Suspended Animation

  • Record Label: Ipecac
  • Release Date: Apr 5, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. This album is not going to win the band many new fans, but it is certainly a treat for the converted.
  2. There's less brooding menace and more giddy insanity -- without ever giving way to total chaos.
  3. 'Suspended Animation' is less a compendium of songs and more a splurging, raging, raping jazz metal fusion machine, weaving in samples, gong noises and assorted cartoon horror.
  4. A fascinating blend of the macabre and the lighthearted, something that will appeal to anyone who appreciates the darker side of both comedy and music.
  5. Suspended Animation, on the whole, is a technical marvel; a kaleidoscopic foray into death metal, Looney Tunes sound effects, and an alarming balance of slapstick and pathos.
  6. So is Patton a charlatan or a genius? While Suspended Animation doesn’t exactly settle the question, it’s shitloads of fun trying to find out.
  7. Though Suspended Animation boasts 30 tracks, it only runs some 40-odd minutes, and those are some of the most densely packed and bombastic minutes you’re likely to find on a record this year.
  8. Alternative Press
    Intensely bizarre cartoon music. [May 2005, p.178]
  9. Uncut
    Hilariously frenetic, perpetually distracted. [Jun 2005, p.116]
  10. Although this LP is sequenced into tiny fragments of varying speeds of mood, the LP feels like one super-caffeine express fairground ride.
  11. Fucking insane, whatever way you listen to it.
  12. Miniatures of spaghetti-western spasm and speed-of-light viscera.
  13. New Musical Express (NME)
    A 30-track nonsense-o-paedia of speed-metal twatabouts. [9 Apr 2005, p.58]
  14. With today's cartoons darker and more violent than ever, I'm sure cartoon music could someday sound as though influenced by Suspended Animation, but I highly doubt any rock music will.
  15. The Wire
    It begins as quite a thrilling ride. But at this level of concentration, ten minutes feels like an hour; it soon becomes enervating. [#255, p.55]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. BingoI.
    Sep 15, 2008
    this album is great!
  2. DavidF.
    Jan 11, 2008
    I found this to be their most accessible release yet, and almost gave it a 9.
  3. AaronH
    Sep 2, 2006
    I know, I know, putting a 10 may seem like a crass move. But the more I listen to this album, the more I'm convinced that it's one I know, I know, putting a 10 may seem like a crass move. But the more I listen to this album, the more I'm convinced that it's one of the greatest albums of the last couple of years. Patton & Co. have done it again! Full Review »