Progressive metallers Intronaut are back at it with a new record dropping February 28 through Metal Blade Records called Fluid Existential Inversions.
The album features some heavier sounds than previously heard, with some parts even flirting with things like a slight essence of tech death, as seen in the opening track “Procurement of the Victuals.”
This isn’t to say that if you really dug the older Intronaut sound you’ll be completely alienated. “Tripolar” especially is a favorite track on the album for me and features a healthy dose of the classic Intronaut style.
Overall, Fluid Existential Inversions had a lot less of the rhythmic layering that initially drew my to the band, but the new developments in their sound are more intriguing to me because they don’t grow stale as quickly as pure rhythmic experimentation. There’s more diversity of timbre, style, texture, mood.
This is an album perfect for both older fans of the band as well as any newcomers, with a fresh sound still solid in the roots of what made the group unique.