ANIMALS AS LEADERS Launch Brand New Single

ANIMALS AS LEADERS Launch Brand New Single Exclusively On Itunes and Announce Tour Dates!
Tosin Abasi Gives Guitar Tutorial on

Progressive instrumental metal outfit, ANIMALS AS LEADERS, has launched the brand new single, “Wave of Babies,” exclusively on Itunes. It’s available now, Tosin Abasi, the band’s main man and eight string virtuoso has filmed a mini-guitar tutorial, teaching part of the brand new track. Check it out now, exclusively at (

Abasi commented on “Wave of Babies;” “This is a track I did with Misha ‘Bulb’ Mansoor shortly after the Animals as Leaders album was finished. Apparently the musical ideas weren’t exhausted during the album sessions and we still had some collaborative momentum left in us. It’s very possible that we’ll be adding this song to our live set during the Summer Slaughter tour in July so make sure to come out early to catch us!”

ANIMALS AS LEADERS will be participating in this year’s “Summer Slaughter” tour, alongside Decapitated, The Faceless and many more. This will be the second year in a row Abasi will be on the tour, as he served as a touring guitarist in Born of Osiris for much of 2009, which included last year’s edition of the tour. The dates are:

7/17             San Diego, CA – Soma
7/18            Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
7/20             El Paso, TX – Club 101
7/21             San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
7/22             Austin, TX – Emo’s
7/23             Ft. Worth, TX – Ridglea Theatre
7/24             Houston, TX – Warsaw Ballroom
7/26             Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
7/27             Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
7/29             Philadelphia, PA – TLA
7/30            Baltimore, MD – Sonar
7/31             Worcester, MA – The Palladium
8/1             New York, NY – Irving Plaza
8/2             Quebec City, QC – Imperial
8/3             Montreal, QC – Club Soda
8/4            Toronto, ON – Opera House

8/5             Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
8/6             Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
8/7             Detroit, MI – Harpos
8/8             Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
8/9             Chicago, IL – House of Blues
8/10             Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
8/11            Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
8/13             Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
8/14             Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
8/16             Calgary, AB – Republik
8/17             Edmonton, AB – Starlite
8/19             Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
8/20             Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
8/21             Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
8/23             San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

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

Legendary guitarist Steve Vai recently commented on 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.”

The band took to the road in late 2009 and has played with acts such as Between the Buried and Me, Periphery, Veil Of Maya and The Dillinger Escape Plan, among others. You can check out tracks and as several “demonstration” videos at the band’s MySpace page:



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