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  • cxj

    “…I expect the next release will be something really special.” I think I’ve said that after every Intronaut record, but they never quite get there.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      I feel like they get soooooo close but just not quite there.

    • Pimpolho

      e freaking xactly.

  • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

    Great review, and that “nearly there” aspect of some bands is just brutal. That always hits me with Malignancy’s “Eugenics” for some reason, and it’s a really good record…but just not a great one.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Thank you, sir.

      Most of my 3.0/5.0 scores represent that frustrating “just give me a little more” category of albums. It doesn’t so much infuriate me as just bum me out. When I first heard this, I thought of Spock’s Beard changing up their style a bit this year and trying to one-up their old stuff. But this album didn’t quite achieve what Spock’s Beard’s new one did. Not that I’m comparing the two bands AT ALL but I just had that similar feeling between the two.

  • sssgadget

    This is another great album in my book. Looking forward to their tour this year!

  • Thatguy

    I really liked their early albums but found their last two a bit low key.

    This sounds better and I look forward to hearing it all. They are such good players.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Agreed. They have some skill. The production on this one really makes the performances shine. You will enjoy that.

  • This is probably the worse rated review of this record I’ve seen. Doc, you sure about this? :-)

    EDIT: I have not gotten to it yet but readers have said this record sounds epic sweet.

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      I guess I have tough standards. I like Void better than this but would only give it a 3.5-4.0. So there’s your rating comparison :)

      It does sound great though.

      • funeraldoombuggy

        I actually think the mix could have more Joe (bass), other albums I can hear him better and he definitely needs to be heard.

        • Dr. A.N. Grier

          They did back off on the bass leads on this album, which is good in places and missed in others. But yes, the dude can play and the bass has always been my favorite part of Intronaut.

          • Mark Nagy

            Just saw this album performed front to back and I don’t think there’s any less bass on it than previous Intronaut albums, I just don’t think it was mixed as well. They’ve repaired that mistake live and he’s got the most prominent sound. I thought Sul Ponticello, Unlikely Event and especially City Hymnal were stellar songs.

  • Luis Onieva Marenco

    I have the luck of having a job in which I can listen to the records you guys recommend (basically programming enterprise software for people that live better than me), so I´ll be listening to this tomorrow.

    But my comment has another intention, and it´s to state that I´m assisting tomorrow to a performance of the Symphony of the Goddesses in Madrid, featuring music of The Legend of Zelda. I´m sooo excited about this that can´t resist to say I love you all and leave something here that´s full of affection and tenderness.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Well, I commend them for managing to work a donut into a metal album cover. With sprinkles!

  • michael rodrigues

    still better than their last record. but i liked that one too.

  • Andy777

    I like all their albums, they do take a while for me to get into, but my patience is always rewarded. I’m seeing them tomorrow night, I’m pretty stoked. I was going to pick up the vinyl, but with that DR score I can get the CD, woohoo.

  • John Mosley

    Listening to the album for the first time now. Layered, nuanced, and creative in a way that does not degenerate into onanistic proggy nonsense. This is prog with hirsuit tesicular fortitude. One of the finest jam bands of our day.

  • Celaeno

    enjoyed the review as much as i enjoyed having new music to listen to. thanks doc! i like this one and will have to check out their older albums.