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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Joy Of Motion

1. Kascade

2. Lippincott

3. Air Chrysalis

4. Another Year

5. Physical Education

6. Tooth And Claw

7. Crescent

8. The Future That Awaited Me

9. Para Mexer

10. The Woven Web

11. Mind-Spun

12. Nephele

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Track List: Weightless

1. An Infinite Regression

2. Odessa

3. Somnarium

4. Earth Departure

5. Isolated Incidents

6. Do Not Go Gently

7. New Eden

8. Cylindrical Sea

9. Espera

10. To Lead You To An Overwhelming Question

11. Weightless

12. David

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Track List: Animals As Leaders

1. Tempting Time

2. Soraya

3. Thoroughly At Home

4. On Impulse

5. Tessitura

6. Behaving Badly

7. The Price Of Everything And The Value Of Nothing

8. C.A.F.O.

9. Inamorata

10. Point To Point

11. Modern Meat

12. Song Of Solomon

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I just recently started listening to Animals As Leaders and i have to say love their style of music just goes to show you dont always need lyrics to make good music an this band shows that.
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Just as good live :D
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Cowbell fever
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alabastervil l i s 0
yea i have to agree, needs more cowbell
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paistss
Empty virtuosity.
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bob179458
...this is what happens when MUSICIANS aren't bored playing chorus waiting for a FACEHOLE with a microphone to hush; pure SKILLS for your earholes...
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Old comments say they use 4/4 time signature when you can easily look at their music online & it's not. It's all off time buddies. & Bio needs to be updated.
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Nice! Could use more cowbell....
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Incredible. You don't need vocals when the instruments speak for themselves.
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Yes it is.very beauitful music*-*
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Absurdly sick!!!! \m/
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Misha Mansoor only worked on the drum programming on the first album, I believe.
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is it bad that I JUST found out that Misha Freaking Mansoor is in this band? MISHA IS BAE...
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F**king love these guys. Very calming instrumental stuff.
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The only metal I can fall asleep to or meditate to, If I were on a road trip at night I would play their music because of it's tranquility.
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@kickapengui n 1 1 I have heard that song on pandora a few times but it rarely comes on :/
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jaytotten01
For a progressive metal/rock group, this is pretty good, one of my favorite s,
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Tosin is absolutely one of my favorite gutarist
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johnpkuly
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kickapenguin 1 1
Orbital164 you are correct about Wave of Babies, would be nice to see that track on Pandora.
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kickapenguin 1 1
I believe Javier was actually the principle song writer on their second CD. Javier is almost just as good as Tosin he just has different roots. A lot of Spanish/Flam e n c o influences.
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out of this world!! :)
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Meshuggah-li t e
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Meshuggah-li t e
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Tosin Abasi is in my top ten of guitarists.. . . . t h a t extrs few strings makes it a whole new world. I love the groove factor that it opens up. Just a amazingly talented man / band
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jokinace_08
sploosh, this gets my panties wet
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What an AMAZING band!! Truly inspiring and epic…
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Sic
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Bla bla all in one word amazing ��
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Pandora needs to add Wave Of Babies. An excellent track that one.
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ocdrums06
The clarity and purtity of the tone is nothing short of amazing. Add to that intrictes riffs and taping skills. Couple with a drummer straight out of gospel chops.

AAL is indeed a band of high caliber
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this is probably one of the most talented bands out there, tosin is a god on the guitar, their drummer is superb and even their rhythm guitarist is better than many lead guitarists
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Cobbjbc. That was only true for the first album where misha helped with the sounds and drum machine, and for live shows he would play with a band, that band has now solidified into full members of animals as leaders
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It's Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes on rhythm (still an amazing guitarist), and Matt Gartska on drums, which he kills. More than just Tosin, although he is the principal songwriter, along with Bulb.
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I think this band is really a band though, cobbjbc. I've seen them live before and they looked like a real band.
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Michael Van Bommel: The band isn't really a band, mostly just Tosin playing guitar, and drums programmed to that track.
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I like how the bio mentions Tosin going solo he considered egotistical and then the bio neglects to mention any other member of the band heh..
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I like how the bio mentions Tosin going solo he considered egotistical and then the bio neglects to mention any other member of the band heh..
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Tosin is honestly one of the most talented guitarists that I have ever heard. I can easily compare his skill to the likes of Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai.
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@firefox46 If you like these guys, you'll probably like Chimp Spanner.
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I have liked jazz and rock most of my
Life, and when I stumbled across this band i almost don't believe it was true. This is the best band EVER!! I am a drummer and I am amazed over and over gain by the talent of every member in this band! They r a very unique band, the only other band that is like them that I know of is Plini. They r good too but AAL is THE BEST! Awesome band! Keep making great music!������ � ��������
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Tosin's mastery of the eight-string guitar never ceases to amaze me. When there's a quiet part with just him (and the drums occasionally ) , that's when his playing and composition skills truly shine.
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Saw AAL live after their first album was released, it was incredible! They each had 3 or 4 guitars on stage that they would switch to in between songs. I can only imagine what their stage presence is like now.
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loubro2006
I want The Joy Of Motion.
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@solus

And seriously dude try it out silly. Lay down a 4x4 beat and use it to practice odd time signatures. PRACTICE!! I mean not record. Nor create music. But you know. PRACTICE to become better. Your attitude is terrible. Im sorry you had to major in music to understand so little my friend
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@Garyboob @solus

Bro calm down im speaking from a begineers aspect not experienced. Also im commenting on the fact that Tosin can groove odd time signatures with ease. Unlike some other people that can create odd times but the sound is Regid and lame
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@gerryboob
I love AAL and puggs is stupid - but based on your reply, so are you. So leave the replying to people with a middle school level grasp of English.
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Yes, Pandora added the new album. :D
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AAL picked up the bassist from the band Volumes to do some bass tracks along with help produce the album.
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@Going in dry, I think you are just hearing the low-tuned rythm guitar.
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