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Experimental/Post Metal • United States


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INTRONAUT is a progressive metal band from California, US, formed in 2004 by drummer Danny WALKER and guitarist Sacha DUNABLE. They started exchanging songwriting ideas and recording when Leon Del MUERTE joined the band on guitars and vocals. They had a good chemistry, but the band wasn't complete until bassist Joe LESTER joined the group. INTRONAUT recorded their demo, "Null", and started playing in small crowds and sold their demo in their shows. They sent some copies to different record companies and Goodfellow Records signed them. "Null" got re-released in 2006 and exposed the band to a wider audience. It got positive responses from many fans and critics so they started writing for their full length album, "Void", which was released in the same year. The album was a step forward and improvement from their debut EP. "Void" got a lot of critical acclaim from the media and showed a great start for a promising band.

INTRONAUT's sound is a combination of different musical backgrounds. Danny WALKER was a member of a grindcore band UPHILL BATTLE; Sacha DUNABLE is a member of the doom metal band Anubis Rising; Leon Del Muerte was a member of the death metal band IMPALED and the technical metal band EXHUMED; and Joe LESTER, while not being a member of any band prior to INTRONAUT, he has an extended knowledge on Jazz, Funk, traditional Indian music and a bachelors degree in music. Traces of past influences can be heard throughout INTRONAUT's music, but still never sounding derivative or wearing their influences in their sleeves.

The band released their critically acclaimed sophomore album, "Prehistoricisms", in 2008 and followed it up with "Valley Of Smoke" in 2010. INTRONAUT comes highly recommended for fans of sludge, technical, progressive, jazz, death metal.


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Habitual LevitationsHabitual Levitations
Century Media 2013
Audio CD$9.25
$4.80 (used)
VoidVoid
Goodfellow Records 2006
Audio CD$14.45
$9.22 (used)
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Century Media 2008
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$4.02 (used)
ChallengerChallenger
Translation Loss 2007
Audio CD$25.00
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Century Media 2010
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NullNull
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Goodfellow Records 2006
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  • Intronaut + Anciients + In Search of Sight + more at Tomcats West, Fort Worth on 14 Nov 2014
  • Intronaut 10th Anniversary Tour on 19 Nov 2014
  • Intronaut + Ides of Gemini + Silver Snakes + more at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood on 18 Dec 2014

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3.87 | 11 ratings
Void
2006
4.02 | 63 ratings
Prehistoricisms
2008
3.77 | 46 ratings
Valley of Smoke
2010
3.98 | 23 ratings
Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)
2013

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Null
2006
3.04 | 4 ratings
The Challenger
2007

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 Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) by INTRONAUT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.98 | 23 ratings

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Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)
Intronaut Experimental/Post Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)" is the 4th full-length studio album by US progressive sludge/mathcore act Intronaut. The album was released through Century Media Records in March 2013.

The music on the album is a pretty original sounding progressive metal with sludge and mathcore elements. Itīs hard to tag correctly but in my book thatīs only a strength. There is a strong rythmic foundation in the music which lends heavily from jazz. Both bassist Joe Lester and drummer Danny Walker are incredibly skilled. The off-beat snare drum hits and the cymbal work are charming as hell as are the adventurous bass playing. Upon this strong rythmic foundation the two guitarists play both heavy riffs and atmospheric parts. The vocals are usually ethereal/mellow in nature and more seldom semi-raw. The tracks are well balanced between heavy angular riffing (check out those powerful riffs in "Steps") and more smooth atmospheric sections. The latter usually with clean guitars and a semi-jazzy touch. Overall there is a pleasant organic sound to the music which is both due to the professional and well sounding production and to the way the music is played. The music is delivered with feeling, skill and a nice human touch. Sometimes itīs almost too laid back in nature, but the adventurous and powerful playing always ensure that the music is never too stoned.

Iīd mention acts like Cynic, Baroness, Helmet and Tool as references at various points on the album, but Intronaut have crafted quite a unique sound on "Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)" and deserve to be judged on their own. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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 Prehistoricisms by INTRONAUT album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.02 | 63 ratings

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Prehistoricisms
Intronaut Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Warthur
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5 stars Whereas most post-metal bands look to the textures of bands such as Godspeed You Black Emperor or Mogwai for the post-rock side of their sound, Intronaut on Prehistoricism look more to jazzier and more complex groups such as Tortoise or the more math rock-inclined post-rock groups. This is a true asset, because it allows them to craft near-seamless transitions between these sections and the crushing jazz-influenced technical death metal that forms the other half of the whole. Overall, the album widens the horizons of both the post-metal and technical death metal genres and captures the band in very form indeed, and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in progressive or technically complex metal.

