Animals As Leaders http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/414/all en Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Tosin Abasi and Brendon Small Rock "A Benefit for Cliff III" http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-joe-satriani-tosin-abasi-and-brendon-small-rock-benefit-cliff-iii <!--paging_filter--><p>This past Friday night, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai hosted "A Benefit for Cliff III," a benefit show in support of their good friend, music-industry veteran <a href="http://www.allmusic.com/artist/cliff-cultreri-mn0002289593/credits">Cliff Cultreri.</a></p> <p>The show, which took place at the <a href="http://www.wiltern.com/">Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles</a>, featured performances by Satriani, Vai and Animals As Leaders, and also featured Dethklok's Brendon Small. The show also featured Satriani's band—Mike Keneally​ (vocals, guitar), Marco Minnemann (drums) and Bryan Beller (bass). </p> <p>Cultreri is the A&amp;R executive who "discovered" Satriani, Vai and many other artists while working at Relativity Records and Koch Entertainment. Cultreri is suffering from a host of auto-immune and connective-tissue disorders that are simultaneously attacking his immune system, a 1-in-100 million occurrence that causes severe pain and physical debilitations. </p> <p>He served as A&amp;R for Allan Holdsworth, Billy Sheehan and Talas, Peter Frampton, Megadeth, Corrosion Of Conformity, Exodus, Anthrax, Death, Venom, Slash's Snakepit, My Bloody Valentine, the Cure, Modern English, Gene Loves Jezebel, Fat Joe, Common, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, 3-6 Mafia, KRS1, Beatnuts, C Murder, Kurupt, Soulja Slim, RZA and many others.</p> <p>Satriani and Vai hosted benefit shows for Cultreri in 2006 and 2011.</p> <p>Check out this photo gallery by Andy Alt.</p> <p><em>Photo: Andy Alt</em></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/steve-vai">Steve Vai</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/joe-satriani">Joe Satriani</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/steve-vai-joe-satriani-tosin-abasi-and-brendon-small-rock-benefit-cliff-iii#comments Andy Alt Animals As Leaders Brendon Small Joe Satriani Steve Vai Tosin Abasi News Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:08:56 +0000 Damian Fanelli 24718 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video Finds: Tosin Abasi Covers Radiohead on Classical Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-tosin-abasi-covers-radiohead-on-classical-guitar <!--paging_filter--><p>Check out this clip of Tosin Abasi covering Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” from 2010. </p> <p>In it, the Animals as Leaders guitarist swaps his 8-string electric for a classical guitar. </p> <p>Along with upright bassist Matthew Hemerlein, Abasi fingerpicks his way through a dreamy rendition of this <em>OK Computer</em> anthem. </p> <p>The performance is all-instrumental until Hemerlein sings Thom Yorke’s vocal for the outro of the song (with some accompanying psychedelic video effects!). </p> <p>Find out more about these artists at <a href="http://www.matthewhemerlein.com">www.matthewhemerlein.com</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/animalsasleaders">www.facebook.com/animalsasleaders</a>. </p> <p>Be sure to check out Animals as Leaders’ latest album, <em>The Joy of Motion</em>, to hear a completely different side of Abasi’s guitar playing. </p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-2e3WcsCHQY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-additional-content"><legend>Additional Content</legend><div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-related-artist"> <div class="field-label"><p><strong>Related Artist:</strong>&nbsp;<p></div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/radiohead">Radiohead</a> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-tosin-abasi-covers-radiohead-on-classical-guitar#comments Acoustic Nation Animals As Leaders Radiohead Tosin Abasi Blogs Videos Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:10:26 +0000 Acoustic Nation 22096 at http://www.guitarworld.com Animals As Leaders Perform "Kascade" from 'At Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt' — Exclusive Video http://www.guitarworld.com/animals-leaders-perform-kascade-guitar-center-nic-harcourt-exclusive-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Today, GuitarWorld.com presents an exclusive clip of Animals As Leaders performing "Kascade" as part of the band's recent <em>At Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt</em> podcast.</p> <p>The full interview portion of the audio podcast is available <a href="http://atguitarcenter.com/podcast/">RIGHT HERE.</a></p> <p>"Kascade" is the opening track from the band's new album, <em>The Joy of Motion,</em> <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-joy-of-motion/id826413332">which was released March 25 through Sumerian Records.</a></p> <p><em>At Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt</em> is an ongoing podcast series created by Guitar Center that delivers unique music — and the stories behind it, as told to Harcourt. The series features exclusive performance videos (like this one) and audio podcasts of these interviews that aim to tell the stories of the artists, their background, their music and more. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://gc.guitarcenter.com/podcast/">gc.guitarcenter.com/podcast/</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/kVSQnsuTs-g" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/animals-leaders-perform-kascade-guitar-center-nic-harcourt-exclusive-video#comments Animals As Leaders Guitar Center Videos News Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:44:14 +0000 Damian Fanelli 21514 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video: Sample Guitar World's New 'Tosin Abasi: Prog-Gnosis' DVD http://www.guitarworld.com/video-sample-guitar-worlds-new-tosin-abasi-prog-gnosis-dvd <!