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Mestis – Basal Ganglia

It's easy to see why solo projects from already prolific musicians like Mestis exist. Guitarist Javier Reyes is already actively involved in projects that receive great fanfare in Animals as Leaders and T.R.A.M., but he has seldom held the spotlight to himself thus far in his career. Reyes is unfortunately an underrated and understated musician who has up until this point stood in the shadow of double-bandmate Tosin Abasi; no matter what output Animals as Leaders makes, many fans will unfairly assume it was because of sole founding member Abasi's guitar wizardry. It may or may not be the intended case, but Mestis' debut release Basal Ganglia could be seen as Reyes' attempt at breaking away from this mentality and showing the world that he is just as creative and talented in his own right.