got-djent.com's favourite releases of 2012: number 3

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Which are the best djent releases of 2012?



Yesterday, we announced number 4 in the got-djent.com top 20 releases of 2012. Today, we're announcing who took the 3rd place. We will announce one more album per day, until we reach number one. At that point we will also announce the top 20 of freely downloadable releases.


got-djent.com top 20 releases of 2012








Check out Monday's post to see positions 20 through 11.
Check out Tuesday's post to see positions 10 through 6.
Check out Wednesday's post to see who took the 5th place.
Check out yesterday's post to see who took the 4th place.


3. The Contortionist - Intrinsic

July 17, 2012 - eOne / Good Fight Music


Looking below the surface is something which comes naturally to most people who listen to progressive music, but The Contortionist are one of those bands who are anchored so far down in today's ocean of sound that you have to really spend some time scouring the sea floor for any clues as to how they come up with their oddball riffs and grooves, huge, expansive melodies and beautifully catchy clean guitar work, all rounded off with interesting and profound lyrical themes and beautifully crafted dynamics. Their new record 'Intrinsic' has reconfirmed their image as an esoteric group of musicians who have inspiration to burn, drawing on the parts of their debut album 'Exoplanet' which worked well whilst taking a new direction conceptually.

Vocals have become a much more central compositional tool: Jonathan Carpenter's soothing voice makes a nice change from the powerful and, at times, distracting cleans of singers like Dan Tompkins and Spencer Sotelo: they are perfectly weighted and interweave, almost without trying, with the serene landscape created by Robby Baca's exceptional melodic vision. It is also evident that his keyboard lines have taken a more central role, supplying countermelody and antiphony with the guitars rather than just hanging notes out to dry in the backdrop of the main focus of the record. Overall, this concoction of brooding deathcore and excellent melodic fusion playing is a very intense and broad experience for the listener. - Zyglrob

The Contortionist - Intrinsic: a fully-fledged, flowing, and astute record which proves that 'Exoplanet' was no fluke.

Check out Zyglrob's in-depth review here.



To be continued!

Check back tomorrow to see which album made 2nd place!



Check out Monday's post to see positions 20 through 11.
Check out Tuesday's post to see positions 10 through 6.
Check out Wednesday's post to see who took the 5th place.
Check out yesterday's post to see who took the 4th place.



Check out got-djent.com's favourite releases of 2011.
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I guess coc's ep was released too late this year to get enough attention in the vote...

The two most disappointing albums of the year for me, are #1 & #2.

I'm guessing Monuments then Periphery, I'm actually surprised Circle of Contempt didn't make it.

If Car Bomb is not #1 in this poll, it's a fraud!

This was probably my most-listened-to new album of this year. If the production quality was better and if it had some more content then I would say it deserves the top spot in this list, but third place is definitely good enough considering what it was put up against.

I was away from the computer this afternoon and forgot to press 'publish' Tongue

What took you guys so long to compile the results this time around?

I expected to see The Contortionist in third place. This album is not bad, but to me did not like. As for me Meshuggah's album much better.

#1 release this year for me too. congrats guys.

Glad to see this album so high on the list. This was easily my favorite release of the year (and there were a lot of great releases!).

I'm sure this is good, but I just can't seem to listen to more than 2 tracks before feeling the urge to switch to something else. I hear good moments, but not good songs. IDK, maybe in time. I want to like it.

When I first listened to 'Holomovement', I thought this album will be great album...
Congrats guys! Smile

Took me a couple of listens but I absolutely love this Album! I really hope they stay on this path for their next album. IMO this album probably should be #1

Seriously, am I the only who thinks the production of the album is extremely bad? It almost sounds mono! Compare the tunes next to the ones on Exoplanet and you'll notice the difference. Such a bummer, since the tracks are killer!