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Animals As Leaders

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

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Below is our complete Animals As Leaders news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 12

“If it wasn’t for the thousands upon thousands of dollars Triston Seever lined Arty’s pockets with every week, the rock god knew the Hollywood agent wouldn’t tolerate the star’s strange new habits – the most disturbing of which was slaughtering young girls by the dozens. Triston Seever was a fraud; Arty knew this. (He was a man who knew a thing or two about fraud.) The little charmer was no longer an innocent kid. Something dark had taken hold of his body.”

Tune into our Official Podcast for co-host Mike Smith’s (OverkillExposure) dramatic reading of “All The Rage,” an original supernatural horror short by author Lindsey Beth Goddard.

“All The Rage” appears in the brand new metal-themed horror fiction anthology “Axes Of Evil,” out this month via Diabolus In Musica Publishing, an imprint of Chupa Cabra House. "Axes Of Evil" was edited by veteran metal journalist Alex S. Johnson.

Next, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) shares his thoughts on “The Joy Of Motion,” the recently released third album from Washington, D.C.’s instrumental progressive metal prodigies Animals As Leaders.

Pop some popcorn, take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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SXSW 2014 Day Three: Dio Tribute, Metalsucks

Friday, March 14, 2014, my third day attending SXSW music festivities, started just after 3 pm. This event was my only excursion outside of live music. Members of Landshark Promotions and DJ Chuck Loesch of 101X "No Control Radio" premiered a CD of the Ronnie James Dio tribute album "This Is Your Life." The three-person panel presented each track from the forthcoming recording featuring an all-star lineup of modern and classic metal artists. It felt good singing along to these majestic reworkings done in the name of charity. 100% of the proceeds will go towards Wendy Dio's "Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund" .

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Animals As Leaders Streaming Full Album

The new Animals As Leaders album "The Joy Of Motion" is set to drop on Sumerian Records this coming March 25th.

Today the full release has been posted online and can be heard in the YouTube playlist below. Pre-orders for "The Joy Of Motion" can also be found at this location and the track listing is as follows:

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 More...

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SXSW 2014 Metal Showcases Listing

South By Southwest (SXSW) has successfully kicked off another year of conferences, showcases and events. By now, thousands of badge and wrist band wearers have consumed hundreds of film premieres and attended conferences on the latest innovations in the fields of interactive technology and education. Now it's time to pump up the volume and flip a middle finger at mainstream music as we descend into the festival's music segment. This year reveals a full week of metallic offerings. Check below for a listing of metal themed official showcases (times and card may be subject to change). More...

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Animals As Leaders Streaming New Track

After previously streaming the song "Tooth and Claw" online, Animals As Leaders has now unleashed another track from its upcoming new album.

Check out the track "Lippincott" in the YouTube player below. Both songs are taken from upcoming full-length album "The Joy Of Motion," set to drop on Sumerian Records this coming March 25th.

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Animals As Leaders Streaming "Tooth And Claw"

Below you can hear a brand new track titled "Tooth and Claw" off the upcoming album Animals As Leaders "The Joy Of Motion," which is due out March 25th on Sumerian Records.

The album marks the recording debut of drummer Matthew Garstka, with pre-orders to be made available soon. You can also check out a teaser trailer for the album at this location.

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Animals As Leaders Announces Album Release

Animals As Leaders has officially set March 25th as the release date for new album "The Joy of Motion," which marks the recording debut of drummer Matthew Garstka. Check out a promo trailer below, and guitarist Javier Reyes comments:

"I think some of the new tracks are some of AAL's strongest and musical material yet and extremely happy with how the album came out. Everyone who took part with this album (Misha Mansoor (Periphery), Adam Getgood (Periphery), Diego Farias (Volumes), and Navene Koperweis) is extremely talented and I think we've done a great job of capturing it onto what is now the third Animals as Leaders album." More...

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MetalSucks Announces South By South Death Showcase

MetalSucks.net has today announced the details for the upcoming 4th annual South By South Death showcase.

