Instrumental prog metal masters Animals as Leaders dropped quite a pleasant surprise by streaming their upcoming third studio record "The Joy of Motion" in full ahead of March 25 release via Sumerian Records.
From the very first listen, it's clear that the band took a major step forward, delivering a tight mixture of prog metal, djent and fusion jazz interlaced with some of the fresh techniques guitarist Javier Reyes spoke of.
The record consists of 12 new tracks clocking in at just under 55 minutes. You can pre-order "Joy of Motion" via iTunes here. You can also catch the band live on their current North American tour, dates and ticket info here.
"I think some of the new tracks are some of Animals as Leaders' strongest and musical material yet," Reyes explained, adding he's "extremely happy with how the album came out.
"Everyone who took part in this album - Misha Mansoor and Adam Getgood (from Periphery), Diego Farias (from Volumes) and Navene Koperweis - is extremely talented and I think we've done a great job of capturing it onto what is now the third Animals as Leaders album," the guitarist added.