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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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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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Now let's work on getting some similar progressive metal on here.
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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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Wait do AAL have bass tracks in their songs? Because I thought they had just two guitarists with 8 strings, but I swear I can hear a bass guitar
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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.
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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 !!!
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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.
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Where's The Joy of Motion album? It's been out for awhile now.
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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.
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The Joy of Motion is out - please add, Pandora
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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.
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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.
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new album?
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Wow I thought these guys were only kinda mello but after this song oh my god I like them more *.* ..thanks pandora?
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Tosin instantly became my favorite guitarist when i heard behaving badly.
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If you guys are listening, you're listening to the greatest guitarist to pick up the instrument to date.
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f**kin righteous
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