Elision of Animus
Dementia


4.0
excellent

Review

by BlackLlama USER (40 Reviews)
May 29th, 2013 | 15 replies | 2,889 views


Release Date: 05/12/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A diverse and interesting concept EP that blends and blurs the lines of a few different metal genres.

I hate labeling music, it’s as simple as that. Occasionally it is a necessary evil when it comes to reviewing a release from an up and coming band. New listeners look for reviews such as this, and keywords to associate with. Often times a band name will give away their style, others may look towards album art. In this digital day and age most will just choose a quick internet search and be done with the whole thing. Even though I hate labeling music, sometimes it just helps, and this is one of those sometimes.

Our subject today is the debut EP Dementia, from the Portuguese based Elision of Animus (EoA). Technicality and brutality are the order of the day. Take heed thrashers this is not your average deathcore band; blending elements of classic death metal with death, grind and math core EoA create a refreshing take on a tricky genre. Yes, there are traditional breakdowns here (bass drops and the occasional open string fills are sprinkled liberally throughout). Where they excel is layering an excellent lead guitar in over the entire EP, adding a more progressive and technical element to the mix.

Vocally, traditional deathcore is the order of the day. Small amounts of clean singing and chanting augment an excellent, demonic delivery. The layering is excellent and works well going from the high end death metal screech to the low end “core” brutality. The drums are intricate, and lacking information I am hard pressed to tell if they are completely programmed or someone who is very skilled with triggers and working a digital kit. Either way this is one area that does not mesh with the rest of the band. So much else on this release has a great personal touch (the final track Memorial is spectacular) that the in-human drumming takes away from the rest of the work. The guitar work ranges from fast and frantic to downright haunting. The progressive elements of the band shine through on these slower passages and help make for a more diverse listening experience. Constant brutality, if not tempered with some form of serenity can become tedious. Elision of Animus excel in this regard, giving the listener just enough time to catch their breath before the insanity renews again. Finally, the solo work of the guitarist is much appreciated. These are not your standard ‘let’s yank on the whammy bar for 30 seconds’ dickery that the genre is so full of. Great use of some standard tuning, and shifting between clean and distorted tones make the leads really stand out here.

At a scant 20 minutes (give or take) we are given a brief taste of what they can do. Showing that labels, while helpful do not always need to apply. This debut does a fine job of blurring some traditional lines within an increasingly stale genre. Fans of brutal, technical metal with a progressive lean would be wise to keep their eyes on Elision of Animus.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Brostep
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2013


3449 Comments


you may want to put the links in the comment section instead of the review itself, otherwise pos

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2013


14308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol Moreira makes better music than 90% of the bands he likes.

Digging: We Will Fail - Verstrung

TheMoreira
May 28th 2013


7177 Comments


Why..... Thank.. you?

Haha


Ah Cheers Nic. Great input, so appreciated man! And a lot of fun with that interview. Meltingalbum
reviewers seem to be elite folks m/

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2013


14308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh you're very welcome :D

TheMoreira
May 28th 2013


7177 Comments


You have any favorite track on this Jac?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2013


14308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Self Ventriloquist and Umbra are both pretty cool. If I can offer one bit of criticism it's that the progressive sections don't really gel with the rest of the music, that and it bros a bit too hard for me. Have to say your vox are way better than on the demo but, so props for that. m/

TheMoreira
May 28th 2013


7177 Comments


Thank you man, and appreciate your honesty hard. Glad you found something to like here! m/

Cygnatti
May 28th 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I 2nd jac's 1st comment on here.

Digging: Jon Hopkins - Immunity

ThyCrossAwaits
May 29th 2013


3052 Comments


Typical boring deathcore with typical shitty lyrics.

TheMoreira
May 29th 2013


7177 Comments


Yeah shitcore, agreed.

EDIT: Oh and cheers Cyg.

TheMoreira
May 29th 2013


7177 Comments


Skele m/

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 29th 2013


14308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You need better influences.

TheMoreira
May 29th 2013


7177 Comments


I promise i'll give Cynic a shot soon! haha

But nah, i'm good listening to the music i do.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 29th 2013


14308 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You're really not, you need to listen to Cynic immediately, I mean your most common rating is 2.5 why do you even bother with core?

TheMoreira
May 29th 2013


7177 Comments


It's my kind of thing. It's just that i don't like ALL the core around, even though i like AA and early Emmure, i do have standards.

But yeah man, i'll give some of your good stuff a shot soon. I've been into Tech Death quite a lot lately, just haven't got to listen through to that stuff.



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