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Animals As Leaders

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

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More Animals As Leaders Tour Dates Announced

More tour dates have been added to the upcoming Animals As Leaders headlining North American tour package. The trek, which kicks off July 7th, also features Intronaut, the U.S. live debut of new Sumerian artist Dead Letter Circus, Last Chance To Reason and Evan Brewer (Faceless bassist) who will be delivering a solo bass set.

Dead Letter Circus is set to release their album "This Is The Warning" in North America on July 26th. The band teamed up with Australian producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool) to record their much anticipated debut full-length release, "This Is The Warning." The offering debuted at #2 on the Australian charts alongside a #1 iTunes debut. Numerous sold-out tours around the country quickly followed, which was capped off with stadium support shows with Muse and Linkin Park. "This Is The Warning" is quickly approaching gold certification for the Australian territory.

7/07 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
7/08 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
7/09 - Sacramento/San Francisco, CA/Oakland, CA
7/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
7/11 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Martini Ranch
7/13 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
7/14 - Wichita, KS @ The Oz
7/15 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
7/16 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
7/17 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
7/18 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawks Place
7/19 - Long Island, NY @ Crazy Donkey
7/20 - Albany, NY @ Northern Lights
7/21 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
7/22 - Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
7/23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
7/24 - Covington, KY @ Madhatter
7/26 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene St
7/27 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/28 - Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
7/29 - Orlando, FL @ The Backbooth
7/30 - Mobile, AL @ The Alabama Music Box
7/31 - Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
8/01 - St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
8/03 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory

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Prosthetic Records Releases Summer Sampler

Prosthetic Records has launched a new downloadable sampler on their Facebook page. The free sampler features new songs by The Greenery, Scale The Summit, Book of Black Earth, Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire, Last Chance To Reason and Black September in addition to tracks from some of Prosthetic's best-known heavy-hitters. Here's the complete tracklisting:

1. Holy Grail - "Call of Valhalla"
2. Scale The Summit - "Whales"
3. Animals As Leaders - "CAFO"
4. Last Chance To Reason - "Upload Complete"
5. The Acacia Strain - "The Hills Have Eyes"
6. The Greenery - "Crimewave"
7. Trap Them - "The Facts"
8. Book of Black Earth - "Cross Contaminated"
9. Neuraxis - "Asylum"
10. Black September - "The Forbidden Gates Beyond"
11. Withered - "Extinguished With The Weary"
12. Clinging To The Trees of a Forest Fire - "Lower Than Life, High As The Sky"
13. Dragged Into Sunlight - "Boiled Angel"
14. The Funeral Pyre - "Seeking Flesh and Bone"
15. Skeletonwitch - "Submit To The Suffering"
16. Mercenary - "The Follower"
17. Antagonist - "Sasha Grey"

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More Dates Added To Animals As Leaders U.S. Tour

New concert dates have been added to the forthcoming United States run from Animals As Leaders and Intronaut. You can view the updated list of dates, cities and venues below.

07/07 San Diego, CA – Soma
07/08 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
07/10 West Hollywood, CA – Key Club
07/11 Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch
07/13 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
07/14 Wichita, KS – The Oz
07/15 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
07/16 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
07/17 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
07/18 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
07/19 Farmingdale, NY – Crazy Donkey
07/20 Albany, NY – Northern Lights
07/21 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
07/22 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
07/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
07/24 Covington, KY – Mad Hatter
07/26 Greensboro, NC – Greene Street Club
07/27 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
07/28 Charleston, SC – The Oasis
07/29 Orlando, FL – Back Booth
07/30 Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
07/31 Memphis, TN – Hi Tone
08/01 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
08/03 Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory

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Intronaut To Tour With Animals As Leaders

California progressive metal act Intronaut has revealed a portion of the dates for its forthcoming tour of the United States with Animals As Leaders. Support on the trek will come from Dead Letter Circus, Last Chance To Reason and a solo set from The Faceless bassist Evan Brewer. You can view the confirmed list of dates, cities and venues below with more expected to follow shortly.

07/07 San Diego, CA – Soma
07/08 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
07/10 West Hollywood, CA – Key Club
07/11 Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch
07/13 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
07/14 Wichita, KS – The Oz
07/15 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
07/16 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
07/17 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
07/18 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
07/19 Farmingdale, NY – Crazy Donkey
07/20 -Albany, NY – Northern Lights

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Josh Barnett Announces Japanese Relief Show

MMA superstar Josh Barnett has spearheaded a relief fund to help the victims of the recent travesty that hit Japan. Barnett is very open about his love of heavy metal and he knew it made perfect sense to put together a show that featured some of the metal's best acts to raise some money for this very worthy cause.

This special event featuring All Shall Perish, Animals As Leaders, Cattle Decapitation, Abysmal Dawn, Internal Corrosion, and Thrown Into Exile is set to take place at the House of Blues in Hollywood on Saturday, May 26th and all proceeds go directly to the American Red Cross Japanese relief effort. Tickets are only $15 and are on-sale now here or at this location.

Barnett states: "As someone that has worked in Japan over the last nine years and even lived there for a time I felt an obligation to try and help a country which has shown so much love and hospitality to me over the years. This event dealt a devastating blow to the 'Land of The Rising Sun,' not only economically but to the hearts, minds and souls of its people. I don't think that my event can in any way reverse what has happened or completely restore a country and its people, but music has the power to move the heart and soul. That kind energy can reach masses and be transferred to others and if even one person can be helped, it was worth it. In any form that we can generate funds, support and just simply the bushido spirit to all those affected by this we will be successful and keep the sun forever rising in Japan.

