Fresh from the press we got the album Transcend Reality from Ænimus and we’re going to go over what this album brings to the big table of meaty good things in metal. Technical deathcore, some of you might stop after reading that out of sheer belief issues but Ænimus is technical and deathcore. Ænimus completely nailed that genre dead-on. Their new album Transcend Reality from the dark and slick folds of the deathcore scene makes this worth every second of audience, Technical is a pretty estranged definition these days and the crowd goes wild when you use it. Here is the straight dope about using that word for the uneducated bands out there. Technical ranges in the ability and the complexity of music all the way through breakdowns, solos, riffs, rolls, and fills, and bass lines. It doesn’t have anything to do with splashy choruses but they can be found in many technical bands. If the music itself isn’t technical you can sink your reputation before you even get the debut album mastered. Ænimus makes it pretty clear they can get this job done right and without faking it.
Waving that flag never did anyone a bit of good when they didn’t back it up. In fact, you’ll find alot of deathcore bands catching more heat for starving the fans of technical or progressive concentration in their music. Over-hyping how much time was spent, playing up the organs in the background, and becoming a lighthouse ten miles in from the shore with their breakdowns that last a minute to two minutes, two to three times per song. All of it becomes useless information and useless banter because the standard expected was in fact not upheld by the band. And producers are only so responsible these days in any metal album’s production. Creative input is what you hear on the album. The structure is a little transparent at that point and very vague. Ænimus has that covered and far exceeds the tech expectations.
Then we have deathcore. Deathcore is an excellent and most refreshing genre compared to other forms of metal because it sounds so dramatically different. This is not related to metalcore and this is not melodic in any way. This album is not metalcore and is not metalcore at any point. Let me make that clear. If you’re impressed by deathcore and it’s often jackass headliners, look here. This band is on to something but begins the transformation of deathcore into a more, “technical,” direction. Let’s start off reviewing this album with a rundown about the guys in the band. They are West Coast/American and have origins from Orange County as well as Frisco. Let’s just say it folks! Anything that comes from California is going to have that groove metal influence. Now I’m not saying that’s a bad thing because I love groove. I’m from Texas. I should know what groove is.
When I said deathcore was refreshing, these guys are lemony fresh. You want that. You prefer that. It is what you’re looking for in all walks of life and music. These guys are part of a pioneering effort to bring these two genres together and they’re willing to kill small children to make that happen. An added bonus is that their material is truly brand new and untainted by the association of some far more commercial bands. Notice I said commercial and not greater? These guys have that willingness and that reciprocity with their fans already with this album to conveniently set up the next. They seem like the initial hybrid of the new deathcore species that is respectable and carelessness won’t replace their anxiety, which all of them seem to have in abundance.
On to the album! At first I thought this combination of technical and deathcore were going to upset the balance of an otherwise perfected formula in deathcore. Recently in the past six to seven years you’ll see a general approach to this extremist devotion. The core, in and of itself on this album is thematic and flavored with hate. Hate is the only word I can use to describe some of these lyrics. While the first two tracks on the album set the stage for a vivid assasination of what most deathcore is about, the third track takes the album in a bigger direction.
You’ll notice some high definition influences here and by the time you hit the sixth track you have most likely engaged in your own bedroom mosh pit. The breakdowns are not really as frequent as some of the bigger names and because of this the album is more satisfying from start to finish. While there are solos lined up in almost every track it’s important to note they are technical solos. The bass is scraping and a little crunchy but not difficult to make out. They found a pretty good match in production during their leveling and mastering of the final tracks. The hairs on your skin rise from the first track in and they have probably fallen out by the last track. I’m surprised, blown away, and this album stands out this year as one of the heaviest and well-received debuts of any band in music.
The straight line finish doesn’t happen here. This album moves around alot but the credibility and reliability stays deathcore. It feels like the same band on each track with new ideas and new impressions are set almost every quarter. The consistency is the only thing I could find negative about it and humorously it’s not even negative. Beautifully well written, this is not a comical release with funny track names and silly tight pants at your live venues. From the top you’re invited into a wonderland of terror and tragedy. Sometimes you’ll find this album dramatic. But remember that’s ok here and it’s more pathologically troubling that way. Lyrically, this album is one of the best deathcore albums you’ll ever hear. But the technical side is pretty decent for this size band. Normally I’d expect a little more with that tag but I’m biased towards thrash genres anyways. It’s excellent material in any sense and of an enormously high quality. Instead of selling you alot of garbage in this review, I’ll tell you this album sells itself. You need a copy.
At Kosher metal we use a Horns Up! rating system. Ænimus’ ,”Transcend Reality,” receives high appraisal from any metal fan from any genre. It is a must own album and you cannot afford to leave this out of your collection. Do not miss this or you’ll hate your mother even more than you already do. Kosher Metal is going to brand this album
4.5/5 Horns WAY UP!
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