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Animosity - Animal Review

by Billy Gamble

It sounds like San Francisco’s up-and-coming deathcore demons Animosity have caught the thrash bug. Their new album, Animal, contains well-structured and complicated songs with several different sections. The album sounds more like Empires/ and combines the thrashier aspects of Shut it Down but includes face-melting guitar solos. It all makes for an album where if you know the band's sound, then you know what to expect.

The guitars on the album have also improved, with Chase Fraser and Frank Costa incorporate face-melting thrash solos with Slayer whammy bars and wah-wahs. Such tracks include “Plunder Incorporated,” “Passionate Journey,” and “You Can’t Win.” Leo Miller’s vocals on the album blend in with each other and sink into the chaos of Animosity’s mix. His grunts and screeches are also rough and less distinct due to studio effects.

The drums are all over the place on the album with constant transitions from fast death beats to progressive beats that follow the guitar. Navene Koperwies maintains a fast pounding double bass on tracks like “Terrorstorm” that brings out the death metal influences of Animosity. He also explores a more progressive Between the Buried and Me sound on tracks like “Progression in Defeat” and the album’s title track “Animal.”

Animosity focuses more on the death and less on the core in this album. Animal in conclusion includes thrashing solos and fewer breakdowns. The album is well structured and clearly mapped out. The album sounds like Between the Buried and Me when they want to be heavy, meets a fast death metal aspect, tied in with 80s California veteran thrash.

Animosity’s Animal
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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