When Tosin Abasi released his debut solo album under the moniker ANIMALS AS LEADERS in 2009, few would have predicted the band’s meteoric rise over the next two years. Although Abasi earned acclaim as the lead guitarist in the Washington, D.C.-based metalcore act Reflux, it was still a long-shot that an instrumental album of progressive metal with jazz, electronic and ambient flourishes would develop anything more than a cult following.
Fast-forward two-plus years to “Weightless,” the group’s sophomore effort, and ANIMALS AS LEADERS is revered worldwide as a trailblazing pioneer of modern heavy music. The group’s genre-defying compositions have earned extensive praise — Steve Vai called the band “the future of creative, heavy virtuoso guitar playing,” and MetalSucks recently ranked Abasi #2 on their list of modern metal’s top guitarists — and the diversity of their music has enabled them to tour with a wide variety of acts, including Deftones, Underoath, Circa Survive, BTBAM, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, Thursday, Dredg and, on the 2010 Summer Slaughter tour, even Decapitated.
Whereas the group’s self-titled debut was a collaboration between Abasi and Periphery’s Misha Mansoor, “Weightless” features the recording debut of ANIMALS AS LEADERS, the true band — that is, Abasi (guitars), Javier Reyes (guitars) and Navene Koperweis (drums). After nearly two years of touring together, the trio wrote and recorded “Weightless” together in mid-2011, with Koperweis producing and Reyes mixing. The group debuted a new track, “Isolated Incidents,” during their inaugural headlining tour this summer, which included sellout shows from coast-to-coast — a sign that as quickly as ANIMALS AS LEADERS have risen, the best is yet to come.
On July 10, Prosthetic Records will release an expanded “encore edition” of the groundbreaking self-titled debut album by instrumental progressive metal pioneers ANIMALS AS LEADERS. It will include three bonus tracks — the live setlist standard “Wave of Babies” (previously unavailable on CD), a 2001 demo called “Orea” and the never-before-heard “Kalimba,” a short teaser for which [...]
Groundbreaking, internationally acclaimed progressive instrumental act ANIMALS AS LEADERS are proud to announce their first-ever tour dates in Japan. These shows will be the beginning of an international tour supporting Between The Buried And Me that will also see the bands travel through Australia and New Zealand together. In addition, AAL will headline the [...]
Groundbreaking progressive instrumentalist act ANIMALS AS LEADERS will support the progressive metal act Between the Buried and Me — with whom they have previously toured in both America and Europe — on their upcoming international tour. Beginning Nov. 13, the bands will play throughout each major city in Australia and will commence in New [...]
1. Tempting Time
3. Thoroughly at Home
4. On Impulse
6. Behaving Badly
7. The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing
10. Point to Point
11. Modern Meat
12. Song of Solomon