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Intronaut

Void (Goodfellow Records)

About time that math-metal sounds were used for a little good; it was beginning to look as if the thrash-indies were going to keep releasing the stuff without ever making melody out of unlistenable morass until the entire genre became rock and roll's answer to the holiday fruitcake. Intronaut's shrill jazz chords are there for a purpose, adding depth and elegance to their maniacal riffing, implementing a heaviness that puts both High On Fire and Mastodon on notice — this partly owing to bassist Joe Lester demonstrating he actually finished up a music degree instead of parroting the few whizzer augmenteds he learned in Jazz Theory 101 like most Red Scare apparatchiks. Cacophony it may be, but this band's control over it is otherworldly.

 
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