Intronaut ‘Fluid Existential Inversions’
Album Review By Adam McCann
Metal Blade Records/Progressive/Post-Metal
Intronaut have been on the scene since 2006 when the progressive metal/post-metal band released their debut album ‘Void’. In the following 14 years, the Californian band have worked exceptionally hard delivering top drawer progressive metal and although it has been five years since Intronaut last released ‘The Direction of Last Things’, the band are back with their latest release ‘Fluid Existential Inversions’.
As anyone would expect with progressive metal of this nature, ‘Fluid…’ continues very much in the same vein as everything that had come previously. Because of this, Intronaut have delivered another album of dynamic and inventive music which shows just how much of a well-oiled machine this band has become. Although Intronaut play progressive metal, there are elements within their music that would not only appeal to fans of King Crimson, but also something a little sludgier such as Neurosis as well as more modern acts like Between the Buried and Me and this is partly due to Intronaut integrating keyboards and synths into their work for the first time that can be seen in excellent tracks such as ‘Speaking of Orbs’, ‘The Cull’ or ‘Pangloss’. These sounds are delivered through a production that is heavy, but also allows every instrument to be heard clearly, allowing fans to digest every note and passage without sifting through a wall of distorted noise.
It is good to have Intronaut back. ‘Fluid…’ shows just how dynamic that this band can be, delivering a contemporary sounding album that will certainly be viewed amongst the best work in the Intronaut catalogue.
Rating : 80/100
MHF Magazine/Adam McCann