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This year has been anything but quiet for Australia’s favourite bedroom-prog-wizard, PLINI. Starting with sold-out headline shows in SYDNEY and MELBOURNE and a massive debut tour around North America with INTERVALS, he can currently be found journeying across Europe with ANIMALS AS LEADERS on a six-week summer festival & club tour. This September, it will finally be Australia’s turn again, as PLINI heads out on his biggest tour yet, including his first ever headlining show in PERTH. Also joining the tour and performing in Australia for the very first time are Canadian prog-metallers INTERVALS!
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When ANIMALS AS LEADERS burst onto the scene in 2009, few would have predicted the band’s meteoric rise to the pinnacle of the progressive rock/metal world. ANIMALS AS LEADERS is revered worldwide as a trailblazing pioneer of modern heavy music and the group’s genre-defying compositions have earned extensive praise as true innovators. This hard hitting, face melting band is not to be missed!
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Live Review | Periphery + Animals as Leaders @ Metro Theatre, Sydney – February 1, 2014

Review and photos by Ben Hosking – www.hoskingindustries.com.au – for Life Music Media
2014_PeripheryEven before Animals as Leaders take to the Metro stage, the venue is rapidly filling with excited, guitar-crazy punters. There are scores of Periphery shirts circulating and it’s almost impossible to find more than one of the same design – a testament to the band’s proactive approach to merchandise and self promotion.

Despite this, it’s clear that just as many of the assembled throng are here to see Tosin Abasi and co. perform their unique brand of instrumental, 8-string rock fusion. For what is really an odd instrumental line-up (both Abasi and fellow guitarist Javier Reyes playing 8-string Ibanez guitars and drummer Matt Garstka), the mix rings true and clear and the band do an excellent job of recreating tracks from their first two albums – announcing to the eager crowd that they’ve just finished work on album number three. Watching Abasi and Reyes navigate their large fret boards with such ease and confidence definitely makes you feel insignificant – Reyes’ incredible, simultaneous bass line and melody counterpoint work was particularly breathtaking.
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Periphery + Animals As Leaders return to Australia in January/February 2014

PERIPHERY has defied the boundaries of conventionality, bringing new life to the metal scene. Their meteoric rise to the upper echelon of the metal world will be in full display when they return to Australia in January/February 2014 joined by ANIMALS AS LEADERS.

PERIPHERY push the envelope with an innovative brand of engagingly complex metal. The band’s latest offering, Periphery II showcases the band’s richest and most alluring metal to date. ‘‘Periphery is clearly onto something huge.’ – Metal Injection
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