Animals as Leaders - Weightless

SKU 28-Prosthetic 1062
Second and really superior second effort from this Washington DC-based instrumental technical trio. The first album was more of a solo project from 7-string guitarist Tosin Abasi, but this one is a real band. Think/love: Fucking Champs, Cynic, Gordion Knot. Highly recommended.

"With the Washington, D.C.-based Reflux, 7-string guitarist Tosin Abasi caught the attention of discerning fans with fierce riffs and fleet-fingered solos that sharpened the edge of the band’s politically-minded progressive metalcore. Soon after Reflux disbanded, Abasi began work on an instrumental solo project as a way to further express his musical personality. The resulting self-titled debut from Abasi’s new band ANIMALS AS LEADERS, a 12-track collection of guitar-driven progressive instrumentals with ambient and electronic influences, is a scintillating showcase for one of the finest young guitarists in rock today. “I definitely wanted to make an album that was ‘guitar-centric,’ but also interesting from other perspectives,” Abasi explains. He succeeded, as his dazzling performances on both 7- and 8-string guitars are flashy and technical, yet also tasteful and melodic. And even though they contain no words, the album’s songs speak volumes — something that’s evident from the opening notes of album kickoff “Tempting Time.” “‘Tempting Time’ loosely deals with some of the time-based societal pressures that come with getting older,” Abasi says. “It’s about reconciling your place in your life with where society feels like you should be, and understanding the finite amount of time you have in life to do anything.” Although Abasi wrote all the music on the album and played bass in addition to all guitars, he emphasizes that ANIMALS AS LEADERS is very much a band, which includes second guitarist Javier Reyes and former Animosity drummer, Navene Koperweis. The band has been turning heads all over the musical world. MetalSucks called the debut, “intricate instru-metal of the highest caliber,”which received a 10/10 from PerfectProg.com and a 9.7/10 from Ultimate-Guitar.com. Legendary guitarist Steve Vai recently commented on Abasi and ANIMALS AS LEADERS: “When I first heard Animals As Leaders, I felt as though at last, I was hearing the future of creative, heavy virtuoso guitar playing. It’s quite amazing.”"



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