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.