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Very few bands can effectively mix intelligence with intensity like Southern California’s INTRONAUT, who essentially walks a fine line between psychedelic brutality, captivating hooks and devastating yet unpredictable time changes. This is the essence of thinking man’s metal and something so refreshing that it should serve as a vicious wake up call to masses forcing the entire ... Read more in Amazon's Intronaut Store

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  • Audio CD (March 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B00B671SW0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 release, the fourth album from the L.A.-based Experi-Metal band. The band's most recent release, Valley Of Smoke' caught the attention of metalheads worldwide, gaining much critical praise in the process. In fact, Justin Chancellor of Tool even performed as a second bassist on the 2010 album's title track. The incredibly technical, genre-hopping and theory-oriented style of Intronaut will surely prove to excite a whole new legion of fans.

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There is also mostly clean vocals, but sung with great passion and harmonies.
The Infesturcator
The musical trajectory that Intronaut seems to be on with each new album makes me envious and leaves me in awe.
purerockfury
If you are looking for a great progressive metal album, then buy Habitual Levitations.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Infesturcator on March 31, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This has to be the best thing these guys have done yet. A perfect blend of heavy and melodic, it's not your chugga-chugga polyrhythms here, no wanky shredding or showing off, more of a jazzy heavy sound. There is also mostly clean vocals, but sung with great passion and harmonies. Some of it reminds me a little of the stuff Sacha (guitar/vocal) did with the guys from National Sunday Law on "Massless" (under the moniker Graviton). If you are familiar with Intronaut you will not be disapointed. I can't listen to this one enough. If you have a turntable you HAVE to get it on vinyl, the quality is awesome, a wonderful pressing. Highly recommended by the Infesturcator.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on June 29, 2013
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Blending the jazzy tendencies of Cynic with the mathematically inclinations of Converge/The Dillinger Escape Plan, the towering doom-laden rhythms of Mastodon, the angular guitar riffing of Meshuggah, and the occasional melodious guitar textures of Tool together with a strong Isis/Neurosis-influenced attitude, Californian progressive/sludge metallists Intronaut emerge with a new full-length, their fourth, in 2013's "Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)." This album, while imperfect, does mark a step forward for the band from both a musical and creative perspective. It differs from "Valley Of Smoke," "Prehistoricisms," and "Void" in that it expands on Intronaut's sound by trafficking in some vocals that often come dangerously close to sounding clean and/or harmonic. And heck, even some full-fledged, unabashed balladry enters the mix, here.

But for the most part, "Habitual Levitations" is the sound of Intronaut doing what they do best: Cranking out trance-inducing sludge metal with heavy progressive leanings. And some death metal, metalcore, and hardcore elements are also present in their sound. As such, this record is filled with memorable guitar riffs, polyrhythmic punch, precise drumming, tricky time signatures, mathematically-calculated rhythms, and exceptional bass lines. (Fretless four-string wizard Joe Lester is one seriously underrated instrumentalist because anybody that knows what they're talking about knows he is a very complex and technical bassist who consistently plays both in and around the band's massive, all-encompassing grooves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shared Gum on July 8, 2013
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I must admit that I have tried to get into Intronaut in the past, and without success. I am a huge fan of Isis, Tool and Mastodon, and I also like to listen to some jazz from time to time. So they should have clicked with me in theory, but they somehow never did as much as I hoped. Then came Habitual Levitations. I know that they hinted at going in this direction on Valley of Smoke, but this album feels very fresh and original to me. It is simply how they chose to go about blending different "sub-genres" here. I like the math-rock and riff parts of their songs, but what really impressed me on here are the melodies - the "longing for summer" mood of the clean vocals and jazzy melodies in their transitions, which don't feel forced to me at all. Some of them are almost as if a Miles Davis band (In a Silent Way / Bitches Brew era) and Return to Forever music were transcribed for a rock band with guitars, bass and drums to play. This is particularly evident in the ending of Harmonicon, where the guitar part, suplemented with some great bass notes, feels like it could easily have been played by John McLaughlin or even Chick Corea on an entirely different instrument. But every song on here is great, and I only have a minor issue with the last three minutes of experimentation of The Way Down, but that will not keep me from ranking this album as a masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By purerockfury on May 24, 2013
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I could use this space to say that "Habitual Levitations" brings to mind this band or that. There are definite times where a comparison to another band or style is justified in better explaining what someone might be getting themselves into with a new band. After ingesting this record countless times in the past 10 days, I can say that no comparisons will do this album justice. I use the word "album" here because front-to-back and on repeat, this recording a masterful achievement.

Due to an unfortunate bout with unemployment, I missed out on "Valley Of Smoke". It made a brief appearance at one local store, disappeared fast and was never seen again. So for someone who only heard a few clips of "Valley" and was mostly familiar with "Prehistoricisms" and everything going back, the leap forward here is massive. There is no one way to pin down these songs. When they come in heavy, Danny Walker's drumming will flip the song on it's head by playing a simple rhythm at-a-glance. A few seconds further and you'll find yourself thinking "what made them come up with this?" as you are hypnotized by the complexity of what drives the track. Other occasions will find the guitars playing with a sleepy dissonant melody, giving the bassist room to guide you through. Interspersed throughout are riffs that are crushing with gymnastic drumming that will tie you in knots.

The musical trajectory that Intronaut seems to be on with each new album makes me envious and leaves me in awe. So often, bands find a comfort zone and never dare to stray from it. This record being any indicator, this band intends to grow and explore new ideas to the ends of the Earth.
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