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ANIMATIONS

Progressive Metal • Poland


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ANIMATIONS is a progressive metal band from Poland formed in 2006 by Bartek Bisaga (bass), Kuba Dêbski (guitars), Tomek Konopka (keyboards) and Pawe Larysz (drums). Back in January 2006 the band had started under the name of Labyrinth.pl and only played instrumental music. Around this same time Bartek decided to leave the band and left the other members to record a promo copy without a bass player.

In spring of 2006 the band reunited with original bass player Bartek and by the end of June the promo album was already finished. They only managed to make almost a hundred copies that were sent to magazines, radio stations and different parts of the world. The promo was well received and gathered decent reviews, something that took them by surprise.

In October 2006 the band began recording their first full length and by the end of March 2007 the album would be already finished. Around this same time the band changed it's from Labyrinth.pl to ANIMATIONS. Their self-titled, self released debut was released in July of the same year and again received praises from the progressive metal circles.

In March 2008 the band introduced their newest member Darek Bartosiewicz who would take the vocalist spot and as of this moment the band is working on their follow up album.

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3.68 | 25 ratings
Animations
2007
4.00 | 22 ratings
Reset Your Soul
2009
3.33 | 6 ratings
Private Ghetto
2013

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 Animations by ANIMATIONS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.68 | 25 ratings

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars Animations is the self-titled debut full-length studio album by Polish progressive metal act Animations. The album was released independently by the band themselves. At this point Animations were a four-piece act and the music on Animations is fully instrumental.

The music on Animations is pretty close to the instrumental sections in Dream Theater´s music but maybe more correctly the music sounds very influenced by Liquid Tension Experiment. The technical level of the musicianship on the album is simply astonishing. I want to emphasise that these guys can play and I mean really play their instruments. There are several jaw dropping moments on the album. So that part of the album is first class. There is a slight problem about the album though that excellent musicianship can´t save. First of all this is a hard album to get through. 60 minutes of demanding intrumental music is a bit much IMO ( this won´t be a problem for some, so consider this a minor complaint). My second complaint is that the songs don´t stick that well in my head. It helps with repeated listens but sometimes I get the feeling that the songs are made to show off and not to evoke feelings. I simply miss some emotions. Be it anger, melancholy, happiness or whatever. The music to be honest leaves me a bit cold.

The production is professional and well sounding. Again maybe a bit too cold and not personal enough, but definitely professional. Quite the achivement for an independently released album.

I know I´m a bit harsh on this album, but being a virtuoso musician obligates IMO and Animations while full of challenging playing and the above mentioned jaw dropping moments lacks focused songwriting and a little less focus on playing if you ask me. Animations is still a greatly enjoyable album in small portions though and a 3.5 star rating is warranted. I expect great things from Animations in the future. They have so many great things going for them but still lack that final touch to earn the excellent mark. I´m sure they will get there in time.

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 Reset Your Soul by ANIMATIONS album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.00 | 22 ratings

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Review by Birdman

4 stars Very energetic and melodic prog metal band from Poland. To be quite honest I was expecting a Riverside clone but it's actually closer to Dream Theater in style but far from being a copycat. Very good singer with a powerful voice that doesn't go over the edge.

There are piano parts here and there, even a touch of jazz on the second track (Demons of war) that reminded me of Uzeb (Québec jazz-fusion band).

I bought the album on Napster after listening to a few samples and I haven't look back since, very good album. They didn't reinvent the wheel of course but I was in for a good ride nonetheless.

Highly recommended !

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3.68 | 25 ratings

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Review by Pablo_P

4 stars Sonic Maze

ANIMATIONS is a young prog metal team, previously known as LABYRINTH.PL. In 2006, they rleased critically acclaimed promo EP. The band encouraged by those reviews was literally forced by fans to record a full length studio album. In 2007, the band recorded their first official LP and changed their name to ANIMATIONS. Their self-titled, self-produced album in the end was also self-released as none interesting label offer was proposed to the band.

The album contains high-speed intrumental prog-metal, strongly influenced by bands like Liquid Tension Experiment, Dream Theater or Planet X. It's 69 minutes of virtuosity, which can be a bit tiring particularly the tracks aren't very varied. Apart from the lack of originality, the album is very energetic, the band is eager to play and that energy and passion are really infecting the listener.

I'm impressed that there's such a great band literally next to the city I used to live. If you love high octane, high-speed technical prog-jazz-fusion-metal (Liquid Tension Experiment etc.), just get this album!

Very promising debut. 4 stars from me. Shred!

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