03:24 - Marcel Hubregtse SLudge is actually already dead since most bands in that genre are copying each other . Savannah SLudge is doing it and so are the others. If you hear mrore than 6 new sludge bands each months you will notice it.
02:29 - Apothecary Yeah you have a point, that "only old school is real, modern bands suck" mentality is still pretty strong among parts of the metal community though, unfortunately
02:23 - Karlabos but then again most death/thrash/sympho fans are more into older bands and don't follow the new stuff very closely... amongst the new metals arising i still feel sludge is pretty strong
02:17 - Apothecary I still think sludge is far from "the next big trend" lol, that's grossly over-exaggerating its appeal to the average metalhead. More people are into thrash, death, and symphonic type shit before sludge, at least in my area
02:14 - Karlabos yeah, sludge seems to be quite the thing nowadays. still beats the power metal trend from when i was a kid tho
01:42 - Marcel Hubregtse BlackEssence is 100% right with his sludge comment. On average of every 20 albums I have to review each month at least 10 are sludge
01. Tempting Time 02. Soraya 03. Thoroughly At Home 04. On Impulse 05. Tessitura 06. Behaving Badly 07. The Price Of Everything And The Value Of Nothing 08. CAFO 09. Inamorata 10. Point To Point 11. Modern Meat 12. Song Of Solomon
[2015 Encore edition bonus tracks] 13. Wave Of Babies 14. Kalimba 15. Orea [demo]
Animals as Leaders' debut is certainly an ambitious one. Everywhere there are instances of such otherworldly influences as techno, flamenco guitar, and purely technical metal. Of course, this is also an album where it can be a little too 'different' for one's own liking, and even though it is understandably unique as far as I'm concerned, it just won't be to everyone's taste. However, for those who like a challenge, this is certainly going to satisfy your needs, and consequently excite you right up until the last minute. The heaviness and aggression of 'CAFO' and 'Thoroughly at Home' contrast enjoyably with the slightly edgy calmness of 'Soraya' and 'Modern Meat'.
I finally have a copy of this album. At first I didn't think this was going to be anything special, but oh boy does this band prove me wrong. Excellent release! Extremely technical, but never forgetting to incorporate great, meaningful songwriting into the mix. This instrumental music speaks louder than any lyrics written for it possibly ever could. I'm impressed!