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Animals As Leaders

After playing for a few years in the "straight" music world as a member of the uniquely virtuosic Washington, D.C.-based metalcore band Reflux, seven- and eight-string guitar wizard Tosin Abasi was asked to record a solo album by the group's then record label, Prosthetic Records, once the group disbanded. At first, Abasi declined on the grounds that to do so would be "egotistical," but he eventually relented and founded a new entity named Animals as Leaders (inspired by Daniel Quinn's 1992 anthropocentric novel Ishmael) to function as this solo project. An eponymous debut album followed in April of 2009 and saw Abasi handling all guitar and bass tracks, while drums and other synthesized sound effects were programmed by engineer Misha Mansoor. Abasi and company followed up in 2011, when Animals as Leaders released their sophomore effort, Weightless. The following year, the band signed on with Sumerian Records, where they would release their third album, The Joy of Motion, in 2014. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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grthomsonsme d c t r
Just read a DRUM! review that introduced Matt Garstka's talents... so I Pandora'd AAL... loved both the former programmed drums and the current drum kit phenomenon. .. Garstka. Love the intricate layered percussion of many tempo changes and balancing high end snare/toms with low end triplet kicks. I got to see them live asap in norcal after reading everyone's comments.
I met haviers brother today, ironically I walked up and made conversation cuz he. Was listening to mer de noms, but thank god for my job as a marketer and the fact it was a beautiful day so people are outside. He turned me onto his brothers band, definetly made another fan.. ill be listening !!!
I m
This bio is sadly out of date.

Javier Reyes (guitar) and Navene Koperweis (drums) played on Weightless. Matt Garstka replaced Koperweis on The Joy of Motion.
Where's The Joy of Motion album? It's been out for awhile now.
Just the fact that you people are calling it a time measure gives me a headache... If you want to get technical about theory it's called a time signature.
The Joy of Motion is out - please add, Pandora
To the people that say this does not groove because its not in 4/4... This is the source of all groove. Lol. Love this song. Check out cylindrical sea by animals as leaders.
Puggs891... You are f**king retarded. Tosin Abasi graduated from Atlanta Institue of music. All his songs are written over a complex time signature. Sorry his groove isn't over the most simplistic time signature, 4/4.
new album?
Wow I thought these guys were only kinda mello but after this song oh my god I like them more *.* ..thanks pandora?
Tosin instantly became my favorite guitarist when i heard behaving badly.
If you guys are listening, you're listening to the greatest guitarist to pick up the instrument to date.
f**kin righteous
C o O.L . . .
gerryboob
Well puggs891 your a f**king retard if your listening to this a talking about a groove...... . This is not the f**king 80's not only that I doubt you could write any better so shut your stupid f**king mouth and let Animals as Leaders practice their own theory with what ever f**king time signature the choose
AND ALL OF THIS S**T IS DONE BY 3 PPL!! Amazing.
The time measures? Plz do it mesuggah style; count 4x4 and groove from there bro. Not saying you don't need theory (gotta learn from somewhere) but grooves are basic my friend take it from mesuggah. Then let the mind blowing begin as you add complexity slowly and surely. Eventually.. . I'm sorry what 4x4 beat were you talking about... oh the clicks you hear in thw background.. . that's basic..
The Time Measures...
Plz
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ahhh I love this guys
Sounds legit not as good as angel Vivaldi though :P
F**k theyre awesome. I wish i could go see them.
This band is the mind blowers of mindblowers, musical f**king SHAMAANS, not wizards.
This band is so sick
@ Max Johnson

Saw them on that tour too! They opened for darkest hour at the hawthorne theater in Portland, Or. Amazing night.
speed45freak
truly epic, but a little hard to head bang to.
Going to go see Tosin play live at the summer slaughter tour! S**t's gonna be sick!!
This band is f**king awesome!! Great instrumental s ! !
vanityang3l_ 1 6
Scale the Summit is another amazing band, similar.
Tosin is killer, saw him last summer at a Guitar Center clinic in Rockville , Maryland and I nearly cried shaking his hand!
yeah NO S**T lyrics not available
moogleskull
tosin is one of my favorite guitarists. he knows his instrument well.
SICK BAND!!!
Metal fans, check out my stations.
its because the bio is old.
I agree with 95 percent of the comments below. Great band, Reignited my love of heavy music. I love their innovation. Sounds a bit grunge and 90's too awesome stuff.
The band I play with in California got the amazing oppurtunity to play that show in long beach California by far the best show I've ever seen in my life it was truly life changing everyone should go see this band live there f**king amazing I f**king love AAL they changed my life I cried I was so f**kin inspired
dsgarner76
AAL re-ignited my love for not only heavy music but music in general. The landscape is bleak these days.
littleangryf i n n
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Javi is just as involved as Tosin and they never mention him in the bio above.
Animals as leaders has the most beautiful heavy metal sounding music. It's so uplifting and then triumphantly continuously mind blowing music that could stop a baby from crying. It's magnificent.
I had never heard of this group till I randomly saw them live at a festival in long beach, California and now I can't get enough of it! Best music I've heard in a long time!
This band seriously changed the way I view music. I used to listen to Chevelle all the time but this band has captured my attention in a bear trap!
listened to both albms for the first time...mind blown
joshua1manle y
its like an eargasm
why do people feel the need to talk s**t about good music?
Breakdown in this song is genius
This is what I always searched for in bands like Dream Theater but never found. F**kin amazing!!!
Saw these guys live a while back, first I ever heard of them. All I can say is you NEED to see them live, sure they're good in studio, but unless they've changed something their visual performance is unmatched (compared to anyone else I've seen)
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