It isn’t often (if ever) where you see band of brothers break up almost 20 years prior and then through the power of Metal, come back together to release a third album that was originally recorded OVER 20 years ago. Such is the case with California Central Coast Thrash metal band Intrinsic and I was there in the beginnings.
Growing up in San Luis Obispo, California, where Intrinic began, I came in contact with these talented guys originally going to parties and watching them kick ass, always impressed and knowing they had a future in the Thrash Metal scene. They grew from there, opening local shows up and down the coast for the likes of Megadeth, Overkill and many more, as well as headlining in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The band’s self-titled debut even was named a top release of the year for 1987 by the top European Metal magazine (at the time) Kerrang!
They followed that up with 1990’s ‘Distortion Of Perspective’ EP, but while recording what would become their sophomore album, ‘Nails,’ the direction of the music industry was shifting. If your band didn’t have a sound that replicated Metallica, Pantera and a few others, most bands were shit out of luck. So the Nails sessions where shelved for nearly 25 years, until now.
Last year the band connected with Divebomb Records and after hearing an audio preview, they struck up a deal that would bring the ‘Nails’ album to the masses. There was a major roadblock however, as the band’s sole master recording DAT had become damaged. Thankfully the original engineer had preserved the session reels and a brand new mix was created from scratch. From there, Intrinsic’s longtime fans helped raise money via crowd funding, achieving their goal in just three days!
I join Divebomb Records in their excitement to present ‘Nails’ in this special edition reissue. Mike Mellinger, Chris Binns, Garrett Graddock, Lee Dehmer and Joel “Max” Stern are all solid guys in it for the love of the Metal and I hope this also leads to some more live performances. The 20 page booklet contains band supplied archival photos/flyers and features full lyrics with brand new essay detailing the making of the album. This is a reissue for the fans, by the fans. Order your copy now at tribunalrecords.bigcartel.com/product/intrinsic-nails. The album is also available through Underground Power Records in Germany and Rock Stakk Records in Japan. Check out the CD packaging below and preview clip.
• Never before released sophomore album recorded between 1991-1992
• Newly mixed from original session reels in 2015
• Band supplied archival photos (20 page booklet)
• Brand new essay detailing story of “Nails”
• First time on CD
• Limited edition
• Mastered by Jamie King
• Layout/Restoration by Adam Peterson (Watchtower, Epidemic and Solstice)
1. State Of The Union
2. Fight No More
3. Die Trying
4. On Gossamer Wings
5. Pillar Of Fire
6. Mourn For Her
7. The Vicious Circle
10. Inner Sanctum
11. Dazed & Confused
12. Too Late, But Not Forgotten