EP for 2015
'With an unassuming title of ‘E.P.’ Programmable Animal put forth their latest offering and invite listeners to venture once more into the belly of the beast. ‘I Close My Eyes’ has a very Jonathan Davis-esque vibe, something that would fit comfortably on the Queen of the Damned OST — dark, edgy, and delectable — Programmable Animal fire on all cylinders right out of the gate.
Layered with nuance, texture, and rich atmosphere, ‘Bland Even With Hope’ is anything but. Anthony Wonaitis‘ vocals are a shadowy beacon in the desolate dark — as hypnotic as they are harrowing — beckoning the listener forth unto his own annihilation and blissful non-existence. It is in this manner that Programmable Animal have truly dialed in. Theirs is a brand that’s equal parts nihilistic and nostalgic, existential and euphoric, and it’s in this delicate balance of ruin and romanticism that they’ve truly come into their own.
The rest of the EP offers a deeper glimpse into the guttural. Derived from this primordial, auditory ooze is the formula that both unleashes and harnesses the animal within. There’s a Native American proverb stating that there is a battle of two wolves raging inside us all, one is evil: anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority, and ego. The other is good: joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth. The wolf that wins is the one we feed, and, with this latest offering, Programmable Animal are sure to satiate us all."
- Evan Morgan of Poet and Pariah
"The wide open vocals and powerful soundscapes found here draw you into a unique musical universe that simply speaks to the mastery of Programmable Animal as artists. They have crafted their own sonic world an the more you spin their new record the deeper you find yourself lost within. Herein lies a band with a distinct vision and a strange overall approach, one that will, if nothing else, capture the imagination."
- Matt Bacon of Two Guys Metal Reviews
"The ambiance that surrounds each song gives a very lovely aura. I hear about a lot of bands that like to mix ambiance with their work, and then I listen to their material, and I'm disappointed to only find out that their style of ambiance is nothing more than perhaps a sample of wind brushing through trees or brief water effects. However, PA manages to include a steady base of ambient work right underneath everything else. I think Anything shows this off well, staggering in the ambient sounds between harder guitar riffs and drum pounding."
- Steven Gullota of Brutal Resonance
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