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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.”

Aquar­ian Weekly

“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


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.


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.”


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