When looking back at 2015, the only thing that seems to matter is the passing of Lemmy Kilmister. Of course losing Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor in November was sad but Lemmy was on another level – one of the pillars of the entire rock ‘n roll universe. Thankfully, he left a voluminous legacy for us to enjoy for eternity, including some of music’s best interviews and quotes possible. Cheers, Lemmy.
Other than that, 2015 was a remarkably strong year for the pioneering, long-running bands in the metal scene. Everyone from KILLING JOKE, MY DYING BRIDE, FEAR FACTORY to AMORPHIS put out fantastic records. This past year also saw some very good super groups in TAU CROSS and FIRESPAWN make their debuts. You’ll find that many of them made it to our respective lists.
Additionally, we’ve recruited some fresh blood in Charles Elliott, Andrew Sample, and Jeff Wagner. These industry vets have been in the trenches with us for years and years, and have helped bring you many of the greatest records ever released for the past 20+ years. Continue reading →
In a world where most metal videos are simply terrible, INTRONAUT has come to save the day with their new video for “Fast Worms.” The video does in a brilliant job in taking the piss out of the metal video genre along with being the most over the top, ridiculous video possible.
It greatly helps that the song rules. A great nod to the past and present of INTRONAUT.
Talking about the new music video, Sacha Dunable (vocals, guitar) comments, “This video is ridiculous. Please don’t hate us now. Much thanks to Pat Lascu for making it. We’re on tour getting ready to meet up with BTBAM, Enslaved, and Native Construct, as well as a bunch of our own headlining dates. Check our facebook for those, and go buy our record! Thank you to everyone who has bought it so far, we love you guys!”
The new INTRONAUT single, “Fast Worms,” is an awesome encapsulation of the band’s history as well as future. The song embodies the awesome dynamic range that the band are known for as well as the brutality of the early era. What more could you ask for?
Frontman Sacha Dunable comments on the song, “Here’s one of my favorite songs off the new record, Fast Worms. It’s a real banger and a great representation of the whole record. We can’t wait to get out and jam these new songs live!”
INTRONAUT‘s fifth album, The Direction of Last Things, comes out November 13, 2015 via Century Media Records. Don’t miss their November/December 2015 U.S. tour with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, ENSLAVED and NATIVE CONSTRUCT.
Progsters INTRONAUT have revealed release details for their upcoming fifth studio album. Mixed by Devin Townsend, The Direction of Last Things will be available November 13, 2015 via Century Media Records.
The initial LP run of the album will be limited to 2,000 copies worldwide and presented in an awe-inspiring package. This double LP piece will be housed in a matte-finished gatefold with a spot UV print over highlighted art elements. Collectors will also be treated to a rarely utilized packaging element, a printed inner-gatefold tube, which not only houses the LP’s, but also a 12″x24″ poster, showcasing the full cover art in all its glory. Just when you thought it was over, LP’s will be pressed on mint green & black splatter, red & black marble, solid dark-green or standard black wax with an etching, which surrounds the music grooves, on side D. Actual color-run numbers to be announced at a future date.
“I don’t care how cliché it is to say; this is our best record yet! This is INTRONAUT at our most technical, brutal, catchy, and straight up fearless. I haven’t been this proud of an album since we recorded our first demo 10 years ago. We took a somewhat unusual approach and tracked most of it live over the course of four days, then handed it off to Devin Townsend to mix. The result is pure magic. Prepare your earholes for fornication,” states frontman Sacha Dunable.
On the heels of the new album release, INTRONAUT will hit the road on The Coma Ecliptic Tour III featuring BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME, ENSLAVED and NATIVE CONSTRUCT.
“It’s been over a year since our last North American tour. What better way to dust it off than with these three amazing bands. These shows are going to be insane, and we can’t wait to play some new songs for you guys!” adds Sacha. Tour dates can be found at https://www.facebook.com/Intronaut.
Premium custom-made guitar and bass company, Dunable Guitars, has announced that all orders this month will receive a 15% discount, your choice of Bare Knuckle Pickups, and a nitro lacquer finish at no additional charge.
Dunable Guitars was founded by Sacha Dunable, vocalist/guitarist of INTRONAUT, who handmakes all the instruments.
Check out why members of DEAFHEAVEN and HIGH ON FIRE play these beautiful guitars.
CLOUDKICKER (AKA Ben Sharp) is now streaming the band’s new live album, Live with Intronaut. Earlier this year, CLOUDKICKER and INTRONAUT toured together with the latter acting as CLOUDKICKER‘s backing band. Check it out below.
The album was recorded live in Austin, TX on April 6, 2014 at Fathom Tree Recording Studio.
INTRONAUT/BEREFT vocalist/guitarist Sacha Dunable has announced his new guitar company, Dunable Guitars. Dunable Guitars currently has two models, Yarnhawk and Moonflower, which can be completely customized and ordered online at www.dunableguitars.com. Very beautiful guitars.
If you’re a fan of INTRONAUT, you’ll know that Sacha is a guitar nerd that prides himself on tonality and has played a lot of different high end guitars.
UK progressive rock band TESSERACT will once again supporting their critically acclaimed Altered State album. Former touring partners, INTRONAUT, who will be coming fresh off a tour of their own with BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and DEAFHEAVEN, will be direct support. To make these events even more special, instrumentalist/DIY prog artist, CLOUDKICKER, will be touring for the first time ever with the members of INTRONAUT as his backing band.
“Last year we spent a few short weeks with a bunch of west coast musicians called Intronaut, stalwarts of the scene who have been honing their skills for years into an awesome blend of progressive jazz tinged metal. For as long as we can remember there has been a home studio producer of genre defying music called CLOUDKICKER. He has until now been restricted to the studio. So, it’s with great pleasure that we get to rejoin our brothers in INTRONAUT, and be a part of CLOUDKICKER‘s first ever tour! This will be seriously fun”
“When we first met Ben a few years back and discovered the CLOUDKICKER album ‘Beacons,’ we unanimously fell in love with it and have since bugged him to let us be his band. Now it is finally happening. Intronaut is absolutely over the moon about this once in a lifetime opportunity for CLOUDKICKER fans to hear his stuff live. Sweetening the deal even further is the fact that we get to do the tour with our favorite British chaps in TesseracT. This tour is going to kick ass!”
CLOUDKICKER, aka, Ben Sharp elaborates:
“This just happened to be a time when INTRONAUT was free and, incredibly, I was able to get the entire month of April off from work. We have been in touch since 2010 and they had told me a few times that we could make this happen, but it wasn’t until last fall that I decided to give it an honest effort. Having the professionalism and technical proficiency of a band like Intronaut was the piece of the puzzle that finally encouraged me to pursue this since they are making it so easy for me. I know that when we show up for the first night of the tour everything will be locked in and we can just focus on having a good time.”
In a heavy music world of formulas, cliches, and the resulting unintentional comedy, INTRONAUT provide a welcome break and compelling excursion into their world. Habitual Levitations picks up where Valley of Smoke left off. The songs are as proggy, sometimes jazzy, exploratory, and introspective as one would expect. And in INTRONAUT tradition, nothing is predictable. You haven’t heard these song structures and riffing patterns repeated by others so many times before. Song uniquely evolve and you can’t predict what is next.
Dual clean vocals from guitarists Sacha Dunable and Dave Timmick are once again exclusively utilized throughout. Speaking of guitar work, there are plenty of great guitar tones and effects that serve as ear candy for all the diverse guitar work going on. One of the best rhythm sections in metal, Danny Walker and Joe Lester, continue to prove that they are operating on a higher plane.
Without a doubt, “The Welding,” is one of the band’s best songs. It personifies everything that makes Habitual Levitations a good album – peaks and valleys, great musicianship, and soul. “Sore Sight for Eyes” is also damn good with it’s TOOL intro riff, choice clean guitars, and great vocals. Don’t get too upset at the band for the cocktease of SABBATH‘s “Children of the Grave” on “Eventual.”
As is the rule for all INTRONAUT albums, it takes time and the right kind of mood and mindset to fully understand and enjoy what they’ve done. Give it time and the band will reward you. Theoretically, you could discover a new part that you’ve never noticed before with each subsequent listen here.
When you are ready to travel elsewhere, take the journey with INTRONAUT. (Century Media Records)