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Old 01-05-2014, 12:33 PM
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31.Intronaut-Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)


Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones sees Intronaut expanding upon the more progressive sound they introduced on their last record Valley of Smoke. This is easily the most melodic material Intronaut has produced in their career thus far. While there are still sludge elements to the music, there are virtually no harsh vocals and more of an overall focus on melody. Intronaut are brilliant at composing music at both ends of the spectrum so the transition to a more progressive-based sound is pretty seamless for them. The melodic sections are appropriately dark and create a really gloomy, interesting landscape that the album centers around. Helping emphasize the power of the album's landscape is the contrasting presence of heavy riffs and Intronaut's secret weapon: bassist Joe Lester and drummer Danny Walker. The heavy sections perfectly complement and accentuate the murky power of the melodic sections. The transitions between both ends of Intronaut's sound are well-executed throughout (the best of the bunch though is on album closer "The Way Down") and they never cease to be able to get the most of every section of music they create. The rhythmic section of Lester and Walker is a big reason why Intronaut's music is so effective. Few bands in the metal world (or music in general for that matter) use bass and drums as prominently as Intronaut, which gives the band a really unique dynamic. Intronaut are one of the most important bands in the world of progressive metal at the moment as far as I am concerned and while it doesn't quite reach the highs of Prehistoricisms and Valley of Smoke, Habitual Levitations is still an essential listen for fans of the band or the genre.

Standout Tracks
1.The Way Down
2.The Welding
3.Sore Sight for Eyes
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