Typically I don’t do throwbacks as frequently as I have decided to do lately, but this is a special occasion! Five years ago, The Sound Of Animals Fighting released their album The Ocean And The Sun and said goodbye to the world forever. BUT WAIT A TICK. They sort of lied to the world (this is forgivable). They are going back on tour in the beginning of next year, and they are totally doing it while I am not in the United States (NOT FORGIVABLE). Alas, I love them. They were a pivotal band in the realm of my musical development over the years, and I remember the deep depression I felt knowing they had split up for eternity (psych, not really!). So in the honor of such awesome news, lets take a look back at the glory that was Lover, The Lord Has Left Us.
So lets start with a quickie history lesson on the band: it pretty much contains a clusterfuck of sweet ass musicians. The best part is that they are working on this band under crazy cool pseudonyms (Nightingale, Skunk, Walrus, Lynx, Swan, Raven, Tortoise, etc.) and they perform in masks and try to be all mysterious about their identities (however, the internet has made it easy to figure out who is who). The band contains a few members from RX Bandits (group leader is Rich Balling from RX, who works under the moniker of the Nightingale), members from Finch, and Anthony Green from Circa Survive, who does a majority of vocals under the moniker the Skunk. For Lover, The Lord Has Left Us, Craig Owens of Chiodos (the Ram) showed up, as well as Keith Goodwin from Good Old War (the Penguin). This is possibly the most amazeballs super group to date, providing a lot of wet dreams to young fans alike.
The sound of the band is unusual, especially if you don’t know what to expect when you first hear them. While their first album, Tiger And The Duke, was more hardcore focused, Lover, The Lord Has Left Us implores the hardcore background with a bit of experimentation. Many cultures are represented on the album, from Sanskrit (Prayers On Fire and Skullflower), German (Stockhausen, Es Est Ihr Gehirn, Das Ich Suche) and Persian (My Horse Must Lose). There are also many variations within the tracks in the way they are performed (while Un’Aria and Un’Aria Ancora are sung a cappella, Horses In The Sky is heavy due to mass amounts of synth). This collaborative effort on part of the band creates a very interesting listening experience that has never been done before.
Out of this album, you can expect lots of surprises if you listen to the whole thing through. New languages, drum kits, and synth will blow your face. Each member brings something from their own band experiences to create this album. You will also notice lots of band shout outs thrown throughout the album (from Neurosis sample “The Sun That Never Sets” to the use of the name Chiriacho Summit for a song, named after a song done by Frodus). Expect lots of moments of speech and exploration within the album, and beautiful moments of clarity (The Heretic has actually brought me to tears, and I tell you this in confidence that I will NOT be judged).
The Sound Of Animals Fighting is, and will always be, one of my favorite bands to ever exist. If you have never listened to this album (maybe you didn’t even know this band existed. If so, we are no longer friends), or maybe you have heard it and its been a while, revisit it. Lover, The Lord Has Left Us will make you wonder what you have been missing in your music catalogue for so long.
PS- Just a warning, the song There Can Be No Dispute That Monsters Live Amongst Us is fucking bizarre. I guess it’s Rich Balling’s dad singing, and to be fair, I would probably let my dad be a fucking weirdo on my song if he wanted to. Keep this in mind while it startles you out of your seats.
OVERALL RATING: Perfection.
SONGS TO LOOK OUT FOR: Skullflower, Stockhausen, Es Ist Ihr Gehirn, Das Ich Suche, This Heat, St. Broadrick Is In Antarctica, The Heretic.
TOUR DETAILS: http://thesoundofanimalsfighting.com/