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