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|3.0 good||bloc | October 13th 11|
You can't believe your eyes and I can't believe my ears, but Weightless is actually really disappointing...Boring, low string riffs accompanied by flurries of high string work are just not going to cut it this time (especially when every band and their mother is doing the same thing). You'd think that being in a proper trio, Tosin and co. would have perhaps made something that would rival even their debut but damn it's barely even competition.
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|0.0 ||hughes | October 12th 11|
Tosin is black and has a big guitar...... insta-5
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|5.0 classic||Adam | October 6th 11|
Musically and compositionally flawless. A timeless masterpiece flecked only by a few moments of hiccups in the production, which to many is a trivial matter. An album that will change the very definition of Heavy Metal and its impact on its listeners. An album that will define a decade. Animals as Leaders will be a household name in years to come.
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|3.0 good||Comatorium. | October 17th 11|
SCALE THE SUMMIT WINS 2011.
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|4.0 excellent||djocelot | October 14th 11|
So you guys are only able to rate this relative to the self titled album? Sure its not quite as mind blowing as the debut but its still really good and Tosin and Company still bring something very unique and impressive to the table. Being a band like AAL and playing a very niche style of music I dont think its fair to expect them to be able to reinvent themselves with every album, quit your moaning and enjoy it.
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|3.0 good||Scott Krasman | October 14th 11|
boring and...boring. total shame, tosin is capable of so much more.
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|3.0 good||CrazyDrummer4562 | October 13th 11|
It's difficult to not like this album a lot, as they are one of my favorite musical groups but this album pales in comparison to the self titled. It's a frustrating "progression" as there are little slivers of awesomeness to be found on the album, but they're usually drowned by drawn out and mundane verses. A lot more electronic stuff to be found on the album, and while it adds on certain tracks (like Odessa), often times it gets stretched out for too long and gets annoying. For example on the opener track, from 1:50 to 2:45, what is otherwise an awesome track gets a huge chunk of boring, uninspired garbage thrown in the middle of it. rIt feels like they had some moments of inspiration and strung them together with useless filler. A mostly boring and disappointing culmination in what was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. r
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|2.0 poor||Dan FUCKING Gibbes | September 28th 11|
"@bringthejunzr1. maybe because its some fucking inspirational genre-bending music?r2. i dont think a full blown retard can comprehend the internet, let alone post a solid opinion about such good music. r3. only a soulless douche bag hidden away in mamas basement whos already committed to failure would even think to damper somebody elses praise with such insignificant negative bullshit that you probably think everyone on this site actually values. r4. you probably spam your negativity throughout more forums than just this, because you strive on that undeserving attention you never got as childr"
this hasn't even leaked yet, cool your fanboy jets.
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|4.0 excellent||tigershark421 | November 3rd 11|
I like how people are basing their biases off of their first self-titled album. You write a review with nothing going in and taking each element of each song to heart and then making a rational opinion based on what is given to you. I love their new material. It isn't flashy like off their self-titled, which is absolutely fine, you don't have to always one-up yourself to play stuff that they enjoy playing. All three of these guys are talented beyond belief and they continue to impress me with this album. rGood job, noobs.
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|0.0 ||syco722 | October 13th 11|
I can't really think of another band that's doing quite the same thing as well as these guys and I really dig the style they have going on. Definitely a lot better than people are making it out to be
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|0.0 ||smokersleeper5268 | October 30th 11|
im so fucking high fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck
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|4.0 excellent||Alexander | October 22nd 11|
AAL trim down the shredage and focus more on songwriting structure with Weightless. It's apparent that this is def. a more bandcentric release and less the Tosin Abasi show. The band puts more focus on grooving riffs, tasteful leads, and abstract jazzy and electronic passages. The fast shredding still pops in here but it's done even more tastefully and fits much better in the realm of the song-and therefore makes it much more hard hitting. The album also benefits from a gorgeous production and a much more concise flow So unless you miss the shreddage of their debut there is honestly very little reason that you would like Weightless less. It is overall the better structured album, and sure many "djent" bands are doing the same groove-meets-shreds-meet electronica segue but no one right now is taking it to abstract level of creativity and making it all flow concisely and beautifully like AAL, and Weightless proves that in an unabashedly manner.
