Blueanimal, out of Orlando, Florida, brings their signature hard rock sound in droves on their latest album, Figment That Was Me. And, they are certainly a band on the rise.
Blueanimal Sharpen Their Post-Grunge Edge on Figment That Was Me
Right out of the gate, Blueanimal impresses on their album, Figment That Was Me. Their opening number, On My Mind, clocks in at over six minutes – which is not at all common to introduce an album. But, this unorthodox approach pays off in a big way, as the opening track is definitely an attention-grabber.
A dirty, grunge-esque riff introduces the track as the drums build in intensity – culminating in a tribal, trance-inducing hook right from the jump. Meanwhile, the lead singer’s deep, slow drawl vocals further draw the listener in. After a first listen, this song is very reminiscent of Godsmack’s Voodoo with its tribal rhythms and ritualistic atmosphere.
Meanwhile, things pick up in unexpected but pleasantly surprising ways throughout the rest of the track – complete with more than a few guitar solos throughout. All in all, On My Mind is a killer opener to introduce the album.
Imagination on Figment That Was Me
Only A Man kicks into gear right away with a power chord-heavy, distorted riff. Blueanimal put their collective foot on your throat and don’t let up in the best possible way. And, for any fans of Screaming Trees, Nirvana, Days of the New, Stone Temple Pilots, or Seether, Blueanimal is right up your sonic alley.
In a lot of ways, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time to the early to mid-90s on Figment That Was Me – and that’s never a bad thing for fans of Grunge and Post-Grunge. This is precisely where Blueanimal fit in. And, in that regard, they play to those strengths – taking all the best elements from 90s rock bands and bringing that same grit and atmosphere to modern listeners.
Blueanimal Bring Back Vintage 90s Sound
Bands like Alice In Chains, Nirvana, and Soundgarden were instrumental in bringing the Seattle Sound to the masses. And, on Figment That Was Me, Blueanimal’s sound will certainly appeal to that fanbase. Blueanimal manages to pay homage to those bands without becoming a tribute band – and that, in and of itself, is a worthy feat.
As an example, the main riff of Anyone But Me feels like it’s pulled right from Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box/Something In The Way – and yet, Blueanimal adds enough to it to make it their own. And, Figment That Was Me is full of these gems that fans of these bands will instantly recognize.
All in all, Blueanimal put forth a solid effort on Figment That Was Me from start to finish. And, the replay value – as well as the overall musicianship – is top-notch. So, if you’re looking for a dose of 90s rock nostalgia, Blueanimal certainly delivers.
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