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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B000V9KEU6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,653 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A lot has happened since the summer of 2005 when Animosity released their Black Market Activities debut Empires. The group has established themselves playing hundreds of shows in at least a dozen countries, sold 10,000+ CDs, garnered over a million plays on Myspace, and sold thousands of shirts. Musically, Animal shows an enormous progression from their prior releases. The band's sound has become more distinct and refined. While stylistically the group has not changed drastically from their combination of thrash, hardcore and death metal, the growth in the actual quality of the musicianship is unbelievable. The album is completed by the production of Kurt Ballou (Converge) at God City Studios and is beautifully illustrated by artist, Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium). Animal is a guitar riffer's dream. The album is jam packed with Frank Costa's Slash-like solos interspersed tastefully between the blasting and thrashing. Not to take anything away from the mind-blowing, wild, drum-stylings of Navene Koperweis or the jazz-fusion inspired bass licks of the band's newest member, Evan Brewer who had previously done time in the progmetalcore band, Reflux.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on January 28, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Is it possible to blend together many of the same, basic elements found in modern day death metal -- i.e. thrash tempos, hardcore breakdowns, airtight musicianship, some grindcore elements, occasional melodic guitar work, deathly grunts offset by higher-pitched screams, etc. -- yet, ironically, somehow come off sounding somewhat groundbreaking in the process? Absolutely, it is. For proof, proceed directly to Animosity's excellent third album, "Animal." With its surprisingly well-rounded tempos, accomplished writing, and far more distinguishable parts and individually-memorable songs than 2005's "Empires" (in itself a fine effort), this 2007 release is like a refreshing breath of fresh air. It may often fall in with the "deathcore" crowd, but the fact of the matter is that it is emphatically transcendental of that label. In fact, by drawing nearly equal amounts of influence from several different genres -- i.e. death metal, thrash, hardcore, metalcore, moshcore, crossover, groove metal, technical/math metal, deathcore, and both new/latter-day and old-school grindcore -- it is an amalgamation of all things heavy. (Think along the lines of Misery Index, Deicide, Dying Fetus, Slayer, Anthrax, Aborted, Brutal Truth, Job For A Cowboy, Suffocation, The Black Dahlia Murder, Hatebreed, and Decapitated.)

As a result, "Animosity" is an apt title for this record because it is a friggin' monster! Without a doubt, this is an extremely brutal, original, smartly-structured, technically-impressive (without being flashy or unbelievable), accessibly catchy (although not pop-ish), well-written, and accomplished affair. Furthermore, at only 29 minutes in length, it makes sure not to overstay its welcome -- it is short, sweet, and to the potent point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Thomas on May 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Funny... They sound nothing like carnifex, whitechapel, or j.f.a.c! This cd (and Empires is straight grind. Shut it down was more mosh/groove influenced). Think, cattle decapitation, dying fetus, and some red chord. Album rules, a little more progressive than empires but it doesnt at all lack heaviness or intensity. it will kick your arse and leave u gasping for air before u realize what hit u! Definate must for death/grind fans... Album artwork is amazing also
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Russell on July 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Animosity, while labeled as a deathcore band, are nothing like the other deathcore bands in the music scene. While bands like Emmure and Suicide Silence are identified by chugging on open strings and their breakdowns that sound like a parody of the originators, Animosity comes across as a cross between hardcore and 90's era death metal such as Death and Cryptopsy.

On Animal, the band separates them even further from the rest of the bands in the genre by making their influences even more present. "Terrorstorm" has riffs and vocals that sound like Human-Sound of Perseverance era Death. And "Operating From the Ditch" has a section that sounds like a homage of John Levasseur's guitar playing from None So Vile. The musicianship present on this album is tight as present on songs such as "You Can't Win" which sounds very technical and out of control at parts but at the same time very controlled.

The only problems with this album is that it is very short and not that diverse musically, so it can get old. Besides that, I easily recommend this to anybody who likes deathcore and hardcore.
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