Thursday, April 7, 2011

ANIMALS AS LEADERS' Debut Coming On Vinyl, Pre-order Available Now

Progressive instrumental act ANIMALS AS LEADERS' acclaimed self-titled debut album, which was originally released in 2009, will be available for the first time on vinyl in June. The 180-gram double-LP set, which includes the song "Wave of Babies" (previously an iTunes exclusive) as a bonus track, will feature a high-quality Stoughton gatefold jacket with enhanced album artwork that includes 3D imagery and custom AAL 3D glasses! The set is available in three different color combinations and is limited to 1000 pieces total. There will also be a brand new, exclusive T-shirt available on its own or in a bundle with the LPs. Reserve yours now! 
ANIMALS AS LEADERS are currently writing and preparing to enter the studio to record their second album with Prosthetic, which should see a release later in the year. The band will appear at the annual Bamboozle Fest in New Jersey later this month, and will be supporting Between the Buried and Me in Europe this fall. Their upcoming dates are:

4/30      E. Rutherford, NJ- Meadowlands, Bamboozle 2011
9/2        Paris, France - Maroquinerie
9/3        Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo Werk 21
9/4        Munich, Germany - Backstage Halle
9/6        Rome, Italy - Jailbreak Club
9/7        Pinarella Di Cervia, Italy - Roma
9/10      Istanbul, Turkey - Unirock Festival
9/11      Tel Aviv, Israel - Barby
9/12      Bratislava I, Slovakia - Randal Club
9/13      Vienna, Austria - Chelsea
9/14      Berlin, Germany - Magnet
9/15      Hamburg, Germany - Logo
9/16      Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
9/17      Cologne, Germany - Underground
9/18      Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
9/20      London, UK - Underworld
9/21      London, UK - Underworld

ANIMALS AS LEADERS' self-titled debut was released in 2009 to waves of critical acclaim. MetalSucks called it "intricate instru-metal of the highest caliber," and the album also received a 10/10 from and a 9.7/10 from The group has toured steadily for the last 18 months alongside such acts as The Dillinger Escape Plan, BTBAM, Circa Survive, Underoath, The Faceless and Veil of Maya, in addition to performing on last year's Summer Slaughter tour.

Legendary guitarist Steve Vai recently commented on guitarist Tosin Abasi and ANIMALS AS LEADERS: "When I first heard Animals As Leaders, I felt as though at last, I was hearing the future of creative, heavy virtuoso guitar playing. It's quite amazing." Check out the video for "CAFO" now.

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