Artificial Brain take us to the Infrared Horizon with new song and art


Late last fall, weird death phenoms Artificial Brain teased us with some sparse details regarding their upcoming album. Today they dropped one hell of a smart bomb on us, unveiling a new track, the excellent album art, and a full track listing. Praise the Machinist!

The new album, the enigmatically titled Infrared Horizon, will be released on April 21st via Profound Lore and features a gorgeous illustration from Mr. Adam Burke. The tracklist is as follows:

  1. Floating in Delirium
  2. Synthesized Instinct
  3. Static Shattering
  4. Estranged from Orbit
  5. Infrared Horizon
  6. Anchored to the Inlayed Arc
  7. Mist like Mercury
  8. Vacant Explorer
  9. Graveyard of Lightless Planets
  10. Ash Eclipse

The song titles, taken in concordance with the surprisingly mournful album cover, seem to verify what vocalist Will Smith said last year about the album concept.

“8 out of 10 songs on this album loosely deal with the concept of a dystopian future in which humanoid “robots” (or “cyborgs” and/or other related humanoid machines) have long outlived human beings. This takes place in outer space as well as on unnamed planets (not neccesarily Earth). A recurring theme is the moment of awakening or becoming conscious for a computer based machine and how abstract thought would be interpreted by it. It is implied that the conscious machines/robots believe themselves to be not a creation of long extinct humans BUT a more perfect evolution (humans as LOWER than robots – planet of the apes syndrome). Also implied is that the machines eventually get scrapped or recycled in a massive junkyard/ reprocessing center which is a metaphor for the various takes on the afterlife. Like Dantes Inferno but with futuristic machinery and robots.”

Thankfully, we no longer have to imagine how that concept will translate to music because our robot overlords have deigned to offer us the second track from Infrared Horizon, the aptly titled “Synthesized Instinct.”

If “Synthesized Instinct” is any indication, the band certainly intends to make due on their promise of more blasts and insane growls. Keith Abrami is seriously hammering away at his kit in this song as if he’s trying to fend off an invasion of barbarous replicants with a pulverizing flak cannon. Will Smith delivers on his end, too, burbling and croaking like a gigantic alien amphibious aggressor. The riffs themselves tie it all together, welding the odd angles and right turns with an almost fibrous and delicate melodicism just barely clinging to the surface of a cold, rampaging machine.

The track doesn’t seem to deviate too much from the formula of Labyrinth Constellation, but I can’t complain about that. “Synthesized Instinct” certainly has me hooked, and I’ll be waiting patiently for new material like a ravenous Roko’s Basilisk. I’m curious to see how the machine intelligence only hinted at here in the closing waves of melodic leads against juddering death metal asserts itself across the rest of the album’s development.

You can pre-order Infrared Horizon here. Be sure to say hi to the band on Facebook or face termination!

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  • Óðinn

    If there’s an abundance of infrared on the horizon, you’re probably experiencing the greenhouse effect and global warming. Just sayin’.

  • RustyShackleford

    “burbling and croaking like a gigantic alien amphibious aggressor.” CONFIRMED Dubya has been listening to too much frogcore. YEP!!!

  • Joaquin Stick

    So it’s the R-rated version of Wall-E? Sounds like the best thing ever.

  • Howard Dean

    That artwork >>>>>>>>

    Artificial Brain knows how to do tech/sci-fi based cover art the right way. The 30,000+ tech death bands that all do that same shiny purple/turquoise supernova scene with space dicks firing lasers at mutated space monstrosities should take note.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        But I do like the crazy ass covers too.

    • Crocodylus★Pontifex

      Jack Bauer’s favorite!

    • The Tetrachord of Archytas

      Technically this guy knows how to do it

      He also did Vektor last year

  • Wow, thought for sure this was another Paolo Girardi cover! He did the last one, and this still looks like his general style/palette. Well done either way!

