Memory Driven - Animus (IMPORT) (CD)
Catalog number: IHRCD 095
Memory Driven's newest album, 'Animus', is certainly nothing short of brilliant. There is no doubt that guitarist/vocalist Dennis Cornelius is a master at the top of his game. His work with Revelation and Place Of Skulls has been heralded, but I cannot help but feel that he still does not get the credit he so rightfully deserves. I hope, therefore, that this will be changed by 'Animus'. But it is not only Dennis Cornelius' virtuosity that is on display here, but also the impressive skills of drummer Tim Mansfield, bassist David Newcomb as well as of guitarist Chris Greenway. With this album, they've obviously taken a much heavier and darker sound than their debut, Relative Obscurity. However the band still draw their musical main inspiration from progressive rock and doom metal. The music alternates between delicate, soft textures and harmonies to heavy, complex riffs without feeling the least bit forced. And when I say 'heavy riffs' there, I seriously mean heavy.
You should not pass on it if you're a fan of heavy progressive music, in which the heart is equally important as the head. This is a perfect album to remind everyone that heavy music can still be fresh and original.