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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...
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...
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...
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...
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.”
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
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...
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."
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!"
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...
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.
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.
Update: The band has since recovered the stolen vehicle and one of the guitars.
Animals as Leaders has checked in with the following announcement about having guitars and other equipment stolen:
"Hey guys. We've got some pretty terrible news to report. Upon returning home to our house in LA we discovered that we'd been robbed while were out on tour. The thieves were able to get away with Javier's Chevy Blazer and all of the equipment we didn't have on tour with us. 10 guitars in total. This includes many of our one of a kind custom instruments (Stranberg, Rick Toone ) as well as amplifiers, PA equipment and personal items.
"This is beyond devastating. We know so many of you have been beyond supportive with Javier's legal troubles. We may need more of your help now to potentially find some of these one of a kind instruments that may pop up on Ebay, Craigslist, pawn shops, used music stores etc.
"We're adding an album containing photos and detailed descriptions of the stolen gear to our profile. Please take a look and keep your eyes open for anything that looks close to this stuff. I truly think that with your help we have an exponentially better chance of tracking some of this down.
"If anyone has any information about any of this gear, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, keep it to messages containing leads on the stolen gear. Thanks!"
Animals As Leaders was forced to miss their show in Toronto the other day when guitarist Javier Reyes had to return to Boston for a court date after being arrested. Eye witnesses say that he was assaulted by a police officer for filming an arrest they were making before being arrested and charged with assaulting an officer himself. Here's the update from Javier:
Javier Reyes here. I would like to personally apologize for canceling the Toronto show last night. I can explain. After the Boston show on May 26th, I was unlawfully arrested by the Boston Police Department. I had to return to Boston on May 30th for court. As much as we had looked forward to playing Toronto again, there was nothing I could do other than cancel the show and return to Boston to avoid having an arrest warrant filed against me.
I have included a complaint letter a friend/witness has written and sent to the Boston Police. It explains in more detail about the appalling and absurd encounter that occurred that evening. Again, to all our fans in Toronto, I am truly sorry for cancelling the show.
MetalSucks claims that arresting officer Rance Cooley has a history of using excessive force, abusing his power as an officer of the law, and lying to get convictions.
Instrumental pioneers Animals As Leaders have posted a trailer for their new video for “Weightless,” the title track from their 2011 album, which debuted at #92 on the Billboard Top 200 last fall. Alternative Press is hosting an exclusive premiere of the video at this location.
The complete “Weightless” video, which will premiere in the near future, was directed by Scott Hansen, who also directed the band's video for “CAFO,” a song from the 2009 self-titled debut.
Animals as Leaders, which just returned from a tour throughout Europe that included several dates with Swedish tech-metal legends Meshuggah, is currently supporting Thrice on that band's North American farewell tour. Later this year, AAL will return to Europe for a major headlining tour, which will also feature progressive metallers Tesseract. Full dates are listed below. More...
Progressive instrumental pioneers Animals As Leaders -- whose sophomore album, "Weightless," cracked the Billboard Top 100 last fall -- return to the road this weekend, when they will kick off their first European headlining tour in Tilburg, Holland on April 1st. Their headlining dates will surround a week's worth of U.K. shows alongside Meshuggah, a band AAL mastermind Tosin Abasi cites as a major influence. Immediately after returning from Europe, Animals As Leaders will embark on its first North American tour of the year to support Thrice on that group's farewell tour. A complete list of dates is available below.
These upcoming shows will not include Navene Koperweis, who has decided to leave the group. Says Koperweis, "Tosin and Javier (Reyes, guitar) are the two most generous, caring and understanding individuals I've ever met and I look forward to a lifetime of friendship with the both of them. Over the past decade I have done nothing but music. Recording, writing, playing, practicing, touring and producing. It's taken me beyond what I could have dreamt of as a kid when I started. My new goals extend beyond the drum kit and I'm the type of person who will constantly chase new dreams. You'll be seeing a lot more of me soon."
Abasi says, "I've shared some of my most memorable musical experiences to date with Navene and truly consider him a brother. I commend him for following his own path in life, even if that means i'll no longer be sharing the stage with him. I feel blessed to have had the pleasure of working together and creating a lifelong friendship."
Filling in for Koperweis on Animals As Leaders' European and North American tours will be the Boston-based Matt Garstka, a Berklee alumnus who has previously played with the groups Gokh Bi System, Two Man Trio and Verse The Fire. Some video footage of Garstka can be viewed here.
"We see nothing but great potential with Matt, and look forward to performing with him on the upcoming tours," Abasi says. "We feel very excited for the future of AAL, which is brighter than ever. I'm beyond excited for our fans to hear some of the new music we already have brewing for the future!" More...
BANDHAPPY, the brand new and first live online and in-person music education service, has announced the launch of registration abilities as of 11am ET today (Thursday, January 5th, 2012). Lessons will begin on Monday, January 9th as students are activated into the system. The site has received thousands of requests from students seeking lessons so far, so be patient as BANDHAPPY is approving students on a rolling basis.