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|2.0 poor||IndiePorn | October 13th 11|
Found the new album extremely boring and lacking the cool jazzy grooves and intensity that made the first album so good.
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|3.0 good||RunAmokRampant | October 13th 11|
Weightless is more experimental and has more atmosphere than s/t but sometimes lapses into dullness and feels a tad uninspired. Still a decent listen and there are some great songs on here but overall it's underwhelming.
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|3.5 great||Travis Montgomery | March 28th 12|
Your general "Instru-metal" album... might be good for some head bobbing... but if you're looking for some real music look elsewhere. 3.4/5
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|0.0 ||AlmightyHabeeb | October 31st 11|
I honestly think it's almost as good as the first one. Come at me.
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|4.5 superb||fund it | October 22nd 11|
Played a rousing game of chess while hearing this the first time. I'm so glad this is a thing.
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|3.0 good||Thompson D. Gerhart STAFF | October 17th 11|
Good, if not a bit hollow. It's simply not the grandiose metal meets flamenco on an 8 string guitar sound anymore. It's become this pseudo-electronic jam noise. Maybe it's because they're trying to dedicate more presence to the drum and bass work (and it's good stuff), but the sound feels lacking compared to the debut.
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|4.0 excellent||toolguitarkid | October 14th 11|
an album that requires quite a few listens to fully digest. much more creative than the self rtitled as well as much more mature in terms of songwriting. a huge step up after you give it rsome time.
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|4.0 excellent||MO | October 14th 11|
Navene and Javier take strong steps forward in their performances. An overall excellent album.
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|4.5 superb||ev0ken | October 13th 11|
not as good as their last, but still a decent cd. this will be a grower for me, kind of like STS new one.
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|4.0 excellent||TheColdNovRain89 | October 12th 11|
Really awesome and I love how the sound has evolved with the full band.
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|3.5 great||somerandomusername | August 15th 13|
Tosin Abasi, Javier Reyes and Navene Koperweis take a completely different approach in their second record and take a completely different direction. Is this the band you adored for their hypnotizing melodies and clever musicality in "Animals As Leaders"? It is, but in it's organic and minor form and most average shape. Does that make a terrible record? No. Although boring at times, a great record nontheless.
|2.0 poor||Micah-Nahum Ferguson. | August 1st 13|
An overwhelmingly incongruous and jagged record, even by progressive standards. All of the beautiful melodies and harmonies poured out by Tosin Abasi turn to a complete shred-fest here that lacks any form of subtlety. Abasi's abilities are greatly displayed here, but alongside annoying programming and electronic tricks. This could have been much better.
|3.5 great||Jacob R. STAFF | September 23rd 12|
Remember when Animals as Leaders were capable of taking over the world? Yeah, me too - Weightless is a deviation from the extreme, an album solid enough but illustrates a band hibernating after its landmark debut.
|3.5 great||BroManCaptainGuySirDylan | March 6th 12|
A much darker and heavier interpretation is still technically and musically proficient, even if it isn't as memorable as its lighter counterpart.
|3.5 great||ctax | November 24th 11|
I seriously hope this grows on me. Like wtf. This is disappointing.
|3.0 good||NeutralThunder12 | November 10th 11|
Despite the ridiculous amount of talent Tosin has in those hands, this album is pretty lame for the most part. Technically astounding at times? Sure. Very boring and uninspired? Yeah.
|3.5 great||RAMpharmD | November 8th 11|
After a couple of straight listen-throughs, I like it, but I'm not as impressed as I was upon hearing their debut.
