Intronaut have been around for quite awhile. I remember a few years back some friends of mine toured with them so I ended up checking them out then, but never being all that interested. With all the press for their new record Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) I decided to give them another shot.

When I first started playing the album I was pretty pleased with what I was hearing. It's a gentle but not entirely pussified prog rock. Similar to the newest Baroness and reminiscent of parts from Mastodon's latest releases. But as the album moved on I found myself getting increasingly bored. In fact I downloaded this to review months ago and am just getting back to it after repeated failed attempts to listen to it the whole way through. I don't hate anything about it, but everything about this record is entirely too long without any highs and lows. There aren't any significant hooks or enough interesting instrumentation to keep my attention. Even the album title is ridiculously long.

It's not that I have a short attention span. I'll gladly jam out to the first track on 2112 and absolutely love everything Opeth has ever produced. The difference is the ability to keep the songs and record entertaining. I love bands like Agalloch or Alcest that have the ability to lull me to sleep, but with Intronaut I am bored to sleep.

Having said all that, I feel like I may still be being entirely too critical. I like parts of it, and their style is right up my alley, but this album just misses. I won't find myself giving this one many more plays, but I will be checking out the next record from Intronaut in hopes that they cook up something a little more alluring.