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Animal - Animosity

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Animosity / Import / Audio CD released 2007-10-02 at Metal Blade

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      22.01.2008 17:36
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      Animosity's third album (2007).

      'Animal' is the most recent release from Animosity, a twenty-eight-minute odyssey of gritty guitar riffs, burped vocals and drum rolls that sounds more or less identical to all the other bands categorised as "technical" death metal. It's talented stuff, but without a firm direction in mind this is all a little too similar and lacking in character for my taste, though it's commendable that the band doesn't spend a lot of time showing off its virtuoso skills once the verses begin and the primary focus becomes carrying off a good tune.

      These San Franciscans are as angry as other death metal groups, but channel the aggression into something inherently more interesting than hardcore-influenced metalcore, though there's something to be said for that more straightforward means of expressing these emotions. 'Animal' is subsequently a harsh-sounding album enhanced by the use of severely deep death growls and contrasting screeching back metal vocals, coming to a head in the dynamic duologue 'You Can't Win,' and with only a few moments of respite as some songs take time out at the finale, this is presented as a continuous stream of consciousness that all links together to keep up the momentum, another area in which it succeeds.

      Overall though, this band fails to convince or entertain me as much as other modern tech-death practitioners, show-offs or no, and artificially extended with short interludes - the most offensive 'Evangelicult' being a mere four seconds - this album is over before anything really interesting has happened, sticking rigidly to the core sound from which it never manages to escape.

      1. Terrorstorm
      2. Tooth Grinder
      3. Bombs Over Rome
      4. Evangelicult
      5. Animal
      6. Plunder Incorporated
      7. Operating from the Ditch
      8. You Can't Win
      9. Progression in Defeat
      10. Elucidation
      11. A Passionate Journey


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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Terrorstorm
    2 Tooth Grinder
    3 Bombs Over Rome
    4 Evangelicult
    5 Animal
    6 Plunder Incorporated
    7 Operating from the Ditch
    8 You Can't Win
    9 Progression in Defeat
    10 Elucidation
    11 Passionate Journey

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