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 Valley of Smoke by INTRONAUT album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.77 | 46 ratings

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Valley of Smoke
Intronaut Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Negoba
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3 stars More Post-Metal Plus Pleasure

If one was to mix Baroness' Blue Record and Ihsahn's After, the result would sound alot like Intronaut's Valley of Smoke. Mixing just the right amount of raw guts and heady musicianship, the band immediately grabs the listener with a smart but no-BS attitude and takes off. Intronaut is deceptively complex, packing many musical ideas in the music so seamlessly that it's easy to think of the music as just a fancy form of stoner rock. Alas, I was roughly disabused of this notion when I brought the album out for the first time in many months while I was running. I thought the upbeat vibe would be a good motivator, but the numerous time changes and mood shifts were actually distracting from my need for a consistent rhythm and energy.

Jazzy post-rock elements like the beginning of "Core Relations" fit perfectally with grinding metal riffs of "Above." The harmony vocals (I think the intervals used are what remind me so much of Ihsahn, along with rhythmic feel) are the dominant lead element, but harsh vocals take center stage much of the time as well. Odd time signatures, double bass, all the typical prog metal trappings are here...except the wankery. Guitars really are textural here and if anything the only instruments that get to show off are bass and drums. But when the rhythm moves to the fore, always it is with a groove, highlighting a mood or a feel. The overall feel is this a much more visceral, living, organic music than most prog-metal.

While each song has a few new sonic ideas, the entire album does have a little bit of samey- ness to it. There really aren't specific melodic ideas that stick with me to say which song is which. Most of the tunes are mid-tempo. The harmony vocals, though pretty, don't vary a lot. I guess that's several ways of expressing the same idea, need I repeat myself? Joking aside, this is something that both the Baroness and Ihsahn records excelled in that is lacking here.

I've personally labeled a group of bands "Post-Metal Plus" that not only draw on stoner and sludge groove and emotion but also a more elaborate sense of composition and musicianship from prog. Intronaut fits firmly in this category along with bands like Grayceon and Giant Squid. Certainly fans of those bands will enjoy Valley of Smoke, which was one of the better metal releases of a weak 2010. I would have probably given this album 4 stars when it first came out, but with some much stronger competition in 2011, including genre-mate Grayceon, "Good, but non-essential" seems appropriate. 3.5 stars.

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 Valley of Smoke by INTRONAUT album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.77 | 46 ratings

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Valley of Smoke
Intronaut Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'Valley Of Smoke' - Intronaut (9/10)

Despite still being a fairly underground genre, the world of post-metal has been slowly, but surely picking up speed over the past decade. While bands like Neurosis and Isis have reached near-mainstream success in metal, there are still legions of bands that remain obscure to the general listening public. Despite being one of the chief acts of the post-metal scene, such is the case of Los Angeles sludge quartet Intronaut. With 2008's 'Prehistoricisms,' they were instantly put on the map for their keen, powerful yet intelligent sound. Now, 2010's 'Valley Of Smoke' shows the band developing their sound to incorporate more of a jazz influence into their sludgy, distorted mix of post-metal. Through incredible performance, good songwriting and their best production values yet, Intronaut has crafted an excellent album.

When hearing Intronaut and their sound, I am reminded of a wide range of bands, from the riff-loving, ballsy heaviness of Bison B.C, to the subtle, beautiful aesthetics of many of post- rock's giants. What comes out is a sound that is a perfect marriage of two highly contrasting sounds, and instead of comparing and switching between the two, instead manages to fuse the two into a very fresh sound for progressive metal. In terms of style, one of the biggest things to mention about 'Valley Of Smoke' in particular is it's jazz-heavy influence. While the most 'in-your-face' aspect of the music may be the sludgy metal tone of the riffs, the guitars may often also use plenty of jazz-derived chords, at times even playing jazz chords through distortion; the result is a heavy yet intellectual experience.

