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Saturday, September 27, 2008

CD Review: Exotic Animal Petting Zoo - I Have Made My Bed In Darkness

Exotic Animal Petting Zoo - I Have Made My Bed In Darkness
2008 Mediaskare Entertainment
Ray Van Horn, Jr.



Goddamn, the youth of the day have proven their worth in hijacking metal and punk modes of the past and slinging their own creative spin on it. While Exotic Animal Petting Zoo isn't going to be the last band to trickle out of the inspirational shadow of Dillinger Escape Plan and Between the Buried and Me, both of whom have bent, skewed and altered the face of metal forever, so very few are going to match a full-length debut this shattering.

Scramble together a mix of the aforementioned plus Isis, Mr. Bungle, Botch, Today Is the Day, The Fall of Troy, Fear Before the March of Flames (now Fear Before) and Sigur Ros and this excitable trio from Indiana have put out an electrifying performance falling into the tag of must hear now. Fusion jazz, liquid tension and cascades of various pitches collide with brackish noise bursts on I Have Made My Bed In Darkness. Instantaneously on "Seeds" you get the impression these lads are out to crush your nerves within nanoseconds and then set you on your back for a chillout with their sedentary prog sessions. Kind of like dusting off your opponent after kicking his teeth in.

Exotic Animal Petting Zoo has officially been worming their act together since 2004 and if it took them this long to produce an album of this much significance, then I Have Made My Bed In Darkness is well worth the wait. Had this band rushed to get a full-length album (despite generating a 7-song EP) they might've emo'ed their way ala a heavier Coheed and Cambria, but the patience is obvious in this camp just by the way "Anniversary Psalm" and "Hairdresser" slip comfortably into each other like itchy feet into beaten and slightly muddy sneakers. The way Scott Certa lays down a slick bass line with wicked reverb and Brandon Carr plucks effervescent notes and coos dreamily for a minute and a half on "Anniversary Psalm" leaves a seamless thread for "Hairdresser" to grab onto, even as it grinds and twirls the subsequent rhythm patterns with sheer anxiety. This is literally tugging one's audience along and skidding them to an abrupt halt with spacious guitar echoes in a forced moment of quietude before going berserk all over again.

Whether creating hypnotic trance rock odes with a savory stew of Isis, The Cure and to small latitudes Thievery Corporation on the lofty instrumental "A Balloon Enters Kyoto City" or creating hyper alter realities on "Moonshoes" and the ridiculously titled "These People Refuse to Believe that the Lake is Bottomless" and "Richard Dead Anderson One is in Sheol, the Pit," Exotic Animal Petting Zoo is full of multifaceted superblasts and cool downs and every bit of their interceding thought sprawlings within their music is downright impressive.

I Have Made My Bed In Darkness is as complex as counting infinitum on abaci, however Exotic Animal Petting Zoo are wise ahead of their years to know what it means to build and sculpt within their music instead of cheating by blowing the ruts with omnipresent chaos and bombast. When these guys thrash and caterwaul, it's from the gut but it's also from the brain. The fact I Have Made My Bed In Darkness has the discipline it does to trade constant speed and boom for slow to midtempo sequences serving the interest of atmospherics indicates that Exotic Animal Petting Zoo are either masters of their art already or we can expect them to blow the hinges off with even more force the next time around. Jesus...

Rating: ****1/2

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