Imicus - Animal Factory

For years a good portion of British bands tend to look to other side of the Atlantic in search of inspiration and guidance, which is ironic really considering that if it wasn’t for Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Venom and Godflesh perhaps 90% of these North-American groups wouldn’t even exist.
London’s Imicus is another one of those bands taking cues from the US scene, treading an American-sounding alt-metal that often borders the mainstream radio-friendly fare.
Whether you’ll value their debut full-length album “Animal Factory” worthy of purchase really depends upon your ability to stomach bands like Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium and so on.
Imicus are not bad when they sound wrathful and churn out heavy and driving guitar riffs coupled with a thunderous earth-shattering percussion, yet the problem is that they don’t get ireful enough. Most of the time their music sits in the middle of road, divided between pompous and anthemic chorus designed for radio-airplay and a more ferocious and impassioned backbone, all predictably balanced by a vocalist capable of delivering both soaring and pristine melodies and infuriated screams.
There’s promise here, “Animal Factory” sounds infinitely better than say 80% of the poop that stinks in radio stations these days, yet it's too predictable and emotionless for those seeking more challenging and stimulating music.

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For fans of: Shinedown, Five Finger Death Punch, Trivium