Review: Animals as Leaders – Weightless



Animals as Leaders are essentially a brain-bending conduit for the next-level shredding of eight-string diabolist Tosin Abasi. Maniacally fingertapping with the unpredictable pulse of a sickly modem, Abasi is cybersurfing with the aliens, bringing future-shocked wheedle-wheedle to a generation weaned on Meshuggah and Aphex Twin. His 2009 debut suffered from the flat, lifeless hammering of programmed drums, but this follow-up debuts a superhuman, super-heavy full band, who magically keep time with his rubbery arrhythmia from the Ministry of Silly Mosh. Abasi’s nonstop flurrious freak-outs get monotonous after 47 minutes, but he’s never low on energy, surprises, or staggering chops. CHRISTOPHER R. WEINGARTEN

Check out “Odessa” off Weightless below:

  • Hawking189

    wow :S ive never heard Tosin spoken about with such…dislike? is that the word?

  • Someone

    Sadly, Weightless does not even come close to the self-title debut…

    • Hawking189

      I dont know about that…. Its definitely a different approach but its got a very distinct sound. I didnt know the drums on the first album were such an issue? Didnt know everyone hated them. They sound great to me