This year's showcase will be headlined by instrumental icons Animals As Leaders and feature support from extreme metal hybrid After The Burial, hardcore heavyweights Ringworm, two supergroups in the form of Iron Reagan (featuring current and former members of Municipal Waste and Darkest Hour) and Mutoid Man (featuring members of Pelican and Converge), plus perennial favorites Whores and East of the Wall. Poster artwork was once again produced by Mike Wohlberg.

See this metal extravaganza at The Dirty Dog in Austin, Texas on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 7PM. Admission is free to SXSW badge holders and wristband wearers, and a limited number of spots will be open to general public at the door day-of. More...

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Animals As Leaders Announces New Tour

Animals As Leaders will kick off the New Year with a massive headlining North American tour on February 24th with After The Burial, Navene Koperweis, and Chon.

The first batch of dates are listed below and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The debut Sumerian Records album from Animals As Leaders is targeted for March release and a new track will surface online in late January.

Javier Reyes states: "We are definitely very excited about our upcoming headliner as it's been over two years since we did our last headlining North American tour. I think we have chosen a line-up that consist of extremely talented acts. Our labelmates, After the Burial, are a band we have yet to ever share the same stage with, so we are definitely looking forward to that. Ex-AAL drummer Navene Koperweis is coming out and performing solo and Chon are a very cool band we think people will enjoy.

"However, we are mostly excited about finally playing new material. I think some of the new tracks are some of AAL's strongest and musical material yet, so I am looking forward to seeing the crowd reactions. I am really happy how the album is coming out. Everyone who took part with this album (Misha Mansoor, Adam Getgood, Diego Farias, and Navene Koperweis) is extremely talented and I think we've done a great job of capturing it onto what is now the third Animals As Leaders album. See you all soon." More...

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Mike Portnoy Talks Prog Nation Cruise

While on tour with his American power trio - The Winery Dogs - Mike Portnoy filmed an epic and personalized invite video to his first ever Progressive Nation at Sea Cruise.

Portnoy takes you band by band and leads you through the musical adventure that attendees have to look forward to at this one of a kind, floating prog festival taking place February 2014. Mike Portnoy had this to say:

"I could not be any prouder or any more excited than I am for Progressive Nation At Sea 2014. It is my ultimate dream lineup ranging from legends like Jon Anderson & Adrian Belew to Prog trailblazers like Spock's Beard & the Flower Kings to today's most extreme cutting edge artists like Devin Townsend and Periphery.

"I am also excited to be playing with Bigelf, PSMS & Transatlantic...the final encore of which will see Transatlantic & Jon Anderson joining forces for a one-time only set of Yes classics! This is going to be a historic experience and the Prog event of the Millennium! You will not want to miss out on this!"

The lineup features Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Devin Townsend Project, King's X, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Anathema, Riverside, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly, Anneke van Giersbergen, Mark Mikel and Next to None. More...

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Progressive Nation To Become A Cruise Festival

Progressive Nation is hitting the high seas in 2014! The inaugural sailing will occur on February 18th - 22nd 2014 on the luxurious Norwegian Pearl heading from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport, Bahamas. The lineup includes:

Transatlantic, Portnoy Sheehan Macalpine Sherinian, Jon Anderson, Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Devin Townsend, King's X, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Riverside, Animals As Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly And Next To None

Progressive Nation founder Mike Portnoy elaborates:

"In 2008 & 2009, I created a touring package called 'Progressive Nation' and with Dream Theater headlining, we did three full tours (two in North America and one in Europe) that showcased a variety of bands that embraced the spirit and musicality of progressive music.

"Well after a 5 year hiatus, I have decided to resurrect Progressive Nation and this time we are taking it to the seas! But rather than a 4 band bill like previous Progressive Nation tours, we have expanded the bill to OVER A DOZEN of today's greatest progressive bands, musicians and artists! (and there may be one or two more still to be confirmed)

"Myself and my former DT bandmate Derek Sherinian have teamed up with Sixthman (who have done incredibly successful cruises with Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the annual Kiss Cruise to name a few) as well as our friends at InsideOut Music and look forward to a very successful inaugural launch of Progressive Nation at Sea Feb 18th thru 22nd 2014. More...