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
  • Waynecro

    My fondness for this new song leads me to believe that I will like the new album even more than I like the previous album. I am officially pumped!

    • Commander Shephard

      This is one of those bands that even though im broke and forcing myself not to buy music until my first paycheck (which should be massive cause ill have worked 19days straight before i have a day off with 32 hours of overtime) im gonna buy the fuck out of it right away and break my rules.

      • Waynecro

        It will be totally worth it!

  • Commander Shephard


  • Rain Poncho W.
  • Commander Shephard

    Also. not metal related at all but they announced the crash bandicoot trilogy remake is dropping june 30th

    • Waynecro

      Speaking of PlayStation, I really want to play Nioh, but I don’t have a PS4.

      • Commander Shephard

        I’m probably getting one for that horizon game or if that ends up being bad ill get it for Crash.

      • Óðinn

        Get the PS4 Bundaru.

        • Waynecro

          I don’t even have enough free time to play all the Xbox One games I have, so I can’t justify buying a new system. Maybe I’ll get a PS4 when the next console generation is well under way and PS4s cost, like, $120.

      • Black Smallbeard

        its pretty meh imo

        • Waynecro

          That’s too bad. A Team Ninja version of Dark Souls sounded so awesome.

          • Black Smallbeard

            its not a clone tho. and i really dont find it all that fluid, plays more like a jap slasher than souls. glad i didnt buy/10

          • Waynecro

            I kind of like slashers (Ninja Gaiden, for example), so I might enjoy it more than you did.

          • Black Smallbeard

            yeah theres like button combos and shit that you have to remember, too.

            i donno, just couldnt get down with it.

            oh, im trying out a new protein and pre workout . . .which has fuckin YOHIMBE in it

          • Waynecro

            I usually like games like that, so I’d probably dig Nioh (though the game’s reported difficulty might annoy me).

            Nice, dude! I use yohimbine off and on and definitely experience positive effects when I take it. TrueNutrition recently had a sale on glutamine, so I’m giving it another shot.

          • Black Smallbeard

            right on! i was going to grab some glutamine but my bill at vitamin shoppe was already pretty ridic today

          • Waynecro

            I used to get supps at ye olde Vitamin Shoppe. When I lived in the Bay Area, my house was within walking distance of the store. I’ve since switched to, because the selection and low prices for quality products are hard to beat. I just got 2 pounds of microfiltrated whey isolate and 2 pounds of high-grade hydrolyzed whey for about $55.

          • Black Smallbeard

            i got 3 pounds of isolate today (ive started shopping for lowest cholesterol and saturated fat instead of carbs or anything) and the pre workout i think i spent 65 or 70

          • It’s really fun so far. I’m a big fan of Souls games, and while Nioh isn’t exactly like Souls, it shares enough DNA that I find it really fun. There’s tons of loot and customization, too.

          • Waynecro

            Cool! I’ve seen some reviews and partial playthroughs on YouTube, and the game looks pretty cool to me.

    • Count_Breznak

      Go away with your peasantbox, I might catch something.

      • Commander Shephard

        lol well, i also have a PC with a gtx 1080 founders edition and 32 gb of RAM so yea…. I just like Sony’s exclusives and like Crash bandicoot even more than said exclusives.

        • Count_Breznak

          So there ARE ppl buying those overpriced POSs.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    This is awesome!!! Also I enjoyed reading about Roko’s Basilisk, there’s an Officer Roko Basilisk in the webcomic Questionable Content and I’d been wondering where the name came from.

  • CyberneticOrganism

    I can relate to this album in ways you meatbags cannot begin to imagine.

    • Rain Poncho W.

      Do you cry, robit?

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Negative, it is something I can never do.

  • Old Man Doom

    Goddamn, this is cool. I wasn’t that interested in the previous album (didn’t listen to the whole thing), but I like the melodicism hinted at here. Pre-ordered.

  • Óðinn
  • lagerbottoms

    Damn, this sounds great.