While the songwriting on 'Valley Of Smoke' is very commendable, it would be nothing without a passionate performance from the musicians. Unlike many bands, Intronaut manages to balance each member's presence equally, so that a listener can hear the bassist's contribution just as much as the drummer, or experimental guitar work. With that being said, the album is mixed perfectly, and allows the listener to hear these tracks through the perfect lens. Of special note is the beautifully intricate drum work of Danny Walker, which never seems to be content with a simplistic beat, and the clean vocalist on the album, whose droning baritone works perfectly for the band's existing style. As an added bonus, the musical talents of Tool bassist Justin Chancellor are also heard, whose distinct tone can be heard in the album's title track.

The album's only real flaw comes in the last two tracks, with the epic title track 'Valley Of Smoke' and the close 'Past Tense.' While 'Valley Of Smoke' builds very nicely (beginning with some tribal percussion before building into a crushing riff), it does feel as if it overstays it's welcome by a minute or two, and while 'Past Tense' is as good a song as any other on the album, it feels awkward to have a typical Intronaut song follow such an involved instrumental epic.

While I had not heard the music of Intronaut in detail before 'Valley of Smoke', I am very impressed by the band's ethereal, yet crunchy approach to progressive metal. While the genre of post-metal is still underground even in the metal world, bands like Intronaut are evidently taking the reigns from the genre's previous giants and carrying the torch forward with pride. 'Valley Of Smoke' is one of the best performances of the year, and a sure contender to bless many year-end lists.

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 Prehistoricisms by INTRONAUT album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.02 | 63 ratings

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Prehistoricisms
Intronaut Experimental/Post Metal

Review by bartosso

3 stars Post free jazz (bass) death metal

PREHISTORICISMS is an album of one song. When I've heard Australopithecus for the first time I was amazed! It was something unique and fresh, something disturbing and captivating. The most conspicuous thing is fantastic jazz bass which is very distinct from other instruments and plays very important role in the composition. It's all the more interesting so because it's post death metal. Usually bass presence in death metal is barely audible.

So bass in Australopithecus is great, fine. Guitars are great. Atmosphere is great, very dark and psychedelic. Melodies are great - original, disharmonious at times, jazzy, disturbing, even moving. 5/5 piece. So it's rather obvious, that I expected a fantastic album.

Unfortunately, the rest of the record is much worse. Jazz potential of the band is undeveloped, there is too much noise, not enough interesting ideas set in a fantastic mood of Australopithecus. After a few listens growl seems unnecessary, it becomes annoying - still, I like growling in most cases. I would even prefer instrumental arrangements of this material. Some, a few good ideas appear in "Any Port" and in the title track, but it's not enough to change my impression. There is also quite exceptional track which conclude the record. Reptilian Brain is a nice song, much softer and atmospheric but it didn't draw my attention as well.

I give it 3 stars. Still, I think this album deserves an attention especially for fantastic bass work and because this band may release a masterpiece someday - I sense a great potential in them. Listening and watching the video clip of Australopithecus is highly recommended!

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 Valley of Smoke by INTRONAUT album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.77 | 46 ratings

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Valley of Smoke
Intronaut Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars Valley Of Smoke is Intronaut's third album already. The Americans had created a recognizable sound on their preceding alums, akin to Mastodon and Baroness but more progressive, with a notable dissonant sound, jazzy accents and prominent fretless bass, and - if you ask me - more interesting songs.

All these elements are still intact but the sound has expanded by the addition of melodic vocals and a more spacious sound where rich jazzy chords often prevail over riffs. It makes the music more intriguing but also more demanding. It's still accessible but a couple of listens are indispensable.

The clean vocals consist of long held tones, chants if you like, that create a sort of intoxicating effect; they can be a bit monotonous sometimes, but due to the variation in instrumentation and the clever structure of the songs, the album remains an entertaining listen throughout. The dreamy instrumental title track and the vocal Core Relations are representative tracks and a recommended listen for fans of either fusion, rock, prog or metal.

Based on a couple of listens, I still have a preference for their more direct and uncompromising Prehistoricisms album, but Valley Of Smoke is a grower and definitely a clever piece of metal from a band that wants to move forward with each release. It will perhaps not bode well for their (almost non-existent) popularity, but it is sure good for their street-cred. A varied, rich and modern metal album. 3.5 stars

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 Prehistoricisms by INTRONAUT album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.02 | 63 ratings

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Prehistoricisms
Intronaut Experimental/Post Metal

Review by DASistGrantTeeL

4 stars Before I begin my review it must be said that you might not like this album upon first listen, but that's not a bad thing at all, almost all great works are not respected right away.

