Few characters in music seem as dated as the heavy-metal virtuoso. The term unintentionally conjures images of cocky, '80s shredders with flying-V guitars, spandex and blown-out hair. Thankfully, the young band Animals As Leaders not only embrace the term, but they also buck the stereotypes. Since forming in 2007 as the solo project of Tosin Abasi, formerly of metalcore outfit Reflux, the Los Angeles-based, Washington, D.C.-bred band have dazzled the progressive metal world with a fusion of prog rock, neo-jazz and... More >>>