California central coast power/thrash outfit, Intrinsic, have reactivated and to mark their re-emergence they’ve released a quarantine video, one which showcases the current incarnation of the band re-working a classic Intrinsic tracks for devout fans and new audiences alike!
The video features a remake of the song “Ahead of the Game” taken from their 1987 self-titled album released on Relativity Records. The album was well-received by Kerrang! Magazine back in the day, garnering a 5 “K” review and ranking #11 for top metal albums of 1987. During this era, ex-Metal Church frontman David Wayne briefly fronted the band before exiting to form Reverend.
After some personnel changes, founding members Mike Mellinger (guitar) and Chris Binns (drums) solidified the line up with Lee Dehmer (vocals), Garrett Craddock (guitar, vocals), and eventually Mike McLaughlin (bass). The band released the Distortion of Perspective EP (1990) and Closure (1996) before disbanding in 1998.
Additional material was recorded over the course of multiple sessions in 1991 and 1992, but was ultimately shelved after an untimely industry shift away from thrash and traditional metal. In 2015, Divebomb Records gave new life to the 1991/1992 recording sessions and released the album as Nails*, which received positive reviews from both critics and fans alike – no more so than from us!
*Nails is one of those ‘lost classics’ that actually lives up to its name. How this exquisite little number lay dormant for so long is a crime and any thrash/progressive metal fan worth their salt owes it to themselves to pick a copy up, immediately!!
“Since the release of Nails, we have been discussing the possibility of reactivating but have had difficulties aligning schedules…..but the quarantine changed everything” says Mike Mellinger.
This is just the start. Intrinsic have begun writing new material and are currently eyeing a 2021 release.
For now, watch the Quarantine Premiere of “Ahead of the Game” below…..