Album details

The first distributed EP, Epigenetic Roadtrip is Neo-Psych, similar to Desert Rock and Stoner in that it's given to free-form structures, experimentation, OK with irregular beat, doesn't necessarily emphasize a a drum kit, and with willingness to go on an uncomfortable journey inside with a reverence for our animal nature and the tangible physical oneness of the unified organism that is our world. The feel, even when not played at a generator party, is walking through a vast desert covered in scintillating mirage.

These songs set the tone for an intense, emotional, colorful road trip in the desert and/or our bodies, journeying through our family histories, the music taking us through our own epigenetic reality. That scientific term includes the way events in the lives of our ancestors can may suddenly affect us at any age if we face difficult situations similar to what they ultimately overcame. This may be useful to do because epigenetic triggers affect gene expression to turn genes on and off, so when we encounter something that resonates with something dramatic an ancestor experienced, it might cause illness. Processing their traumas today by bringing them closer to conscious awareness can potentially heal patterns. While the other songs allow for the lovely journey to and from, the middle song in this set is conflagration.

HERE is the SoundCloud link to the playlist of three tracks, which are all currently quietly set for free download.

The tracks are:

1 "Noise Tongue" an epic journey into the language beyond words inside our beautiful cells

2 "War Fire" we've all had ancestors who experienced dramatic trauma, and this song takes us into those memories and healing

3 "What the Hell You Tryna Say" inside us is the wisdom of the ancestors if we can tap into their survival tactics of recognizing deception and standing up to danger

Or if you prefer to listen to it on BandCamp:









Some Reviews of Sound Animal

Review #1

"'End of Neverending‘ from the wildly talented experimental Berkeley, California-based Avant-Garde Metal/Psychedelic Doom act Sound Animal, is that birds-eye journey to seeing much more than meets the eye to most." 
Excerpt of review by Llewelyn Screen at ANRFactory

Review #2

"As this fantastic project is the work of one hugely talented individual. Sound Animal play a lot of different styles of music such as Doom Metal, Psych Metal, Stoner Metal, Folk, Post-Rock and Post-Metal. 

Their BandCamp Page is overflowing with awesome songs that are quite diverse, weird and unusual but also thrilling examples of Doom Metal and Stoner Metal such as Listen Around and Walk Your Mastodon being my two personal favourites of the entire collection." Outlaws of the Sun

Review #3

"Naturally unlike anything you’ll have delved into lately, End Of Neverending proves an intriguing, uniquely conceptual instrumental, which is all at once heart-breaking and haunting – perhaps one or the other in any given situation." 

Review by Rebecca Cullen at Stereo Stickman.

EP Reviews --  #4

Quotes from reviews for Epigenetic Roadtrip:  

 "The second track “War Fire” is, as its title says, a descent into flames. There’s a tortured sensibility running through the track, it has a far darker heart than anything else on the EP, and the doom metal influences are unmistakable. Accomplishing this without relying on the typical tropes is impressive...This is outlaw music, for lack of a better term. It doesn’t adhere to any identifiable formulas and, instead, reaches for a higher artistic purpose than your typical popular music." -- Anne Hollister for Indiesource 

"War Fire” goes even darker than the opener. It starts off as a soundtrack for a slaughterhouse and the intensity only goes off the charts from there." -Mark Druery for Indieshark -- where it is nominated for Album of the Year. 

"It achieves its lofty goal. Few music projects today harbor these sorts of ambitions. They are far more concerned with pop success, mass appeal, and invoking the music of their youth. Exploring new territory is seldom on the menu. Sound Animal isn’t content retreading the same ground countless other musicians have traveled and the EP Epigenetic Roadtrip goes far afield of anything predictable. There isn’t much middle ground with this release – you will love it or likely have little use for it. The majority of music listeners willing to give it a chance will be quite satisfied." Kim Sullenberger Vents Magazine

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