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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The Sound of Animals Fighting isn't so much a band as it is Equal Vision Records' version of 4AD's old in-house studio party This Mortal Coil: the band -- who appear in creepy-cute animal masks in all of their photos and use pseudonyms derived from same -- has no fixed lineup, but includes members of RX Bandits, Circa Survive, Chiodos, Days Away, and the Autumns. Freed from expectations of their own bands, the group creates an utterly bizarre but often engrossing blend of experimental noise and heavy stoner metal. Imagine if Sun City Girls and Meat Puppets had collaborated circa 1986 and the combination of twangy guitar riffs, heavily processed vocals, and arrhythmic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
The Sound of Animals Fighting isn't so much a band as it is Equal Vision Records' version of 4AD's old in-house studio party This Mortal Coil: the band -- who appear in creepy-cute animal masks in all of their photos and use pseudonyms derived from same -- has no fixed lineup, but includes members of RX Bandits, Circa Survive, Chiodos, Days Away, and the Autumns. Freed from expectations of their own bands, the group creates an utterly bizarre but often engrossing blend of experimental noise and heavy stoner metal. Imagine if Sun City Girls and Meat Puppets had collaborated circa 1986 and the combination of twangy guitar riffs, heavily processed vocals, and arrhythmic bangs and squeaks of the eight-minute centerpiece "Stockhausen, Es Ist Ihr Gehrin, Das Ich Suche" will start to make a bit more sense. Supposedly recorded with each member of the band playing in complete isolation under the direction of producer and mastermind Rich Balling, unable to hear what was on the other tracks, the album has the fractured and occasionally tedious feel of a spontaneous "happening," but at times, everything comes together into actual songs like the haunting "Skullflower," a genuinely pretty song that's only strengthened by the random noise bursts that flit across it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2006
  • Label: Equal Vision Records
  • UPC: 794558112727
  • Catalog Number: 127
  • Sales rank: 122,405

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Sound of Animals Fighting Primary Artist
Rich Balling Vocals
Andy Lee White Soprano
Ashley White Guest Appearance
Matthew Embree Strings
Andrea Babinski Violin, Guest Appearance
Richard Balling Sr. Vocals, Guest Appearance
Shayla Blatchford Banjo, Dialogue, Guest Appearance
Hyena Track Performer
Amirtha Kidambi Guest Appearance
Lynx Track Performer
Newsha Mohajeri Guest Appearance
Penguin Track Performer
Ram Track Performer
Max Sheresheosky Drums
Matt Shereshevsky Drums
Skunk Track Performer
Wolf Track Performer
Technical Credits
Nathan Burke Composer
Stephen O'Malley Artwork
Rich Balling Arranger, Producer
Gavin Hayes Composer
Drew Roulette Composer
Ryan Baker Engineer
Fritz Welch Artwork
Matthew Embree Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Hyena Contributor
Amirtha Kidambi translation
Lynx Contributor
Newsha Mohajeri translation
Nightengale Contributor
Penguin Contributor
Ram Contributor
Skunk Contributor
Erlheim Stockhausen Inspiration
Technology Programming
Stephanie Villa Mastering
Stephanie Willa Mastering
Wolf Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good but not better

    Its a great album but if it is your first experience with TSOAF get The Tiger & Duke

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