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    Posted: April 30 2010 at 17:29

Animals as Leaders is an instrumental album by a Meshuggah influenced guitar whiz named Tosin Obasi.

I just discovered this band and this guitarist and the style (Djent) over the last few days. As a guitar player I am blown away to some extent, and these musicians are pushing music into new territory which is always good. I haven't had an album make me want to run to my guitar like this in awhile.

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A damn good album, one of the better releases of last year.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 01 2010 at 15:45

Found out about it last year, but didn't actually investigate it until this year.

Fine stuff indeed. Had no idea it was a one man band til I read the bio here, which makes it quite the more impressive. Hopefully we'll hear more from him soon.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote avalanchemaster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 02 2010 at 11:08
I prefer his previous band, Reflux.  Their album is called the illusion of Democracy. 
Animals just seems too safe.  Not enough experimentation for me.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Negoba Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 07 2010 at 14:10
I'll have to check out Reflux...though metalcore is not my cup of tea.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote avalanchemaster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 07 2010 at 17:31
Originally posted by Negoba

I'll have to check out Reflux...though metalcore is not my cup of tea.
 
Well the 'core part may be in the vocals, yet they add some clean vox too.  Some of the heavier guitar parts may be said to be like 'core as well, but they are far better than most 'core by miles.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Xanatos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 13 2010 at 10:52
Originally posted by sleeper

A damn good album, one of the better releases of last year.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote progger7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 12 2010 at 13:29
they're debut album is just mind blowing. upon first listen i literally needed a new pair of underwear because I sh*t MYSELF. looking forward to seeing them on the 23rd. it's a shame it's circa survive headlining that show. not really into them at all. another decent band playing that show as well is DREDG.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote avalanchemaster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 12 2010 at 14:25
Circa Survive are fairly decent if you ask me.  Truth be told, I would rather listen to them than AAL.  More soul involved... anyway, Dredg is not that far removed from Circa Survive if you ask me.  They are both sort of indie, semi-proggy bands with singers who have really high, clean, beautiful vocals... lots of focus on ambient guitar parts too... but I suppose some people like red apples instead of green ones.  Just sayin'.

another band to check out in the 'shuggah inspired camp (who are actually better than any and all clones, if not better than 'shuggah themselves) are Obsidian:


well their first album is great anyway, have not heard the new one...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote progger7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2010 at 22:49
for some reason though dredg's vocals appeal to me mroe than circa survives. of course i'm one of those people who aren't a fan of coheed and circa survive's vocals are too much like coheeds imho.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote onebraineno Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 06 2010 at 09:56
Animals as Leaders is considered Djent Progressive
(Those who don't know what Djent is, it's that sound that a guitar does in Groove metal (Meshuggah started the whole concept).
But anyway the whole Djent thing is really starting to pop up everywhere.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dtd350 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 06 2010 at 19:18
This band is one of the best bands of that has emerged within the last couple years.  I bought the album about a year ago and it is just insane.  Amazing front to back.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Mushroom Sword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 06 2010 at 22:30
Originally posted by dtd350

This band is one of the best bands of that has emerged within the last couple years.  I bought the album about a year ago and it is just insane.  Amazing front to back.


Yeah and look at your avatar.

What's interesting is I was listening to "Thoroughly at Home" while I read this thread. I just happened to find it. Tosin is a very amazing player. I'd like to see him go up against Petrucci haha. Abasi would win if it was just Him and Petrucci, but if JP had Myung and Portnoy behind him... Tosin would still win.

I cant wait for there next album. Tosin Abasi will go down in the history books. Well... he would if the people who wrote them stepped out of there safe little never-leaving-the-key-or-4-4-time-signature-and-no-guitar-music.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Perplexer Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 06 2010 at 22:45
Saw them at a BtBaM show about a year (?) ago.  They blew me away.  Was not expecting anything that amazing out of any of the bands opening for BtBaM.  The rest of the bands sucked.  I love BtBaM but AaL kinda upstaged them.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dtd350 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 07 2010 at 04:34
Originally posted by Mushroom Sword

Originally posted by dtd350

This band is one of the best bands of that has emerged within the last couple years.  I bought the album about a year ago and it is just insane.  Amazing front to back.


Yeah and look at your avatar.

What's interesting is I was listening to "Thoroughly at Home" while I read this thread. I just happened to find it. Tosin is a very amazing player. I'd like to see him go up against Petrucci haha. Abasi would win if it was just Him and Petrucci, but if JP had Myung and Portnoy behind him... Tosin would still win.

I cant wait for there next album. Tosin Abasi will go down in the history books. Well... he would if the people who wrote them stepped out of there safe little never-leaving-the-key-or-4-4-time-signature-and-no-guitar-music.

/Rant.
Hmmm, well I would have to admit that I am a pretty big Dream Theater fan.  There is something to be said about making the number of albums that Dream Theater has and still have excellent stuff all the way through the dicography.  Is there stuff in DT's discs that I don't like, sure but there is ALOT more that I really like.  Not to take anything away from AAL but they are new.  They need to make more albums there are relatively close in quality before I can start talking about them being better than DT.  Besides, DT is more thrash inspired Progressive Metal where AAL is a completely different style.  I would put them in a different genre almost.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote caloygwapo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 09 2010 at 02:57
Well the 'core part may be in the vocals, yet they add some clean vox too


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Great stuff. I think their first album is slightly better than their second one tho
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Great band. TRAM is better. :-D
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Originally posted by Smurph

Great band. TRAM is better. :-D

I like TRAM, but Tosin doesn't do as much amazing technical stuff in it as in AAL.  Seems to me like most of the guitar parts in TRAM could've been done by a lot of guitarists out there, while the guitar work in AAL is extraordinary.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Smurph Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 24 2012 at 09:28
Originally posted by dtguitarfan

Originally posted by Smurph

Great band. TRAM is better. :-D

I like TRAM, but Tosin doesn't do as much amazing technical stuff in it as in AAL.  Seems to me like most of the guitar parts in TRAM could've been done by a lot of guitarists out there, while the guitar work in AAL is extraordinary.
Well, Tosin has even stated that AAL is kinda masturbatory. It's literally meant to be music that makes people go "WOW holy sh*t he's good at guitar." Because he knew that using his insane skill, he'd be able to sell it.
Tram is more musically diverse and while it is not quite as technical, I find it to be more compositionally complex because of the use of counterpoint.

SURE, a lot of guitarists could play the guitar parts in TRAM, but not very many of them could WRITE that music. I enjoy TRAM because it has more emotion and pulls at my heartstrings a little mo'
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