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Valley of Smoke Import

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Elegy
  2. Above
  3. Miasma
  4. Sunderance
  5. Core Relations
  6. Below
  7. Valley of Smoke
  8. Past Tense
  9. Vernon [*]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 28, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00461VXWI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Building upon the juggernaut that was Prehistoricisms, Intronaut has ingeniously taken their trademark sound and allowed it to naturally evolve into this newest offering. With total disregard to musical trends or commercial viability, this album instead showcases yet another undeniable thrust of creative musical genius that will blow the listener away with end to end offerings of brutal arrangements, uncanny melodies, wicked bass lines, insane drumming, and mixed vocal stylings haunted with harmonies so beautifully satisfying- yet heavy, that they are sure to both mesmerize and satisfy even the most critical of fans, both new and old. I already can't wait to hear what they do next.
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Fantastic CD from 4 master musicians at the top of their game. Heavier than Prehistoricisms but with similarly intense soundscapes tumbling into eachother. The new chanting vocals seem to fit in well with the mood. Favorite tracks are "Sunderance" and "Core relations" and of course the "Valley of Smoke" which alone contains more ideas than most bands fit into a career. I can already tell there are dark melodies buried everywhere that will take many listens to decipher.

I love it, and you will too, so get out your credit card and support music!
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Valley of Smoke may not have the numerous amount of insane guitar riffs or melodic bass lines as their previous albums had, but (believe it or not) it matters not.

Each one of the songs on this album tells a story. I love songs that have an obvious feeling of moving forward and evolving to a new stage, and this album just happens to be a concept album.

The "simplicity" that some of these reviewers hear is trivial to what this music's about. Boring and repetitive? How about atmospheric and engaging. These listeners are limiting themselves with the expectations they put in their ears before the headphones.

This album is a giant leap forward for Intronaut. They're clearly using their instruments as tools for music and not for masterbating.(As some of these reviewers would clearly like to be hearing). MY FAVORITE INTRONAUT ALBUM
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These are great musicians doing their thing and keeping it interesting. Fretless bass in heavy metal? Sure: Why not? The vocals aren't so gritty that you can't make out the words but also aren't lullaby-material. Do yourself a favor and pick up this album.
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I raved over Prehistoricisms when it came out, and would still give that album 5 stars today. It's held up beautifully.

What's different about this release is, when I first listened to it, I was a little disappointed. I felt like Intronaut had tried to take too large a step all at once and had lost me along the way. The drums were a little too perfect and sterile, the "melodic" vocals weren't bad, but maybe a little unnecessary, and things were maybe getting a little too ambient.

But I kept listening. There was plenty to love and little to diss, so I stuck with it. And somewhere around the 10th listen or so, BAM! All at once it made perfect sense and I found myself wondering, "What the hell were you hearing before???"

This record easily surpasses Prehistoricisms. It may take you a little longer to "get it," but I know once it clicked in my head, this became the hands-down favorite. Those "too perfect drums" are ridiculously fantastic, inventive, not at all sterile, and as a drummer myself, I'm not easily impressed. This guy is the star of the show. Couple that with an equally stellar bass player and you have what may be the greatest rhythm section of all time (ok, that might be an exaggeration).

In any event, my advice is, if you don't dig it at first, but can see potential in it, give it some time. Gestation can be a very rewarding thing.
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Format: Vinyl
In this era of horrible top 40 crap this band is a stand out in innovation and musicianship that tells me Rock will survive these dark times.

I have seen them live and when they come to town again next month I will be there .
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Format: MP3 Music
This band is truely one of those amazing bands that should be given far more credit than they probably are. There longer than average songs are well worth listening to and you'll never find yourself bored. I like to consider them as metal meets phish, but they are much more than that. I love the harmonizing on this album. Lots of odd time and interesting sounds! I find nothing about this band to be trite. I have seen them live and they prove to be much more than just a studio band! If you enjoy metal or jam bands, better yet if you enjoy both, this is your band. I recommend them to any music lover out there with an open ear.
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Format: Audio CD
Intronaut tries some new directions in this album. And while I think it is always great for a band to continue to evolve in their sound, in this case I think the evolution has lead to something worse. In this album, they've begun what would best be described as "cleaner" vocals when compared to their old style. But the problem is they've chosen to use what I would consider rather boring melodies and plain harmonies. And not just once but pretty much entirely throughout all of the clean vocals.

I wouldn't describe anything that's going on in this album as "jazzy" as some people have chosen to call it. Its more like meandering... wandering... pointless at times. The song that really epitomizes this for me is "Valley of Smoke". While you have great bass playing and drumming... we're still talking an 8 minute long song that fails to really have any memerable parts. And thats how I feel about many of the songs on this album. The guitar playing gets really boring alot of the time, they really overuse the delay and reverb to create these long repeating lines that get old quickly, usually during the cleaner parts. They still do a good job with the heavy, more "brutal" parts although they don't compare to anything they've done in the past.

I've tried to like this album but I just can't. Theres so much music out there that when you run into something this mediocre, you might as well just move on. If you like Intronaut, stick with Null, Void, or Prehistoricisms. Hopefully they learn from their mistakes on this album and continue to evolve in another direction in the future
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