Chemistry -- in music as in every other facet of life -- is a wonderful thing to behold; instant chemistry even more so. That's the sort of chemistry which sparked Intronaut's debut EP, Null -- a 2006 release which, though it reveals quite obvious source material, nonetheless achieves instant, crackling results within its grooves. Having early Mastodon as their most obvious reference point, Intronaut unleashes incredibly Byzantine riff constructions under gruesome growling, and dizzying, avalanche-style percussion, detouring now and then into somewhat more ambient, atmospheric arrangements that betray the various bandmembers' origins in post-Neurosis hardcore prog acts like Anubis Rising and Uphill Battle. The resulting, multifaceted compositions mix violently technical metallic gymnastics with everything from jazzy breaks to delicate ambient samples ("Sores Will Weep"), to dense guitar harmonies layered for dramatic effect ("Fragments of Character," "Burning These Days"), to contemplative bass patterns ("They [As in Them]").
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AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia