The Sound Of Animals Fighting - Tiger And The Duke (Cover Artwork)

The Sound Of Animals Fighting

The Sound Of Animals Fighting: Tiger And The DukeTiger And The Duke (2005)
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With a conglomeration of southern Californian bands including the Rx Bandits, Finch, and Circa Survive starting a project, what would you expect as a resultant sound? You're probably not thinking prog-rock. You're also probably thinking that two-thirds of the members here are completely incapable.
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With a conglomeration of southern Californian bands including the Rx Bandits, Finch, and Circa Survive starting a project, what would you expect as a resultant sound?

You're probably not thinking prog-rock. You're also probably thinking that two-thirds of the members here are completely incapable of pulling something like that off.

Well, you're wrong. Kinda.

When the Sound Of Animals Fighting is constructing actual songs, the band is superb. Everything from the very Bandits-like riffing and Mars Volta-esque soloing of Matt Embree to the wailing vocal style of Anthony Green (Circa Surive, ex-Saosin) is absolutely on, especially with Green's style complimenting everything else perfectly. He sounds like he's having epileptic fits as a cast of characters behind him - all going by various animals themselves, including Green - slap together frenetic, atmospheric guitars and fussy drum work. Though the four songs here are basically just slightly reworked versions of the demos that started to float around late last year, the improvement in production is just enough to at least increase enjoyability and make more sense overall, with a changed or extended part here or there. For example, the instrumental before the first official verse and the bridge in "Act I: Chasing Suns" is dragged out a bit more, but in a really good way, especially when you're basically lead to believe that Carlos Santana himself is lending a hand to the guitar parts in the bridge, though it essentially sounds like the same influence present on TMV's De-loused... "So what's the problem?!," a hundred screen-glued readers cry. Well, friends, interludes.

Tiger And The Duke is really a glorified EP. The four "real" songs on here are all separated by electronic interludes that carry little-to-no regard for thematic connectivity sound-wise, and make up nearly half the length of the album. This is essentially an EP with filler masquerading as part of the "[fusion of] electronic, hardcore and progressive music" when the album could've been so much more had actual song craft been chosen over what currently resides in its place. The only consideration for cohesiveness is really represenative in "Act IV: You Don't Need A Witness," whose introductory riffs are actually just reused from "Act I," giving the album what would be sort of a "full circle" feel had it not been for the five-minute long "Postlude" that concludes the disc, which contains a whole lot of senseless, electronic noodling. All the programming here is basically random noises that contain no sound-wise affiliation with its supposed partners on the disc.

In the end, we're left with an album that falls far short of its potential. TSOAF definitely have the talent and creativity, as shown on all four Acts here, to paint a portrait of highly enjoyable progressive rock, with much more of a lively character than most prog delivers. Even with the influences present, everything that makes rock good, causing both air drum/guitar playing alike and spastic singing along is in the real songs, just with irritable intermissions disrupting flow and failing to qualify as anything more than bad acid trips.

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radicalwhore (February 4, 2007)

the sound of animals fighting really know what they're doing when it comes to music, and this album shows it. The songs are very original and performed with great talent. This album flows like water even with the intermissions between each song. This is definitely a true great work of musical genius.

Anonymous (February 12, 2006)

TSOAF goes beyond any genre. It is a little similar to TMV in sound, but TMV is a littlo more jazzy; there is no band that can reach TMV's quality in lyric writing. The person who wrote the review is a very superficial idiot, his intelect is far above. Never write about things you don't understand.

Anonymous (February 12, 2006)

This review, in my eyes, misses the point of the album. This "EP" was collaborated by many young and very talented artists who are trying to go beyond the catagorized genres of music. The interludes take you into a diffrent style of music which emphasizes the musical genious of the four Acts. Instead of continuing with the same hard-rock/prog-rock ambience for an entire album. Why does one record have to have one tone the entire way through?

Anonymous (February 3, 2006)

this cd is awesome. it's unlike any other that i've ever seen before. the actual songs are amazing, especially since they never actually met when recording & basically improved the whole thing. it took me a while to find this cd, but i actually ended up purchasing it at hot topic for pretty cheap. it's definetly worth buying.

