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Animals As Leaders is an instrumental progressive metal band due to the extraordinary guitar work of Tosin Abasi. This band has solidified its position as one of the major driving forces of modern progressive metal genre. Animals As Leaders has experienced a long journey since its formation in 2007, after being created as a collaboration between Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2009 by Prosthetic Records.
Animals As Leaders band founding member Tosin Abasi was born in Washington D.C. and was raised in a musical household. He learned how to play guitar from various music styles like jazz and metal as a child. In 2006 Abasi joined metalcore band Reflux then in 2008 Abasi created Animals As Leaders with Javier Reyes, thus embarking on a journey to reform the instrumentation of music with a combination of metal, jazz and classical music into one entity.
Starting in 2008 Animals As Leaders was a collaboration between Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes which led to their self-titled debut album in 2009. The album was praised for its musicianship, abundance of complex riffs, grooves and unique approach to metal music. Following their debut Animals As Leaders went on to become a trio in 2009 and went in tour with bands such as Periphery and Cynic. In 2011 Animals As Leaders signed with Sumerian Records which led to the release of their second album “Weightless".
The album incorporated more sophisticated composition writing and overall growth of the band musically. The year 2014 marked the release of their third album “The Joy of Motion”, this album highlighted the bands use of electronic influenced melodies, grooves and instrumentation. In 2018, Animals As Leaders released their fourth album “The Madness of Many” which featured nine expansive tracks ranging from tranquil to chaotic.
Tosin Abasi - Guitar (2008–present)
Javier Reyes - Guitar (2008–2016)
Matt Garska - Drums (2009–present)
Navene Koperweis - Drums (2009–2013)
Animals As Leaders is an instrumental progressive metal band from Washington D.C. often compared to similar bands such as:
Animals As Leaders is famous for their diverse music catalogue, some of their most popular songs include:
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