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Founded in Los Angeles, USA in 2012

MESTIS is guitarist Javier REYES (ANIMAL AS LEADERS, T.R.A.M.). His first EP "Basal Ganglia" was all instrumental and feature the use of 8 string guitar in a form that is unconventional. Javier playing bass and guitar is joined by Matt GARSTK(ANIMAL AS LEADERS) handling drum programming, Hector BAREZ (CALLE 13, BIO RITMO) on percussion and David STOUT(MARVIN GAYE) on trombone. Javie use a variety of guitar tones to make his music quite unique.

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3.55 | 4 ratings
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 Polysemy by MESTIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.55 | 4 ratings

Mestis Progressive Metal

Review by DangHeck

3 stars The 2015 full-length debut of ANIMALS AS LEADERS' own Javier REYES.

And really, he does have a very refreshing, unique style of playing (I personally can get rapidly fatigued from modern Prog Metal); and this, better than the debut EP a few years prior, will help you realize (as it did for me) his creative function in Animals As Leaders (his unique approach can really be heard on "Menos Mal"). Not that we don't have a ton to praise in Tosin ABASI. Javier is perhaps just overshadowed unfairly. The tracks "Mt. Pleasant", "Manifestacion" and "Uno Mas More", for instance, may cause you to wonder how many of your favorite AAL songs are actually penned by Reyes and not Abasi.

What I really didn't realize fully before is that Mestis is Javier! Not only guitar and bass performed here by him, but also drums(?)! Drums are certainly programmed jointly with AAL bandmate Matt GARSTKA. Featured throughout (I presume on bass) is Joe LESTER of INTRONAUT.

The track "Eclipse" features both Mario CAMARENA and Erick HANSEL of the firebrand Math-Prog trailblazers, CHON. Compared to what came before, a slightly heavier track, but still kept comfortably close (if that makes sense)--perhaps too comfortable? The expected soloing from any of the aforementioned doesn't arrive until the second half, and still the percussive element of the song is regardless the focal point. This was certainly not a highlight.

Was tempted to round it up, but I must be honest:

True Rate: 3.5/5.0

Really, impressed with the balance (and unsurprisingly, the skill). FFO Animals As Leaders, obviously.

 Polysemy by MESTIS album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.55 | 4 ratings

Mestis Progressive Metal

Review by progtime1234567

4 stars I found this album while I was doing research on Animals as leaders and decided to listen to this album, All of the guitar work is done by Animals as leaders guitarist Javier Reyes, but it sounds different compared to Animals as leaders. Reyes's complex and unconventional guitar work is fun to listen to. Reyes also has the drummer from Animals as leaders on drum programming which adds a lot tot the album. If you like Animals as leaders or any other djent bands, or bands that have technical guitar work and strange, uncommon guitar techniques, then try out this album and this band. Great instrumental prog rock.
Thanks to rdtprog for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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