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Animals As Leaders

Formed: 2009
From: Washington, DC, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Animals As Leaders News

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Brutal Assault: 90 € Early Bird Festival Passes

The Brutal Assault 2019-team has the below announcement concerning their early bird festival passes for you:

"By the end of the month we'll stop selling the 90€ early bird festival passes. These are currently available from our e-shop in two forms, physical collector’s ticket where you have to pay for shipping and electronic ticket that you'll print at home and don't have to pay for shipping. It's also possible to change your e-ticket for design hard paper ticket on spot for a small fee.

Don't miss your opportunity to get the cheapest tickets that there are!"

Brutal Assault 2019, will once again take place at the Fortress Josefov - Jaromer, Czech Republic from , 7th – 10th August.

BRUTAL ASSAULT 2019 festival pass [PRINT@HOME ticket]


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The Contortionist Headlining Shows Announced

The Contortionist announce some headlining shows around their forthcoming run with Animals As Leaders. Below's where they will perform:

04/28 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
04/29 Springfield, MO – The Riff
05/03 Oklahoma City, OK – The Warehouse
05/13 Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre

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Animals As Leaders 10th Anniversary Tour Announced

Animals As Leaders announce their 10th anniversary tour with The Contortionist joining them as opener. Below’s where the trek will hit:

05/01 San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
05/02 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
05/06 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
05/07 Los Angeles, CA – The Mayan
05/08 San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
05/10 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
05/11 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
05/14 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
05/15 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
05/16 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
05/17 Mckees Rocks, PA – Roxian Theater
05/18 Toronto, ON – Opera House
05/19 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
05/20 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
05/21 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
05/23 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
05/24 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
05/25 Columbus, OH – Newport Hall

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Just For Fun

See: Parents Reacting To Extreme Metal

Below you can watch parents react to some videos from acts like Behemoth, Architects, Arch Enemy, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Animals As Leaders, The Black Satans and Lady Baby. Reactions range from pretty amused to generally hating every second of it. Also amusing the trolls in the comment section...

Check it out below:


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Steve Vai Etc. 2nd ‘Generation Axe Tour’ Announced

Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society) Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme,) and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) team up for a second run of their ‘Generation Axe Tour‘. Bassist Pete Griffin (Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, Dweezil Zappa, etc.), keyboardist Nick Marionovich (Yngwie Malmsteen) and drummer JP Bouvet will join them on the tour as the backing band.

Comments Steve Vai:

“‘The Generation Axe‘ experience goes way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. The idea was to create a seamless show with one backing band and 5 completely accomplished and astonishing guitarists that take to the stage in various configurations, performing some of their solo music and merging together as cohesive co-creators of lushly orchestrated guitar extravaganzas. Guitar Jams like this can get really messy when there is no organization and my idea was to create parts for everybody to play in harmony and off each other so it’s not a mess of noise. This worked out remarkably well. There are places where everyone is playing together in wild harmony.”

Below's where that trek will stop: More...

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Animals As Leaders Debut New Live Album

Animals As Leaders‘ new live release “Live 2017” saw its release yesterday, May 11th, via Sumerian Records. You can take it in below. An official live music video for the song “The Brain Dance” from the set is also streaming also below:

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Virgil (Animals as Leaders Etc.) Premiere New Song

Virgil (Animals as Leaders, The Faceless, Cynic, Entheos, and The Zenith Passage) premiere a new song titled "Will it Blend?", taken from their upcoming new album "The Pacer", which comes out June 15.

Check out now "Will it Blend?" below.

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Animals As Leaders “Live 2017” Album Announced

Animals As Leaders announce a new live album entitled “Live 2017” out in late July via Sumerian Records. The set features performances recorded across their 2017 North American touring.

The track list reads as follows: More...

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Mestis (Animals As Leaders) May Tour Announced

Mestis - featuring Animals As Leaders guitarist Javier Reyes - announce the dates for their first-ever mini-tour, with HYVMINE as support. Javier Reyes tapped Intronaut‘s Joe Lester and Dave Timnick as his backing band in Mestis for the tour.

05/11 Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater
05/12 Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
05/13 Sacramento, CA – Holy Diver
05/14 Los Angeles, CA – 1720
05/16 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
05/17 Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
05/18 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

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The Minerva Conduct Debuts New Song "Desertion"

Indian progressive technical metal outfit The Minerva Conduct - featuring drummer Navene Koperweis (ex-Animals As Leaders, Entheos) - debuts a new song entitled "Desertion", taken from the band's upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released through Transcending Obscurity India on September 15th.

Check out now "Desertion" below.

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The Minerva Conduct Premieres New Song "Metanoia"

Indian progressive technical metal outfit The Minerva Conduct - featuring drummer Navene Koperweis (ex-Animals As Leaders, Entheos) - premieres a new song entitled "Metanoia", taken from the band's upcoming self-titled debut album, which will be released through Transcending Obscurity India on September 15th.

Check out now "Metanoia" below.

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Animals As Leaders Premieres New Music Video

Animals As Leaders premieres a new music video for "Cognitive Contortions", taken from the band’s latest album, "The Madness Of Many". Randy Edwards directed the clip.

Check out now "Cognitive Contortions" below.

You can catch the band live on its North American tour with Veil Of Maya and Alluvial on the following dates below: More...

