The Washington, D.C.-based progressive instrumental group ANIMALS AS LEADERS, which features the 7- and 8-string guitar wizardy of former Reflux guitarist Tosin Abasi, have posted the cover art of their self-titled debut (street date: April 28) on their MySpace page, www.myspace.com/animalsasleaders. The Prosthetic Records webshop (store.prostheticrecords.com) is currently offering $8 pre-orders for the album, which features the following track listing:
"'Tempting Time' loosely deals with some of the time-based societal pressures that come with getting older," Abasi says. "It's about reconciling your place in your life with where society feels like you should be, and understanding the finite amount of time you have in life to do anything."
Although Abasi wrote all the music on the album and played bass in addition to all guitars, he emphasizes that Animals As Leaders is very much a band, and the group has already performed several concerts in and around the Beltway. Additional gigs, including a high-profile return to April's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival (where he performed twice with Reflux), will follow.
01. Tempting Time (currently streaming on the band's MySpace page)
03. Thoroughly At Home
04. On Impulse
06. Behaving Badly
07. The Price of Everything and the Value of Nothing
10. Point to Point
11. Modern Meat
12. Song Of Solomon