Release Date: April, 2014
Location: Perth, Australia
Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYlt9TWbPCY
Australian death metal at its finest; that’s what shot through my mind in the first thirty seconds of listening to ‘Sundrowner.’ Beginning with a sample of what could be described as an intoxicated, emotionally distressed bogan, Animistic don’t leave you a chance to ponder on what you’ve just heard before launching into a face-crush-groove-machine assault (to use their words).
With the combination of detuned guitars, incredibly tight drumming and soul-flaying guttural vocals this song is relentless and kept me banging my head from start to finish. The guitar and bass players, Matt, Gavin and Martin, appreciate how to construct tastefully technical riffs (a paradoxical word combination to some!) and balance their use of dissonance and pinch harmonics so that nothing is quite overdone. The same can be said of Dusan’s drumming and, with their powers combined, every instrument works as a cog in the great machine that is ‘Sundrowner.’
“Cam’s vocals are pretty brutal” would be a fantastic way to understate his intense performance on this track. Is it genre-shattering? No. Do I care? Fuck no, I love it and it fits the track perfectly.
I like to think that I gave this track a pretty good summary in the first line of this review. Awesome recording quality, flawless band synergy and a grinding energy that left me wanting to start a riot – good job boys, keep it up!
–Matt, December 23rd, 2014