dark and gothic - to match the leeches and forked tongue depicted within the CD booklet - as the ominous near-ballad "Xmas Day" finds some real weight within waves of desperation. The acoustic "Angel's Son" (also on 2000's Strait Up tribute to late Snot singer Lynn Strait) suggests the ambition of System of a Down and other contemporaries working to loosen the metal landscape with new ideas. But for most of Animosity,
Sevendust are still struggling to set their desperation free.
(RS 887 - January 17, 2002)