The album begins with "Primordial soup" an intro to the album in vein of a baroness opener (as heard on the red and blue album) quite slow and ambient with spacey sound effects resonating in the background and a guitar playing a simple riff in the foreground. From track two (literal black cloud) on the album makes a complete shift in style to a much more brutal sound with harsh vocals, chugging guitars and blasting drums, but of course as with many progressive post metal bands they alternate between heavy and soft sections of almost each track.

The drumming on this record is top notch, pretty fast and technical as well as very good use of toms and cymbals rather than blasting bass drum beats. Guitar is good nothing really special except the awkward play style in which the guitar player utilizes. The bass on this album is so amazing (I can't stress that enough), there is plenty of amazing and creative stuff from this outfit as long as you can handle harsh vocals this is highly recommended.

The final track "The Reptilian Brain" spans over 16 minutes with multiple stylistic alternations throughout, it begins with an oriental jam (think "Within You Without You" by the Beatles), at around 6 minutes it changes to a much more post-rock sound and in little time it's full blown metal. It's an amazing song with very smooth transitions and excellent composition if that were the only song on the record it would still be worth buying.

In conclusion, strongly recommended. 4 out of 5

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 Prehistoricisms by INTRONAUT album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.02 | 63 ratings

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Prehistoricisms
Intronaut Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Prehistoricisms marked a definite new era in Intronaut's history and a complete reinvention of their sound!

After one full length album and two EP releases Intronaut have taken a huge leap into the Post Metal territory that they originally only partially revealed to their audiences on The Challenger. This doesn't mean that the band lost their ability to produce some great Sludge and Death Metal moments. On contrary, this release incorporates all sorts of styles and sounds into its 50+ minutes running time and the whole experience might feel quite overwhelming during the first run thought. Just give this first reaction to the music some time to settle down and you'll be more than surprised by how your reaction will evolve.

The album starts off on a very tranquil note and it's not until Cavernous Den Of Shame that we get the first signs of the band that we've heard on their preceding releases. This complete reinvention of the sound might alienate some of the band's previous followers but it's a definite progression into new exciting territory that should make most fans of progressive music feel at home. Just don't be alarmed if you hear a few Jazz guitar chords played simultaneously with the brutal assault of the drums and death growl vocals!

The album ends on a 16+ minute opus divided into five different sections. This composition seems to be regarded as this album's highlight and in some cases the liking of this performance will determine your whole outlook on this release. Personally I don't consider The Reptilian Brain as intense as the other highlights since unlike the other parts of the album this section completely relies on the atmosphere that the foreign sound can produce. I'd pick structured compositions like Any Port and Sundial over it without a second thought but that doesn't mean that I don't welcome them to coexist on the album as a part of a complete performance.

Intronaut's Prehistoricisms show us a well-rounded band at the top of their game. The music has originality and all of the band members display confidence in their work which only makes me even more interested in how the band will evolve on their future releases. A highly recommended experience!

***** star songs: Primordial Soup (1:26) The Literal Black Cloud (5:29) Any Port (7:31) Sundial (7:33)

**** star songs: Cavernous Den Of Shame (4:12) Prehistoricisms (6:29) Australopithecus (4:32) The Reptilian Brain (16:20)

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 The Challenger by INTRONAUT album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
3.04 | 4 ratings

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The Challenger
Intronaut Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

3 stars I've been keeping an eye out for anything Intronaut-related ever since I was pleasantly surprised by their 2008 release Prehistoricisms. Fortunately it didn't take me long to track this EP on Spotify and I've been listening to it ever since.

The Challenger is an EP released by the band in between the two full length studio releases and features three studio recorded new songs followed by five live recordings, one remix and even one untitled bonus track! The total play time adds up to just over 55 minuted meaning that this so called EP is actually longer than their studio albums! Since I haven't heard Intronaut's first album I don't have much experience of the band's early sound although judging from the live recordings, that are taken from Null and Void, it definitely seems that the band has matured quite a bit since those days.

