Intrinsic Spaghetti.jpgIntrinsic (L-R) Michale, Ryan, Shane, Alex, and Phil. From the Spaghetti Queen Photo Shoot - June 2015.

Mykel Nitro
Al X. Bellanca
Ryan Hurley
Shane Newhouse
Phil Tharp
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Intrinsic is a Subvert-Rock band formed in Greece in July 2006 by brothers-Alex and Mykel "Nitro" Bellanca. The group was originally known as Xanthium from 2006-2008. The group released an LP as Xanthium titled "Glass Monkey" on May 20, 2007. They released their first EP as Intrinsic titled "Just A Kick-Ass Demo" on October 31, 2008. Intrinsic would take a break from live shows from May 2010 until September 2011 in order to find a live-drummer. Intrinsic has released 4 studio albums, 2 LPs, and 4 EPs.

In February 2011, Justin Russell left the band and was replaced by live-bassist Skyler Smith (future Goron member). The band entered Watchmen Studios and recorded four demos with Doug White, Watchmen Studio's owner and only engineer. Intrinsic added Comedown vocalist/guitarist Phil Tharp to the group as the live-drummer in November. The band released it's second EP "Just Another Kick-Ass Demo" on October 31, 2011. On May 20, 2012, Skyler Smith was released from the band; it was made official through Intrinsic's Facebook page later that evening. The band said "he is heading in a different direction than the rest of us. That's not a bad thing though. We have always supported him in everything he has done and we will continue to do so. We could have made it work, but he's a lot like us; once he wants to do something, he does it."

The group entered Arrhythmia Recording Studios in Rochester, New York on July 18, 2012 and August 6, 2012 to record their debut album "Escape From Instinct" with Micah Etzel. (Alex recorded all guitar and bass tracks and some backing vocals. Nitro recorded all drums, lead vocals and most backing vocals). The band officially released the album on November 27, 2012 through their social bandcamp page. Kevin Spicer joined the band as a live bass player on July 15, 2012 and was released on January 25, 2013 after they released their third EP "Yet Another Kick-Ass Demo". Intrinsic released their second LP "Songs From The Post-Apocalyptic Generation" on May 21, 2013. Alex and Mykel re-entered Arrhythmia Studios to record their sophomore album "Artificial Intelligence" with Micah Etzel in February 2013. They wrapped up their sessions that August. Spaz Spaziani (Guitarist and Vocalist of Lupis) joined the group as live-bassist in September. The Artificial Intelligence album was released on October 12, 2013.

In February 2014, Ryan Hurley (ex-Quartershots upright bassist and vocalist and current Bygone Few guitarist) joined as the bands first ever second guitarist. Intrinsic spent the majority of the 2014 year playing shows. They recorded drums with Micah Etzel that July at Arrhythmia Studios. As they continued playing shows, the group recorded their fourth studio album between November 2014 and March 2015. Intrinsic played a show with the Ohio based Mind Over Matter Records-signed band Cadaver Dogs that April. Following Spaz's departure from the band, Shane Newhouse (former Comedown bassist), took his spot on bass in May 2015. Intrinsic released their fourth studio album "Spaghetti Queen" on July 15, 2015; they sold out of all 100 copies within 5 weeks. The band made an extra 100 copies of the album.

On October 30, 2015, Intrinsic opened for Eddie Nebula & The Plague's reunion show. The gig was a huge success and helped Intrinsic sell almost half of the second presses of the Spaghetti Queen album. In November, Mykel Nitro announced that the band hopes to release a live-album and a "best of" compilation album. The following month, Intrinsic claimed to have been "writing some new material" with hopes of turning the "new jams" into "full length songs" and hope to put out a new album in the latter half of 2016 titled "Full Speed Ahead". On December 20, 2015, the band confirmed the "best of" album and dropped it's title: "The Inglorious Sounds of Intrinsic"; it is set to be released on April 30th, 2016. A live album, however, has not yet been confirmed.


Studio Album(s)

Ultra Violence
July 25, 2009

Escape From Instinct
November 27, 2012

Artificial Intelligence
October 12, 2013

Spaghetti Queen
July 15, 2015


Glass Monkey (as Xanthium)
May 20, 2007

Songs From The Post-Apocalyptic Generation
May 21, 2013


Just A Kick-Ass Demo
October 31, 2008

Just Another Kick-Ass Demo
October 31, 2011

Yet Another Kick-Ass Demo
January 13, 2013

Not Another Kick-Ass Demo
January 13, 2015


The Inglorious Sounds of Intrinsic
(A split "best of" with Comedown)
April 30, 2016


Current Members

Mykel Nitro (2006-2016) Vocals and Drums - All Releases
Al X. Bellanca (2006-2016) Guitar and Vocals - All Releases
Ryan Hurley (2014-2016) Guitar - All Releases since Not Another Kick-Ass Demo
Shane Newhouse (2015-2016) Bass
Phil Tharp (2011-2016) Drums - Not Another Kick-Ass Demo

Past Members

Kevin Hannon (2006-2008) Bass
Justin Russell (2008-2011) Bass - Just A Kick-Ass Demo
Skyler Smith (2011-2012) Bass - Just Another Kick-Ass Demo
Kevin Spicer (2012-2013) Bass - Yet Another Kick-Ass Demo & Songs From The Post Apocalyptic Generation
Spaz Spaziani (2013-2015) Bass - Not Another Kick-Ass Demo & Spaghetti Queen

Associated Acts

Bygone Few
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