Very few bands can effectively mix intelligence with intensity like Southern California's INTRONAUT, who essentially walks a fine line between psychedelic brutality, captivating hooks and devastating yet unpredictable time changes. This is the essence of thinking man's metal and something so refreshing that it should serve as a vicious wake up call to masses forcing the entire genre to take notice.

There is no doubt that INTRONAUT will be taking metal in a new direction with their Century Media debut, Prehistoricisms, which was engineered by Josh Newell (Jane's Addiction). The group have been critics' darlings, receiving numerous accolades from such major publications as Decibel, Metal Maniacs, Outburn and Revolver, among a slew of others. Decibel even listed their next effort as "One of the most anticipated releases of 2008."

Sacha Dunable (vocals/guitars) states: "There is a level of chemistry that we've never had before, now with our new guitar player Dave Timnick in the band. I can't even begin to express how excited we are about this record. It's definitely our most densely packed body of work yet. In addition to the standard INTRONAUT angle of attack, we have some surprises including an awesome guest solo from Negativa/Gorguts guitarist Steve Hurdle, as well as some truly jaw-dropping moments of Indian/metal fusion courtesy of Joe Lester (bass) and Timnick. We are beyond stoked with the results."

Scale The Summit

SCALE THE SUMMIT has cemented their position as young mavericks (the quartet boasts an average age of 22) with their blend of organic and melodic instrumental music. Already on a number of "most anticipated releases of 2009" lists, Carving Desert Canyons builds upon the band's self-released debut, Monument, with crisper production and songwriting that has grown exponentially over the past three years.

In 2004, guitarists Chris Letchford and Travis LeVrier moved to Los Angeles to attend the Musicians Institute where they met drummer Pat Skeffington. Several months later, the band was completed with the addition of Jordan Eberhardt, While attending M.I. Chris and Travis also attended a luthier course, where the duo learned to build their own custom guitars.

Mouth of the Architect

Mouth of the Architect Time and Withering Translation Loss is definitely a triumph when a band can keep the attention of someone who possesses a near-ADHD attention span (like myself) with songs that haughtily surpass and defecate on the ten-minute mark. There has to be something special about any band that can keep me-a person who rises suspicion in speed enforcement cops and border guards the world over due to an inability to keep my eyes from darting to-and-fro while in conversation-fist-banging like a drunken Slayer fan, foot stomping like the hillbillies in Deliverance and mouthing lyrics like that lazy-eyed kid in your English class who read everything while moving his lips. For Ohio's Mouth of the Architect are the cure for what ails as they rumble along with three epic length tracks-plus the five underdeveloped minutes that make up Heart Eaters-that are eerie and airy, yet of crushing capacity and Herculean proportions. Taking a page from the dog-eared textbook of Neurosis, Godflesh and Isis monumental Oceanic album, Mot hypnotically entice the listener into A Vivid Chaos and The Worm with teasing melodies and deceptively catchy, Ennio Morricone effected sounds before crashing down with orchestrated guitars that wrangle moods, strangle emotions and crush like the pneumatic press that killed Governor Schwarzenegger in the first Terminator movie. Their sound is as equally warm and inviting as it is ballistic and unrelenting and they make the most with the space and time they give themselves to build, layer, pillage, kill and destroy before starting the process all over again. Fuck Ritalin when you've got Mouth of the Architect.

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