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Tooth - Animality (CD) (EP)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2007
Catalog number: CKR001
Animality, the debut EP from Durham quintet Tooth, begins a lot like a chubby pop-metal record: "Moderate Monster" lurches with two thick chords tacked with bright, wobbly bends. The tease ends after 30 seconds, though, when the whole production stops on a dime to show Tooth's true, rangy colors. What follows is throttled thrash bounce, strapped with an unequivocal sludge gurgle that'd make fellow Dixie metallurgists Eyehategod proud. In those few minutes, Tooth manages a wildly rewarding hodgepodge of heavy influences, running the gamut from anything-core to ultra-crust. Still, as impressively diverse as the band's palate on Animality may be, its strongest suit is the consistency of its low-slung and low-strung guitars. Front to back, the record's got the detuned depth its panoramic girth deserves. In a year filled with Deep South pot-metal from Wilmington's Weedeater and psych-heaviness from Savannah bands like Kylesa and Baroness, this record holds its own.

With its debut — best described as badass — Tooth digs into the legacy of Southern metal and hardcore, creating a searing sound akin to a burn from a deep-fryer, and ultimately the band creates its own brand of down-tuned, hell-bent monster.