23:23 - s_t_s hey not that I miss them so but fo you know where band Deathstars's gone ? Seem they vanished...
21:47 - Risto It's their own tongue-in-cheek description. The vocals tip it over to the avantgarde side I think.
19:55 - Moose Many thanks to whoever introduced me to Astronoid via the shoutbox the other day. Their new album, Air, is magnificent. I can even understand why some refer to their genre as "Dream Thrash".
19:12 - Opethian @Apothecary, I got to meet him when I saw them play at Denver this past January. Dude is down to earth and was a privilege to get to meet him and Dallas \M/
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.