Animals as Leaders Announce New Album 'Joy of Motion,' Confirm Release Date

Check out the trailer for the band's third studio effort.

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Instrumental prog metal masters Animals as Leaders have officially announced their third studio effort "Joy of Motion," confirming March 25 release date via Sumerian Records.

The album marks a recording debut for drummer Matthew Garstka and was confirmed with a brief trailer you can check out below.

Guitarist Javier Reyes previously expressed a great deal of excitement about the "new technique" the band's been using. "There are definitely sounds from the first album, there's a lot of new stuff as well," he told Loud magazine. "There's a new technique we're doing, even some acoustic guitar stuff. We're going to have real drums that we haven't had in the past, so I think overall people are going to be as stoked as we are."

Discussing the band's approach to writing, Reyes categorically ruled out the jam session approach. "Considering the level of intricate parts and the weird odd meter stuff, to teach that in a jam session environment, sometimes you spend hours just doing it," he said. "A lot of the times if there's some crazy rhythm or some crazy technique, each of us has to go and sit on it for like a day before we're ready to play it along with everybody."

Animals as Leaders' sophomore studio effort "Weightless" saw its release in November 2011 via Prosthetic Records.

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    Those guys are really amazing musicians but for some kind of reason I just can't really get into them. The preview sounds nice though.
    This, tried them many times, but it just doesn't grow on me.
    Yeah I'm really into instrumental music, I absolutely love Scale The Summit but my brain can't handle this (yet).
    I love them. I completely understand why people can't get into them, but there is no denying that they are masters of their craft
    Really looking forward to this. Attended a guitar clinic held by Tosin Abasi a few months back - blew me away seeing him play some of the AAL stuff in person, as well as some crazy techniques he does. The guy can do everything!
    Fantastic news! Cannot WAIT, to see and hear what crazy complications they have conjured up. Also, kudos to the drummer! People only pay attention to Tosin but that drummer being able to do what he does... BRAVO!
    I loves me some intermenstrual music! But no, in all seriousness, Tosin Abasi is a fantastic guitarist and I love the first album.
    March is going to be huge. 3rd: new Comeback Kid album, 11th: new Architects album, 18th: new La Dispute album. Oh man, and now AAL the week after that. Can't wait!
    Saw these guys with Periphery and Heavy Metal Ninjas (New Zealand band) in Auckland 2 weeks ago, and howly shit they are incredible musicians. Im not the biggest fan of instrumental music, excluding alot of video game stuff, so they havent really appealed to me too much, but it was certainly something to see live
    These guys are all incredibly talented musicians but am I the only one that finds their music boring? I love prog metal as a whole but their music I just don't like