Intronaut – Void / 2006 Goodfellow / 7 Tracks / http://www.intronaut.net / http://www.goodfellowrecords.com / Reviewed 10 August 2006
It may take a few seconds for individuals to be properly welcomed (assaulted) by Intronaut, but when you hear the band cranking themselves up during “A Monolithic Vulgarity”, you know that something impressive awaits just around the corner. The track is not just a minute of introduction and then something that drops listeners right into the fury of the band. However, the transitions present are nice into gently introducing listeners and making them a part of the track before the band can go into their metal meets At The Drive-In type of hybrid.
The band does not need to keep throwing in solos and other razzmatazz into their general game; the creation of a narrative specifically on “A Monolithic Vulgarity” and then throughout the rest of the disc is something that is sadly not seen on many other albums. The band might do something that is a slower form of grind at point, but don’t let the band fool you; there is intensity enough to scare even the biggest person on PCP. Even going fancy and moving into a progressive meets funk bass line towards the latter third of the track, Intronaut show themselves as a band that can do anything that they want with their album and can still be able to contextualize it in the morning.
They are the drunk with the lightshade on eir head at the party Friday night and the CEO in the office come Monday morning. None of the tracks on “Void” are shorter than five minutes but Intronaut does not need them to be. There are so many things going on during an Intronaut track that individuals will never feel bored. This is actually a blessing for Intronaut, as the presence of all these layers and different paths during the tracks on “Void” allow listeners to listen to the disc time and time again while trying to find everything that the band has inserted into the disc. The band has something for everyone. For those progressive marks, there are more than enough times during “Void” that they can be placated. For those fans of classic metal, the band makes enough nods to that to even make a Slayer cover band blush. Simply put, this all-star band (featuring former members of Impaled, Exhumed, Anubis Rising, and Uphill Battle) does everything and brings everyone into this disc. “Void” is surprisingly full. Give it a go.
Top Track: Gleamer