THE CONTORTIONIST RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO VIA ALTERNATIVE PRESS MAGAZINE LANGUAGE (REDISCOVERED EDITION) +4 REWORKED TRACKS OUT NOW! ON TOUR WITH TESSERACT THROUGH MARCH 2016
The Contortionist have released a “Rediscovered”
Language. version of their most recent LP, The new version contains four re-worked tracks recorded and engineered by John Douglass and mixed/mastered by Jamie King. The rediscovered tracks are accompanied by four all new music videos for the same tracks.
The video for “Language: Rediscovered” premiered exclusively via Alternative Press Magazine. “This song was the result of our music naturally leading itself through new ideas developed onstage and in rehearsal,” says Keyboardist Eric Guenther. “In a way, you could think of it as an artistically selfish move. We want these songs to continue their evolution and life. I can’t wait to do something like this again. Reinterpreting the songs after months of experimenting onstage keeps the experience and energy fresh for everyone that celebrates them with us.”
Directed by Erez Bader, these four videos are by far the most intimate depiction of the band to date. The band previously premiered the first rediscovered video for the track “The Parable” via Prog Magazine earlier this month. The band released two
Language original videos from the LP for “Language I: Intuition” and “Primordial Sound,” both directed by Corey Norman.
The Contortionist just wrapped up a stretch of dates supporting Tesseract. The band will then head to Europe, also supporting Tesseract.
“Language keeps up with this idea of call and response between spacey ambient melodies and heavy-hitting metal tunes all the way through its 48-minute run.”
“What The Contortionist has given us isn’t space travel but a journey through a dream state.” Substream Magazine
“A well-balanced cocktail of skillful songwriting, diverse but focused vocals, admirable musicianship, progressive metal that lurks menacingly.” Lamb-goat
“There’s lots of technical dazzle, but the instrumental end is kept in check to ensure the writing shines through.” Revolver Magazine
“The Contortionist’s ever-bending arrays of genre-defying riffage are more present than ever in Language.” New Noise Magazine
“This is a fantastic release that is best digested as one long piece.” Metal Injection
CILVER DEBUT NEW SINGLE “I’M AMERICA” VIA REVOLVER MAGAZINE NOT THE END OF THE WORLD DUE OUT MARCH 18, 2016
New York rock act Cilver has debuted a brand new single today exclusively via Revolver Magazine for their first single “I’m America.” The track is the first bit of new music we’ve heard from the band since the release of their previous EP, In My Head that came out in 2013. “I’m America” is the anthem that America needs today,” says vocalist Uliana Preotu.
“It is an anthem for everyone and about everything that America is with the good and the bad. While the song is inspired from my personal story, it is the story of everyone who lives in and loves this country. It’s a song that sheds light about people’s journey to America, living in America, all the sacrifices everyone makes, and in the ene just how great this country is. It’s a beautiful place, you can drink the water!”
The single can also be heard on SiriusXM’s Octane channel starting today. Cilver will release Not The End Of The World on March 18th, 2016 via Entertainment One Music, the first since signing with the indie label last year. The band’s own Leon Lyazidi produced the record with help from well known producer Johnny K, who executive produced. The band is eager to release their songs to the world, the band spent a good portion of the spring locked away in Groovemaster Studios in Chicago.
“This is the perfect time to release this record,” says Preotu. “A time where America is angry, frustrated, lost, but hopeful. The songs are honest and biographical to the point that every lyric made me cry as it transported me to important and memorable moments of my life. Moments of loss and hope, moments that every citizen and immigrant can relate to.” Anchored by songwriting duo Uliana and guitarist Leon Lyazidi, the band has come a long way from their previous projects in New York City. What served as an artistic restart has turned into a runaway train of accomplishment that seems to be going faster as time goes on. The band signed a new deal with eOne Music last year. “eOne is real,” says Leon. “When we set out to launch Cilver, we were looking for people who ate, slept and bled music just like we did. eOne was clearly a cut above everyone else and we couldn’t be more excited to be part an amazing roster, led by a passionate and creative team.”
After landing a management deal with The RSE Group (Slayer, Gojira, Ghost, Mastodon), representation from The Circle Talent Agency, and legal from Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, 2014 and 2015 ended up as the band’s busiest years yet. The band gained traction touring as openers on the Revolver Magazine Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock tour with Sick Puppies and Lacuna Coil. Uliana was also featured in the Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue of the magazine and calendar. After a series of radio festivals and showcases, Cilver found themselves on a boat with Motorhead for the Motorboat Cruise this past fall. In similar fashion, the band also participated on the Ship-Rocked Cruise this January, which sailed from Miami to the Bahamas.
AVATAR ENTER STUDIO WITH SYLVIA MASSY NEW LP DUE OUT MID-2016 2016 US TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Sweden’s own AVATAR have entered the studio to begin work on a new album this week, the followup to highly successful HAIL THE APOCALYPSE released in 2014, cracking the Billboard Top 200 Chart and debuting at #97. “Every band makes a point out of saying they’re pushing boundaries, but I see few who keep on challenging themselves the way we do.” says frontman Johannes Eckerström. “There is no formula, no cheapness, no shortcuts. We are once again embarking on a journey completely new to us.”
The new effort will be released next year by Entertainment One Music in the U.S. / Canada and Century Media overseas. Fans can get involved right off the bat too. The band has launched an Instagram campaign on their official website that diligently follows the band while they make progress in the studio.
The band will split their time between three studios throughout Europe with all of the music being made in the aptly named Castle Studios in Röhrsdorf, Germany. Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland and Spinroad Studios in Lindome, Sweden will also play a part in the process.
Avatar has tapped none other than Sylvia Massy to produce the yet to be titled release. “Avatar is an amazing band!” says Massy. She is perhaps best recognized for her work on 1993’s Undertow, the full-length double platinumselling TOOL debut and her works with System Of A Down. “The singer has the wild energy and charisma I love, and the players are relentless. The album we’re making is an epic. Each song powerfully stands on it’s own, but is only a piece of a larger story. This album is the project I’ve been dreaming about for years!” The band has been on quite a run since Hail
The Apocalypse was released, most notably for their music videos and visually stunning live shows. The band released three music videos off that record. One for the title track “Hail The Apocalypse,” hit single “Bloody Angel” and “Vultures Fly,” which just took home the Loudwire Rock Video Of The Year.
Avatar will hit the road stateside in January with a highlighted performance scheduled aboard the ever popular Ship-Rocked Cruise. Click here for all tour dates. The band has also been confirmed to participate in Rock on the Range, Welcome to Rockville, Fort Rock, and Carolina Rebellion festivals in 2016.
After making more trips to the U.S. than ever before over the last two years, the band is ready to sink their teeth into a new album, Eckerström continues: “Avatar is growing higher and deeper and I am proud to say we are outdoing ourselves again. If we didn’t make sure to feel like this every time, we wouldn’t bother at all. I’m very excited, and you should be too.”