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Intronaut Prehistoricisms

1. Primordial Soup 2. The Literal Black Cloud 3. Cavernous Den of Shame 4. Prehistoricisms 5. Any Port 6. Sundial 7. Australopithecus 8. The Reptilian Brain
2008 Century Media Records
Our score 9

by Nick

A great number of genre classification arguments in metal seem to stem from the use of the term "progressive." Many refuse to let the meaning stray from its "classical" definition, citing acts like Atheist and Cynic as the true examples. Some feel that artists like Cult of Luna and Mouth of the Architect deserve equal access to the term, as each refuses to adhere to traditional songwriting structures. Still others identify Between the Buried and Me and their impressive but often incongruous musical mentality as the most accurate modern day embodiment of the term. But it's time to expand the ring just a little more, as Intronaut's Century Media debut, Prehistoricisms, delivers a fantastically executed effort overflowing with free-flowing, inventive musicianship, establishing the band as a major contender in the progressive-metal-genre-argument cage match. Prehistoricisms is the complete album of which Intronaut fans have been dreaming ever since the LA quartet teased listeners with last year's The Challenger EP. All of the elements that have been instrumental in generating the band's consistently growing buzz (the off-kilter rhythms, the effortlessly smooth bass lines, the sharp guitar work, and the masterful drumming) are present as part of Intronaut's trademark sound on Prehistoricisms. But the record showcases a notable songwriting shift away from that of past releases as the band takes a sizable step back from a number of conventional metal ideas. Joe Lester's accomplished bass work carries even more weight on Prehistoricisms, often times leaving the guitarists to intertwine delay-soaked walls of sound rather than traditional metallic riffing. "Any Port" and "Prehistoricisms" both display this quality frequently, leaving much of the tracks' melody and driving force to Lester's nimble fretwork. But don't worry; Intronaut hasn't gone soft. There are no clean vocals or cheap melodies, and there's no lack of heavy moments on Prehistoricisms. "The Literal Black Cloud" features massive one string guitar grooves. "Australopithecus" unleashes a few periods of Meshuggah-esque chugging. And "Any Port" stands out as it slowly decays into nearly two minutes of intense dual drumming. Intronaut's delivery of a record that retains the same level of heaviness despite shifting away from more traditional metallic elements is downright mesmerizing. As Prehistoricisms moves between (arguably) metal's most impressive bass progressions, intricate guitar lines, and carefully controlled bouts of crushing force, it's not difficult to sense that Intronaut has defined their own slice of the progressive metal genre. Inventive metal acts may be rare these days, but if a few bands like Intronaut can provide well-balanced and creative records like this, there may be hope after all. Prehistoricisms is without a doubt one of the top metal records to be released this year. Bottom Line: Intronaut stretched the boundaries of heavy music with Prehistoricisms by taking a step back from traditional metallic elements and allowing the band's smooth bass lines to hold an even greater songwriting role. Old fans will be impressed with the band's evolution, and, thanks to a wider release on Century Media, a great number of new fans will be getting a tremendous introduction to one of metal's most distinctive acts. So let's state the obvious: this record is absolutely mandatory for any fans of progressive metal and innovative, heavy music.


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blackasstim_ 9/18/2008 4:37:25 PM

first. good record.

feast_ 9/18/2008 4:53:01 PM

null > void < challenger

booger_ 9/18/2008 4:56:15 PM

more like Prehensileisms

nascar_fan_69_ 9/18/2008 5:27:55 PM

Could you suck ass cobras dck any harder mike dexter?

metal_bob_ 9/18/2008 5:39:34 PM

Even if you don't like it, you're not cool *unless* you like it!

anonymous 9/18/2008 5:42:48 PM

Nick, the most easily impressed reviewer since Wookubus stormed onto the scene in the late 90's.

anonymous 9/18/2008 5:47:22 PM

"metal" for dudes who wore JNCOs 6 years ago

david_ 9/18/2008 6:01:38 PM

awe, you guys are hurting my feelings.

arty_mcfarty_ 9/18/2008 7:23:49 PM

i'd actually probably give this a 10 out of 10 and i don't give those lightly maybe album of the year

Godfather_ 9/18/2008 7:28:25 PM

This is not worthy of a 9 at all.

Fur_Beach_ 9/18/2008 8:20:47 PM

This album is incredible. I agree 100 percent with the review.

m00k_ 9/18/2008 8:24:30 PM

This should've been the first negative score review

Lyndell_kaymen_ 9/18/2008 11:10:02 PM

NICK - come on. your so predictable. all you like is doom. teh gay teh gay SEE YOU TOMOORROW

jedstylesux_ 9/18/2008 11:41:48 PM

its good, but to put it on a parallel level with oceanic celestial and precambrian is f*cking silly

e_h_ 9/18/2008 11:46:18 PM

good album, not a 9. i feel like it could benefit from a remaster. amazing songs, amazing performances, just not the recording quality i would expect, or that the songs deserve.

yourmomssaltytits_ 9/19/2008 1:00:34 AM


stalin_ 9/19/2008 1:19:19 AM

This makes me miss listening to their 'Challenger' was amazing!

Nowonmai_ 9/19/2008 1:27:13 AM

anyone who is hating on this band definitely should see them live before criticizing.

uh_ 9/19/2008 6:08:11 AM

they are ridiculously good live

comp_ 9/19/2008 6:13:21 AM

agree with stalin...knuts challenger was way better, and not to mention intronauts void...this album is a huge disappointment for me.

ludicrous_speed_ 9/19/2008 10:21:21 AM

Intronaut makes my dck hard

Devin_ 9/19/2008 12:01:50 PM

Great review/album/band.

hotslutswithtits_ 9/19/2008 6:45:55 PM


filled_with_rape_semen_ 9/19/2008 7:36:04 PM

Good album, the last song is a bit annoying though. 7or8/10 more like it. I got into this band b/c of walker... now i love the f*cking bassist.

Greggles_ 9/19/2008 9:43:40 PM

such soggy lettuce

falco_ 9/23/2008 3:09:54 PM


anonymous 9/25/2008 5:36:15 PM shit nick. your reviews are mediocre.

henrock_ 10/8/2008 7:04:04 AM

great f*cking album. one of the best so far this year. i fully support the 9/10, every track is brilliant

chrisdrumsx_ 10/8/2008 2:57:25 PM


onemoremotherfucker_ 11/10/2008 10:47:27 PM

I like this album... Good review, but I think it ought to be about an 8 instead. Great band and f*ck you idiot haters because you motherf*ckers appeal so much to nepotism and cronyism in your supposed musical preferences. Appreciate music, not subgenres...

peckerwood_ 1/12/2009 9:23:25 AM

Picked this album up yesterday before I read the review, and cannot agree more. Awesome piece of work, a must listen if you're into Isis, Red Sparrowes, or Mouth of the Architect.