Hard working and earning their stripes, Intronaut deliver a solid album in the shape of Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones). After touring with the likes of Mastodon, Animals As Leaders and Red Fang, you get a sense of what sort of sound to expect.
This intense and highly motivated quartet, kick off Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) with a song that clocks in at around eight minutes called Killing Birds With Stones. Driven initially by doom-laden lumbering riffs, it suddenly changes gears into a whimsical, melancholic section before getting angrier in tone once more.
Other highlights worthy of note include The Welding and Milk Leg, with the former coming across like Helmet at their very best and the latter providing an attractive breakdown into a mellow work out amongst Sacha Dunable and Dave Timnick on guitars, with Joe Lester (bass) and Danny Walker (drums) supporting as a tight rhythm section.
The shortest song carries the spirit of Planet Caravan by Black Sabbath and goes by the name of Blood from a Stone, soaked in reflection and sorrowful tones. The predecessor titled Eventual wears a coat of doom with hints of ‘Sabbath and Helmet wrestling each other to begin with before settling down to a gentle pace. Once you reach the end of the nine songs on offer, it’s at that point you realise what a creative and effortless flow there is from one track to the next. Prime examples of this ebb and flow can be experienced with Eventual leading into Blood from a Stone and thereafter with the final song The Way Down with its outrageous album closing effect.
This is an album for doom lovers, for thoughtful and introspective minds, and for those who appreciate a concise piece of work that contains more than a singular dimension.
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