Genre: Djent, Metalcore, Groove Metal
Location: Dundee/Fife, Scotland
Album Year: 2013
Fall Of the Elite by Animus brings an interesting persepctive to Djent and Metalcore. The quintet adds a very interesting style into the mix, and that would be groove metal, and I dare say even Nu Metal. The reason for such conclusion is due to some passages that have that Lamb of God feeling to them. Perhaps it is an insperation and influence to the band, and it works for the best I might add. Furthermore, the production value is very good. It is clear and crisp but does not seem plastic or fake.
Many Djent bands can become tiresome because of the lack of variety. Animus stays away from that stereotype and adds quite a alot of variety without losing the groove and confusing the listener. Many times just a single chord change without changing the groove at all makes the difference. It may seem miniscule, but definately provides a different flavor. Other times a small solo is included breaking up the groove, but adding an awesome taste of technicality without becoming senseless wankery.
The instrumentation is very well done and it showcases a very good sense of timing by the band. The guitar playing for the most part is straight and head on. It drives through mid pace but with force. When technicality is showcased it does not disappoint. It truly comes out coherent and clear, contrasting with the drums very well. Speaking of drums, the drummer knows how to keep a groove going that does not get boring. Even though most of the songs are mid paced, some blast beats are also included. The blast beats are well performed but short lived, leaving me wanting more. The bass guitar is audible, something scarce in metal. Most of the time it follows the guitar, but often gets lost in the mix. Nonetheless, it is very interesting to hear the bass come through, especially with the opening song, which contains a very catchy riff.
All in all Animus does step out of the confines that “Djent” usually dictates. “Fall of the Elite” is definitely not the typical Djent or Metalcore, but it does not go without any flaws. Some being the tease of some fast paced drumming, that would add a different dimention if perhaps one song was faster paced and showcased a bit more technicality by the drummer. Another gripe is the vocals, although good, some high vocals would sound good to contrast with the lower vocals. Laslty, the bass guitar, it would be awesome if the bass guitarist got on the spotlight more. Perhaps with some cool solo work, or audible groove backing up the drums or guitar. That being said, Animus is stepping out of the box, and deserve some recognition for it. Djent is a hate or love genre, but I am sure Animus will be more on the love side.