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Release date: 4 November 2011
Style: Instrumental progressive metal, Djent

Rating:

8.1 | 190 votes

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24 want it


01. An Infinite Regression
02. Odessa
03. Somnarium
04. Earth Departure
05. Isolated Incidents
06. Do Not Go Gently
07. New Eden
08. Cylindrical Sea
09. Espera
10. To Lead You To An Overwhelming Question
11. Weightless
12. David

The best Djent / Math Metal album of 2011

Review


Additional info
The album was produced by drummer, Navene Koperweis and ANIMALS AS LEADERS, and mixed by guitarist Javier Reyes. The album marks the recording debut of Koperweis and Reyes with ANIMALS AS LEADERS

Europe: November 4
UK: November 7
North America: November 8

Staff review by
BloodTears

Rating:
8.5
Imagine you were on a date and the other person saw you with the Weightless CD and asked you what it sounds like. Most people wouldn't describe it as make-out music, however tempting that would be in that situation. I think the music of this US trio is better described as musical gymnastics. If that is a good aphrodisiac or not, that depends on whether you say it with a sexy face or not.

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published 23.12.2011 | Comments (25)

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Pankar95 - 04.07.2011 at 23:33  
  What? New album? Very interested.
Introspekrieg - 17.08.2011 at 13:01  
Rating: 8 "The new record is finished and turned in." - as of 2 hours ago! source
qlacs - 01.09.2011 at 22:17  
Rating: 8
Written by Introspekrieg on 17.08.2011 at 13:01

"The new record is finished and turned in." - as of 2 hours ago! source

MetalSpider - 02.09.2011 at 00:52  
  Just listened to their self-titled album...it's really good stuff!
Panterica - 24.09.2011 at 15:28  
  I'm eager to see how they've eveolved since their last release.
Introspekrieg - 28.09.2011 at 17:32  
Rating: 8 Some bad news...

Troy Killjoy - 28.09.2011 at 19:48  
 
Written by Introspekrieg on 28.09.2011 at 17:32
Some bad news...

What are they just testing their fans' loyalty or something? Have they seen Metallica's Facebook page?
BloodTears - 01.10.2011 at 23:35  
Rating: 8 It's probably a joke. If so, it is a good one
qlacs - 12.10.2011 at 22:18  
Rating: 8 Heard. - WIN

Not that amazing for the first time as the debut, because they've changed.
The Voyager - 14.10.2011 at 20:15  
  Kind of disappointed with this so far. Sure, they changed their sound a little bit, with the inclusion of some electronic elements. But the problem is, that sound doesn't really change at all throughout the album. I felt like I was listening to the same song over and over again at points. It's a good song, but there's only so many times you can listen to the same song in succession. Opinion might change with more listens, but that's where I stand right now.
Introspekrieg - 14.10.2011 at 20:41  
Rating: 8 I was pumped upon hearing the first four or five tracks then it gets a bit inconsistent/melts together. I think there is a track-order problem that disrupts the flow of the album.

EDIT: yep, after a few spins it sounds perfect.
MechanisT - 15.10.2011 at 18:53  
  LOVE the cover and, from what I've heard thus far, the content is also stellar. Yes, there's almost nothing new brought to the table this time on, but I could care less when the music is of this caliber.
The Benighted - 18.10.2011 at 09:06  
  This is going to take some serious effort to get into. Seems like it's worth it thus far, though. The arrangements are interesting, and the various new electronic passages seem to work well.
Coolingsrock - 21.10.2011 at 18:31  
  Sounds pretty good
Moose - 26.10.2011 at 18:13  
Rating: 10 This took me a few listens to get in to...but it just kept getting better and better with every listen.

Has now reached the level where it's challenging for my top album of the year. Absolutely incredible album.

When this drops, make sure you give it time to sink in before voting!
Gelati - 02.11.2011 at 23:13  
Rating: 9 Agreed. It's actually a tough listen but not in a bad way. Something that grows on you!
Gelati - 04.11.2011 at 03:32  
Rating: 9
Written by Gelati on 02.11.2011 at 23:13

Agreed. It's actually a tough listen but not in a bad way. Something that grows on you!


