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Intronaut: Habitual Levitations

California's Intronaut have been on quite a roll these last few years, with their previous release Valley of Smoke being very impressive to say the least, but here they are again with the follow-up, Habitual Levitations, which just might be their strongest one to date. Their somewhat hard to classify mix of metal, prog, post rock, hardcore, and jam is once again on full display, led by the insane drum work of Danny Walker, who just completely dazzles on this album from start to finish. Most of the songs here are somewhat lengthy, falling in the 5-9 minute range, and you can tell how touring with the likes of Meshuggah & Tool over the last few years has really rubbed off on these guys. "Steps" has those huge bass & guitar riffs that wouldn't sound out of place on a Meshuggah album, and the intricate & groove laden "Killing Birds With Stones" definitely has a Tool vibe going on. I like the way that Sacha Dunable and Dave Timnick blend crushing riffs with complex lines as well as lilting chords throughout the album, underneath which Walker and bassist Joe Lester layer in some impressive and always intricate rhythms. "Sore Sight for Eyes" is pure post rock bleakness but blended with some melodic progressive rock, and the doomy, groove laden riffs of "Eventual" sound like a cross between vintage Black Sabbath and Pantera. I'm even reminded of the great polish progressive metal band Riverside on the excellent closer "The Way Down", a tune that has plenty of fantastic musical layers and as well as great melodic vocals. Speaking of the vocals, most of what you get here on Habitual Levitations are of the clean melodic variety, so it seems the band are moving away from some of the harsher tones of the past.

Habitual Levitations is a very enjoyable piece of work, put together by a band that seems to be growing by leaps and bounds, and moving even further into their prog rock leanings. Good stuff!

Track Listing
1. Killing Birds With Stones (8:04)
2. The Welding (6:01)
3. Steps (5:43)
4. Sore Sight For Eyes (5:30)
5. Milk Leg (6:46)
6. Harmonomicon (6:31)
7. Eventual (6:44)
8. Blood From A Stone (3:05)
9. The Way Down (8:57)

Added: July 1st 2013
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1931
Language: english

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