Weightless - Animals as Leaders
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  • Summary: The second album for the progressive metal band led by Tosin Abasi features new drummer Navene Koperweis, and rhythm guitarist Javier Reyes.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. Dec 16, 2011
    90
    The ambitiousness, imagination and craftsmanship on display place Weightless in a class all of its own, stridently redefining the parameters of heavy music in 2011,. [Dec 2011, p.120]
  2. Dec 16, 2011
    80
    By showcasing progressive metal in its truest, multi-dimensional form, it strides triumphant. [12 Nov 2011, p.54]
  3. Animals as Leaders have proven that they can rise above the trends that Tosin had a hand in creating, but have not done so perfectly.
  4. Dec 16, 2011
    70
    Epic riffs play a bigger part than before, but Abasi is as jaw-dropping as ever with his double-tapping technique and arpeggiated whirlwind solos.
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  1. May 2, 2012
    10
    wow! what an incredible album. i have been listening to it for 8 months now almost everyday. 8 months later and i am still finding new thingswow! what an incredible album. i have been listening to it for 8 months now almost everyday. 8 months later and i am still finding new things to love about it; some nuanced drum beat, a new polyrhythm layer, and incredible harmonies hidden under a fierce, aggressive and beautiful lead. just like their debut album, it would be foolish not to think that this album will be timeless. One thing I'd like to point out about the new album is that it was the first band effort for animals as leaders. their first album was written entirely by Tosin Abasi and produced by Misha Mansoor (Periphery;Bulb.) Weightless was also self-mixed with Navene Koperweis (the drummer; ex-Animosity) taking the helm. Koperweis adds so much to this album and you can tell. The drums maintain their technicality but add a bit of primal and a smidgen of electronica. It's a great direction for the band and I can't wait to hear what their next album has to offer. Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2012
    10
    I enjoyed every single song and for me when a band
    can let you discover new things everytime you hear over and over again
    a song is because
    I enjoyed every single song and for me when a band
    can let you discover new things everytime you hear over and over again
    a song is because they just did a masterpiece.
    and Weightless definitely is.
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  3. Mar 12, 2012
    9
    Tonsi Abansi continues to amaze - a startlingly talented guitar player with creative flair to boot. The same can be said for the other twoTonsi Abansi continues to amaze - a startlingly talented guitar player with creative flair to boot. The same can be said for the other two members of the Abansi-led Animals as Leaders.There's a lot less guitar wankery and a greater electronic focus on the math-metal group's second release. Weightless feels just as techy as their debut album, but also a lot more focused and refined. Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2012
    7
    I love Animals as Leaders but this album did not leave as good as a lasting impression as their self titled debut album. There are some greatI love Animals as Leaders but this album did not leave as good as a lasting impression as their self titled debut album. There are some great tracks but IMHO it just doesn't live up to its predecessor. Expand