If you’re a fan of instrumental metal, then you’re no doubt looking forward to the new record from Animals As Leaders. The group has made a name for themselves within the metal world and beyond for their approach to the style, but one thing is for certain, and that’s that the departures they make on each new record make for an interesting experience every time. Weightless brought us more subtle and subdued tones, taking on many qualities of it’s namesake, making music that traded in a lot of rhythmic groove for more airy meanderings. And now The Joy Of Motion switches gears once again.

The record is now available to stream in full and it won’t take you long to cotton on to the fact that this sits somewhere between their first two records in terms of sound. The influence of both Misha Mansoor of Periphery and Diego Farias of Volumes on the writing process is clear as day, so keep that in mind while you’re wading through the dense music on offer. I’ve seen some mixed opinions on this one, but I have to say, I’m really enjoying it. Check it out:


– DL

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