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The Contortionist are basically unstoppable. Having opened for Periphery in the fall of last year, the band continued to play more shows with Intervals, snagging Polyphia on the way for another set of dates ending in Chicago. All in support of their third album, Language [review], which caused much contention in listeners.

This time around, The Contortionist stopped by Mojoe’s of Joliet with Revocation, who also released a phenomenal album in 2014 [review], Fallujah, who did much the same [review], the always-stellar TOOTHGRINDER, and Chicago locals Oceanwalker.

Please enjoy the photos!

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California Atmospheric Death Metal rising stars Fallujah hope a new record label will help their careers blast off. Details after the break.

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Prog-metal up-and-comers Escher are gearing up for the release of their new EP, The Ground Is Missing, which will be released this Tuesday by Primitive Ways Records. To get everyone ready for their 20-minute onslaught of unpredictability and tight musicianship, they’ve decided to release the opening track ahead of time. Check out ‘The Bog’ below:

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A very excited MetalSucks reader emailed our friends over there about a recent posting at a venue. What was this posting? Why, none other than a juicy tour that would feature Australian prog giants Karnivool and Indiana’s own The Contortionist.

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poll-resultsAll this week we’ve been posting the results of our staff poll of the best releases of 2014. Find out your choices for Album of the Year and an aggregated Top 25 of Reader choices after the jump.

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It looks like the tour announcements for 2015 just keep rolling in, and this time it’s one of the most diverse lineups yet. Indiana’s progressive metal powerhouse The Contortionist are going out on their second headlining run across North America in support of their third LP, Language.

Earlier this year, they were opening for Periphery and continued that tour with Intervals and Polyphia in tow, with their final show in Chicago.

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The United Kingdom sure seems to like their groove-centric metal, because UK Tech Fest is back for its 5th year this coming July! The initial block of bands has just been announced and features one of the most diverse lineups in the festival’s short but solid history. Head on over the jump for the official announcement.

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Welcome, one and all, to the Heavy Blog Is Heavy Album of the Year list! This year, we did something a bit different. Instead of running staff members’ top 25 or top 10 lists, we went all sophisticated and created a composite Top 50 list. We’ll leave the statistical games behind the scenes but suffice it to say that we didn’t just vote on the list and its order. More subtly, this list represents the different rankings staff members gave albums on scale of 1-25. After we’re done running the complete list, we’ll also have a section where you can peep each member’s top 10 and an Outliers list: albums that made individual top 10’s but not the final Top 50.

The albums that you see below, from 50-26, are many of which we might call “wildcards.” Many of these albums either took us by complete surprise or are in genres we don’t normally cover on the website. Rather than restrict our list to just metal releases though, we wanted this list to be a true reflection of the full tastes of our eclectic staff.

I’ll shut up now, OK? Head on over the jump for the full list. 2014 was an amazing year and we thank each and everyone of you for being with us for it. We can’t wait for 2015! Let’s get to it.

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There’s just no stopping The Contortionist lately. They released the critically contentious Language earlier this year, went on tour with Periphery, Intervals, and TOOTHGRINDER, continued that tour as a headlining act with Intervals and Polyphia, and are currently on tour with Protest the Hero and The Safety Fire over in Europe.

All this and they still managed to find time to record a music video for “Primordial Sound” from their 2014 album!

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so-farA week ago we opened up the voting to ask you, our readers to choose the Top 25 albums of 2014. Balloting remains open for another week but we see who is in the lead after the jump.

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