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Summer Slaughter Tour Dates Announced

The Summer Slaughter 2013 tour will feature The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, and Aeon.

The initial dates for the tour have now been announced (with more to be released in the coming weeks). Details are as follows:

7/19-San Francisco, CA @ The Regency
7/20-Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
7/21-Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
7/24-Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
7/26-Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
7/27-Houston, TX @ House of Blues
7/29-Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (w/o Cattle Decapitation)
7/30-Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/31-Knoxville, TN @ Old City Courtyard
8/01-Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
8/02-Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
8/03-Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (w/o Norma Jean)
8/04-Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
8/07-New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
8/08-Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy
8/09-Montreal, QC @ Heavy MTL
8/10-Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
8/11-Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
8/12-Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
8/13-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
8/14-Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
8/16-Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre More...

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Summer Slaughter 2013 Lineup Revealed

The 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP, and Guitar World, is now officially slated to run from July 19th through August 24th.

It features such heavyweights as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, The Ocean, Revocation, Aeon, and two bands TBA. Stay tuned over the coming weeks for official tour dates to be announced.

One of the remaining open slots will be chosen by you, the fans, so be sure to click here to get in your vote now. The voting ends on March 31st.

Ash Avildsen, founder of Summer Slaughter, comments on this year's edition of the tour: “It's year seven and I think 2013's line-up is the most exciting and diverse yet. Slaughter has never been a one dimensional experience for fans. This year is a true testament to that as we have an amazing mix of extreme music's influential icons and leaders of the new school. Let the underground unite!"

Greg Puciato (Dillinger Escape Plan vocalist) states: “We can't wait to get back on the road! We're launching a US tour in the spring, hitting Europe for some festivals and club shows, and then hitting several more cities with Summer Slaughter all summer long. We are absolutely amped. After being holed up in the studio for such a long time giving birth to One of Us is the Killer, we are all pent up and ready to share material new and old with our supporters doing what we love to do the most. Can't wait to see and either kiss or rip off each and every one of your faces on the road with Summer Slaughter and year round, everywhere.”

Be sure to visit the tour's Facebook profile for all up-to-date news and ticketing information. More...

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Animals As Leaders Gearing Up For Tour

Animals As Leaders is currently preparing for a direct support trek with Meshuggah across North America from February 11th through March 3rd. This tour marks the group's final run for the "Weightless" album cycle. Animals As Leaders is also currently collaborating with Misha Mansoor (Periphery) on a new album.

Tosin Abasi (guitars) states: “We are beyond excited to share the stage with Meshuggah in the U.S. They are one of the most powerful live acts we have ever witnessed and an invaluable contribution to music in general. To make things even better, Intronaut will be along for the trek. We've been looking forward to playing with them again since the first, and only, AAL headlining tour. We're working hard on new material and hope to have some surprises for you guys. Hope to see you there.”

02/11 Orlando, FL – The Beacham?
02/12 Atlanta, GA – Center Stage Theatre?
02/13 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore?
02/14 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts?
02/15 New York, NY – Roseland Ballroom?
02/16 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore?
02/17 Boston, MA – House Of Blues?
02/19 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy?
02/20 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues?
02/21 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s?
02/22 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues?
02/23 Sauget, IL – Pop’s?
02/24 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights?
02/26 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall?
02/27 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom?
03/01 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades?
03/02 Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater?
03/03 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues

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Javier Reyes Announces Solo Project Mestis

Guitarist Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders) has inked a new solo deal with Sumerian Records for his project Mestís, which is an all instrumental effort. Sumerian comments:

"The debut EP, Basal Ganglia, is a five track offering showcasing Reyes' vast musical diversity and features an intriguing variety of instrumentation performed by highly acclaimed musicians. The EP is set for a Nov 27th release and specially priced pre-order bundles will be available in the coming weeks." A teaser trailer for the EP can be found below.

