For a Metal band more taken with exploring the heavenward than wreaking destruction on Earth, Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words with Tones)
makes an especially sound title for an Intronaut album. The Los Angeles
four-piece takes cues from an assortment of Metal subgenres — namely,
Progressive, Psychedelic, Post and Experimental — and comes up with
dramatic, sprawling songs. The crisp, florid “Milk Leg” from Levitations hints that the band's fourth record (out March 19) will probably spend more time floating around space’s upper reaches.
Since getting off the ground in 2004, Intronaut has become
a band adored by guitar virtuoso aficionados and its current tour with
Meshuggah and Animals as Leaders (two other acts championed by the same
fans) can only do more good in solidifying the group as a top name in
That said, the frequent links to instrumental heroics do
produce their own issues.
“We're trying to make technical music not so
people will go, 'Wow, this is so technical,' but rather as a challenge
for ourselves to make it listenable and enjoyable on an emotional level
first before you analyze it and realize that there's a cerebral
dimension to it waiting to be enjoyed as well,” guitarist-vocalist Sacha
Dunable once told Blistering.com.
Although the group's skills at telling captivating stories
through music still need work, the tonal contrasts between turbulent
sonic storms and quiet reflecting pools found on 2010’s Valley of Smoke indicate that Intronaut is already following the proper road.
INTRONAUT performs Thursday, Feb. 21 with Animals as Leaders and Meshuggah at Bogart's in Corryville. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.