Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the lateness of this review. It comes as a direct result of me obtaining this CD some months after its release date, coupled with the fact I’m a slack bastard and delayed a long time before writing my review. Excuses, excuses, I know. Anyhow, onto the music.
INTRONAUT is a side project of members of UPHILL BATTLE, EXHUMED, and ANUBIS RISING. Being only familiar with UPHILL BATTLE I find myself compelled to look into the other bands mentioned here, because INTRONAUT have managed to put together one highly interesting EP. This is a pretty tricky piece of music to slap a classification onto, as it combines several different elements of different styles and then provides a unique spin on the result. The vocals are fairly straightforward screams with a nice raspy edge to them, although the focus of this disc is placed more on the instruments themselves. The lone guitarist belts out some pretty uncompromising off-kilter rhythms, that at times expand outwards into sections of free-roaming Jazz. However, the bass guitarist here is one of the true standouts on a disc of above average musicians. The rhythm section here is spot on, managing to follow along adequately during the bands heavier moments, and then springing to life as the band progresses onward.
“Null” is four songs (and one brief intro) that expands over almost half an hour of recording, but manages to never sound boring. The balance between heaviness and lighter, moodier sections exercised on this EP is perfect. Every song clocks over the 6 minutes mark, yet due to the mature and well-developed song writing there is not a second wasted. INTRONAUT will be releasing a full-length through Goodfellow Records soon, which I strongly suggest you check out in addition to this EP, because this is a band capable of great things. (Online August 7, 2006)