Tosin Abasi reveals Animals As Leaders have finished tracking their new album as he shares tap-heavy teaser clip

Guitarist Tosin Abasi of Animals as Leaders performs on stage at The NAMM Show 2020 Day 1 at Anaheim Convention Center on January 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California.
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Tosin Abasi, guitarist with progressive metal innovators Animals As Leaders, has confirmed the group have finished tracking their fifth album. 

The guitarist broke the news via Instagram, sharing a brief clip of the last guitar part he was recording. The clip teases a pretty intense tap-happy track with Abasi showcasing one of his Abasi Concepts instruments – a J Larada in Capri Orange – in the process.

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Details about the new Animals As Leaders record are still pretty light on the ground, but it will represent their first studio album since 2016’s The Madness Of Many

Abasi has posted a few brief clips of new demos (opens in new tab) online across the past year, but appears to have been keeping busy with his Abasi Concepts brand, recently releasing the Tele-inspired Space T range.

Meanwhile, Javier Reyes has composed music for The Relentless – the fictional band (featuring Andy Biersack and Ben Bruce) at the heart of streaming series Paradise City

Animals As Leaders also hosted a one-off streaming event in July 2020, performing seven tracks, including Arithmophobia, Ectogenesis, Tooth and Claw and Physical Education.

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Matt Parker

Matt is a staff writer for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk (opens in new tab), which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.