Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...

Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...

by The Sound of Animals Fighting


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Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/30/2006
Label: Equal Vision Records
UPC: 0794558112727
catalogNumber: 127
Rank: 197141

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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   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
Wolf   Contributor

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Lover, The Lord Has Left Us 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its a great album but if it is your first experience with TSOAF get The Tiger & Duke