Animals As Leaders
From: Washington, DC, United States
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Supergroup T.R.A.M, which features members of Animals As Leaders, Suicidal Tendencies and The Mars Volta, has announced its signing with Sumerian Records. The band's debut outing "Lingua Franca" will be released through the label in May. Multi-instrumentalist Adrian Terrazas of The Mars Volta commented on T.R.A.M. by saying:
"Tosin Abasi and I were originally introduced by a mutual friend, Raanen Bozzio, last summer. This meeting also served as my first introduction to Animals As Leaders and Javier Reyes. Since then, Abasi, Reyes and I have developed a great relationship.
"We got together almost every day to try out ideas and after a month we had already formulated a majority of the record. At this point we contacted Eric Moore, an incredible drummer and the most joyful person to be around, and soon everything we had envisioned rhythmically came together on our fist meeting/recording session (at the Farias productions studios) on what is now T.R.A.M.
"I never know how people will respond to our music, I just never know! My goal is to try to instill a strong feeling or energy in people and I feel that collectively we achieved this goal tenfold with this new project. We all have a great enthusiasm and desire to perform this material live and see this band further develop. We look forward to hearing what you all think of it."
Saxophone, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Percussion – Adrian Terrazas (The Mars Volta)
Guitars – Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders)
Guitars – Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders)
Drums – Eric Moore (Suicidal Tendencies)
As Third String Productions enters a 7th year of promoting festivals in North Texas, the organization has teamed up with Sumerian Records to present the 2011 South By So What?! music festival. South By So What?! began in 2007 as a multi-stage music festival showcasing the majority of the all-ages bands that would be making the trek to SXSW. This year's festival will be held at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, TX on Saturday, March 19th and headlined by Sumerian artist Asking Alexandria.
The support acts include: Emmure, Whitechapel, Enter Shikari, Dance Gavin Dance, The Faceless, The Acacia Strain, Chiodos, Veil of Maya, Animals As Leaders, the recently reunited Gatsby's American Dream, Iwrestledabearonce, Miss May I, Chelsea Grin, Evergreen Terrace, Kill Matriarch, T-Mills, Lower Than Atlantis, Of Mice & Men, In Fear And Faith, I Set My Friends On Fire, Sleeping With Sirens, Upon A Burning Body, Abandon All Ships, Woe Is Me, The Color Morale, I Declare War, For All Those Sleeping, Just Like Vinyl, Close To Home, The Amity Affliction, and more still to be announced.
For additional details on the festival check out this location.
Christian progressive metalcore act Underoath has revealed the dates for its forthcoming North American headline tour. Support on the trek will come from Animals As Leaders, Thursday and A Skylit Drive. The full list of dates, cities and venues can be found below:
01/20 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
01/22 Dallas,TX – The Palladium Ballroom
01/24 Albuquerque, NM -Sunshine Theatre
01/25 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
01/26 West Hollywood, CA -House Of Blues
01/27 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
01/28 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas
01/29 San Diego, CA – SOMA
01/30 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
02/01 Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
02/02 Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
02/03 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
02/04 Boise, ID – The Knitting Factory Concert House
02/05 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
02/06 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
02/08 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
02/09 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
02/10 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
02/11 Buffalo,NY – The Town Ballroom
02/12 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
02/13 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/14 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
02/16 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo
02/17 New York, NY – Terminal 5
02/18 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/19 Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
02/20 New Have, CT – Toad’s place
02/22 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
02/23 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
02/24 Knoxville, TN – Valarium
02/25 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
02/26 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House Of Blues
02/27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
Progressive instrumental metal band ANIMALS AS LEADERS has debuted the music video for the track, “CAFO,” exclusively at GuitarWorld.com. The track comes from their 2009 self titled debut on Prosthetic Records. The video was directed by Scott Hansen, who’s previously done videos for Willie Nelson, The Devil Wears Prada, A Day To Remember, amongst others. The video also features animation and visual effects by AFTER, who have collaborated with the band on past art and graphic design.
