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Sumerian Records signs Mestis (Animals As Leaders)

Monday, October 1, 2012 12:03 PM PT

Official press release:

World renowned guitarist, Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders, T.R.A.M.), has inked a new solo deal with Sumerian Records for his new project Mestís, which is an all instrumental effort. The debut EP, Basal Ganglia, is a five track offering showcasing Reyes' vast musical diversity and features an intriguing variety of instrumentation performed by highly acclaimed musicians. The EP is set for a Nov 27th release and specially priced pre-order bundles will be available in the coming weeks.

The striking new promo video for the track, "Te Mato," can be viewed below:

Reyes states: "Basal Ganglia is an EP that come from several places, and by places, I mean influences. I've always wanted to create a style of music that focused on being emotionally exploitive and technically sound, yet simple enough for the average music listener to appreciate. Another influence was using the eight string guitar in a form that is unconventional to the 'trends' or independent of characteristics that are found in music styles/genres that have popularized it. Another and important reason was to create a true form of my own independent voice as an artist. To create music that expressed my personality, upbringing, emotions and musical taste."

Mestís features Javier Reyes on guitar, bass, production and mixing duties. Matt Garstka (Animals As Leaders) handling drum programming, Hector Barez (Calle 13, Bio Ritmo) on percussion and David Stout (Marvin Gaye, Juan Gabriel, Smokey Robinson) on the trombone.


10/1/2012 12:09:05 PM

10/1/2012 12:09:50 PM
Neckbeards will be all over this shit.

10/1/2012 12:31:54 PM
Great. so now the internet generation and the music they make is trying to warrant solo instrumental albums. wouldn't have happened in the early 90s and before... no protools. ;)

10/1/2012 12:35:30 PM
LOL @ listing Marvin Gaye as a former band for the trombonist. Suck my tromboner you nerd.

10/1/2012 12:50:50 PM
^ hey, shutup.

10/1/2012 2:03:05 PM

10/1/2012 2:44:11 PM
No vocals = No care

10/1/2012 3:22:24 PM
very stoked, sounds awesome. Rayes is so underrated, I think he has a better sense of rhythm and melody than tosin

10/1/2012 3:32:32 PM
"tromboner" and "nerd"

When you're done stealing lunch money in between classes, kill yourself.

10/1/2012 3:35:08 PM
Sumerian is determined to kill metal.

10/1/2012 3:43:05 PM
LloydChristmas' 2-inch meat stub is stiff.

10/1/2012 4:18:09 PM
who gives a crap about metal? Go listen to some dave mustaine solos bitch!

This song sounds intersting. will listen to the reast.

10/1/2012 4:18:36 PM
project name is retarded. "mestis"? really?

10/1/2012 4:19:19 PM

10/1/2012 4:41:49 PM
Title had me believe that Sumerian had signed Animals As Leaders, and that they had changed their name to Mestis. Whoops.

10/1/2012 4:56:54 PM
anonymous4 hours ago
Neckbeards will be all over this shit.


10/1/2012 5:42:20 PM
This isnt very good.

10/1/2012 8:52:53 PM
They'll need an endorstufft from Bed Bath & Beyond to clean up all the fcking masterbation on this record.

10/1/2012 10:19:50 PM
it's like a postier version of AAL and has tinges of mastodon even, i dig. big ol' pots and pans on mah dick

10/1/2012 11:01:52 PM
Next! Sumerian signs Tosin's shoe!! The band will feature ...

10/2/2012 8:10:44 AM
Dudes who like Steely Dan and Dream Theatre are gooed about this...the rest of us are bored...

10/2/2012 8:35:17 AM
First riff sounds like something Mare would have done in 2005.

10/3/2012 3:24:41 AM
This sounds like a poorly produced Animals As Leaders throw-away. The guitar tone is horrible.