"The Daily Grind" (Metal Blade; 2008)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

Anima hail from Germany and all of the members are in their late teens. I'm not sure that either of those facts has a real impact on their music or not but, whatever the case, this band has proven that they are capable of knocking out seriously hard-hitting progressive death metal. 

Granted, it actually took about three tracks for them to warm up because at first they storm on and just cruise at one speed, which is a like a blur, and they don?t really slow down or pause enough to put any kind of inflection into their music. However, after awhile they settle in, take charge and began to vary the pace in music and vocals. The older style of thrash comes in and out and the sounds become much more defined. All of a sudden, they begin to sound comfortable, focused and they begin to build songs rather just roar through them. 

Now, if only the vocals were a little more defined at a consistent rate they would be even better. Still, Anima show a good amount of potential and they showed a fair share of control which I think is very important in the style of music.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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