The three new studio tracks all show signs of the band that I've heard on Prehistoricisms. The material might not be as Jazz-oriented but there are definite nods at the genre here and there. The most prominent signs of that comes in the long intro of Whittler Of Fortune followed by some of the most unexpected guitar interplays featured on this Death Metal driven material. If this EP only featured this great studio material followed by a remix and the bonus track then it would have easily been comparable to the excellent Meshuggah 1994 EP titled None that preceded their breakthrough album Destroy Erase Improve.

The sound quality of the live recordings is generally decent although the sound of Sores Will Weep dives below this level due to its awkward distance quality. It's almost like the track was recorded as a bootleg from the audience area. The material itself might be of value to those who have actually heard the two previous releases since I sometimes can barely make out what the guitars are playing. The remix of Burning These Days from Null isn't something to be excited about since this track only lasts from 3 minutes in comparison to the 8 minute original.

Overall The Challenger is an interesting predecessor to Prehistoricisms that would have worked a lot better in a trimmed down form moving the live recordings to a separate live album. It's a good, but non-essential release for anyone who is interested in exploring the progression of the band's sound.

***** star songs: Whittler Of Fortune (5:05)

**** star songs: The Challenger (4:38) Deep Architecture (5:05) Fault Lines (live) (6:12) Rise To The Midden (live) (6:42) They (As In Them) (live) (7:12) Bonus Track (5:47)

*** star songs: Gleamer (live) (5:47) Burning These Days (remix) (2:54)

** star songs: Sores Will Weep (live) (6:01)

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 Prehistoricisms by INTRONAUT album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.02 | 63 ratings

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Prehistoricisms
Intronaut Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Tengent

4 stars I first found out about Intronaut after listening to a few of maudlin of the Well's albums. I took a look at Prog Archives Experimental/Post Metal section and saw this rather high-rated album with a very interesting title and cover art. I took an interest in the album and decided to take a few listens. Prehistoricisms opens with a light, melancholy guitar line in odd time with ambience added. Literal Black Cloud opens with down-tuned guitars and fretless bass (barely noticeable at first) playing a diminished riff in odd time. At first I thought I wouldn't be able to listen to Intronaut because of the screaming vocals, but I've learned to adjust. The song goes into a lighter, fretless bass-lead section. One of the guitarists plays arpeggios while the other swells in beautiful harmonies. The main riff is introduced again, but with the second guitarist playing it up 2 whole steps (major 3rds). This is an obvious King Crimson influence (the added major 3rds sound incredibe). The song continues to contrast through beautiful fretless bass-lead sections and heavy metal guitar work. The fretless bass is definitely my favorite part about this album, especially when providing the low end to glissandos. The next song is similar in structure but shorter. Prehistoricisms is very aggressive song featuring many diminished harmonies and fretless bass arpeggios. Any Port begins with fretless bass playing a melody in odd time. This is probably my least favorite song on the album; the guitar effects and harmonies are less than favorable and it's repetitious. Sundial opens with a King Crimson-esque riff (due to those major 3rds added to everything again). This song goes through a variety of sections that actually reminds me Egg because of the complexity. The latter part of the song has the bass playing very diminished riffs in between the guitar's 7th chords. Australopithecus is probably my favorite song. It opens with a very quick and aggressive riff that is very well executed. If Intronaut were to be moved to Tech/Extreme Prog, this song is why. The bassist is all over his guitar neck. A slower, aggressive riff takes place under the vocals. A lighter section is introduced and the song goes back to the more aggressive, vocal-lead section. At 2:34, the song enters an incredibly beautiful chromatic section. The fretless bass plays tasteful harmonies while the guitars play arpeggios or simple delayed lines. Back to the vocal-lead section. The Reptilian Brain opens with a very eastern texture. I believe the instrument is the tabla. Fretless bass plays over the dark ambience. A tabla beat is introduced and the bass plays over it for 5 minutes. Drums are introduced as the tabla begins to fade out. Guitar and bass begin playing a rather simple progression. The song eventually leads to a dark section with an odd guitar effect. This leads to an aggressive, diminished bit. The majority of this song is dissonant with a few hints of consonance. The problem with this song is that it is not very exciting or emotionally upbringing at all. Prehistoricisms is layered with incredible bass lines, guitar harmonies, and odd times. Prog, jazz, and metal of all kinds are prominent throughout the album. Most songs feature a light/ambient consonance section to get away from the aggressive metal riffs. My main complaints are the vocals, double bass (which isn't prominent but I find them unfavorable), and the final song's lack of excitement.

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