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5 stars This band, I cannot believe them. I literally discovered them, listened to this CD and bought the record within two minutes of listening to them. I was in downtown Toronto with my dad searching for records when I spotted a Metal Hammer (or some lame metal magazine) with a little title that said Intronaut: The next Mastodon?. I personally like Mastodon quite a bit and if theres another band that is going to be similar to them then I must listen. I shuffled over to the metal section and found a pile of CDs sitting there, so I grab one at random. Lo and behold here I am, reviewing this great record. The very first song really had me wondering what was next and intrigued me quite a bit. It reminded of something Dream Theater would do for an atmosphere. It worked quite well, this entire record has a great atmosphere. I can really picture this music set to something of prehistoria. The Literal Black Cloud was really a solid tune, constantly shifting from crushing metal riffs to spacey rock and almost jazzy sections. The next track and the title track haven't fully sunk in yet, I'm still getting a feel for them.

But Any Port. I think I shall switch paragraphs for this song. Any Port, was the deal closer. The song that made me buy the album. This song is so amazingly well played out. The real metal parts don't last for more than a minute and thirty seconds or so. Then you get this groovy fretless bass driven tribal song. And the dual drumming ending! About 2 minutes of just drumming. I also checked out some Youtube footage of the song, and one of the guitarists starts playing along! This song is absolutely mind blowing when you hear it. Best track on the record.

Sundial is easily the heaviest on the record, they really flex their musicianship muscle here. It's a pretty crazy experience. The guitar playing sets weird odd atmospheres and the bass makes you go bonkers. The ending is quite odd, like a weird jazz song or a jazz break from a BTBAM song. It's a good track. Australopithecus is just very brutal for the most part. This is where I think the lame metal magazine corp got the Mastodon link. Good track nevertheless.

The Reptilian Brain is a 16 monster track. I really didn't think it would be that good, but it caught meoff guard completely. The 16 minutes goes by in a flash, the song flows AMAZINGLY. It's completely instrumental and floored me. For the most part, it consists of groovy jazz rhythms, but the metal part in the middle, (or FUCK as its aptly named) is very crazy. It's not Necrophagist, but it is pretty heavy and the playing in the song is very good. The drumming is pretty wicked. Then it ends out with another funky groove. A great way to end an album.

Overall I can safely say this was money well spent. In fact I don't even view it that way, I see that I was lucky enough to find this record be able to buy it. It's so good, if you find it, buy it now.

Treasure | 5/5 |


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