to our fans for making this band real. Also, we can’t wait to share what we have been working on.”

Two live performances from the set, including “Clairvoyant” and “Geocentric Confusion“, are available below.

Retrospective: Live From Atlanta” track listing:

Set 1: The MNRK Heavy Set:
01 – “Early Grave
02 – “Reimagined
03 – “Follow
04 – “Geocentric Confusion
05 – “Flourish
06 – “1979” (The Smashing Pumpkins cover)
07 – “Integration
08 – “Thrive
09 – “Solipsis
10 – “Language I: Intuition
11 – “Language II: Conspire

Set 2: Clairvoyant Album (Full Performance):
01 – “Monochrome
02 – “Godspeed
03 – “Reimagined
04 – “Clairvoyant
05 – “The Center
06 – “Absolve
07 – “Relapse
08 – “Return To Earth
09 – “Monochrome (Pensive)

Set 3: Exoplanet + Intrinsic:
01 – “Primal Directive
02 – “Oscillator
03 – “Flourish
04 – “Geocentric Confusion
05 – “Causality
06 – “Vessel
07 – “Solipsis
08 – “Axiom
09 – “Exoplanet I: Egress
10 – “Exoplanet II: Void
11 – “Exoplanet III: Light

You can pick the set up here.

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