Animus are a new Scottish “progressive metal band who draw influences from Djent, Tech, and Death metal bands.”
On the cusp of their maiden tour, Animus, widely characterized as “Djent”, have released their nicely produced, four-song EP debut, Fall Of The Elite.
They stick nicely to an extreme theme throughout the similar tunes, carefully maintaining the initial “metal!” mood.
The pinnacle here may be the intricate bass guitar lines in “Home(less)”, but the entire band puts a great performance forward instrumentally.
Vocals and drums are fairly de facto standard fare for the genre; no surprises.
Tunes become progressively more melodic, with the title track kick-boxing the hardest.
None of the numerous ‘odd’ passages are fully fleshed: they’re like glimpses in to a sonic abbatoir.
This is respectable ‘moshpit’ fare for a Lamb Of God, Whitechapel, or Tesseract -loving crowd, who wants to hear it heavy and hard, low and loud.
Fall Of The Elite
Aaron Fawns – Vocals
Sam Gilmour – Guitar
Graham Brown – Guitar
Gavin Holloway – Bass
Poul Thomassen – Drums