ANIMALS AS LEADERS, the acclaimed progressive instrumental solo project of 7- and 8-string guitar virtuoso Tosin Abasi, has announced dates in January and February supporting VEIL OF MAYA, along with CIRCLE OF CONTEMPT and PERIPHERY. This marks the second tour for the former REFLUX axe man’s new project; the band supported BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME (along with VEIL OF MAYA) last month. Abasi also spent a chunk of 2009 on the road as a touring guitarist with BORN OF OSIRIS.
The dates are as follows:
1/29 – East Ridge, TN @ The Warehouse
1/30 – Nashville, TN @ The Muse
1/31 – Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
2/02 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
2/05 – Albuquerque, NM @ Warehouse 508
2/06 – Mesa, AZ @ UB’s
2/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
2/17 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
2/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
2/19 – Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
2/20 – South Bend, IN @ Elva’s
Abasi commented, “”We’re very excited to be touring with Veil of Maya again and to be joined by Periphery couldn’t make us happier!”
Check out some fan filmed footage of “Tempting Time” from the BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME tour HERE.
ANIMALS AS LEADERS’ self-titled debut was released earlier this year to waves of critical acclaim. MetalSucks called it “intricate instru-metal of the highest caliber,” and the album also received a 10/10 from PerfectProg.com and a 9.7/10 from Ultimate-Guitar.com. You can check out tracks and as several “demonstration” videos at the band’s MYSPACE PAGE.