Animal I Have Become
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|"Animal I Have Become"|
|Single by Three Days Grace|
|from the album One-X|
|Released||April 18, 2006|
|Three Days Grace singles chronology|
"Animal I Have Become" is the first single from Three Days Grace's second studio album, One-X. Unlike most singles, it was not released in stores, and only had one track. The song is featured in the video games WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 and SSX on Tour. The song stayed on US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for seven weeks at No. 1 and two weeks at No. 1 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. Adam Gontier has stated that while he was addicted to the painkiller OxyContin, he was abusive and angry and had no idea who he was anymore. He wrote "Animal I Have Become" while in rehab for his addiction. It is the band's first single with their fourth member Barry Stock.
In late 2005, the band performed an alternate version of the song in concerts that featured a different set of lyrics. Both "Animal I Have Become" and "Pain" have been released in acoustic formats and are available on online music stores such as iTunes. Christian parody band ApologetiX recorded a parody of "Animal I Have Become", entitled "Animals I Have Begun" on their 2008 album, Future Tense.
The video, directed by Dean Karr, features singer Adam Gontier as the main character. The video starts with Gontier in his torn apart bedroom asleep. On top of him is a monstrous entity who he tries to fight. He then gets up, gets dressed then starts walking through the streets of Downtown Ontario. He starts looking into mirrors, and other reflective objects, seeing himself as a monstrous entity once again with deathly eyes and a gaping hole with menacing teeth for a mouth twice, walking through various places, including a street where he pushes through everyone in front of him. It ends with him meeting a woman in a bar, only to find her looking just like the monster. He then gets scared and screams, proceeding to overturn a table and throw a chair through a window. Gontier finds out it was all a dream, but his bedroom is seen in shambles as he looks around in wonder. During the video, clips of the band playing are featured.
- Adam Gontier – lead vocals
- Barry Stock – lead guitar
- Brad Walst – bass guitar
- Neil Sanderson – drums, backing vocals
|Billboard Hot 100||60|
|Billboard Modern Rock Tracks||1|
|Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||1|
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||20,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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