Hopefully it will grow on me.
|5.0 classic||natebearclaw | November 7th 11|
Amazing, beautiful, unprecedented, shocking, true, colourful, unbelievable
|2.5 average||cumilaut | November 1st 11|
a bit disappointing album over all, debut was way up there compared to this
|3.0 good||painthethane | October 30th 11|
While it is good, it lacks some depth. I don't know if Misha Mansoor helped write this one as well, but if he didn't, you can tell. It is one of those albums that you show your guitar playing friend to humble him/her.
|4.5 superb||zombieninjapnda | October 27th 11|
I love it. I didn't think it was the least bit boring. Maybe I'm the only one but, I think its as good as their first if not better.
|4.0 excellent||I Am The Sputnikker | October 24th 11|
Not sure what everyone is complaining about, this is pretty cool. Then again all I was hoping for was something that sounded similar to the s/t.
|3.0 good||TechieCore | October 21st 11|
Pretty disappointed. Was hoping to give this a 5. But it's just really boring, with a lot of filler. Sometimes the riffs go on for about a minute and a half too long. Just not what I was expecting. Thankfully Uneven Structure's Februus and Elitist's Earth EP are promising.
|4.0 excellent||MattyTop | October 20th 11|
I'm thinking this album would deserve a 3.8 or a 3.9. In my opinion, it doesn't hold a candle to the Self Titled album. But there are still some really cool sounding riffs and writing in this album. To be honest, he seems to have gotten better at tapping and slap guitar. Its just a shame he couldn't have wrote it with a more jazzy feel rather then a more electronic feel.
|3.5 great||Blake G. | October 17th 11|
of course Pharoh would be the one to 5 this. haha
|4.5 superb||troyofyort | October 16th 11|
Very cool song ideas and distinct vibe, not just a rehash of their previous album. only thing i miss is the awesome atmosphere that tosin created with his guitar in the s/t, possibly due to all the electronic. Also a grower, just like the s/t
|4.0 excellent||Philalethes | October 16th 11|
This album is a perfect representation of the state of modern music. The line is being blurred between
computer manipulation and human performance. Tosin's incredible two handed tapping, bass like slapping,
and multi voice playing only further confuses the listener, as we try and discern on the record what is digital
editing and what is his amazing virtuosic playing. While the record is a lot heavier than expected, the
songwriting has also become more complex. Its incredible to listen to Tosin further develop his unique
approach to playing the guitar, while also mastering his abilities as a jazz/progressive metal composer. He is
truly one of the great guitarists of the modern age.
|3.5 great||ProtestTheLegacy | October 14th 11|
Excellent musicianship as usual, and musicianship is up to another level, especially on Navene's part. Too much electronic influence though, and you can hear it for sure. Feels a tad uninspired a bit too often. Still an excellent spin, and they're improving on ~some~ of the mistakes from their first album. Look to taking the best parts of both and adding something new in their future albums.rEDIT: Production is garbage
|4.0 excellent||RainbowDash | October 14th 11|
I love 4 songs off of this. The rest will grow on my hopefully
|3.0 good||DDconjoined | October 14th 11|
anyone else just find this boring? after 6 songs I just need some sort of vocals or samples.. anything!!
|3.0 good||I made this account in 2008 | October 13th 11|
After first listen, completely underwhelming. The incredible build-ups found on the s/t are lacking here. As much as I think Bulb's music is boring and sterile (not unlike some of the material on Weightless) it seems more and more apparent that his production (but especially) his help with arrangements made Tosin Abasi's music what it was on the s/t. Take that away and you have you this - a very disorganized and underwhelming experience.
|2.5 average||dawija3 | September 28th 11|
@Dan Gibbes .... sucks that you dont know the right people....maybe you should move to Austin.
|5.0 classic||lambofthedevil | September 19th 11|
go Fuck yourself dickhead You obviously havent studied music at any level, your ability to comprehend what is even descent music is somewhat to be desired!
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