Crank It Loud presents
Animals As Leaders – The Madness of Many Tour
Veil of Maya, Alluvial
2900 Patterson St
Greensboro, NC, 27407
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Animals As Leaders
ANIMALS AS LEADERS is an American Progressive band based out of Los Angeles, CA. The group is composed of guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes along with drummer Matt Garstka. Their unique musical style incorporates influences from metal, jazz, electronic, latin, classical, and fusion. In 2009 AAL released their self-titled debut album on Prosthetic Records which quickly launched them into being a trend-setting group in their genre worldwide. Since then the band has released two more albums, Weightless (Prosthetic Records, 2011) and The Joy of Motion (Sumerian Records, 2014) which debuted at #23 in the Billboard Top 200.
AAL has been featured in various media publications throughout the world including Guitar World, Total Guitar, Modern Drummer, Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, and many more. They have received signature endorsements from major companies (Ibanez Guitars, ESP Guitars, Tama Drums) and have managed to play alongside some of the greatest guitar legends such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Guthrie Govan and many more.
Now in 2016 Animals As Leaders continues to explore its musical endeavors with its highly anticipated fourth album to be released on Sumerian Records this year.
Veil of Maya
The Chicago based VEIL OF MAYA encompasses the good old American blue collar work ethic and have definitely taken the hard road to success grinding it out on the road through countless tours over the years, but now that backbreaking schedule is paying off tenfold. This quartet are one of the few very bands that can authentically mix elements of progressive metal, melodic death metal, thrash and hardcore brutality together effectively, all while keeping the listener constantly interested with baited breath wondering just what is coming next. This is exactly why they will have a career for years to come.
VEIL OF MAYA's dynamic second full-length album, id, was met with rave reviews and quickly caught the attention of the underground with it's refreshing and unique approach.
Guitarist Keith Merrow — whose solo work we’ve been jocking for years from who teamed up with Jeff Loomis for Conquering Dystopia — has teamed up with fellow guitarist Wes Hauch — he played in The Faceless on the Autotheism album cycle and recently joined Black Crown Initiate — for a brand new project called Alluvial. - METAL SUCKS