Cult of Luna, Emma Ruth Rundle and Intronaut at Come and Take It Live, Austin, TX 2/26/2020

I love a strong concert lineup.  I love having no filler.  I love spending my money and knowing that all of the bands on the bill are going to present a solid concert-going experience.

This was a good one.  First up was L.A.’s Intronaut.  A few years ago, it felt like Intronaut was rolling into town every couple of months.  These guys were absolute road warriors.  Then, they must have hit a wall because they have been off the map for the past five years.  They are back with a new album (that actually comes out today…review will be coming soon) and this show was a good reminder of how amazing this band is in a live setting.  Intronaut is one of the bands at the forefront of the post-metal world.  There songs are sludgey and complex.  They just operate at a different musical level than a lot of the bands going today.

In an interesting twist, Emma Ruth Rundle landed in the middle slot of the evening.  The last time I saw her perform she had a full band in tow.  This evening was just her and her guitar.  As she stated, this was a set showcasing how her songs initially sound during her writing process.  Her set was a marked mellow spot between the intensity of Intronaut and Cult of Luna’s sets.  The lack of a supporting band really showcased her plaintive voice and the haunting melodies of her songs.  This was a very stark and personal set.

And then Cult of Luna came out.  This is a band I’ve been wanting to see perform live for a really long time.  And, man, did they not disappoint.  I was curious to see how a band known for their atmospheric stage show would translate in the small cramped venue of Come and Take It Live.   It’s amazing how large the band made this show seem.  They filled the club with a smoke machine which helped showcase the band’s intense light show.  There was so much fog in the air that the band appeared to appear and disappear in and out of the shadows on the stage.  The atmosphere in the club really served to heighten the dark and ponderous songs that Cult of Luna is known for.  The build up for me on this show was very large and Cult of Luna delivered.  This was one of those shows where I was genuinely upset when the lights came up.

Intronaut

Emma Ruth Rundle

Cult of Luna

Cult of Luna