Instrumental progressive metal act Animals As Leaders has posted a new music video teaser online for its new single "Cafo." The song appears on the band's debut, self-titled album. You can view the video clip below:
Navene Koperweis of Animals As Leaders and Fleshwrought has issued the following announcement about providing drum lessons while Animals As Leaders is on an upcoming U.S. tour:
"Hey guys Navene here! as many of you know I play drums for animals as leaders and we are on this years Summer Slaughter tour. I would like to offer private drum lessons before the show. (times are flexible) The rate will be 60 bucks an hour. If you are interested please respond through my Facebook (Navene Koperweis) NOT here on myspace. Thanks a lot and hopefully I'll see you on tour."
The currently confirmed Animals As Leaders tour dates are as follows:
7/17 San Diego, CA – Soma
7/18 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
7/19 Tempe, AZ Marquee
7/20 El Paso, TX – Club 101
7/21 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
7/22 Austin, TX – Emo’s
7/23 Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX – Ridglea Theatre
7/24 Houston, TX – Warsaw Ballroom
7/26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
7/27 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
7/28 Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
7/29 Philadelphia, PA – TLA (Theatre of Living Arts)
7/30 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
7/31 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
8/01 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
8/02 Quebec City, QC – Imperial
8/03 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
8/04 Toronto, ON – Opera House
8/05 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
8/06 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
8/07 Detroit, MI – Harpos
8/08 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
8/09 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
8/10 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
8/11 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
8/13 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
8/14 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
8/16 Calgary, AB – Republik
8/17 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
8/19 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
8/20 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
8/21 Portland, OR – Rosela Theatre
8/23 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Instrumenal/progressive metal group Animals As Leaders have been very active recently. The band's new single, “Wave of Babies,” is available for download exclusively on iTunes. Additionally, Tosin Abasi, who is the band's leader and plays an eight string guitar, has released a guitar tutorial that shows how to play part of “Wave of Babies.” This tutorial can be found on GuitarWorld.com. Abasi commented on the whole shebang:
"This is a track I did with Misha ‘Bulb’ Mansoor (Periphery) shortly after the Animals as Leaders album was finished. Apparently the musical ideas weren't exhausted during the album sessions and we still had some collaborative momentum left in us. It's very possible that we'll be adding this song to our live set during the Summer Slaughter tour in July so make sure to come out early to catch us!"
Animals As Leaders will soon be on tour on the Summer Slaughter Lineup, following up Abasi's stint with Born of Osiris on the 2009 Summer Slaughter Tour. Check out all the Animals As Leaders details, including Summer Slaughter details, at their MySpace Page.
This year's edition of the Summer Slaughter tour has added some more dates for this year's version of the event. The tour features many top names from extreme metal including Polish death metal outfit Decapitated, as well as All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, The Faceless, Carnifex, Cephalic Carnage, Veil Of Maya, Decrepit Birth, Vital Remains and Animals As Leaders.
The tour schedule is now as follows: More...
The full and final lineup for the Summer Slaughter 2010 tour has been announced. The full lineup is:
ALL SHALL PERISH
THE RED CHORD
VEIL OF MAYA
ANIMALS AS LEADERS
With the exception of the New York and Los Angeles dates, tickets are projected to be under $20.
San Francisco’s LIGHT THIS CITY has just added a final show to the run of previously announced reunion/farewell shows in April. The band will be playing their last show ever on Monday, April 12 in Orangevale, CA at the Boardwalk, with old friends DARKEST HOUR and ANIMALS AS LEADERS. This is in addition to shows in San Francisco, Fresno, Anaheim and Los Angeles. The band has been dormant since mid 2008, before the release of their final record, “Stormchaser.”
The newly updated farewell dates are:
April 8 Thee Parkside, San Francisco (w/ Comadre, The Funeral Pyre, Early Graves)
April 9 The CYC, Fresno (w/ Azathoth, The Funeral Pyre, TBA)
April 10 Chain Reaction, Anaheim (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Antagonist, Early Graves)
April 11 The Blvd, Los Angeles (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Gypsy Hawk, Atour Heels)
April 12 The Boardwalk, Orangevale (w/ Darkest Hour, Animals As Leaders)....
Chicago's Veil of Maya has issued the following update:
"We have completed the tracking on our new album titled [id]. The album was produced by Michael Keene (The Faceless), and is expected to see an April 2010 release date. A brand new song from the album will premier the second week of February on this Myspace page. Until then, you can hear a couple new songs live on our headline tour with support from Animals As Leaders, Circle Of Contempt and Periphery. Following the headliner we will take part in this year’s Atticus Metal Tour II w/ Unearth, Stick To Your Guns, The Ghost Inside and Carnifix." More...