--paging_filter--><p>Tosin Abasi, the undisputed master of the seven- and eight-string guitar, reveals his playing and practicing secrets in a new <em>Guitar World</em> DVD, <em>Tosin Abasi: Prog-Gnosis</em>. <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/dvds/products/tosin-abasi-prog-gnosis-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=ProgGnosisDVD">The DVD is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for only $9.99.</a></p> <p>This DVD includes more than an hour of instruction in seven-string arpeggios, economy picking, odd-meter phrasing, hybrid picking and much more. It also includes warm-ups for both hands.</p> <p><strong>DVD Contents:</strong></p> <p> • Animal Instinct - Getting a feel for picking techniques with the track "Somnarium"<br /> • Economies of Scale - Making effective use of economy picking, and how Tosin Abasi plays his solos in "Somnarium"<br /> • Inter-Planetary Exploration - How to play the outro guitar solo in "Earth Departure"<br /> • Double Up - Double picking, and the first solo in "An Infinite Regression"<br /> • Thumbs Up - How to play the thumb-slapped intro to "An Infinite Regression"<br /> • Lucky Sevens - Making odd meters feel natural, and how to play "Cylindrical Sea"<br /> • Six Sense - Playing 6/4, and the hybrid-picked arpeggios in "David"<br /> • Six of Another - More on playing in 6/4 meter, and how I perform the hybrid-picked arpeggios in "David," part 2.<br /> • Voicing Opinions - Devising chord voicings on the eight-string guitar<br /> • Turn on the Heat - Effective ways to warm up both hands<br /> • Rollercoaster Ride - Seven-string arpeggios<br /> • Two-Hand Touch - Examining the two-hand tapping and odd-meter phrasing in "Isolated Incidents"<br /> • Connect the Dots - Analyzing the harmonized melody lines in "Isolated Incidents"</p> <p>Regarded as one of the new millenium's brightest guitar stars, Abasi is the guitarist and composer for the instrumental progressive metal band Animals as Leaders. He has recorded and released two self-titled albums with the group — their self-titled debut and <em>Weightless</em>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/dvds/products/tosin-abasi-prog-gnosis-dvd/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=ProgGnosisDVD">This DVD is available now at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></strong></p> <p><em>NOTE: This DVD includes a .PDF file with tabs.</em></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="390" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/z3YwFQz2k9k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/video-sample-guitar-worlds-new-tosin-abasi-prog-gnosis-dvd#comments Animals As Leaders Tosin Abasi News Features Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:01:58 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19164 at http://www.guitarworld.com Animals As Leaders Guitarist Tosin Abasi Discovers 'The Joy of Motion' http://www.guitarworld.com/animals-leaders-guitarist-tosin-abasi-discovers-joy-motion <!--paging_filter--><p>Having given the instrumental prog-metal envelope a serious push with their first two records—2009’s <em>Animals As Leaders</em> and 2011’s <em>Weightless</em>—Tosin Abasi and longtime guitar partner Javier Reyes are taking their virtuoso approach to the next level on their latest effort, <em>The Joy of Motion</em>.</p> <p>“Prog as an ideology should be, in essence, a progression,” Abasi says. </p> <p>“It should be constantly stepping forward and exploring new territory. We really like the essence of what progressive means, so we want to incorporate cutting-edge sounds and maybe bring elements into progressive metal that are really far removed from metal.</p> <p>So for <em>The Joy of Motion</em>, we referenced electronic music, jazz and various other genres, because to us, that really contributes to our sound—and that makes it sound progressive to us, because it’s new.”</p> <p>Abasi and Reyes’ inter-locking eight-string riffs still play a major part in AAL’s sound, of course. Likewise, the pair’s signature playing styles—which involve a radical mixture of sweep picking, two-handed tapping and funk-style slapping—are present and accounted for. </p> <p>But <em>The Joy of Motion</em> is also more dynamic than their previous albums: it’s the first AAL record to utilize live drums (courtesy of Matt Garstka) on top of pre-programmed electronic beats, and it places a greater emphasis on clean and acoustic guitar tones.</p> <p>“I think it’s just a natural progression for both me and Tosin as players,” Reyes says. “It’s been a natural evolution to write a lot of clean stuff. At the same time, this might be our heaviest album. There’s a lot of high-gain stuff on there, but the blend of that and the clean songs and the thumping songs makes it more interesting than what we’ve done in the past.”</p> <p>“I think this album shows a different side of my guitar playing,” Abasi adds, “because here’s actually less soloing. And for the solos that do occur, I’m playing differently than I was. There’s way less shred, if I’m going to be blunt about it, but I think it’s more lyrical. I started to get into modern gospel and neo-soul, listening to jazz-influenced R&amp;B guitarists like Jairus Mozee and Isaiah Sharkey, and I think it’s kind of bled into my phrasing now.”</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9P4GsF1zdzM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Having firmly established himself as a guitar hero for the djent generation, Abasi admits he felt some pressure to further ratchet up the fretboard wizardry on the new album. “Dude, yeah,” he says with a laugh. </p> <p>“And it’s not a good pressure, because I don’t like the pissing contest of, ‘How complex can your time signatures and arrangements be?’ or ‘How fast are you shredding?’ That was never my motivation. I had to battle a lot of internal anxiety—the feeling like I had to prove something with this record.</p> <p>“But honestly, after some examination, that stuff really ceased to be important at all to me. What I hoped to do with this record was make music that would impact people emotionally, whether they played guitar or not.”</p> <p><em>Photo: Sean Murphy</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/animals-leaders-guitarist-tosin-abasi-discovers-joy-motion#comments Animals As Leaders April 2014 Tosin Abasi Interviews News Features Magazine Tue, 01 Apr 2014 11:02:31 +0000 Dan Epstein 20895 at http://www.guitarworld.com Listen: Animals As Leaders Streaming New Album, 'The Joy of Motion' http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-animals-leaders-streaming-new-album-joy-motion <!--paging_filter--><p>Having given the instrumental prog-metal envelope a serious push with their first two records—2009’s <em>Animals as Leaders</em> and 2011’s <em>Weightless</em>—Tosin Abasi and longtime guitar partner Javier Reyes are taking their virtuoso approach to the next level on their latest effort, <em>The Joy of Motion.</em></p> <p>Right now, Animals as Leaders are streaming the entire album at their official YouTube channel. You can check out the playlist below.</p> <p>This is a nice surprise, since the album won't be released until March 25 via Sumerian Records</p> <p>“Prog as an ideology should be, in essence, a progression,” Abasi says in the April 2014 issue of <em>Guitar World</em>. </p> <p>“It should be constantly stepping forward and exploring new territory. We really like the essence of what progressive means, so we want to incorporate cutting-edge sounds and maybe bring elements into progressive metal that are really far removed from metal. </p> <p>"So for <em>The Joy of Motion</em>, we referenced electronic music, jazz and various other genres, because to us, that really contributes to our sound—and that makes it sound progressive to us, because it’s new.” For the rest of this interview, check out the April 2014 issue of GW <a href="http://guitarworld.myshopify.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-april-14-kiss?utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWAPR14">at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></p> <p>Check it out below — and tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook!</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/lbA3jxab4A0?list=PLH22-xSMERQpG4M9HshhXUJ9OKMNlwU8T" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-animals-leaders-streaming-new-album-joy-motion#comments Animals As Leaders April 2014 News Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:16:49 +0000 Dan Epstein 20776 at http://www.guitarworld.com Video Finds: Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders Tackles Eight-String Acoustic Guitar http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-tosin-abasi-animals-leaders-tackles-8-string-acoustic <!--paging_filter--><p>Here’s Tosin Abasi from Animals As Leaders doing his thing on an eight-string acoustic guitar built and designed by Julien Bergeron. </p> <p>Tosin says, “I am blown away by the tone, volume and playability of this thing!”</p> <p>Mainly a self-taught guitarist, Abasi has graced the pages of <em>Guitar World</em> and is known for his technical prowess. </p> <p>He is typically seen with his Ibanez TAM100 Signature eight-string electric guitar.</p> <p>The new album from Animals as Leaders, <em>The Joy of Motion</em>, will be out March 25 via Sumerian Records. For about Abasi and the band, visit <a href=” http://sumerianrecords.com/artist/details/Animals+As+Leaders/id:36/”>sumerianrecords.com</a>.</p> <p>He sure does make playing eight strings look easy:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JX7cLQBmPds" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-video-finds-tosin-abasi-animals-leaders-tackles-8-string-acoustic#comments acoustic guitar Acoustic Nation Animals As Leaders Tosin Abasi Blogs Videos Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:48:36 +0000 Acoustic Nation 20591 at http://www.guitarworld.com Dear Guitar Hero: Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders Discusses His Musical Education, Meeting Steve Vai, Feeling Pressure and More http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-tosin-abasi-animals-leaders-discusses-his-musical-education-meeting-steve-vai-feeling-pressure-and-more <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The Animals As Leaders guitarist has quickly risen to the top of the new school of virtuoso players…and he used to shovel dog poop for a living. But what </em>Guitar World<em> readers really want to know is…</em></p> <p><strong>Where does your impeccable fashion sense come from? Some of your outfits are out of this world. — William Best</strong></p> <p>[laughs] Well, I go on fashion blogs like the Sartorialist or FaceHunter, and look at a lot of street fashion. My brother is actually a fashion designer and he’s influenced me. I had a girlfriend for close to 10 years, and she was a huge influence on me too. </p> <p>I don’t really separate things. I love music and I love aesthetic art as well. I feel like there’s a thread between visual art and music. Sometimes a designer can give me a similar feeling and impact me as strongly as hearing a really cool song or a really great guitar player.</p> <p><strong>I am currently a freshman enrolled in a Jazz Studies Associates Degree program at Berklee College of Music. But I am debating switching to Atlanta Institute of Music because of the significant costs of Berklee. As a graduate of AIM, I was wondering if you could explain what you feel are the advantages of that program. — John Karkosiak</strong></p> <p>It’s hard for me to speak in contrast, because I didn’t go to Berklee. But I chose AIM partially because I didn’t want to take any other core subjects, like history, math or any of that. I just wanted to focus on music. AIM is good for that because it’s a condensed curriculum focused on music, and you can complete the curriculum in one year. </p> <p>And I didn’t want to spend four years without touring or gigging. So if you want to get a really condensed concentrated musical education without being out of the scene for a few years, and save money, I think AIM is perfect. </p> <p><strong>Was ever a defining moment in your life where you felt like you had “arrived” as a musician? — David White-Goode</strong></p> <p>Man, I’d say meeting Steve Vai and having him express liking my music. That was pretty…[pauses]…I mean I used to play his signature guitar! This is a guy that basically spearheaded the genre that I’m participating in. Just as a person, he’s got this guru vibe. The <em>Guitar World</em> <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-sept-12-steve-vai-tosin-abasi">cover that I was on with Steve [September 2012]</a> was a big deal, too. And getting a signature Ibanez guitar is ridiculous. Those three instances have been, like, Oh, this is a real thing! </p> <p><strong>I’ve been a six-string player since I learned guitar five years ago, but now I’m interested in expanding my sound. What advice would you give on how to transition to seven- and eight-string guitars? — Toby Schlitz</strong></p> <p>I recommend getting a seven-string first and working on things like octave identification and recognizing patterns on the fretboard. This will help you better integrate the extra string. </p> <p>Another cool thing is to practice six-string material while avoiding the seventh string; then, once you’re comfortable, start writing material that incorporates the seventh string. This way, you’ll get used to knowing that extra string is there, and when you start writing your own material, it’ll be coming from an intuitive place. You should also learn seven-string music by other musicians and take chord voicings for six-strings and translate and revoice them on the seven-string.</p> <p><strong>When you were younger, were you better at hand-eye coordination than other kids, like with video games, sports and so on? Just curious because there always seems to be something that separates a prodigy from the average player. — Jon Dallaire</strong></p> <p>I don’t know that I was better than at sports than other kids. I mean, I was decent at some sports, like baseball, soccer, football and hockey, but I just played them for fun. I was actually more into visual art. I would illustrate a lot and do comic books and stuff like that. That was my first creative outlet before guitar, and I guess that’s hand-eye coordination.</p> <p><strong>In an interview a short while ago, you mentioned that you practiced yoga. How strongly has that practice affected you as a guitar player? — Broken_Hyren</strong></p> <p>I think yoga is amazing. I also practice transcendental meditation. Both those things help to center you. So when you’re thinking about creativity, it comes from a source—an inner source. When you’re meditating, you’re bringing your consciousness to that centered source of creativity and intelligence. I think it’s reinforced my creativity. </p> <p>And even physically, it’s helped my response time and reflexes. Being centered and aligned allows you to execute anything physical more proficiently. I still do both yoga and mediation, and I think they’re super beneficial whether you play guitar or not. </p> <p><strong>You often talk about how transcendental mediation can jump-start creativity. I’m wondering do you explore any other methods, like smoking herb? — Hong Bit</strong></p> <p>[laughs] I have experimented with various substances. Smoking a little weed can definitely get the creative juices flowing. But I don’t know if I’d tell other people to go out and do that. Everyone has their own method, but I think meditation is something that will benefit you holistically. It doesn’t take away from your body; it actually reinforces you. In my opinion, it’s the best way to tap into creativity.</p> <p><strong>You’ve been on the cover of <em>Guitar World</em> twice, and you’re always being hailed as one of the greatest new guitarists out there. Does that kind of attention cause you to feel extra pressure? Does it bother you, or maybe motivate you? — Frank Harris</strong></p> <p>It’s starting to get a little bit weird, actually. And I’m sure there will be the inevitable negative backlash that comes along. Yeah, it means that if I pick up a guitar in front of someone who knows me, I’d better sound like one of the best guitar players on the planet. [laughs] It’s kinda stressful, man! I really appreciate the positive reinforcement, but I think there are so many other super-talented, under-recognized guitar players out there. So for me to be so prevalently appreciated, I think I can start to feel guilty and kinda pressured. But I guess it’s a good problem to have.</p> <p><strong>What did you do for a living before Animals As Leaders? And do you still have to work a day job when you’re off tour? — Buddy “Victory Boy” Yarnall</strong></p> <p>Dude, when I was going to the Atlanta Institute of Music, I worked at a dog kennel. It was a boarding facility, and I was cleaning up shit and piss in a concrete room with 40 dogs barking at me at the top of their lungs. [laughs] I also worked at a fish cannery in Alaska, where I processed salmon for, like, 16 hours a day. That’s actually how I saved up to buy my Steve Vai guitar. I’ve worked in coffee shops. I’ve done a lot of odd jobs. But now I just play guitar for a living. Between the clinics, tours and lessons, I make enough money to get by.</p> <p><strong>Have you ever consider putting vocals in Animals As Leaders? Not saying you need to. I think your sound is awesome. Just wondering. Can you sing at all? — Russell Davis</strong></p> <p>I do not sing. [laughs] And vocals? I don’t think so. We like that it’s an instrumental band. But maybe future projects would involve me working with a vocalist.</p> <p><strong>I’d love to get some tips on how you structure your practice routine. Do you separate your practice into sections, such as technique, composition, etc.? — Max Liebenberg</strong></p> <p>I think it’s a good idea to section your practice sessions. I’ve been playing for 18 years, so my routines have changed. But I used to always warm up to a metronome while doing alternate-picking exercises, then maybe legato exercise and string-skipping exercises. Then I’d spend 20 to 30 minutes reading music. Then I would usually pop in an instructional video and work on something that was cool from the video. But I’d say metronome-based practice is about as structured as I get these days.</p> <p><em>Photo: Jimmy Hubbard</em></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-tosin-abasi-animals-leaders-discusses-his-musical-education-meeting-steve-vai-feeling-pressure-and-more#comments Animals As Leaders Dear Guitar Hero February 2014 Tosin Abasi Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:58:31 +0000 Brad Angle 20562 at http://www.guitarworld.com Listen: Animals As Leaders Premiere New Song, "Tooth and Claw" http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-animals-leaders-premiere-new-song-tooth-and-claw <!--paging_filter--><p>Animals As Leaders have premiered a brand-new track — "Tooth and Claw" — and you can check it out below.</p> <p>The song is from the band's new album, <em>The Joy of Motion</em>, which will be released March 25 via Sumerian Records.</p> <p>Animals As Leaders also will be headlining a North American tour in February and March with After The Burial, Navene-K and Chon. For tour dates and tickets, visit <a href="https://www.facebook.com/animalsasleaders/app_123966167614127">the band's tour page on Facebook.</a></p> <p>For VIP bundles, visit <A href="http://shop.soundcheckhollywood.com/collections/animals-as-leaders-album-release-tour">SoundCheck Hollywood</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="365" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9P4GsF1zdzM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/listen-animals-leaders-premiere-new-song-tooth-and-claw#comments Animals As Leaders News Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:10:33 +0000 Guitar World Staff 20518 at http://www.guitarworld.com Animals As Leaders Reveal Headlining North American Tour Dates http://www.guitarworld.com/animals-leaders-reveal-headlining-north-american-tour-dates <!--paging_filter--><p>Animals As Leaders have announced the complete schedule for their upcoming headlining North American tour. </p> <p>You can check out all the dates below.</p> <p>For more about the band, visit them on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/animalsasleaders">Facebook</a>.</p> <p><strong>ANIMALS AS LEADERS, AFTER THE BURIAL, NAVENE K, CHON</strong></p> <p>2/24 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum<br /> 2/25 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade<br /> 2/26 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street Club<br /> 2/27 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live<br /> 2/28 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero<br /> 3/02 - New York City, NY @ Irving Plaza<br /> 3/03 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues<br /> 3/04 - Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe*<br /> 3/05 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House*<br /> 3/06 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews<br /> 3/07 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes<br /> 3/08 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave<br /> 3/09 - Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theatre<br /> 3/10 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's<br /> 3/11 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's<br /> 3/13 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's<br /> 3/14 - Austin, TX @ SXSW<br /> 3/15 - Austin, TX @ SXSW<br /> 3/16 - Dallas, TX @ SBSW<br /> 3/18 - Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall<br /> 3/19 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue<br /> 3/21 - Calgary, AB @ Republik*<br /> 3/22 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room*<br /> 3/24 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre*<br /> 3/25 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon<br /> 3/26 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne<br /> 3/27 - Sacramento, CA @ Assembly<br /> 3/28 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency<br /> 3/29 - Las Vegas, NV @ Extreme Thing (AAL ONLY)<br /> 3/30 - Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy</p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/Unknown_10.jpeg" width="620" height="824" alt="Unknown_10.jpeg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/animals-leaders-reveal-headlining-north-american-tour-dates#comments Animals As Leaders News Thu, 16 Jan 2014 23:08:35 +0000 Guitar World Staff 20220 at http://www.guitarworld.com Review: Ibanez TAM100 Tosin Abasi Signature Eight-String and DiMarzio Signature Ionizer8 Pickups http://www.guitarworld.com/review-ibanez-tam100-tosin-abasi-signature-eight-string-and-dimarzio-signature-ionizer8-pickups <!--paging_filter--><p>Seeing and hearing Tosin Abasi deftly build complex two-handed chords, weave sweeps into single-note blurs and slap melodic bass lines across his eight-string fretboard feels like being part of the stunned audience at Marty McFly’s heavy metal performance of Johnny B. Goode—you’re witnessing the future of guitar. </p> <p>Following suit, Abasi’s new, Japanese-built signature TAM100 Ibanez is much more than a refinement of hackneyed designs—it represents an entirely new formula for creating tone, melding exotic woods and specially wired, signature DiMarzio Ionizer8 pickups into an expressive, supremely crafted eight-string that’s worthy of Abasi’s seemingly boundless musical gifts. </p> <p><strong>Features</strong></p> <p>Despite its inherently imposing appearance, several of the TAM100’s less obvious design characteristics make it a surprisingly sleek and easy-to-manage instrument. In fact, it’s no heavier than the average Strat. Abasi chose wenge and bubinga for the neck primarily because these striking woods are capable of producing rich tones that offer more attack than mahogany and more depth than maple. </p> <p>But the innate strength of this five-piece neck also made it possible for Ibanez to thin down its profile to typical six-string dimensions. The basswood body is similarly thinned and contoured for weight and comfort, then topped with a treble-enhancing quilted maple. Both neck and body are left in their beautiful, natural state, while an opaque, milky blue finish sets apart the subdued maple top. </p> <p>Although Abasi chose to accent the TAM100 with a tortoiseshell pickguard, the signature Ionizer8 DiMarzio pickups are actually hard-mounted to the guitar. DiMarzio’s Steve Blucher created a wiring scheme specifically for this guitar, allowing Tosin to create numerous single-coil/humbucker configurations via a five-way selector and a coil-tap switch. The middle pickup is always in unison with another pickup’s coils. </p> <p><strong>Performance</strong> </p> <p>Glorious waves of tone emanate from the TAM100s wenge/bubinga neck, so much so that I was completely satisfied by its acoustic offerings. When I ultimately plugged it into my Mesa Mark V and Fender Tone-Master heads, the TAM100 seemed to reach deeper into my amps, extracting and sustaining overtones that I’ve never heard from my other guitars. Clean tones through various combinations of the DiMarzio Ionizer8 pickups sounded unexpectedly piano-like, with woody hues serving as the centerpiece for a full-formed spectrum of sound, something not possible on a six-string’s lower-mass neck. The clarity and definition remained intact even when the amps were set for high gain, making it possible to distinctly hear every note in massive chords and extended arpeggios. </p> <p><strong>List Price</strong> $</p> <p><strong>Manufacturer</strong> Ibanez Guitars, <a href="http://www.ibanez.com/default.aspx">ibanez.com</a></p> <p><strong>Cheat Sheet</strong></p> <p>The five-piece wenge/bubinga neck, stabilized with titanium rods, is no thicker than a six-string’s and capably delivers every color in the tonal spectrum. </p> <p>Musically versatile and expressive DiMarzio Ionizer8 pickups are wired to a five-way switch and a coil tap, allowing players to create almost endless textures of tone. </p> <p><strong>The Bottom Line</strong> </p> <p>Ibanez’s Tosin Abasi signature TAM100 is lightweight and fast, musically flexible, superbly designed and one of the few eight-string guitars that truly qualifies as a high-end instrument.</p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2538543821001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2538543821001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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Only the sharpest and funniest questions will be used.</p> <p>This month, we're giving you the chance to ask Animals As Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi anything you want! </p> <p>Just email your questions to <a href="mailto:dearguitarhero@guitarworld.com?Subject=Tosin%20Abasi">dearguitarhero@guitarworld.com</a> and put "Tosin Abasi" in the subject line. Remember to include your name in the email body, so you can get credited in the magazine, and impress and annoy your jealous friends!</p> <p>Watch Animals As Leaders "CAFO":</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/NmfzWpp0hMc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-submit-your-questions-tosin-abasi#comments Animals As Leaders Dear Guitar Hero Tosin Abasi News Tue, 05 Nov 2013 16:20:22 +0000 Guitar World Staff 19664 at http://www.guitarworld.com September 2013 Guitar World: Ultimate Prog Roundtable, Asking Alexandria, Kirk Hammett, Exclusive EP with Tracks by Tosin Abasi, Misha Mansoor and More http://www.guitarworld.com/september-2103-guitar-world-ultimate-prog-roundtable-asking-alexandria-kirk-hammett-exclusive-ep-tracks-tosin-abasi <!--paging_filter--><p>The all-new September 2013 issue of <em>Guitar World</em> is <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/guitar-world-september-13-prog-rock-roundtable-asking-alexandria/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWSEP13">available now</a>! And you have two covers to choose from!</p> <p>The first cover features <em>Guitar World's</em> ultimate Prog-Rock Roundtable of the <strong>Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman, Animals as Leaders' Tosin Abasi</strong> and <strong>Periphery's Misha Mansoor</strong>. <em>Guitar World</em> gets the three virtuosos together for an in-depth discussion on the state of modern rock and guitar playing. We also ask how these guys became such damned good guitarists. <strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/power-trio-tosin-abasi-misha-mansoor-and-ben-weinman-ultimate-prog-roundtable">Preview this story HERE!</a></strong></p> <p>The second cover features <strong>Asking Alexandria</strong>, who, after a near break up return bolder and more guitar-driven than ever. <strong>Ben Bruce</strong> and <strong>Cameron Liddell</strong> talk about the making of their latest album, <em>From Death to Destiny</em>. <strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/asking-alexandrias-ben-bruce-and-cameron-liddell-discuss-their-guitar-driven-new-album-death-destiny">Preview this story HERE!</a></strong></p> <p>The September issue also includes <strong>Kirk Hammett</strong>, who we follow through two days of rock, horror and hijinks at Metallica's 2013 Orion Music + More festival; <em>Guitar World</em>'s guide to seven- and eight-string gear; Two Queensrÿches, two new albums, and one lawsuit for the right to the band's name; and much more! <strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/guitar-world-follows-kirk-hammett-through-metallicas-2013-orion-music-more-festival">Preview this story HERE!</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/preview-exclusive-new-tracks-tosin-abasi-misha-mansoor-ben-weinman-kim-thayil-and-dweezil-zappa-0">[[ Preview EXCLUSIVE new tracks by Tosin Abasi, Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Kim Thayil and Dweezil Zappa! ]]</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Five songs with tabs for guitar and bass:</strong></p> <p> • Black Sabbath - "God is Dead?"<br /> • Ed Sheeran - "Lego House"<br /> • Doobie Brothers - "Long Train Runnin'"<br /> • Sublime - "Santeria"<br /> • Florida Georgia Line - "Cruise" </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/sept2013">Plus all-new lesson columns by:</a></strong></p> <p>• Joe Don Rooney<br /> • Jacky Vincent<br /> • Jimmy Brown<br /> • Mike Stern<br /> • Metal Mike<br /> • Keith Wyatt<br /> • Dale Turner<br /> • Andy Aledort</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/sept2013">And gear reviews!</a></strong></p> <p>• Line 6<br /> • Hughes &amp; Kettner<br /> • Martin Guitar<br /> • Roland<br /> • Ibanez<br /> • Fulltone </p> <p>... and more!</p> <p><strong><a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/products/guitar-world-september-13-prog-rock-roundtable-asking-alexandria/?&amp;utm_source=gw_homepage&amp;utm_medium=daily_scroller&amp;utm_campaign=GWSEP13">For more information, check out the new issue at the Guitar World Online Store!</a></strong></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/R75m5v-MsrM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/PffE5ujMRO8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/GW201309Cover2.jpg" width="620" height="805" alt="GW201309Cover2.jpg" /></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/ProgGuys.jpg" width="620" height="805" alt="ProgGuys.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/september-2103-guitar-world-ultimate-prog-roundtable-asking-alexandria-kirk-hammett-exclusive-ep-tracks-tosin-abasi#comments Animals As Leaders September 2013 News Features Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:06:05 +0000 Guitar World Staff 18933 at http://www.guitarworld.com Power Trio: Tosin Abasi, Misha Mansoor and Ben Weinman — the Ultimate Prog Roundtable http://www.guitarworld.com/power-trio-tosin-abasi-misha-mansoor-and-ben-weinman-ultimate-prog-roundtable <!--paging_filter--><p><em>This is an excerpt from the September 2013 issue of Guitar World magazine. For the rest of this story, plus a Tosin Abasi poster and features on Metallica's Kirk Hammett, a seven- and eight-string buyer's guide and more, <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-13-prog-rock-roundtable-asking-alexandria/?&amp;utm_source=homepage&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=ProgExcerpt">check out the September 2013 issue at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></p> <p><strong>They started like most of us, playing power chords, Nirvana and Metallica. So how exactly did Ben Weinman of the Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals as Leaders’ Tosin Abasi and Periphery’s Misha Mansoor become such damned good guitarists?</strong></p> <p>“Hey, let me try something,” Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman says to photographer Jimmy Hubbard. “I’m gonna jump up, push my foot off that molding and catapult myself in the air, and I want you to take photo of it. It might look cool.”</p> <p>Hubbard and I are skeptical. We are standing with the guitarist in a narrow corridor in the basement of <em>Guitar World</em>’s offices, and the wall molding is a good three or four feet up from the ground. It’s hard to believe that Weinman will be able to jump that high, let alone use it as leverage for his foot. We enthusiastically cheer him on, hoping to see, at very least, a classic wipeout. </p> <p>Weinman grabs his guitar and, to our amazement, takes a small running start and, like Spider-Man, leaps, bounces off the wall and rockets into the air while managing to flip us both off before landing on both feet. More remarkably, he replicates this wildly strenuous parkour-style move about 15 more times, until Hubbard is able to frame the shot perfectly. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.guitarworld.com/preview-exclusive-new-tracks-tosin-abasi-misha-mansoor-ben-weinman-kim-thayil-and-dweezil-zappa-0">[[ Preview EXCLUSIVE new tracks by Tosin Abasi, Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Kim Thayil and Dweezil Zappa! ]]</a></strong></p> <p>I guess we shouldn’t have been that surprised. In many ways, Weinman and our two other guests, Periphery’s Misha Mansoor and Animals as Leaders’ Tosin Abasi, do something similar almost every day of their lives. They strap on their guitars, play riffs that seem physically impossible and create music that virtually explodes into space.</p> <p>Abasi and Mansoor have now joined us and are laughing and applauding Weinman’s feats of derring-do. Tosin and Misha, while not in the same band, have been close friends and musical collaborators for several years. It was Mansoor who produced Animals as Leaders’ widely hailed, self-titled 2009 debut, a dazzling instrumental showcase featuring Abasi’s innovative seven- and eight-string guitar playing. Packed with wickedly fast soloing, beautiful jazz-influenced chord voicings and tricky polyrhythms, <em>Animals as Leaders</em> and <em>Weightless</em>, its 2011 follow-up, have put Abasi on the short list of post-millennial shredders that really matter.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/R75m5v-MsrM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>As for Mansoor, he’s become something of a guitar hero in his own right. Since 2009, he has produced and played guitar on two albums with his band, Periphery, a groundbreaking progressive-rock unit that fuses soaring vocal melodies and complex instrumental interludes into polished, compact, space age–sounding metal. With their distinctive three-guitar sound, glitch electronic overlays and throaty chug provided by the lower strings of their seven-string guitars, Periphery have spawned a whole underground industry of imitators.</p> <p>That leaves Weinman’s band, the Dillinger Escape Plan. To describe them as “metalcore,” as many have, would be a grave injustice. Combining the raw confrontation of punk with a jagged overlay of thrash metal and avant-garde jazz, the Plan are in a category of their own. Their new album, <em>One of Us Is the Killer</em>, is not only aggressively unique but also one of the best rock albums released this year. (Plus, they put on one of the most physically punishing live shows in rock history.)</p> <p>Together, Weinman, Abasi and Mansoor represent three of the more forward-thinking minds in modern rock guitar, and they are the perfect musicians to engage in a deep discussion on the state of modern rock and guitar playing. Not coincidently, the guitarists and their bands are all appearing on this year’s Summer Slaughter lineup, a gruesome-sounding event with unexpectedly sophisticated ambitions. </p> <p>“I was never really interested in other technical bands, or bands that people claimed had a kinship with the Dillinger Escape Plan until Periphery and Animals as Leaders came along,” Weinman says. “I think what we all have in common is an original vision and, perhaps more importantly, good songs. Animals and Periphery play quality music, and it just so happens that their virtuosity is off the charts. They represent the next big thing.” </p> <p>In the following roundtable, we trace each player’s rise from his humble musical origins to his current status as a virtuoso and…the next big thing.</p> <p><strong>Why did you start playing the guitar?</strong></p> <p><strong>TOSIN ABASI</strong> I was playing clarinet in the school band—not the coolest instrument—and I started hanging out with a friend who played guitar. I had him show me how to play the beginning riff to “One” by Metallica. Immediately, I thought, Man, I want one of those.</p> <p><strong>MISHA MANSOOR</strong> I also started on another instrument. My mom had me take piano lessons when I was really young, because I showed an affinity for playing music. Unfortunately, I didn’t retain anything, because I hated the piano.<br /> Then, when I was about 12, I had this friend that was visiting from Australia who turned me on to all the Nineties bands, like Nirvana, Green Day and Offspring, and my interest spiraled from there. I remember asking my friend, “Do you have anything louder?” What I meant was something heavier. He would play me AC/DC, and I was like, “No, I mean, louder!” As soon as I heard a distorted guitar, I was hooked.</p> <p><strong><em>For the rest of this story, plus a Tosin Abasi poster and features on Metallica's Kirk Hammett, a seven- and eight-string buyer's guide and more, <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-september-13-prog-rock-roundtable-asking-alexandria/?&amp;utm_source=homepage&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=ProgExcerpt">check out the all-new September 2013 issue of Guitar World at the Guitar World Online Store.</a></em></strong></p> <p><em>Photo: Jimmy Hubbard</em></p> <p><img src="/files/imce-images/ProgGuys.jpg" width="620" height="805" alt="ProgGuys.jpg" /></p> http://www.guitarworld.com/power-trio-tosin-abasi-misha-mansoor-and-ben-weinman-ultimate-prog-roundtable#comments Animals As Leaders Ben Weinman Dillinger Escape Plan Periphery September 2013 Tosin Abasi Interviews News Features Magazine Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:36:44 +0000 Brad Tolinski 18806 at http://www.guitarworld.com Prog-Gnosis: Analyzing the Harmonized Melody Lines in "Isolated Incidents" http://www.guitarworld.com/prog-gnosis-analyzing-harmonized-melody-lines-isolated-incidents <!--paging_filter--><p><em>The following content is related to the August 2013 issue of </em>Guitar World<em>. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our <a href="http://store.guitarworld.com/collections/guitar-world/products/guitar-world-august-13-jeff-hanneman/?&amp;utm_source=homepage&amp;utm_medium=website&amp;utm_campaign=sidebar">online store</a>.</em></p> <p>In my previous column, I demonstrated the unusual two-hand tapping technique that makes up the first section of the song, “Isolated Incidents,” from the latest Animals as Leaders album, Weightless. The section of the tune that follows features a transition to a heavily syncopated pedal-tone pattern with a single-note melody played above it. This month, I’d like to go over that single-note melody, as well as the way in which I harmonize it when it is repeated. </p> <!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><!-- Start of Brightcove Player --><div style="display:none"> </div> <!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><!-- By use of this code snippet, I agree to the Brightcove Publisher T and C found at https://accounts.brightcove.com/en/terms-and-conditions/. --><script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script><object id="myExperience2479775611001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /> <param name="width" value="620" /> <param name="height" value="348" /> <param name="playerID" value="798983031001" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAj36EdAk~,0qwz1H1Ey92wZ6vLZcchClKTXdFbuP3P" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2479775611001" /> </object><!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. 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