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Experimental/Post Metal

4.07 | 96 ratings

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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)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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