Crescendo TV recently conducted an interview with guitarist Javier Reyes of progressive instrumental pioneers ANIMALS AS LEADERS. You can now watch the chat below."The Joy Of Motion", the new album from ANIMALS AS LEADERS, sold around 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. Issued on March 25 via Sumerian Records, this offering is quickly going to be hailed by fans and media alike as the group's career-defining release that will ultimately redefine the progressive world as we know it. ANIMALS AS LEADERS' third full-length release is a bombastic, dynamic and innovative explosion that incorporates elements spanning across the entire musical spectrum. It also marks the recording debut of drummer Matthew Garstka, whose technical proficiency and unique style allows ANIMALS AS LEADERS guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes the room to push their boundaries to previously unthinkable heights. "The Joy Of Motion" places a greater emphasis on clean and acoustic guitar tones. "I think it's just a natural progression for both me and Tosin as players," Reyes tells Guitar World magazine. "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." "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&B guitarists like Jairus Mozee and Isaiah Sharkey, and I think it's kind of bled into my phrasing now."
To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to delete postings that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to block users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. To report any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, please send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details.