Wet Animal - Wet Animal (Escape Music/NMS) - Back
Even though Wet Animal was founded in 1995 this is their self-titled debut album. Rick Wartell of Trouble started Wet Animal. Trouble drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson is also in the band. As you might figure, Wet Animal has similarities with Trouble. It has that old-school feel to it. Heavy, groove driven rock riffs, certain ones are 80’s thrash sounding, others are the 80’s hard rock sound. But it also has similarities with Alice In Chains too. Vocally and even riff selection wise. It becomes eerie how similar they are at times, kind of gives you a chill. I’m sure that’s part of the reason why the choruses seems to stick in your head. It also has to be partially due to the passion in the way they play. The energy when they rock out makes you want to listen. This disc also has a natural sound to it; not overproduced. It’s comparable to a live performance. There are also some acoustic driven tracks and a couple tracks that are too pop sounding for my taste, like the track “Nomads Land.” The last track on the disc is a cover of Pentagram’s “Relentless.” It’s not a bad cover, and it’s a cool way to end this album.


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins