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Animosity - Animal
01. Terror Storm
02. Tooth Grinder
03. Bombs over Rome
04. Evangelicult
05. Animal
06. Plunder Incorporated
07. Operating from the Ditch
08. You Can't Win
09. Progression in Defeat
10. Elucidation
11. A Passionate Journey
Reviewed by: Nick   //   Published: 10/18/2007
Animosity sure is on the fast track. Just four years after their debut album, Shut It Down, and two after their well-received Black Market Activities debut, Empires, Animosity unleashes a third installment in their thrashy-death-metal-meets-hardcore series, and the result is remarkable. The riffs are tighter. The drumming is (even) more relentless and innovative. The vocals are more engaging, a feat only enhanced by the guest appearance of a few of the metal scene's bigger names (including Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation and Guy Kozowyk of The Red Chord). Hell, they even picked up Reflux's old bassist along the way. Empires was a great release, but Animal is what happens when a band meticulously refines their sound and nails the execution. So while their musical approach is nearly identical to that on Empires, Animal is just bigger and better.

Sticking with their tried-and-true concise songwriting approach was also a wise move. The majority of tracks don't make it past three minutes, with the four second long, Napalm Death-esque song, "Evangelicult," representing the extreme end of the spectrum. "Bombs over Rome" runs through an intense helping of deathgrind mixed with short bursts of hardcore riffing before settling into a neck-breaking groove at about the one minute mark, and continues to progress into a slightly slower second half packed with 90's death metal riffs. Brief periods of subtle melodies are also infused into the mix, as heard in the title track's break for a short moment of cleaner instrumentation with an accompanying solo. The solo work of Animal, most of which comes during the closing of "A Passionate Journey," is far from the standard death metal fare, and is more along the lines of that of Guns N' Roses than the common Swedish rip-off. Despite it's seemingly out of place sound, guitarist Frank Costa's upper-fret work fits in perfectly with Animosity's recipe of genres and, much like the album, benefits from packing a powerful and concise punch. Other small touches, like the noisy "Elucidation," and the album's increasingly distorted closing drum beat help to round out Animal. Even though these features are far from the record's focus (the blistering combination of death metal, hardcore, grind, and everything in between should be more than enough to entice listeners), their complementary presence is certainly appreciated.

Animosity has accomplished something great with Animal. This record sets the standard for what 'deathcore' should be. Countless bands that pride themselves on stringing together tired death metal riffs with stupidly huge breakdowns have tainted this moniker for many a metal and hardcore listener. So listen up, genre fiends. This is deathcore. This is what happens when death metal and hardcore, along with healthy doses of other heavy music styles, are so smoothly blended into the technical and intense combination that deathcore deserves to be. Thank you, Animosity. You've done the music scene a great favor.

Bottom Line: Animosity's Animal is proof that fusing "the brutality of death metal" with "the emotion of hardcore" doesn't always have to suck. This shit rules.

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suckitt_   posted 5/6/2009 3:57:29 PM
btbam sucks, alol is meshuggah stealing f*cks, this is well deserved and AMAZING live.
Nickelcoff12_   posted 10/29/2008 5:29:01 PM
oh and i dont see this album as deathcore at all.

its deathmetal but its not fused with breakdown hardcore like despised icon. its mixed with thrash hardcore. they obviously like suicidal tendencies and psychadelic metal. you can hear it on "a passionate journey"
Nickelcoff12_   posted 10/29/2008 5:24:53 PM
amazing album, way better that Empires.
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xNihilistx_   posted 12/30/2007 7:44:23 PM
first first post! haha...9/10 is right on. This band is insane...Animal is for sure record of the year...Its seriously out of control...

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