Any fan of real music will love this album.
Crass, experimental and haunting, the sound of animals fighting is the collective, concerted efforts of musicians across the gamut of independent music. These artists have cast themselves together to build a new sort of album, one that is simultaneously homage and reinvention to and of the genres that these artists adore. Tiger & the Duke, built with a distinctly operatic structure, fuses elements of electronic, hardcore and progressive music into a cohesive, alternate sound void of broader qualifying characteristics that would anchor it in any one style of music.
The artists themselves remain anonymous, for reasons of legality (and mystery) and have taken on animal pseudonyms; the walrus, the bear, the ferret, the hyena, the skunk, the swan, the raven, the tiger, the tortoise, the dog, the llama, the octopus, the armadillo, the nightingale and the lynx, each of whom lent their hands to the work in its final form.
The lyricism of The Sound of Animals Fighting, though immediately ambiguous, contains in its cyclical referencing and re-referencing a separate narrative, a story of what has become of the animals, the tiger and the duke. This coupling earns for itself status as a true opera, as the story and the sound are inseparable.