Review Summary: Another solid album from Animosity. Follows on the same path of the last two albums.
A lot of you may be turned off completely by Animosity just by what you hear from other people. You ask what they sound like and of course the response by whoever you’re talking with is something like… “Well…it’s real death-like…but kind of core-ish, you know?” I don’t know about you, but automatically I think to myself that this is just another band you might find on Myspace and shrug off without actually looking into. One of the many, many bands that you see more and more of these days that seem to be coming out of the woodwork, and that keep getting worse as you find more of them.
Animosity is definitely not one of those bands. Animosity stands out from the crowd for a few reasons, and I won’t mention all of them, but one is definitely just plain talent. They play speedy music with incredible precision in every aspect, most notably the drums department. I mention drums especially here because I just saw the band three days ago and was blown away by what the drummer was able to pull off live, and is also why I’m able to review this album a week before It’s release date. The drummer not only plays everything spot on, but also throws in some stuff that wasn’t on their albums. If blast beats appeal to you, then the drumming will really catch your ear on this album, especially in Terrorstorm. The guitars here follow the same pattern as before with quick riffs in some parts and slowed down chugs in others, but this time around there are some shrieking solos that seem to come from nowhere. Progression in Defeat and Plunder Incorporated are both good examples of all three traits of the guitar in the album.
Animal continues on the theme of their last two albums, musically and also lyrically. The lyrics do change up a bit though with a lot of them seeming to deal with personal issues and You Can’t Win appears to be about a love interest gone bad, or possibly passed away, which to me was surprising coming from Animosity. Don’t think that’s all the album is about though, there is still a good amount of lyrics focusing on religion, and politics, and how they aren’t pleased with either of them.
This album is really just a progression of their last two in every way, and the more I listen to it the more I like it. It shows how all of the musicians have grown and shows off all of their skills wonderfully. I can’t find any real point to go into a track by track mostly because the album consists of exactly what I mentioned before, blast beats, chugs, shrieking solos, speedy riffs, and of course the ever brutal scream and growl of Leo Miller. All the songs consist of what I mentioned, just in different orders. I wouldn't take that as a negative, but some people might complain of a lack of variety. But who's really looking for variety in Death Metal? You could get real into it if you wanted, but I see this as an album to blast in your car on the way to work, or in my case, high school.
+ Incredible speed and precision.
+ Quite brutal, if you’re into that.
+ Amazing drummer.
- Not really that much variety, I personally don’t mind, others might.