Reyes also states: “Basal Ganglia is an EP that come from several places, and by places, I mean influences. I’ve always wanted to create a style of music that focused on being emotionally exploitive and technically sound, yet simple enough for the average music listener to appreciate. Another influence was using the eight string guitar in a form that is unconventional to the 'trends' or independent of characteristics that are found in music styles/genres that have popularized it. Another and important reason was to create a true form of my own independent voice as an artist. To create music that expressed my personality, upbringing, emotions and musical taste." More...

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Animals As Leaders Announces Camping With Animals

Music Masters Camps has announced Camping With Animals, a winter retreat with Animals As Leaders — Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes and Matt Garstka, plus Evan Brewer, bassist from The Faceless — and other guests. All info can be found through Guitar World over at this location.

The four-day instructional camp, which takes place January 2nd to 6th, 2013 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York, will include workshops, one-on-one instruction, seminars, gourmet meals, performances and other camp activities. All you need to do is sign up and get yourself to Big Indian.

"As a musician, I’ve benefited the most from demonstration," says Abasi, Animals As Leaders' guitarist. "I hope to create an environment for other aspiring musicians to do the same. I and the other instructors involved will be at your disposal to provide an opportunity for growth and inspiration. I believe that this is truly a unique group of players with highly individual approaches to their instruments together in one place at one time."

For more info about Camping With Animals, check out the two-minute video invitation from Abasi below. You can register at this location. More...

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Tesseract Announces Rescheduled Shows

Tesseract has checked in with the following announcement about rescheduling shows after Animals As Leaders canceled a run of tour dates:

"Following the announcement of Animals As Leaders' cancellation of their headline tour, we have very reluctantly been forced to cancel some of our planned headline shows in Aarau, Vienna and Ostrava however rest assured we will be coming back next year.

"Please note the rescheduled dates for the Paris and Nijmegen:

22.10.2012 (F) Paris - Le Batofar
23.10.2012 (NL) Nijmegen – Merleyn

"We are again very sorry for the inconveniences caused and will make it up to all the fans who are missing out!"

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Between The Buried And Me Touring Australia

Between the Buried and Me has announced a run of Australian tour dates in November alongside Animals As Leaders. The tour poster can be viewed below, and dates are as follows:

Tuesday 13 November – Amplifier Bar, Perth (18+)
Wednesday 14 November – Fowlers, Adelaide (Lic/AA)
Thursday 15 November – The Zoo, Brisbane (18+)
Friday 16 November – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Saturday 17 November – The Metro, Sydney (18+)

Between the Buried and Me will also be releasing new album "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" via Metal Blade Records on October 9th in North America, and October 5th/8th in Europe. You can listen to a new song off the album, titled "Telos," at this location. More...

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Animals As Leaders Cancels European Shows

Animals As Leaders has cancelled the band's upcoming European tour dates, issuing the following brief announcement online:

"We are very sorry to say that due to circumstances beyond our control we are forced to postpone the October UK & European headline dates. We hope to be able to reschedule these again soon."

No details have been released yet on any upcoming rescheduled shows or new dates. Information will be released as it is made available, and you can stay up to date on the situation over at the band's Facebook profile. In other news Animals as Leaders also recently had a vehicle filled with gear stolen, which was later recovered by the LAPD.

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Animals As Leaders Recovers Stolen Vehicle

Animals As Leaders recently issued a statement about the band being robbed and having a car and various gear stolen. Guitarist Tosin Abasi has now issued the following update about the stolen car being recovered with one of the guitars still in the vehicle:

"Hey everyone. We've actually got some good news to report! The LAPD successfully recovered Javier's car. The even better news is that one of the stolen guitars was in the back seat! I'm now reunited with Strandberg #17.

"We want to commend the LAPD for their ability to find the stolen vehicle within 24 hours of receiving the police report.

"Hopefully this is the key to finding the rest of the guitars! Something still may pop up online so please keep your eyes open. Thanks for all of the support. We love you all."

For more updates directly from Animals As Leaders, head over to the band's Facebook profile.

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