The Joy of Motion

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The Joy of Motion
The Joy Of Motion2014.jpg
Studio album by Animals as Leaders
Released March 24, 2014
Recorded November 2013
Genre Progressive metal, djent, jazz fusion, instrumental rock
Length 54:23
Label Sumerian
Producer Misha Mansoor
Animals as Leaders chronology
Weightless
(2011)Weightless2011
The Joy of Motion
(2014)
The Madness of Many
(2016)The Madness of Many2016
Singles from The Joy of Motion
  1. "Tooth and Claw"
    Released: February 18, 2014
  2. "Lippincott"
    Released: February 26, 2014
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[1]
Music Radar 5/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 4.7/5 stars[3]
Ultimate Guitar 9.3/10[4]
The Circle Pit 10/10 stars[5]

The Joy of Motion is the third album by instrumental progressive metal group Animals as Leaders. It was released on March 24, 2014 in Europe, March 25, 2014 in North America and on March 28, 2014 in Australia and New Zealand by Sumerian Records.[6][7] The entire album was previously made available on YouTube on March 19, 2014.[8]

Around 13,000 copies of The Joy of Motion were bought in the United States during the first week of its release. It debuted at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 chart.[9] It has sold 50,000 copies in the United States as of November 2016.[10]

On March 25, 2014, the band played their album release show on the Seattle date of their tour with After the Burial and Chon to celebrate the album's release date.

A music video was produced for the song "Physical Education," featuring the band playing the song in a school gymnasium, intercut with comedic scenes involving Abasi, Reyes, and Garstka as the school's principal, gym teacher, and janitor, respectively.

Music[edit]

The Joy of Motion has been described as a blend of the band's usual progressive metal technicality with elements of jazz, electronic, Latin, and dance-pop.[11][12][13]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Animals as Leaders.

No. Title Length
1. "Ka$cade" 5:23
2. "Lippincott" 4:22
3. "Air Chrysalis" 5:06
4. "Another Year" 3:50
5. "Physical Education" 4:41
6. "Tooth and Claw" 4:23
7. "Crescent" 4:23
8. "The Future That Awaited Me" 4:33
9. "Para Mexer" 4:29
10. "The Woven Web" 4:07
11. "Mind-Spun" 4:35
12. "Nephele" 4:31
Total length: 54:23

Personnel[edit]

Animals as Leaders
Guest musicians
  • Misha Mansoor (Periphery) – bass guitar (Except: 2, 6, 9), programming, keyboard (Tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10)
  • Adam "Nolly" Getgood (Periphery) – bass guitar (Tracks: 2, 6, 9)
  • Diego Farias (Volumes) – programming (Tracks: 5, 7, 11)
Production
  • Misha Mansoor – co-writing, pre-production
  • Adam "Nolly" Getgood – production, engineering, mixing
  • Diego Farias – co-writing, pre-production
  • Forrester Savell – mastering
  • Navene Koperweis – electronics production
  • Sam Martin – drum-recording engineering
  • Jeff Dunne – drum editing
  • Chris Carder and Rose Marincil – photography
  • Jay Wynne – artwork, design

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Animals As Leaders - The Joy Of Motion". Alternative Press. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Bird, Chris. "Animals As Leaders - The Joy Of Motion review". Music Radar. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  3. ^ "Review: Animals As Leaders - The Joy of Motion - Sputnikmusic". Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Joy Of Motion Review". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "ANIMALS AS LEADERS “THE JOY OF MOTION” ALBUM REVIEW". Thecirclepit.com. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Animals As Leaders To Release 'The Joy of Motion' In March". Blabbermouth.net. February 14, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Release dates". Sumerian Records. February 24, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  8. ^ Crane, Matt (March 19, 2014). "Animals As Leaders Stream New Album, 'The Joy of Motion'". Alternative Press. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Animals As Leaders' 'The Joy of Motion' Cracks U.S. Top 25". Blabbermouth.net. April 2, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on November 4, 2016. 
  11. ^ Epstein, Dan (July 21, 2014). "Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes Teach Prog-Metal to Dance". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  12. ^ Kennelty, Greg (March 20, 2014). "Album Review: Animals as Leaders The Joy of Motion". Metalinjection.net. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ Charupakorn, Joe (May 1, 2014). "Animals as Leaders: Always in Motion". PremierGuitar.com. Retrieved February 26, 2015.