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Memory Driven - Animus

Memory Driven
by Rebecca Miller at 05 December 2011, 9:48 PM

“Animus”is the second release from MEMORY DRIVEN, a band whose genre is described as being Progressive/Doom Metal. This album however, in my opinion, is more Heavy Prog than anything else. And it’s absolutely brilliant.

I’ve already said that this album is heavy, and I definitely mean heavy. There are some epic riffs on here, which grab you by the throat and don’t let go. Interspersed with these are some quieter acoustic bits, but these don’t feel forced. The songs flow very nicely from quiet to hard hitting without taking a breath and it all works very well. The guitar and bass work of Cornelius, Greenway and Newcomb is to a particularly high standard, even shining through on the shortest album of the track, the little one and a half minute acoustic instrumental “Avas Song”. The band is also in the possession of a very fine drummer in TJ Mansfield who compliments every song, bringing it all together. The star of the show for me personally though is Cornelius’ vocals. He definitely sounds as though he is at the top of his game, with the excellent production values of the album accentuating this even further.

I don’t think I’d be able to choose only one track as a favorite, as they are all excellent in their own right. I think the one that represents the album as a whole would probably be “Empty Gesture”. This song really shows just how good a band MEMORY DRIVEN is. There’s technically 10 songs on “Animus”, with the last one “Unveiled” (which shows a different, but very good, side to the band) containing a wonderful hidden track, “Twist Of Fate”. The album contains a lot of heavy moments, a lot of lovely more emotional acoustic moments, and a lot of melodic moments. I think MEMORY DRIVEN have included everything that they are good at, whilst producing a very tight, and very well produced, set of songs.

This album has definitely left an impression on me, and I’d probably go so far as to name it as one of the must have albums of the year, by far. Fans of the band should absolutely check this out; you’re not going to be disappointed. Everyone else who likes their Prog heavy should check it out as well, because it’s a brilliant album and one that deserves repeated listenings.

4 Star Rating

1. Empty Gesture
2. Die To Breed
3. So It Seems
4. Avas Song
5. Those Aren’t The Chords You’re Looking For
6. A Tempt
7. Group Departure
8. Black Light
9. Unveiled
Dennis Cornelius– Vocals/Guitar
Chris Greenway – Guitar
David Newcomb – Bass
TJ Mansfield - Drums
Record Label: I Hate Records


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