Intronaut
Prehistoricisms


4.5
superb

Review

by Ryan Cleary USER (16 Reviews)
October 8th, 2008 | 253 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Disgustingly unique post-metal from a band that's obviously creating a new sound that will blow you away. An album that should be heralded by critics and fans alike.

A volcano erupts over a crater covered, blackened surface, the scene fades to black...A primitive form of life arises from the ocean, fish begin to swim, the scene fades to black A dinosaur stomps over a lush landscape, pursuing its prey, the scene fades A tribe of cavemen stalk the savannah of a plain, ready to kill at a second's notice, A creature lurks in the brush waiting to consume them... the scene fades

The above statements, although possibly having nothing to do with Intronaut's Prehistoricisms at all, is the atmospheric effect conveyed by the album, Intronaut's 3rd. A post-metal band from LA, Intronaut plays a brand of post-metal not so epic as the work of Rosetta or Mouth of the Architect, but a uniquely grim blend of slow, deliberate sludge-metal elements, the brutal savagery of death-metal, and basslines and breakdowns with jazz origins. This reviewer,a rookie to the band's material was blown away at the very chaos and simultaneous beauty conveyed by Prehistoricisms. The effect was nothing short of breathtaking.

The recurring theme in the album name, art and track titles all seem to be based on the formation of life on Earth was we know it, starting with the origins of life from chemical reaction in the oceans, to the reign and extinction of dinosaurs, to the evolution of humanoids. The scientific elements, nerdy at worst, actually provide an excellent reason for the general sound of the album which comes across as varied, unpredictable, all over the place, and of course, epic. It is almost impossible to describe the feel of the work, the sort of insane, arbitrary, nature of the songs, their sudden transformations from stampeding death metal, to jazzy bass breakdowns create an exciting, fearful atmosphere. Close your eyes and you'll drift away.

Instrumentally, bassist Joe Lester (yes the bassist) turns out to be the dominant musician on the CD. Sludge or death sections almost always give way to a spacey clean section, filled with cymbal distortion and creative basslines, some that roll on for minutes. These baselines are transitions for most of the songs and are really quite amazing. They vary, change with the drums, meld with the guitar, and then emerge generating what sounds like an entirely new song altogether. Drummer Danny Walker is exceptional, changing from typical double bass fare to wondrous progressive rhythms, creating the basic atmosphere the rest of the band builds off of. Guitarists Dave Timnick and Sacha Dunable make use of their instruments to great effect, going from ferocious metal riffs, to wailing harmonies and of course laying down some impressive prog-type effects that do much to add to the overall sensual immersion of the music. Slow, churning, chug-chug rhythms are present, but in minimal doses, as the guitars are dormant rather often. Again, the band does not rely on a single musical fixture to get the job done, but rather, as post-metal artists often do, use the entire band to create an atmospheric experience. The sound is beautiful in its own primal way.

Vocalist Sacha Dunable is the absentee of the band, present rarely, if ever during most tracks. His screaming, a low guttural roar, is comparable to that of Mike Armine of Rosetta, set in the background, a sort of far off voice among the chaotic carnage of the music. His scream is all that is heard, but the deep, visceral effect is used primarily during the metal sections of songs. However, his voice is used perfectly, never becoming tenacious or boring.

Opener Primordial Soup is nothing more than a clean guitar piece, a buildup to the coming explosion of the next track, A Literal Black Cloud. It is, in essence the band's sound in a nutshell. A grimy, slow chugging breakdown serves as the intro and gives way into one of those bass clean sections. Those are the two musical elements used throughout Prehistoricisms, but they are so constantly varied and modified that they never get repetitive. Songs such as Australopithecus and the brutal Cavernous Den of Shame, show a more metal side, but of course, carry hordes of prog elements with them. Closer The Reptilian Brain is the strangest, but most beautiful song on the album. An epic 16 minutes, a vaguely Egyptian drum and bass section hums through the first 5 or so, until conventional rhythms take hold the rest of the way. An epic in every way, the track builds up in a truly post-metal fashion, but then literally cascades its way back down in an avalanche of chaos, leaving you hanging at the conclusion. Divided into 5 separate sections, revolving around the primitive nature of animalistic brains, the sudden variations are technical and obviously scientific in thought. Perhaps, this is a microcosm of the album as a whole, its very nature to leave you confused, pounding you then soothing, blasting you with severe metal, then calming with a clean section.

Bottom Line: Any fans of metal will love this; it is clearly an entirely new form of post-metal, and carries a grimy, epic vibe unlike anything this reviewer has ever listened to.

The Clear Best
A Literal Black Cloud
Australopithecus
The Reptilian Brain



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Comments:Add a Comment 
AngelPhoenix
October 8th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really excellent review, you describe the band's sound exceptionally well.
I really don't get the appeal of these guys though, it's all rather boring and lifeless to me. Reptilian Brian is fantastic though.

cleary21
October 8th 2008


671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thx im not really a big post metal guy but Rosetta and MOTA, plus these guys now are among my favorites. It was a bitch to write this i didint know where to start

cleary21
October 8th 2008


671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

how do you upload album art, the cover is actually quite impresive and symbolic of the album but its not there, i know where i can get it though

AngelPhoenix
October 8th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, cover is sweet, way cooler than Void.

lunchforthesky
October 8th 2008


1039 Comments


Great review. Coincidently Precambrian by The Ocean has an identical concept, not that it really matters.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2008


17920 Comments


dammit i wanted to review this

NortherlyNanook
October 8th 2008


1285 Comments


Not a 4.5, but it's still really good. Nice review.

They vary, change with the drums, meld with the guitar, and then emerge generating generating what sounds like an entirely new song altogether.


Small oversight.This Message Edited On 10.08.08

cleary21
October 8th 2008


671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

is the like little snippit at the beginnign unessecary, its the only thing that i don't like about the review

Kage
October 8th 2008


1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not really sure where you got "Egyptian" from the last track...

cleary21
October 8th 2008


671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

first thing that came to mind, i say what i mean i;m young and inexpeienced your avater has me scared shitless

lunchforthesky
October 8th 2008


1039 Comments


I don't know how much that opening paragraph adds to the review but it looks very ugly in that formatting.

JAV
October 8th 2008


1943 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have been wanting to hear this.

cleary21
October 8th 2008


671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

very vague lunch, what you want me to do about it

SnackaryBinx
October 8th 2008


2309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy butt fuck this is really good.

add the album art through edit review!

Saidir
October 8th 2008


77 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is just ridiculous.
The vocals and bass-work are strangely reminiscent of Between The Buried And Me's 'Colors'.

Only better.

DBlitz
October 9th 2008


1690 Comments


awesome album

EndlessClockwork
October 9th 2008


53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review and great album. A nice progression from their other work. And Lester on bass is definitely awesome!

cleary21
October 9th 2008


671 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i uploaded the art yesterday i guess they had to approve it?

or maybe the mods just put it up themselves

Kage
October 9th 2008


1172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[QUOTE=cleary21]
first thing that came to mind, i say what i mean i;m young and inexpeienced your avater has me scared shitless
[/QUOTE]
It's actually in the style of a Hindustani raga; the instrument creating that droning sound is a tanpura and the drums are tablas. This Message Edited On 10.09.08

jrowa001
October 9th 2008


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

immense album. need to listen to it again



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