Saturday, October 18, 2014

Animals As Leaders - The Joy of Motion

Who:  Animals As Leaders

What:  Third studio album, and first for Sumerian, from this turbo-technical, instrumental progressive metal band.

When:  March 2014

Where:  Washington D.C.

Why:  Because Tobin Abasi is one of the best living guitarists. Seriously, it's like him, Zakk Wylde, and Joe Satriani.

[The Radness Average (or star rating) is derived from assigning each song a number of stars based on a 1-5 scale, then adding the total number of stars, and then dividing that number of total stars by the number of songs on the record. A Radness Average of 4.0 or higher indicates a good or great record. A Radness Average of 2.0 or less indicates pure crap. Everything else is in the middle somewhere.]

Animals As Leaders - The Joy of Motion - Sumerian

1.  Ka$cade -- *****
2.  Lippencott -- ***
3.  Air Chrysalis -- *****
4.  Another Year -- **
5.  Physical Education -- ****
6.  Tooth and Claw -- *****
7.  Crescent -- ***
8.  The Future That Awaited Me -- ***
9.  Para Mexer -- ****
10.  The Woven Web -- ***
11.  Mind-Spun -- ****
12.  Nephele -- ****

Radness Average:  3.750

Animals As Leaders - The Joy of Motion

Verdict:  Imagine Eddie Van Halen playing for a vocal-less Dream Theater.

For fans of:  Between the Buried and Me, After The Burial, Periphery, Dysrhythmia


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