Animals As Leaders ticket give away

Animals As Leaders at the 9:30 Club

Instrumental progressive band Animals As Leaders are headlining the 9:30 Club on Saturday, May 17th. This is a show will be an instrumental music fan’s dream come true as none of the three bands playing have a vocalist. I love instrumental bands and to help get you into them too we’re going to give away a free pair of tickets to this show. To enter: leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite instrumental song is. From Metallica’s Orion to Watain’s Lawless Darkness to Animals As Leaders’ own CAFO, any instrumental song will count as long as you love it! At 5pm EST this Friday, May 2nd, a winner will be chosen at random (using from all valid entries to receive two tickets to the show! Be sure to use a valid email you check regularly so I can contact you if you win. Don’t worry, I won’t add you to any spam lists or sell your info or anything sleazy like that. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 24 hours another winner will be chosen at random. If you can’t wait to see if you win, or the contest is already over when you read this, then you can get tickets from right now for $20 from Ticket Fly here.

Animals As Leaders members Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes were both from the DC area originally before relocating to California to form Animals As Leaders. Their incredible musicianship and technical prowess has earned them fans all over the world though you can bet this show will feel something like a home town show of sorts. Also playing is Conquering Dystopia, an instrumental band featuring guitar wiz Keith Merrow and Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) on guitars, Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse on bass and Alex Rüdinger, drummer for The Faceless. This band has quite the pedigree but their self titled debut album shows that they not only live up to expectations, but exceed them with a level of technicality and aggression few can match. The opening act is Chon, a progressive instrumental band from San Diego. All three of these bands can really play and this show is on a Saturday night so you don’t have the school-night excuse for missing this one. Now check out these killer tunes by the bands playing and tell me what your favorite instrumental song is!

Animals As Leaders – Lippincott

Animals As Leaders – CAFO

Conquering Dystopia album teaser

Chon – Sketch


  1. My favourite Instrumental song has to be Eruption (Van Halen). But if you want a more obscure one: Endica by John Norum

  2. My favorite is Away by Devin Townsend.

  3. Death – Voice of the Soul

  4. Greet Death by Explosions In The Sky

  5. Of all the instrumental songs I’ve heard and love,if I have to pick one, will definitely be Orion(metallica,master of puppets),still to this day it just gives me goosebumps and makes me crank the volume every single time I listen to it!!!

  6. I love me some Metropolis Part 2 by Dream Theater

  7. Don Caballero – the Peter Chris jazz

  8. Triad by Tool

  9. Good call on DT Dan. Orion is def a tough one to beat too. Last Day of Winter by Pelican, or Harper Lewis by Russian Circles are prob going to be among my favs.

  10. I am embarrassed and certainly self aware as to how I should never admit this, but given my present disposition Ill say that my favorite instrumental (at this moment) is Screeching Weasel’s Talk to Me Summer. I am not a tremendous fan of instrumentals is my excuse.

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  12. Metallica’s The Call of Ktulu has been my fave since I was a punk-ass teenager. This is followed closely by Orion of course. But I also love Animals as Leaders’ “Thoroughly at Home!” Thanks for running these sweet ticket giveaways Metal Chris. You da metal man!!!

  13. Tera Melos – Melody 4

  14. Apocalyptica- At the Gates of Manala

  15. Ashes of the Wake – Lamb of God

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