Rock & Pop, Seasonal Special Happenings

Animals as Leaders/Conquering Dystopia/Chon

When: Fri., May 23, 7 p.m. 2014

Instrumental prog metal: the thinking man’s metal, in a sense. There’s something really palatable about what Animals as Leaders were throwing down on their latest cut, The Joy of Motion (2014). The speed, the time signature bafflement, the sheer vastness of the sound all combine into a frenzied thunderstorm of music that calls to mind the peaks of Meshuggah’s output. The compositional breakdown of songs like “Kascade” gives the listener plenty of dynamic movements to chew on, which is one ideal consequence of good music. Guitarist and founder Tosin Abasi has really dug deep into his vision for this band (a sprawling expansion on his past forays into metalcore). The Nigerian guitarist wreaks havoc on his eight-string ax and along the way he’s busted open the instrumental metal niche for a fan base that might never have considered such a thing. (Sandy)

Price: $16-$18

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