Animus Complex is a Phoenix-based band, comprised vocalist Matt Turkington, Jeremy Davis (guitar), Stephen Poff (bass, I, Pariah) and Michael Ohlson (drums, Through The Earth) that combines intelligent groove and soaring melodies to make for a mysterious audible adventure into the further reach.
Animus Complex has been fortunate enough to have shared the stage with Animals As Leaders, Devin Townsend, Tesseract, Between The Buried And Me, Monuments, Intervals, Plini, Angel Vivaldi, Chimaira, Threat Signal, The Browning, Dark Sermon, Intronaut, Cloudkicker, Trioscapes, Conquering Dystopia, and CHON to name a few.
Jeremy Davis was introduced to Matt Turkington mid 2011 and shortly thereafter began tracking for their first four song demo, Admission of Guilt. They received contributions from percussionists Matt Horn (City In The Sea – Sumerian Records) and their newest edition, Michael Ohlson, to complete the four song compilation, which was submitted for online distribution through Record Union in April 2012.
Soon after their Admission of Guilt release, the band announced the edition of Stephen Poff on bass. With a complete lineup, the band filmed a music video for their song “I.D.” with producer Josh Metzger (Cowtown Skateboards). Shortly after, the band began writing for an eight song release that would include re-recordings of their 2012 Admission of Guilt demo as well as four new songs. They recorded and produced their late 2013 self-titled release themselves and are currently distributing with Record Union.
In late 2015 they launched an Indiegogo campaign that successfully surpassed their campaign goal which enabled them the ability to record their latest ablum, “Immersion”, released December 3rd, 2015. “Immersion” was recorded with Matt Good (From First To Last ft. Spencer Sotelo of Periphery).
Animus Complex recently released a music video for their song “Horizon” and is touring the southwestern USA to promote their latest album “Immersion”.
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Animus Complex (Immersion)
“Animus Complex, provides fresh perspective, this month’s Immersion is a living, breathing testament to the beauty of Arizona metal. The album’s nine tracks work together as one cohesive, flowing river, surging from rapids to undertows to reflective pools, lacing together tracks ranging from totally instrumental to packed with energetic, soaring vocals.” – Lauren Wise, Phoenix New Times, “16 FOR ’16: THE UP-AND-COMING METRO PHOENIX BANDS TO WATCH THIS YEAR” (read full review)
“Immersion is a very solid release. If you’re a fan of progressive metal and prefer your composition on the jazzier side of things, then I would definitely recommend that you immerse yourself in this album and let its current take you away.” – Dana Jones, ItDjents.com (read full review)
“Animus Complex are an extremely talented musical unit looking to push boundaries while simultaneously appealing to listeners from many walks. We’ve been following this band through The Circle Pit for a few years now and they’ve just put out arguably their best release to date…” – Mike, The Circle Pit (read full review)
“These various twists and bends complete the album, elevating it from a one trick pony to a magnificent, progressive stallion. Or something like that. Just go listen to it, will you?” – EDEN KUPERMINTZ, Heavy Blog Is Heavy (read full review)
“Reinvention must be a challenging proposition for bands, but apparently not for Animus Complex. Immersion truly showcases the talent and passion behind each band member. Animus Complex expertly navigates wicked guitar riffs and solos (“Cnidaria”),perfectly executed musicianship and production (“The Descent”) and dynamic fusion breakdowns (“A Distant Shore”) into one of the best albums released this year.” – Sara Lambeth, DaBelly Magazine (read full review)
Animus Complex (Self-titled 2014 release)
“The strength of this band and their debut self-titled album comes from sheer musical technicality combined with the ability to craft quality songs that won’t be solely appreciated by musicians. There are enough soaring vocal melodies and more extreme vocal styles to appeal to more casual listeners.” – Onslaught of Steel Blog (read full review)
“The Assassins Creed is strong in this one. References aside, Animus Complex is an awesome newcomer worthy of your attention. Hailing from the desert of Arizona, the music Animus Complex makes is anything but desolate. Although the band is still in the early stages, it’s obvious there is serious potential here. Progressive Metal is the Animus’s weapon of choice. With groove and intelligent composition, they have released about an EP’s worth of tracks” – The Circle Pit (read full review)
Right to Remain, Survive, Astral Projection
Matt Turkington (vocals)
Jeremy Davis (guitar/vocals)
Stephen Poff (bass)
Michael Ohlson (drums)