Red Animal War tears through Breaking In An Angel with such ferocity and intensity that there's no time for teary-eyed introspection. Displaying a forceful grasp of stop-start dynamics, they redefine technical song structure as we know it. Frenetic transitions from not so straight-ahead rock to tangled melodies to jolting rhythms are commonplace, perhaps rendering this quartet a tad schizophrenic.
A unique cross-pollination of styles, this debut is an ideal showcase for the band's pristine sense of timing, complexity and reckless abandon. Red Animal War growls melodies about disillusionment and treachery and you can't help but scream the lyrics along with them. They alone make this record burn with pure, primal, genuine emotion.
"When there's no explanation / when you're feeling somewhat conquered / there is hope" sings Justin Wilson. And hope is exactly what Breaking In An Angel delivers...with cascades of guitar, sterling musicianship, mathy texture and anthems of inspiration that evolve with every listen.
Vinyl is orange with blue marble
A1. Weak Bones May Break
A3. Safe In The Air
A5. Dark Country
A6. Blue Shift
B1. From Cold To Colder
B4. The Disappearing Act
B5. Get-Away Driver
Red Animal War - Breaking In An Angel
Thirty Something Records