Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ANIMALS AS LEADERS' "Weightless" Debuts at #92 on Billboard Top 200 Chart

ANIMALS AS LEADERS' new album, "Weightless," has debuted at #92 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart. The album also landed at #7 on Billboard's Top Hard Music Chart, #16 on their Top Independent Album Chart and #50 on the Top Current Digital Album Chart. This marks the band's first appearance on any of Billboard's charts and is one of the five best first-week showings in Prosthetic history.

"Weightless" marks the recording debuts of drummer Navene Koperweis, who spearheaded the production of the album, and guitarist Javier Reyes, who mixed the album. Samples of all the album's tracks can be heard now at Prosthetic Records'

ANIMALS AS LEADERS is currently on an extensive N. American trek with Between The Buried And Me. The band has just confirmed their participation in 2012's "Tuska Open Air Festival" in Finland, alongside Ministry, Overkill, Saint Vitus, label mates Skeletonwitch, amongst many others. A complete list of upcoming dates can be found below.
11/4 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution*
11/5 Orlando, FL - The Beacham*
11/6 Birmingham, AL - Zydeco*
11/8 Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room*
11/9 Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues*
11/10 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall*
11/11 Chicago, IL - House Of Blues*
11/12 Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's*
11/13 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant*
11/15 Little Rock, AR - Downtown Music Hall*
11/16 New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues*
11/17 Houston, TX - House Of Blues*
11/18 Dallas, TX - House Of Blues*
11/19 Austin, TX - Emo's Outside*
11/20 San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live*
11/22 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre*
11/23 Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues*
11/25 Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues*
11/26 Los Angeles, CA - House Of Blues*
11/27 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore*
11/29 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory*
11/30 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory*
12/1 Calgary, AB - The Republik*
12/2 Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room*
12/3 Saskatoon, SK - Louis' Pub*
12/4 Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre*
12/6 Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar *
12/7 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre*
12/8 Montreal, QC - Club Soda*
12/9 Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights*
12/10 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts*
12/11 New York, NY- Best Buy Theatre *
6/29-7/1 Helsinki, Switzerland - Suvilahti/Tuska Open Air

* w/ BTBAM & Tesseract

ANIMALS AS LEADERS was initially the moniker under which virtuoso guitarist Tosin Abasi chose to release his groundbreaking 2009 solo debut, but it quickly became a full-fledged band that wowed crowds on tour with the likes of Circa Survive, Underoath, The Dillinger Escape Plan and many more. Their video for "CAFO" has been viewed on YouTube well over one million times. Steve Vai has called ANIMALS AS LEADERS "the future of creative, heavy, virtuoso guitar," while MetalSucks recently ranked Abasi #2 on their list of the Top 25 Modern Metal guitarists.

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