Local band Contortionist signs with Good Fight 

Local deathcore band The Contortionist has signed with the recently-founded hardcore and metal label Good Fight Music, according to an announcement Monday by Adrenaline PR. They'll be heading into the studio soon to record their first full-length (following on two self-released EPs), which Good Fight plans to release mid to late summer.

Good Fight sounds a bit too interested in synergy and related strategeries for my taste. From a press release announcing the founding of the label/management agency: "'Working with Extreme Sports athletes is a natural extension of our management division,' states [co-founder Paul] Conroy. 'Co-branding with sponsors and endorsement partners is a core focus of developing the business of our Music Management clients, which is also a driver in the business of Extreme Sports. Many of our music clients share a similar audience to Extreme Sports athletes, as well. While each business is clearly unique, we plan to create synergies between music and sports through co-branding, live events, and content-based online promotion.'

I hear a Tony Hawk video game soundtrack placement in the works!

Regardless, good news for a local band that's put in its time. A more seasoned metal critic than I, Emma Faesi, thought highly of The Contortionist when she saw them at the Emerson last winter. An excerpt: "The Contortionist, who played third, unquestionably stole the show, breaking the hardcore mold by stealing a few tricks from the metal canon...The Contortionist’s lead vocalist, who has only been with the band for six months, displayed an impressive ability to switch without warning from low to high screams mid-phrase. Full-bodied keyboards neatly surrounded heavy, gritty guitars. Those guitars occasionally cut loose harmonizing solos that invoked the power metal authority of Iron Maiden. This band maintained high energy levels that matched their obvious talent, and they were a pleasure both to watch and to listen to."

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