After a few more spins I've realized that my previous assumption was true. This album is just awesome. There is so much more to appreciate from a songwriting standpoint primarily because there is a lot of development. I LOVED the debut album but the one thing I did not like about it was how fragmented and negatively spontaneous it was. It went from one idea to another with next to no transition. While "Weightless" isn't nearly as catchy the first time through it is, most definitely, a more mature album. The other thing to consider is that this is the "true" debut album with the full band assembled which leads the band in a positive direction for the future.
qlacs - 05.11.2011 at 20:37  
Rating: 8 Yep, needs a few spins to actually get into. Now I think it's almost as good as the debut.
RockeRoy - 11.11.2011 at 09:57  
Rating: 9 Loved it, even better than their self titled.. these guys plays like no one else, their music contradicts everything you ever learnd about music theory in school.
Destructo - 11.11.2011 at 18:59  
Rating: 8
Written by qlacs on 05.11.2011 at 20:37

Yep, needs a few spins to actually get into. Now I think it's almost as good as the debut.

I logged in here with the sole intention of writing the exact same words as yours. Oh well....;D
malaikat - 15.11.2011 at 01:52  
  Wait, so this was recorded with no bass whatsoever? Just two guitars and drums? If so, damn.
Troy Killjoy - 15.11.2011 at 02:05  
 
Written by malaikat on 15.11.2011 at 01:52
Wait, so this was recorded with no bass whatsoever? Just two guitars and drums? If so, damn.

Nope, apparently there are other musicians. I've gotta strip them of visibility. Minor mistake.
malaikat - 15.11.2011 at 02:08  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.11.2011 at 02:05

Written by malaikat on 15.11.2011 at 01:52
Wait, so this was recorded with no bass whatsoever? Just two guitars and drums? If so, damn.

Nope, apparently there are other musicians. I've gotta strip them of visibility. Minor mistake.


Well, in all fairness, in all band pictures there's always just three of them, so I kinda assumed.
Troy Killjoy - 15.11.2011 at 02:12  
 
Written by malaikat on 15.11.2011 at 02:08
Well, in all fairness, in all band pictures there's always just three of them, so I kinda assumed.

I think they have/had a session bassist.

Regardless, the profile doesn't have any live musicians so they won't be visible.
John Shock - 15.11.2011 at 21:25  
  I like it, it's different than what i'm usually used to ear...but it's "brain-eater"! ...with solos?
opeth771 - 21.11.2011 at 16:34  
  This is a pure eargasm!!!... I like this one much better than their first record, even though the first record was excellent.
nev_ski - 03.12.2011 at 18:38  
Rating: 9 Really like this album...some quite brilliant material
RavenousBeast - 02.01.2012 at 19:04  
  Pretty much a great release. Not very heavy, not very METAL in it's traditional essence, but a great listen.
musicalkaratekid - 16.04.2012 at 00:19  
Rating: 9 I saw AAL as main support for meshuggah at nottingham rock city, and had no idea what to expect. Thing is, they are an instrumental band, and whilst it works brilliantly for them on record, i wasn't sure if the same effect and atmosphere would be reproduced in a live environment. However, it was absolutely fucking epic. Each member looked as if they loved what they were doing, showing real passion that isn rarely a highlight of any metal concert nowadays. More to the point, 'Weightless', while not quite as immediately breathtaking as the band's self-titled debut, still manages to hit the wow factor sitting comfortably in my mind. It seems the band took a lighter and more soulful route musically this time round, but such exhilirating tracks as 'Isolated incidents' and 'To lead you to an overwhelming question' keep the listener occupied and more than satisfied. The only thing i could say is that the shorter songs could be more effective by being lengthier, but even they have their own way of impressing their fans and defying the critics.
BoxCar Willy - 05.06.2012 at 05:04  
Rating: 6 I found this just really boring, lots of jumbled notes together with no real structure (No, I don't care about how you can hear it or feel it or whatever)

Like a mellow Brain drill.
Neroese - 28.06.2012 at 17:34  
  I can't find this album as ,,non-instruemntal" why?:(
Troy Killjoy - 28.06.2012 at 17:35  
 
Written by Guest on 28.06.2012 at 17:34
I can't find this album as ,,non-instruemntal" why?:(

You mean you're looking for a version with vocals? I don't think that exists.
Neroese - 28.06.2012 at 17:44  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.06.2012 at 17:35

Written by Guest on 28.06.2012 at 17:34
I can't find this album as ,,non-instruemntal" why?:(

You mean you're looking for a version with vocals? I don't think that exists.


I know, I know. It's cool that they don't have vocalist - there's no vocal that can handle it.
ItsLarryG - 15.07.2012 at 06:55  
  I don't think anyone really responded to the bassist question at the start of the topic. This is a three piece band and from what I saw live, Tosin Abasi (lead) and the "bass player" both use 8 string guitars. It's interesting to see two musicians with that type of range playing at once.

And to the other poster about seeing them live...my buddy will not listen to the CD because no vocals, he said it was one of the best shows he's seen and I agree. Even with a bit of minor equipment failure they were cool about it and kept the crowd in check.

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