Anonymous (January 16, 2006)

simply amazing, act 1:chasing the sun combines a sence of disorder with amazing and powerful vocals.as does the whole cd

Anonymous (January 5, 2006)

dude this rawked

Anonymous (January 5, 2006)

dude this rawked

Anonymous (January 5, 2006)

dude this rawked

thejewvolta (December 22, 2005)

An amazing album
the musicianship will blow your mind

Anonymous (December 18, 2005)

all of u ass holes who may think this is shit and have no sence in good music, first read the story behind this album, THEN write what u think about it, because this it story, is one hell of a good one. Act III, sooooo fucking good.

Anonymous (December 18, 2005)

oh my fucking god! i have never, but listen 2 me when i say this, NEVER, have been more impresed by music, this album is simply put..incradible.

Anonymous (December 12, 2005)

i think that sound of animals fighting is one of the best band ever

Anonymous (December 8, 2005)

this album is amazing....i have a cousin in a band called like lions formerly the guitarist in days away. hes been good friends with green for quite some time now and ive had the pleasure of meeting him a few times. hes the coolest guy i kno. and i respect everything hes does. he pulls off being in circa , tsoaf, and still does solo shit.....the kid is a fukin genius. he also does some bak up vocals in my cousins band now. but i thought this shit about who was in this band was a secret......seems like everyone knows now. lol. he had told me that he was doing a side project called the sound of animals fight a while back but didt mention who else was in it except rich balling. i dont really kno what he was thinking when he thought no one was going to know that it was him rippin on the vocals. lol..cuz uh....u can deffinatly tell his voice anywere. but everyone in tsoaf is amazing and i love all their work, well if the people in tsoaf are really the ones that everyone says like members of finch and all then i do. ive ben following finch for a while too. amazing. the mars volta. amazing.... rx......amazing....everything about this band i respect considering they r doing it for the music and not the faces.....if u r really into music for the music then u will no wat i mean wen i say "they r in it for the music and not the faces" keep listening and chek out my cousins band if u got the time....www.myspace.com/likelions .......www.purevolume.com/likelions ,,,,,my cuzin is the singer and u can hear greens bak up vocals towards the end of the songs cheap seats, and sweetside. keep it real everyone

Anonymous (November 30, 2005)

This album is badass. It is one of the most musically tallented rock cds I've ever heard and easy to groove to. I love it.

Anonymous (October 9, 2005)

i hate people talking shit on the review for not "understanding the intention" of the band or that bullshit. bottom line, the reviewer reviewed the music and the songs were good but the overall album was droppped by the crappy electronic stuff

Anonymous (September 28, 2005)

This is a great CD and for those who didnt know Anthony was originally in Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer, and yes also saosin and circa survive. And to the person that said the band wasnt called The Sound of Animals fighting.....your wrong lol that is the name of the band. Great CD though I have been following Anthony through all of his bands and just plain enjoy any project that he is in, hes got an amazing voice.

Anonymous (August 4, 2005)

This is an amazing band and an amazing album... It's like TMV meets Refused meets Pink Floyd...

Anonymous (June 29, 2005)

anyone like to tell me where i can buy this thing? i've heard a few songs but i want the whole thing man. email me and tell me where you got it. theacidntundrwtr@yahoo.com

Anonymous (June 24, 2005)

I got this cd a few days ago, a freind showed them to me and I absolutely love this album.

colossalbandit (June 8, 2005)

if the author of this review understood the intention of this release, the score would be more reflective of the work as a whole.. this is a terrible review... do your research

Anonymous (June 2, 2005)

Wow. This is the worst ensemble of "music" i have ever heard. The story is not even cute/sensible/worth anthing, and the layer upon layer upon layer of noise is pitiful. And i love how everyone compares it to TMV.

Progressive music, my ass.

Anonymous (April 30, 2005)

the band is called tiger and the duke. the cd is called the sound of animals fighting. tards.

Anonymous (April 30, 2005)

ok, this is how this came along:

the dude from rx bandits had this crazy idea, and called in the drummer. he had the drummer chill in the studio and just play shit for like, 2 days. then, he called in the guitar player. he'd already made loops and shit of some of the drum parts, and pretty much had him do the same thing, but over the drums they'd recorded. he'd be like, "play in the dorian scale, d minor" and shit like that and they'd do it. being a musician that knows theory and composition, this is what really makes me respect some of the members of this band. so, anyways. they've got all these parts, and they call in the other guitarist. he plays over the shit that's already played, and they do the same with bass and the singer.

and the cd kicks ass. if you just consider it an ep, i guess. i love act II, the intro is so cool.