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Intervals Premieres New Video For "Libra"

Canadian technical progressive metal act Intervals premieres a new music video for "Libra". The clip is a collection of footage captured by Randy Edwards, taken across Europe and North America on the band's tour with Animals As Leaders.

Check out now "Libra" below.

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Animals As Leaders: Entire New Album Streaming

Animals As Leaders premieres the full-album stream of the band's brand new fourth studio album "The Madness Of Many", out now via Sumerian Records.

Check out now "The Madness Of Many" in its entirety below.

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Animals As Leaders Posts "Inner Assassins"

Animals As Leaders today shares new song "Inner Assassins" from the band's forthcoming album, "The Madness of Many," which is due out November 11th via Sumerian Records.

"This album feels like total synergy between the three of us,” says guitar player Tosin Abasi. “None of this music would have turned out the same way without the equal inclusion of all of our musical ideas and that feel special. We're beyond thrilled with the result."

Animals As Leaders produced the 10-track album, with guitar player Javier Reyes handling mixing duties. Reyes also commented on the symbiotic nature of the new album, adding, “'The Madness of Many' is an explorative and ambitious journey of harmony, rhythm, musical expression and emotion. It has been the most collaborative effort for the band and an evolution in each of the members’ musical path.”

Drummer Matt Garstka noted that, “although conceptually dense, it is the most natural sounding Animals As Leaders album yet.” More...

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Animals As Leaders Posts "Arithmophobia"

Animals As Leaders today premieres new song "Arithmophobia," which can be heard below. Pre-orders for the band's forthcoming album, "The Madness of Many," which include instant downloads of "Arithmophobia" and "The Brain Dance," are available here.

"This album feels like total synergy between the three of us,” says guitar player Tosin Abasi. “None of this music would have turned out the same way without the equal inclusion of all of our musical ideas and that feel special. We're beyond thrilled with the result."

Animals As Leaders produced the 10-track album, with guitar player Javier Reyes handling mixing duties. Reyes also commented on the symbiotic nature of the new album, adding: “'The Madness of Many' is an explorative and ambitious journey of harmony, rhythm, musical expression and emotion. It has been the most collaborative effort for the band and an evolution in each of the members’ musical path.”

Drummer Matt Garstka noted that, “although conceptually dense, it is the most natural sounding Animals As Leaders album yet.”

The trio kick off a first tour in support of the new album on November 10th, launching a five-week, North American outing at the Livewire in Scottsdale, Arizona. Intervals and Plini will open on all dates. More...

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Animals As Leaders Streaming "The Brain Dance"

Animals As Leaders today shares some new music from forthcoming album, "The Madness of Many," due out Nov. 11 on Sumerian Records). Check out "The Brain Dance" below and you can pre-order the album right here.

"This album feels like total synergy between the three of us,” says guitar player Tosin Abasi. “None of this music would have turned out the same way without the equal inclusion of all of our musical ideas and that feel special. We're beyond thrilled with the result."

Animals As Leaders produced the 10-track album, with guitar player Javier Reyes handling mixing duties. Reyes also commented on the symbiotic nature of the new album, adding, “'The Madness of Many' is an explorative and ambitious journey of harmony, rhythm, musical expression and emotion. It has been the most collaborative effort for the band and an evolution in each of the members’ musical path.”

Drummer Matt Garstka noted that, “although conceptually dense, it is the most natural sounding Animals As Leaders album yet.”

The trio kicks off a first tour in support of the new album on Nov. 10, launching a five-week, North American outing at the Livewire in Scottsdale, Arizona. Intervals and Plini will open on all dates. More...

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Animals As Leaders Reveals New Album

Animals As Leaders returns with fourth album, "The Madness of Many," on November 11th via Sumerian Records.

"This album feels like total synergy between the three of us,” says guitar player Tosin Abasi. “None of this music would have turned out the same way without the equal inclusion of all of our musical ideas and that feel special. We're beyond thrilled with the result."

Animals As Leaders produced the 10-track album, with guitar player Javier Reyes handling mixing duties. Reyes also commented on the symbiotic nature of the new album: “'The Madness of Many' is an explorative and ambitious journey of harmony, rhythm, musical expression and emotion. It has been the most collaborative effort for the band and an evolution in each of the members’ musical path.”

Drummer Matt Garstka noted that, “although conceptually dense, it is the most natural sounding Animals As Leaders album yet.”

1. Arithmophobia
2. Ectogenesis
3. Cognitive Contortions
4. Inner Assassins
5. Private Visions of the World
6. Backpfeifengesicht
7. Transcentience
8. The Glass Bridge
9. The Brain Dance
10. Aepirophobia More...

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Intervals Premieres New Music Video "I’m Awake"

Canadian progressive metal act Intervals premieres a new music video for "I’m Awake", taken from the band's latest album "The Shape Of Colour".

Check out now "I’m Awake" below.

Beginning tomorrow Intervals will hit the road alongside Animals As Leaders and Plini on this European tour: More...

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Animals As Leaders: Unreleased Song Posted

Animals As Leaders premieres a previously unreleased track titled "Kalimba", which is featured on the "Encore Edition" of the band's self-titled 2009 debut album. The reissue of "Animals As Leaders" is out now via the progressive metal group's former label home of Prosthetic Records.

Check out now "Kalimba" below.

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