The Madness of Many, Abasi — alongside second guitarist Javier Reyes and drummer Matt Garstka — has guided Animals as Leaders down a path that is not as heavy as their past musical excursions, with increasing jazz and electronica influences blended into their more familiar sounds.
Since bursting onto the heavy metal scene in 2009, guitarist Tosin Abasi has steered Animals as Leaders from their auspicious upstart beginnings to their current status as one of the most revered acts in instrumental rock. The band’s early days were peppered with riffs that were heavy enough to make Meshuggah fans mosh it up and dazzle Musicians Institute grads with off-kilter time changes and musical dexterity. The combination made prog-metal cool again with a new wave of mid-aughts kids raised on hardcore. On new record