Animals as Leaders
The Joy of Motion
12/2/2014 - Review by: Greg Watson
American-based metal act Animals as Leaders is somewhat of an anomaly in this generation's metal, being that they are purely instrumental--no vocals at all. With their latest release 'The Joy of Motion', Animals shows that you don't need to have vocals in a band and still be destructively heavy with just your music. From beginning to end, 'The Joy of Motion' is a showcase of the band's musical ability which is highlighted by guitarist and founder Tosin Abasi. The things this guy can do with a guitar would make Malmsteen jealous. His riffs, style of playing and speed are just mind boggling. Add in the fact that bassist Javier Reyes pulls off some Victor Wooten type bass lines and drummer Matt Garstka is pounding on the skins like his life depends on it and you have a band that doesn't get anywhere near the recognition that they deserve. Yes, they're instrumental but who cares?!? Listen to "Tooth and Claw" or "Air Chrysalis" and tell me that this band isn't metal or that they'd be better with vocals. There are so many layers and so much going on that vocals would distract from what the band is all about--the music. With heavy riffing, jazzy interludes, slapping bass and some good chugging headbanging breakdowns, 'The Joy of Motion' is a welcome addition to the metal book. This is the band's third album and second album produced by Misha Monsoor. If you're looking for something that is a bit outside the box and that you can enjoy for repeated listens then this one is for you.
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