Washington DC progressive instrumental band ANIMALS AS LEADERS, the solo project of 7- and 8-string guitar virtuoso Tosin Abasi, has announced dates in January and February supporting VEIL OF MAYA, along with CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT and PERIPHERY. This marks the second tour for the former REFLUX axe man's new project.
The tour dates are as follows:
1/29 - East Ridge, TN @ The Warehouse
1/30 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
1/31 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
2/02 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
2/05 - Albuquerque, NM @ Warehouse 508
2/06 - Mesa, AZ @ UB's
2/07 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
2/17 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
2/18 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
2/19 - Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
2/20 - South Bend, IN @ Elva's
Abasi commented, ""We're very excited to be touring with Veil of Maya again and to be joined by Periphery couldn't make us happier!"
Washington DC area progressive metal band Periphery has posted a tour promo video on Youtube and below for their upcoming East Coast US tour.
The tour dates are as follows:
11/08 - Alley Katz - Richmond, Virginia
11/09 - Mojo 13 - Wilmington, Delaware
11/11 - 930 club - w/ Darkest Hour and Lamb of God - Washington, DC
11/12 - Santos Party House - New York, New York
11/13 - The Masquerade in Crocodile Rock - Allentown, Pennsylvania
11/14 - Freehold VFW - Freehold, Pennsylvania
11/15 - The Waterfront Tavern - Holyoke, Massachusetts
11/16 - Club Hell - Providence, Rhode Island
11/24 - The Soapbox - w/ Between The Buried And Me, Veil of Maya, and Animals As Leaders - Wilmington, North Carolina More...
San Francisco, California's Animosity has broken up. Formed in 2000, the band has released albums with Tribunal Records and Black Market Activities. Frontman Leo Miller has provided Lambgoat with the following statement:
"You have never seen us rest this long. For those of you wondering about Animosity, you are correct to have assumed that we disbanded. It has been nearly a year since all five of us were in a room (or the same state) together. In this time, we have written zero songs and played zero shows. In short, nothing happened which I mean to say plainly and clearly. We are all still alive and friends, but following our last tour we just did nothing band related. Many of us grew up in this band, and for me personally, Animosity was somehow prioritized over everything including my very own life. This band formed our communities, relationships, experiences and the lens through which we view the world. Eight years later, I look back to being 14 years old playing Animosity shows in garages and backyards and I can honestly say that our musical and experiential goals have been exceeded in ways that once seemed impossible to me. If you haven't gotten enough of Animosity, please rest assured that we have.
"This is not to say, that everyone is gone from music. In the time since our last show, Navene finished his spectacular debut solo album called Fleshrot – dementia/dyslexia. Navene wrote played and recorded all the music himself and features beastly vocals from Jonny Davy. Check out the project here and stay posted for album release info. Also, Navene has teamed up with Tosin Abasi and is drumming in their new band Animals As Leaders. Chase also has a new band called Son of Arelius from which you can expect a full-length album out soon. New music from Evan and Frank can be anticipated in various different forms. As for me, I moved out east to study the environment.
"To Animosity fans worldwide, thank you for doing this with us, it was an awesomely epic journey. Be well!"
Washington DC progressive instrumental metal band ANIMALS AS LEADERS has announced their first tour dates. The three-week November trek throughout the south and midwest with Between The Buried And Me and Veil of Maya contains the following dates:
11/07 - The Attic Club- Kettering, OH
11/09 - Pop's- Sauget, IL
11/10 - The Picador- Iowa City, IA
11/11 - The Waiting Room- Omaha, NE
11/13 - Jake's Sport Café- Lubbock, TX
11/14 - The Hanger- Wichita Falls, TX
11/15 - Emo's Outside- Austin, TX
11/16 - The Incubator- McAllen, TX
11/18 - The Marquee- Tulsa, OK
11/19 - New Daisy Theatre- Memphis, TN
11/20 - 5 Points Music Hall- Birmingham, AL
11/22 - Edge 17- Jacksonville, FL
11/23 - New Brookland Tavern- Columbia, SC
11/24 - Soapbox Laundro-Lounge- Wilmington, NC More...