Anonymous (April 19, 2005)

i just heard this today. i actually enjoy the electronic interludes, along with the rest of the songs. not too bad for what bands this is made up from.


Anonymous (April 11, 2005)

Ok...for all of you who obviously need some attention to this band. First off, they are simply amazing. I love The Fall Of Troy (for all of you who posted earlier) but they do not even compare to T.S.O.A.F. Second of all, there isn't one singer, there isn't two either, there are 3. Anthony (Circa Survive), Rich (formerly RX Bandits / Cowboy Communism) and some other guy who was formerly in the Hippos. There are 2 guys from Finch (the bassist and one of the guitarists) and 2 from RX Bandits (the singer and the drummer). So there's some schooling for all of you who were wondering. Peace out ya'll.

letskissthesky10 (April 3, 2005)

despite the fact that there's only 4 actual songs on here i still like it.

the experimental engineering isn't really my bag, but i like how all of the songs are different yet the same.

it's a good cd

Anonymous (April 3, 2005)

There are two singers fool

Anonymous (March 27, 2005)

ok so first of all.. this is not an RX bandits side project. this shows how much you kids know about music. Anthony Green (old singer of Saosin and the singer of Circa Survie) is the singer for this band.

Anonymous (March 24, 2005)

This album was awesome. You can hear the Bandits influence in the interludes and the vocals are chilling. Great start to a band that will hopefully be around for a while.

Anonymous (March 18, 2005)

Is this the first sign that the TMV sound and story telling will eventually become a clichĂ©? This beats any modern screamo rock? Well the artificial harmonics are sick on this CD. This is a must check out if youâ??re an inspiring musician trying to learn from the something different??

Anonymous (March 5, 2005)

The riffs and lyrics are awsome and super catchy i would recommend the sound of animals fighting to anyone who likes the mars volta and catchy scream-o bands

Anonymous (March 5, 2005)

insanely sweet.

Anonymous (March 4, 2005)

isnt a member of Finch in this band?

the whole idea is pretty cool

Anonymous (February 19, 2005)

I thought this was basically rich ballings ex-rx bandits solo project, and that he just invited some firends to help him with it.

throughmyheartxx (February 18, 2005)

swingline your a pig!!!
...MORON im not a fucking emo kid either

Anonymous (February 18, 2005)

i know who's in this band... it's a super secret! whoooaaaaa!!

swingline (February 17, 2005)

throughmyheartxx ... what do you know.. generic emo kid.

throughmyheartxx (February 16, 2005)

The sound of animals fighting owns !!!!

Anonymous (February 16, 2005)

"Speaking of the Fall Of Troy, when are the Ghostship demos going to materialize into an album?"


Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

so who exactly is in this band???

ElVaquero (February 15, 2005)

I'm listening to this and it really is pretty fucking weak. Ignoring the interludes even, the songs aren't that great. The first is pretty good, but the second just kinda drags. Damn. Better luck next time, even if it's not going to happen.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

animal colective fucking slay them

Big_Guy (February 15, 2005)

who exactly is in this band?

I like what I've heard so far.

Anonymous (February 15, 2005)

i basically thought the same exact thing as this review.

theundergroundscene (February 15, 2005)

hopefully soon because those songs fucking rock

ElVaquero (February 15, 2005)

Speaking of the Fall Of Troy, when are the Ghostship demos going to materialize into an album?

theundergroundscene (February 15, 2005)

huge ripoff of the fall of troy

but they're okay

Bosco (February 15, 2005)

I wasn't really sure what to think of this band when it was first reported here, mostly because of my doubts in Finch and [at the time] Anthony Green. His vocals have really grown on me though, and the RxBandits shine.

The actual songs on here are excellent, but you're right the interludes and postlude become a bit tiresome after a while.

stevejonestherealbones (February 15, 2005)

it was inspired by bear vs shark

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

hubitcherkokov (February 15, 2005)

I love their name.

stevejonestherealbones (February 15, 2005)

*anything new

stevejonestherealbones (February 15, 2005)

i dont know if they will ever record anything, but the 4 songs are decent on their own, all the bullshit kind of pisses me off though.

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

ElVaquero (February 15, 2005)

I hope they get better. Really good vocals.

swingline (February 15, 2005)

shit shit shit

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