New animals as leaders

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  1. StevenC

    StevenC Javier Strat 8 2022

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    1. Weightless
    2. Animals as Leaders
    3. The Madness of Many
    4. Wave of Babies
    5. Monomyth
    6. The Joy of Motion
    7. Live 2017
    Wave of Babies are at a bit of a disadvantage due to only being singles so far, but this is the definitive AAL release ranking.
     
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    Weightless was where my interest in AAL peaked and it's gone downhill ever since. Way downhill after whatever the last couple albums were. Boring, boring, boring

    Thumping the strings is the guitar player version of jumping the shark
     
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    My only gripe with Weightless is New Eden is way too short.
     
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    Listened a few times to Monomyth and I'm not sure I'm a fan of this songs direction. I like JoM, Madness of many, and Self-titled.
    Maybe it needs to grow on me more, like cancer, for example.
     
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    The Joy of Motion at place 6? Definitely not the definitive AAL release tanking.

    It's their best release.
     
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    Kaura evanesencensencenenist

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    Joy of Motion rules!

    And @StevenC drools! :cool:
     
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    This is actually cool because this is the most love for I've ever seen for Weightless. I had always gotten the impression that others felt more the way I did. For me it's like the heavier aspects of Weightless don't top the heavy aspects of AAL and the more melodic/shred stuff doesn't top certain things from TJoM or MoM.

    An argument can be made that the latter two are top heavy. Makes me think that Weightless is the most consistent, actually. None of their songs are in my highest tier but few if any would be in my lowest.
     
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    This! AAL piqued my interest, Weightless was amazing (Somnarium anyone?) then afterwards all the thumping combined with their tone just sounds like a rhythmically idling tractor to me. The really low metallic sound, just gets boring.
     
  9. Quiet Coil

    Quiet Coil Only obsesses over guitars when not playing them.

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    Hmmm…

    I think I’d prefer a remastered copy of the Self Titled album.
     
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    :lol: absolutely nailed that comparison
     
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    Release the Weightless video!
     
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    Song and video are both amazing!
    Very intense

    Getting I Am Legend vibes…
     
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    Everything AAL has put out has been good. I was instantly hooked on the first album. The other releases took some time to grow on me before I truly "felt" the full experience.

    I can't believe people are complaining about thumping in here haha, most of us are metal heads in here yeah? The movement and ability to have beats of varying strength and timbre with significantly more accuracy and speed than other approaches seems perfect for metal, not to mention how it opens up a lot of options because string skipping no longer matters. Cognitive Contortions at 0:10, or the amazing section in Physical Education at 1:46, or Backpfeifengesicht at 0:30, or (dat riff) in The Woven Web at 1:29. Are we really hating on these? Or like this new song where at 1:30 and then leads into 1:35 with the context whirling around behind the thumping, I don't care what you guys say but that's sick af :p
     
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    gunch Riff Chugman

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    meet me at the bone sculpture at 8pm for an ass kicking
     
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    really expensive ad for Abasi Concepts. I get it.
     
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    Maybe this is the madness of many

    That's my new head canon
     
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    Man, I fell in love HARD with the self titled, and everything after that totally lost me. It felt quite ironic after hearing Tosin say early on that "I want to write instrumental music for people that wouldn't normally be into just instrumental music" (paraphrasing here). and then to have a stream of albums that were really devoid of any hooks or the like.

    I mean, I get that this is a niche genre, and thats some of what I enjoy about it, but give me something more than just some syncopated rhythmic stew.

    Its also good to see that the family from the video for Tool's Schism are getting to dance again.
     
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    The real question is after seeing that video is, were those guys chinbanging?
     
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    Weightless is incredibly inconsistent, I usually only listen to a few tracks on it. The S/T and Joy of Motion are almost all bangers. Haven't really given the fourth album more than a single listen, didn't get my attention.
     
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    Esp Griffyn Play more music

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    That video was just about the goofiest thing I've ever seen. Would it not have been enough to maybe just have a video of the guys playing the song? I feel like the college art project style of video just detracts here.

    The song itself was pretty dull. Hookless and with little of interest, like the last album where it seemed like they couldn't find any memorable so they just filled bars with chugs and thumps until the album was over. Tosin should go back to "Another Year" or "The Woven Web" and try to reverse engjneer some of their brilliance to make exciting music again.
     
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