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Animas / Press

“Animas, whom I bought tickets from was on next- I didn't know they were a 3 piece, and hadn't had much time to check them out because of work. They started and I was immediately impressed by their obviously Death (the band) influenced proggy technical death metal. For a band, they were very good, and for a trio they were amazing! Meaty guitar leads, crunchy riffs, raspy vocals, and machine gun drums. They were interspersed with some prog passages for good measure. They were simply playing their asses off and I was lovin' it. The crowd had a pretty good reaction to them, but only a few headbangers... a bit different than what most thrashers like. They had a bit of time at the end of their set and they launched into a cover of Megadeth's "Tornado of Souls"- which sounded pretty damn good- especially for only one guitar! If you like Death, you gotta check these guys out- I don't know how I've not heard them before!”

“Over in Winchester, VA, there be METAL going by the name of ANIMAS. Listening to their new EP titled Blood on the Iron, fans of power thrash will find much to enjoy. Maiden-esque guitar gallops merge with epic, moody solo sections while vocalist/bassist John Habuda flips from a rough Mustaine-sounding vox to demonic screams. Most of the music is slow to mid-paced grinding metal, mixing plenty of melody with the aggression, but there are definitely moments of explosive thrash to keep the dynamics popping. The twin guitar work of Kyle Luttrell and Kory Campbell kicks mucho ass, bringing to mind a less frenzied Chris Peterson (of Cellador fame) style - and such, turned a lot of Animas's music into pure ear candy for yours truly.”