To be totally blunt, ANIMALS AS LEADERS’ The Joy of Motion is a flawless album for what it’s meant to be. From basically every aspect, the band has achieved pure prog bliss. Expect the band’s technical wizardry to provide a nice range of different sounds and vibes all in perpetual motion.
Songwriting is the priority throughout The Joy of Motion so you won’t find self indulgent song sections that are there just for the sake of showing off. Fans of the heavier end of the musical spectrum will enjoy the heavy MESHUGGAH-inspired riffs and the nods to technical death metal found scattered throughout. But for the most part, ANIMALS AS LEADERS keeps it light and bright.
Prog nerds will differ on what they like best about The Joy of Motion but a personal favorite is the string slapping. Who needs bass when you’ve got 8-string guitars?
Deep analysis or discussion is totally unnecessary. ANIMALS AS LEADERS have made it as easy as possible for you to just sit back and wholeheartedly enjoy the album. Flows like melted butter.
If you want to hear from one of the best prog bands around, then look no further. Prog the fuck out. (Sumerian Records)