Teachers are still able to apply and can continue to apply at any time. Rules for application are currently on the BANDHAPPY teacher registration page. Hundreds of teachers have already signed on and are ready to teach. Teachers that have already signed on include Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean Band), Gil Sharone (Stolen Babies), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), Mike Mowery (Outerloop MGMT), Chris Adler (Lamb of God), Willie Adler (Lamb of God), AJ Minette (The Human Abstract), Evan Brewer (The Faceless), Paul Waggoner (Between the Buried and Me), Rody Walker (Protest the Hero), Peter Wichers (Soilwork), Louis Cato (Marcus Miller Band), Spencer Sotelo (Periphery), and more.
There are two new tutorial videos available now on YouTube, one for teachers and one for students. The videos assist in walking new students and teachers through the registration process, as well as other important individual points like setting up a lesson, creating your profile, etc. You can view the teacher and student tutorials below. New features will be announced soon.
BandHappy Student Tutorial:
BandHappy Student Tutorial:
Founded by Periphery drummer Matt Halpern, BANDHAPPY will reshape how music teachers and students connect in a first-of-its-kind music community. BANDHAPPY will offer either in-person lessons or online lessons anywhere on the planet via a custom-built, in-house video chat system.
BANDHAPPY offers access to one-on-one lessons – in person or online -- with the teacher of your choice, chosen from an impressive roster of professionals in every possible genre. BANDHAPPY is not specifically focused on just instrument lessons either; lessons will also include all areas of music business and production, as well. Anyone can apply to teach or take lessons with BANDHAPPY.
Musicians can use BANDHAPPY for instant access to a readily available pool of potential students, so they can teach whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want. BANDHAPPY makes it easy for musicians to manage their teaching schedules effortlessly, while still doing what they love to do and earn income even when they’re out on the road. The touring musicians who created BANDHAPPY have made the entire process hassle-free for both students and teachers. Everything from scheduling to payment is handled seamlessly in one place on the site.
Prosthetic Records has issued the following announcement about Animals As Leaders embarking on a European tour:
"Animals as Leaders will head back to Europe in April/May for their first headlining tour on that side of the Atlantic. As you may remember, the last time the progstrumetal titans were there, they supported deftones on several dates and Between the Buried and Me on an entire tour. Not bad, right?
"You can check out their headline dates down below. You may notice there's a gap in there, AND that they're not playing in the UK, and you're thinking, 'Well, that's weird,' right? Well, they're going to be supporting the legendary Meshuggah there!"
4/1 Tilburg, Holland- 013KZ
4/2 Brusells, Belgium- AB Club
4/3 Paris, France- Batofar
4/4 Bielefeld, Germany- Kamp
4/5 Kiel, Germany- Die Pumpe
4/7 Hamburg, Germany- Logo
4/8 Berlin, Germany- Magnet
4/9 Munich, Germany- Feierwerk
4/10 Frankfurt, Germany- Batschkapp
4/12 Bristol - Academy #
4/13 Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms #
4/14 Nottingham - Rock City #
4/15 Glasgow - Garage #
4/17 Manchester - Academy #
4/18 Norwich - Waterfront #
4/19 Brighton - Concorde 2 #
4/20 London - Electric Ballroom #
4/22 Trier, Germany- Ex-Haus
4/23 Bochum, Germany- Matrix
4/24 Cologne, Germany- Underground
4/25 Osnabruck, Germany- Kleine Freiheit
4/26 Hannover, Germany- Musikzentrum
4/27 Dresden, Germany- Reithalle
4/28 Prague, Czech Republic- Rock Cafe
4/29 Ludwigsburg, Germany- Rockfabrick
4/30 Zurich, Switzerland- Werk21
5/1 Vienna, Austria- Chelsea
6/29-7/1 Helsinki, Finland - Suvilahti/Tuska Open Air
# w/ Meshuggah More...
The new Animals As Leaders album "Weightless" has debuted at #92 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart. The album also landed at #7 on Billboard's Top Hard Music Chart, #16 on their Top Independent Album Chart and #50 on the Top Current Digital Album Chart.
This marks the band's first appearance on any of Billboard's charts and is one of the five best first-week showings in Prosthetic Records history.
"Weightless" marks the recording debuts of drummer Navene Koperweis, who spearheaded the production of the album, and guitarist Javier Reyes, who mixed the album. Samples of all the album's tracks can be heard through an album teaser clip available here.
The "Weightless" track listing is as follows:
1. An Infinite Regression
4. Earth Departure
5. Isolated Incidents
6. Do Not Go Gently
7. New Eden
8. Cylindrical Sea
10. To Lead You To An Overwhelming Question
Animals as Leaders released the new album "Weightless" on November 8th, 2011. Prosthetic Records has now posted a teaser trailer for the album online, which can be found in the player below.
The "Weightless" track listing is as follows:
1. An Infinite Regression
4. Earth Departure
5. Isolated Incidents
6. Do Not Go Gently
7. New Eden
8. Cylindrical Sea
10. To Lead You To An Overwhelming Question