“I am incredibly lucky and thankful for all the bands, companies and people that have helped me organize such an awesome show and I not only look forward to seeing everyone there but to sit back and be a fan myself. I'll be the big blonde guy headbanging, horns in the air."

Ben Orum (guitarist of All Shall Perish) further comments: “We would like to personally thank Josh Barnett for inviting us to play this very special Japanese relief benefit show. What happened over there was a travesty and while it's easy to not think about the events that took place because we are so far away, we hope to remind people how much help is still needed. We will be performing some new material off of our upcoming CD, This is Where it Ends, so come out and check it out! Check out the link here for a sneak peak to some of our new material."

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Between The Buried And Me Extends European Tour

American progressive metal act Between The Buried And Me has added a new batch of dates to its announced tour of Europe. The tour, which features support from Animals as Leaders, will now run in the following order.

09/02 Paris, FRA – Maroquinerie
09/03 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo Werk 21
09/04 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
09/06 Rome, ITA – Jailbreak Club
09/07 Pinarella, ITA – Di Cervia
09/09 Istanbul, TUR – Unirock Festival
09/10 Tel Aviv, ISR – Barby
09/11 Bratislava, SLO – Randall Club
09/12 Wein, AUT – Chelsea
09/13 Prague, CZE – Republic Rock Café
09/14 Berlin, GER – Magnet
09/15 Hamburg, GER – Logo
09/16 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
09/17 Koln, GER – Underground
09/18 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
09/20 London, UK – Underworld
09/21 London, UK – Underworld
09/22 Manchester, UK – Moho Live
09/23 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
09/24 Leeds, UK – Cockpit
09/25 Birmingham, UK – Academy 3
09/26 Bristol, UK – Academy 2
09/27 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
09/28 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
09/29 St. Petersburg, RUS – Kosmanavt
09/30 Moscow, RUS – Plan B

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BTBAM Announces European Tour

American progressive metal act Between The Buried And Me has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of Europe. Support on the trek will come from Animals As Leaders. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.

09/02 Paris, FRA – Maroquinerie
09/03 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo Werk 21
09/04 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
09/06 Rome, ITA – Jailbreak Club
09/07 Pinarella, ITA – Di Cervia
09/09 Istanbul, TUR – Unirock Festival
09/10 Tel Aviv, ISR – Barby
09/11 Bratislava, SLO – Randall Club
09/12 Vienna, AUT – Chelsea
09/13 Prague, CZE – Republic Rock Café
09/14 Berlin, GER – Magnet
09/15 Hamburg, GER – Logo
09/16 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
09/17 Cologne, GER – Underground
09/18 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
09/20 London, UK – Underworld
09/21 London, UK – Underworld

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Prosthetic Records Announces SXSW Shows

Much like last year, Prosthetic Records will be well represented at Austin's South By Southwest Festival next week. Although the label does not have an official showcase or party, there are six bands from the roster playing multiple shows throughout the week.

The Acacia Strain, Animals as Leaders, The Funeral Pyre, Last Chance to Reason, Trap Them, and latest signing Junius will all be playing showcases and/or day parties throughout the week. Prosthetic will also be giving frequent Twitter updates on SXSW showcases throughout the week at this location. The upcoming Prosthetic shows at SXSW are as follows:

The Acacia Strain
3/18 NE Metal & Hardcore Fest Does Austin @ Emo's Annex, 5:10

Animals As Leaders
3/17 Sumerian Showcase @ Habana Bar Backyard, 10PM
3/19 Alternative Press Party @ Emo's TBA

The Funeral Pyre
3/18 NE Metal & Hardcore Fest Does Austin @ Emo's Annex, 1:10
3/18 Power of the Riff @ ND Studios, 3:30

3/18 Mylene Sheath Showcase @ Valhalla, Midnight
3/20 Radar Recordings & Giant Steps Prod. Present 'Goodbye Southby' @ Emo's, 9pm

Last Chance to Reason
3/20 @ Dirty Dog Bar

Trap Them
3/17 Full Metal Texas @ Emo's, 4:05pm
3/18 Power of the Riff@ ND Studios, 2pm
3/18 NE Metal and Hardcore Fest Does Austin @ Emo's Annex, 3:50pm
3/19 Thrasher Deathmatch @ Scoot Inn, 5pm

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T.R.A.M. Signs With Sumerian Records

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."

T.R.A.M. is
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)

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Asking Alexandria To Headline South By So What?!

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.

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Underoath Announces North American Headline Tour

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

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Animals As Leaders Posts New Music Video Online

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.

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Animals As Leaders Post Music Video Teaser Online

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:

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Animals As Leaders Drummer To Give Lessons On Tour

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

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Animals As Leaders Releases New Single

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.

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More Summer Slaughter Shows Announced

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...

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Summer Slaughter 2010 Linuep Announced

The full and final lineup for the Summer Slaughter 2010 tour has been announced. The full lineup is:


With the exception of the New York and Los Angeles dates, tickets are projected to be under $20.

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Light This City Announces More Farewell Shows

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)....

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Veil of Maya Completes Tracking New Album

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...

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Animals As Leaders To Support Veil of Maya on Tour

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!"

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