Animals as Leaders Make Prog Metal Funky on ‘Gordian Naught’

Animals as Leaders this week released the unrelenting instrumental rock song "Gordian Naught," the third single from the progressive metal band's forthcoming fifth album, Parrhesia, and wow, it's alarmingly funky — even though it sounds like a freight train coming off the rails.

So should a listener need suppositions that Primus or Chili Peppers or maybe even Gastr del Sol hold some influence over the most prolific of prog rock and metal's performers, look no further than Animals as Leaders' "Gordian Naught." Indeed, the monster track is a math-rock juggernaut with power metal muscle sent from Planet Indie Rock.

Listen to the song down toward the bottom of this post.

And the ferocity felt within "Gordian Naught" is real. As Animals as Leaders guitarist Tosin Abasi explained, "This song attempts to put a soundtrack to the metaphor of 'untying an impossibly tangled knot.' A sonic commentary on the seemingly sustained problems facing the world currently."

Parrhesia, out in March, is Animals as Leaders' first studio effort in six years, following their 2016 LP, The Madness of Many. The group recently released two other Parrhesia singles, "The Problem of Other Minds" and "Monomyth."

Last year, Abasi remarked, "It's been a while since we've released a body of work. We're really proud of this collection of songs as well as the visual components, and are excited to share it with all of you."

Parrhesia arrives on March 25. The band will play the album in its entirety on tour across America this spring. See the dates below. Get tickets at

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Animals as Leaders, "Gordian Naught"

Animals as Leaders Parrhesia Spring 2022 U.S. Tour Dates

March 30 – Denver, Colo. @ Summit Music Hall
April 1 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Truman Theater
April 2 – Omaha, Neb. @ Slowdown
April 3 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Varsity Theater
April 4 – Chicago, Ill. @ House of Blues
April 5 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogarts
April 6 – Detroit, Mich. @ St. Andrews Hall
April 8 – Hampton Beach, N.H. @ Wally's
April 9 – Lititz, Pa. @ Mickey's Black Box
April 10 – New York, N.Y. @ Irving Plaza
April 11 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Brooklyn Bowl
April 12 – Boston, Mass. @ Big Night Live
April 13 – Baltimore, Md. @ Soundstage
April 15 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Buckhead Theatre
April 16 – Orlando, Fla. @ House of Blues
April 18 – Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
April 19 – Austin, Texas @ Emo's
April 21 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Marquee Theater
April 22 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Ace Hotel Theater

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