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Animals As Leaders

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

Latest Animals As Leaders News

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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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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Animals As Leaders Re-Issuing Self-Titled Album

On July 10th, Prosthetic Records will release an expanded “encore edition” of the groundbreaking self-titled debut album by instrumental progressive metal pioneers Animals As Leaders.

It will include three bonus tracks — the live setlist standard “Wave of Babies” (previously unavailable on CD), a 2001 demo called “Orea,” and the never-before-heard “Kalimba,” a short teaser for which can be seen below.

In addition, physical editions of the album will include enhanced artwork featuring 3-D imagery and custom AAL3-D glasses. Pre-orders (including a low-priced CD/t-shirt bundle) are now available at this location. The track listing is:

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. CAFO
9. Inamorata
10. Point to Point
11. Modern Meat
12. Song of Solomon
13. Wave of Babies
14. Kalimba
15. Orea (demo) More...

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Animals As Leaders Teaches "Physical Education"

Animals As Leaders has a new video online for "Physical Education," taken off latest album "The Joy Of Motion." Check it out below, and be sure to also catch the band live on the "Coma Ecliptic Tour" with Between The Buried & Me on these dates:

07/07 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
07/08 – Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theater
07/09 – Orlando, FL @ Venue 578
07/10 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
07/11 – Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
07/13 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
07/14 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
07/15 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
07/17 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club
07/18 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
07/19 – Tuscon, AZ @ Club X’s
07/21 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
07/22 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
07/23 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
07/24 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
07/25 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
07/27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
07/29 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
07/30 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
07/31 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall More...

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BTBAM Announces New Album, Tour

Between the Buried and Me is excited to announce the "Coma Ecliptic" tour, named after the band's forthcoming new album, and set to take place July through August in North America.

The tour features support from Animals As Leaders along with openers The Contortionist. The tour will be the group's first official set of dates following the release of "Coma Ecliptic" on July 7th. A first single from the album will also be landing in early April.

"Coma Ecliptic" will launch via Metal Blade Records worldwide. Once again, the band has returned with an ambitious concept album: this time, the story follows the wanderings of an unidentified man, stuck in a coma, as he journeys through his past lives. Each song is its own episode in a modern day, sort of The Twilight Zone-esque fashion. The unidentified man enters each world and is offered a choice: stay, or move on to the next in search of something better, something more "perfect." More...

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Devin Townsend To Tour With Animals As Leaders

Devin Townsend has been hard at work on the new Devin Townsend Project and Ziltoid 2 records for the past few months, preparing the world for Ziltoid The Omniscient's triumphant return and the follow-up to the previous "Epicloud" album.

In support of this forthcoming epic double album due out in October, Hevy Devy will join Animals As Leaders for a co-headlining tour in November/December, with Monuments as support.

Nov. 17 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Nov. 18 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom *
Nov. 19 - Kelowna, BC - Level Nightclub *
Nov. 21 - Edmonton, AB - Union Hall
Nov. 22 - Calgary, AB - The Gateway *
Nov. 23 - Saskatoon, SK - O'Brians Event Centre
Nov. 24 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick Centre *
Nov. 25 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Nov. 26 - Chicago, IL - Metro *
Nov. 28 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall *
Nov. 29 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Nov. 30 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre * More...

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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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