Elision of Animus
Dementia


5.0
classic

Review

by DragonHeartstring USER (48 Reviews)
May 16th, 2013 | 59 replies | 4,121 views


Release Date: 05/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A stellar debut that captures a highly technical level of musicianship with some amazing vocals and incredible guitar work

9 of 10 thought this review was well written

Elision Of Animus are a band that very few will have heard of but are one that deserves recognition for the masterful work they put forward on their debut, Dementia. This is an EP that contains elements of a variety of styles of music and therefore to categorize them is not an easy task. During this 20 minute dose of goodness, the band puts forward elements of death metal, metalcore, progressive music and even a little post-rock influences to create one of the best sounding debut EP's in recent years. If there was one band that they could be compared to, it would most likely be Oblivion and their debut album Called To Rise, although with more breakdowns. They are comprised of two members : Rafael Moreira on vocals and the drum programming and Daniel Pio on guitars and bass, and the two make for a formidable duo.

The two things that stood out the most to me on Elision Of Animus' 2013 debut EP would be the vocals and the solos. The soloing on here is the usual shredding that can be expected from a death metal act, but is handled considerably better than many of their contempories. To sample a moment of one of them any solos on this release is to taste the talent of someone who deserves to be elevated to the status of a guitar God. It is not only the soloing that stands out either, as the riffs are consistently very powerful, from the lightning fast, hyper-technical guitar work near the beginning of Penumbra to the dark, atmospheric work of the closing track Memorial. This particular song is a six minute closure that never uses any heavy riffing or any other features of the majority of the rest of the album, and instead showcases some beautiful use of clean guitar work and some stellar vocals. It feels strange talking about a dear friend in this manner, but Rafael Moreira's vocals really are the focal point of this band's debut. He has some very good growls and deep growls but also some great mid-pitched screams and monster highs, and all of them are completely intelligible. Fog Of War throws the listener in at the deep end and delivers a blow straight to the chest of any nay-sayer of this band's ability. The vocals on this song are something to marvel at, jumping with ease from the low screams to the higher ones. It should also be noted that Rafael's clean singing on the closing song is very powerful and works wonders, carrying a lot of emotion and adding to the atmosphere that the guitar work to that particular song creates.

This release is a technical affair that will often leave the listener's jaw somewhere near their feet in amazement, and even the breakdowns here do not feel out of place at all. Elision Of Animus' Dementia EP is also one that pools numerous sounds to make for an incredible musical plateau. From the brutality of bands such as Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation to the progressive nature of a group like Opeth to the solemn acoustic artists out there, this is a varied release that has it all. My one complaint is that at only 5 songs long, this release really feels too short and will have the listener gasping for more. Unlike many EP's, where they are fine at 20 minutes and do not really live a bad taste in the mouth when you realize how short they are, Elision of Animus really do this purely because of how amazing those 20 minutes are. This is an album that captures sheer magnificence in the best way imaginable. The guitar solos are chaotic and fantastic, the lead work to Umbra that backs up Rafael Moreira's demonic screaming is something to wonder at, the drum machine does not sound half as bad as bands such as Perverse Rapture's do, and the production is crisp to top it all off. What more could we ask for?



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oltnabrick
May 16th 2013



29282 Comments


this is looks kinda cool

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oltnabrick
May 16th 2013



29282 Comments


nevermind its deathcore lol

oltnabrick
May 16th 2013



29282 Comments


not really my thing

TheMoreira
May 16th 2013



5789 Comments


Holy fuck i'm speechless.. Damn man, i'm fucking speechless. I'm so very you liked it to that extent. Man.

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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
May 16th 2013



19544 Comments


will check this out. good review

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TheMoreira
May 16th 2013



5789 Comments


I had just created a list to show folks here my band, and then this drops. Damn thank you so much man. Hope you like it too Ins!

Nocturnal
May 16th 2013



1187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Troll. I just listened its good but it is not a Nile/Opeth hybrid

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Nocturnal
May 16th 2013



1187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I joined in 2009. You joined 2 days ago lol

Apollo
May 16th 2013



10085 Comments


Technical music done well. Not my thing at all but I respect the talent and effort put in here man.

wacknizzle
May 16th 2013



11953 Comments


This is pretty sweet for being mostly deathcore

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TheMoreira
May 16th 2013



5789 Comments


Apollo, thank you very much, we did put a lot of effort on this. We had to learn a lot by ourselves to make this come to live. Thank you very much.

Cheers wack!

Nocturnal
May 16th 2013



1187 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No your not

oltnabrick
May 16th 2013



29282 Comments


MalodorousMalodorousMalodorousMalodorous

TheMoreira
May 16th 2013



5789 Comments


Thank you very much lately!!

NeoSpaz
May 16th 2013



4509 Comments


oh here we go

wacknizzle
May 16th 2013



11953 Comments


Cool it Nocturnal, lay the fuck off Diner

oltnabrick
May 16th 2013



29282 Comments


Check It Out!

TheMoreira
May 16th 2013



5789 Comments


Oltna man, i'd swear i saw you 2 this.. Do you like it or not? I'm confused, haha.

TheSpirit
May 16th 2013



16671 Comments


You really have trouble with your tenses don't you skele

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Gwyn.
May 17th 2013



14060 Comments


"um im skeletor bitch"

did you even use the site at all before your lists lmao



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