The Future is Here

Instrumental metal progressive math rockers Animals as Leaders released Weightless on November 8th.  This is their second album on Prosthetic Records, a follow up to their self-titled debut from 2009.

And if you’re wondering what instrumental metal progressive math rock sounds like, play the SoundCloud clip and continue reading.

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Animals As Leaders – New Eden

Sounds good.  Blistering riffs on 8-string guitars ride over odd-meter polyrhtythmic double-bass drumming interlaced with synth breaks and other electronica. All 12 tracks from Weightless are available for preview from the video below.

photo: Jerryjohn Photography

Animals as Leaders was founded by DC native Tosin Abasi. The first album began as a solo project for Tosin, with drums programmed by Misha MansoorWeightless is a band effort, with Javier Reyes on guitar and Navene Koperweis on drums.

When legendary guitarist Steve Vai first heard Animals as Leaders he said: “I felt as though at last, I was hearing the future of creative, heavy virtuoso guitar playing. It’s quite amazing.”

The new album is available direct from Prosthetic Records, and on Amazon and iTunes.    Animals as Leaders are currently touring North America with Between the Buried and Me.

Date Venue Location Tickets
  Nov 10 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI Tickets
  Nov 11 House of Blues Chicago, IL Tickets
  Nov 12 Bogart’s Cincinnati, OH Tickets
  Nov 13 The Pagent St Louis, MO Tickets
  Nov 15 Downtown Music Hall Little Rock, AR Tickets
  Nov 16 House Of Blues New Orleans, LA Tickets
Nov 17 House of Blues Houston, TX Tickets
  Nov 18 House of Blues Dallas, TX Tickets
  Nov 18 House of Blues Houston, TX Tickets
  Nov 19 Emo’s Outside Austin, TX Tickets
  Nov 20 Backstage Live San Antonio, TX Tickets
  Nov 22 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ Tickets
  Nov 23 House of Blues Las Vegas, NV Tickets
  Nov 25 House of Blues Anaheim, CA Tickets
  Nov 26 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA Tickets
  Nov 27 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA Tickets
  Nov 29 Kintting Factory Boise, ID Tickets
  Nov 30 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA Tickets
  Dec 01 The Republik Calgary, Canada Tickets
  Dec 02 Starlite Room Edmonton, Canada Tickets
  Dec 03 Louis’ Pub Saskatoon, Canada Tickets
  Dec 04 Garrick Centre Winnipeg, Canada Tickets
  Dec 06 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA Tickets
  Dec 07 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Canada Tickets
  Dec 08 Club Soda Montreal, Canada Tickets
  Dec 09 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY Tickets
  Dec 10 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA Tickets
Dec 11 Best Buy Theater New York, NY Tickets

Weightless - Animals As Leaders

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