Tell me that if you found this record for sale in a pile somewhere, you wouldn’t buy it based on the cover art alone. I fuckin’ would.
You would be better off to just pay for the Drag City re-issue though… that way it’s a lot easier to find.
“Animals” is indeed a foaming, rabid ANIMAL of screaming feedback guitars, totally doped out, reverberating vocals and sludgy Doooooohhm-riffing from the fiery depths of the netherworld. It owes plenty to the 60’s/70’s, like Hendrix, HIGH TIDE, SABBATH, FLOWER TRAVELING BAND, early PENTAGRAM etc (I believe ‘Heavy Metal’ was the term they used back in those days), but you don’t get the impression that Mr. Warr was aiming solely for a “retro” sound when recording this. “Animals” sounds more like it happened out of sheer luck/accident when the man just tried to do the heaviest music he could ever imagine while the means to do so were primitive to say the least. The outrageous cannibalistic cover art must also have raised an eyebrow or 2 back in the days, considering that it came out years before the Death Metal/Gore Core-explosion started numbing our senses.
Beginning with some totally outrageous, screaming moog feedback, the title-track sets the tone for the rest of the album. At this moment you’ll either cover your ears and start to whimper, or smile and think ‘this is a ride I’m really going to enjoy…’. If you are of the latter category you’re one of the good guys. Personally I find their darkest, timeless Doooooohm-stuff the most compelling, like the fantastic 2 minute epic “Evil Lures”, the stomping manic monster “Ghost Lovers” and the quite mental Spoken Word Horror-Doom of “That Deadly Night”. I cannot lie, it’s yum-yum Doom-food for any Gloom fan. On the other hand there’s the quirky, spaced out pieces that could only be described as Acid-prog, like “Cannabinol: The Function”, “Chocolate Mescaline” and “Time”. They all drag the music away from the narrow Metal path, but they also provide some welcomed contrast and eerie X-factor. In-between these 2 extremes come plenty of doomy highlights in a more 70’s SABBATHic style – or rather The Sabs after raiding the drug cabinet of MELVINS or BUTTHOLE SURFERS. The silly named “Heavy Vibrations” is as brilliant as it is cliché. “Are You Real” sound so much like the SABBATH debut it’s downright surreal to imagine it coming out of the mid-80’s (even the mid-90’s would make more sense!). And so forth…
The legend has it that Mr. Warr burned all his gear, mastertapes and remaining copies of the records shortly after the release of “Animals” and became a newborn Christian.
THE ABOVE IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE CORROSEUM