- 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)
Valley of Smoke Import
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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
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.
I have seen them live and when they come to town again next month I will be there .
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is alright to listen to. It's nothing too spectacular, but it's still a good album to chill out and listen to. I'd recommend you check this album out. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Spikedskull
this album is great from start to finish.
It has a great mix.
The atmosphere of the album is relaxing and thunderous all at once.
Great album, no more to say. Core Relations is an incredible song, also Elegy. These guys are amazing, and just as much so live.Published on August 18, 2013 by Lindsay Panagakos
Intronaut's "Valley of Smoke" will satisfy old-school fans of both Iron Maiden and Yes, thanks to the great vocals (a combination of excellent doom solo vocals and... Read morePublished on June 25, 2013 by David Adams
For the cover picture, the tree has a skeleton growing out of it and the skeleton has wings on it. Very interesting indeed.Published on May 11, 2013 by Dean
A few of the songs will totally beat your arse and the heavy jazz influence is a welcome departure from the norm. I can't get enough of Sunderance! This song is Brutal!Published on April 8, 2013 by Douglas Mill
I bought this album based on some of the reviews here, being a fan of Mastodon, Gojira, High on Fire type stuff. Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by vincevangopher