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For my tastes, the first two songs are by far the strongest, but every thing here is interesting and entertaining. "Sores Will Weep" starts off with a very Converge-esque feel to it and doesn't let up, although the mood of the song definitely changes midway through, turning into bludgeoning death-metal. "Fragments Of Character" is my absolute favorite track, and what a spot-on song title! This song will no doubt draw some comparisons to the current crop of doom-metal bands like Isis and Neurosis and maybe even some of Justin Broadrick's work (Jesu and Godflesh). Sadly, those comparisons will sell this song (and the innovative promise of the band as a whole) short. The track starts out in a fairly standard, albeit strikingly heavy, way that will keep you listening long enough for them to build some steam and get you comfortable before they yank the rug out from under your feet. The first short breakdown hits with an off-time, very original choppy riff executed with razors-edge precision. Now that they have your attention, they're not going to let it go and they procede to drop into one of the heaviest death metal parts I've ever heard. Right as the audience gets comfortable with that, it falls away into a slightly spacey softer section that sees the band infusing a beautiful melody into the cacophony, but not in a cheesy or heavy-handed way. From there the song builds back to its original starting riff and then ends abruptly. Fragments of character indeed!Read more ›
Intronaut, however, offer just the right mix of these elements, and it all seems well thought out and executed....I actually enjoyed this disc much more than the recent Isis release, whcih seemed rather meandering and simply kind of boring to me, whereas Intronaut's "Null" is in a very similiar style (some would say they are a blatant Isis rip-off) but manages to hold and maintain the listener's attention with interesting dynamics and pulsing, organic riffs and arrangements. Cool stuff; the nearly unintelligible death-metal style vocals my not be to everyone's taste, and it is an EP, so it seems a bit on the short side, but highly recommended despite these minor flaws.
Other than that, the music is completely original. A combination of all types of metal today, from death to hardcore, yet retains a quality of intelligence that most of the genre's they represent just plain lack.
The structure of the songs, and rythyms, are on par with Led Zeppelin's intricate abilities.
Let's just say I can't wait for the full lenght album to come out. Void will be even more amazing.
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I liked the music on this cd for the most part. I think that if some other things were done with vocals this cd could be brought to a whole other level.Published on May 24, 2007 by C. Whiting
Technically proficient in all aspects of gore, grind, death, and black, former members of Exhumed, Impaled, and Uphill Battle join together as if bored with their genres to correct... Read morePublished on March 27, 2006 by Christian M. Taylor