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Animals As Leaders


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.81 | 118 ratings

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2 stars Same old same old: 5/10

The technical proficiency of the musicians from ANIMALS AS LEADERS is admirable pretty admirable, something observable since their unpretentious yet successful debut. THE JOY OF MOTION is their third release, a djenty act with huge influences from jazz. It tries to couple prog metal's mathematically intricacy with jazz's delicacy, something honestly pretty difficult to pull off satisfactorily, however not impossible, assuming LYE BY MYSTAKE's FEA JUR did it perfectly. The fact another band managed to do it successfully left me with an even more bitter impression of AAL. Exactly the characteristic that should be their pinnacling quality, their technicality, ends up scheming the album's demise as it sounds extremely insincere and robotic. The melodies, the arrangements, everything, it all sounds meticulously crafted so the album can come off as djenty, "but, like, definitely NOT only djenty, like, not at all man" . If the complex tracks were toned down, the album could be summarized as an average jazz fusion act, but they aren't. They're technical and they try to attain objectives much further beyond the grasp. THE JOY OF MOTION didn't need to be just tasteless djent with mediocre melodies that we all heard before on many other different "modern metal" bands, maybe it could be something transcendental. Something far more creative, innovative, inventive. But it isn't. It's just djent. There's nothing progressive about doing the same old thing again, not even if all you do is modify the progression a little bit here, a little bit there, and add a spicy, different solo in an unexpected moment. Sorry, AAL, but I didn't buy this.

Luqueasaur | 2/5 |


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