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Washington, D.C. (2007 – present)

Animals as Leaders is a Washington, D.C. based project formed by guitarist Tosin Abasi in 2007. Their self-titled debut album was released in April 2009 by Prosthetic Records.

Animals as Leaders was formed “out of the ashes” of guitarist Tosin Abasi’s previous band, Reflux. The record label Prosthetic Records saw Abasi’s guitar work and asked him to create a solo album for them. Abasi initially declined, feeling such an endeavor would be “egotistical and unnecessary”. When Reflux disbanded, Abasi decided to take the label’s offer. The name Animals as Leaders was inspired by Daniel Quinn’s 1992 novel Ishmael, which addresses anthropocentrism. Abasi coined the name as a reminder “that we’re all essentially animals”.

The project’s first album, Animals as Leaders, was recorded in early 2008. Abasi recorded all guitar and bass tracks on the album; drums and various synthesized effects were programmed by engineer Misha Mansoor. The album was released April 28, 2009 by Prosthetic Records.

Their second album, Weightless, was released November 8, 2011, with the addition of Javier Reyes and Navene Koperweis on rhythm guitar and drums, respectively. After touring in support of the record, it was announced that Navene Koperweis would be leaving the band. He was replaced by Matt Garstka for further touring duties.


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  • brendonfucker

    People who think AAL are a metal band are un-informed. Personally, I'd like them to take the music into a more fusion/jazz/improv direction and ditch the lame chugging bullshit. But that's just me.

    Yesterday 11:22am Reply
  • Stanley_666

    It was an honor to speak with Mr. Abasi. Great show in Prague! :)

    13 Oct 6:08pm Reply
  • Smooooooth

    Another Year

    12 Oct 11:27am Reply
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    11 Oct 11:52pm Reply
  • TheSebulPL

    Tosin Abasi IS the best guitarist of his generation. [11]

    10 Oct 6:31pm Reply
  • Karlikos

    European Set list ?

    4 Oct 10:04am Reply
  • unque

    Tosin Abasi is the guitar hero!

    2 Oct 12:59pm Reply
  • DeValanten

    Tosin Abasi is the guitar assassin!

    28 Sep 7:34am Reply
  • dxvolt

    Tosin Abasi IS the best guitarist of his generation. [10]

    24 Sep 2:30am Reply
  • nicolasbj

    The last night concert was spectacular :)

    16 Sep 12:57am Reply
  • Hoxtalicious

    Tosin Abasi IS the best guitarist of his generation. [9]

    15 Sep 12:03pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    v "everything else is boring as hell" (says the guy who don't even listened the entire discography at least a few times), yeah sure, I'm the troll. Just keep listening the ONE genre that you're able to understand.

    13 Sep 7:10pm Reply
  • LittleDeepPurpl

    @nicolasbj you say like a typical stupid snob, which shits upside down only because he want to be "not like others" (or you are just fat troll)

    13 Sep 6:08pm Reply
  • nicolasbj

    v or it's not a band for a close-minded metalhead like you (it's funny that some stupids think AAL it's a metal band)

    13 Sep 5:25pm Reply
  • LittleDeepPurpl

    CAFO is nice, but everything else is boring as hell.

    13 Sep 10:36am Reply
  • zinigor

    Djazz! [3] Hahah!

    9 Sep 7:14am Reply
  • bronycore

    Tosin Abasi IS the best guitarist of his generation. [8]

    6 Sep 8:30pm Reply
  • Flesheater4251

    Djazz [2]

    30 Aug 8:08pm Reply
  • DesunotoK

    joy in motion = 5/5 weightless= 2,8-3/5 They have improved.Hopefully they keep up the good work.

    26 Aug 4:29pm Reply
  • AlexMetallist

    dont know whats the hype all about, this is simply a negro "jdent" band that like every other jdent band, blatantly rips off megushah.

    24 Aug 3:10pm Reply
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