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Today the Chicago experi-metallers in Yakuza hurl forth a cover of "Seraphic Light" from American jazz musician John Coltrane. Listen in below thanks to Revolvermag.com.
The tune serves as a bonus track on the band's "Way Of The Dead" reissue. Initially released in 2002 via Century Media, the reissue comes by way of War Crime Recordings and was released earlier this week.
Intended for a tribute compilation that was never released, the song was recorded sometime in 2002 with the "Way Of The Dead lineup," which featured drummer James Staffel, vocalist/saxophonist/War Crimes co-owner Bruce Lamont, and former members Eric Plonka (Scientist) on guitars and Eric Clark on bass.
Throughout the entire month of July, Yakuza will reissue the band's first four albums along with one never-before-heard release all through War Crime Recordings. More...
Throughout the entire month of July, the Chicago experi-metallers in Yakuza will reissue their first four albums along with one never-before-heard release through War Crime Recordings.
"Amount To Nothing," "Way Of The Dead," "Samsara," and "Transmutations" have been out of print for several years now and in most cases, these reissues will contain unreleased bonus tracks and remixes.
July 1st, 2014 will see the band's 2000 self-released debut album, "Amount To Nothing" and "Way Of The Dead," originally released by Century Media Records in 2002. "Way Of The Dead" will include a cover of John Coltrane's "Seraphic Light" as a bonus track.
On July 15th, 2014, the band will reissue the Prosthetic Records albums: 2006's "Samsara," featuring two bonus tunes -- a James Plotkin (OLD, Scorn, Khanate, Khlyst) remix of "Back To The Mountain" as well as "The Ballad Of Mr. K" -- along with 2007's "Transmutations," which boasts a Justin K. Broadrick (Godflesh) remix of "The Blinding." More...
Corrections House describes itself as "experimental/spoken word/acoustic + end times collaboration" and is the new collective featuring Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza). The group today confirms a string a rare live shows.
The 19-date trek will commence on January 21st, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York and wind its way through much of the of the East Coast before concluding in Denver, Colorado.
Special solo sets by Parker, Lamont, Kelly and Williams will be performed prior to closing each night as Correctiosn House. Dates are available below. More...
Chicago's Yakuza is giving fans a first taste of "Beyul" now exclusively via Stereogum. Check out "Fire Temple And Beyond" at this location. The following press release was also issued:
"One of the most avant-garde acts in metal's history is Chicago's Yakuza. The band continuously pushes the boundaries of metal and has earned serious acclaim from fans, press and their peers. Now, Yakuza returns with one of their most impressive outings yet, 'Beyul', which will be the band's second release on Profound Lore Records.
"'Beyul' will be released on October 16 on CD and digitally with a vinyl version arriving the following month via Gravedancer Records. 'Beyul' was produced by longtime Yakuza cohort Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Minsk, Twilight). Yakuza plan to stay busy in support of the new album so stay tuned for upcoming tour plans and more info."
The album's track listing:
1. Oil And Water
2. The Last Day
3. Man Is Machine
4. Fire Temple And Beyond
5. Mouth of the Lion
7. Lotus Array
Chicago cult progressive avant-jazz metal band Yakuza has completed work on a sixth full-length album, titled “Beyul.” Profound Lore Records commented:
"Seen as one of the most underrated, distinct, and unique American metal bands of our time, Yakuza have always been synonymous with music eclecticism; the band creating a volatile yet searing hybrid of pillaging progressive metal, jazz, and grindcore. Through the extreme shape shifting musical transitions, one of the most defining characteristics of Yakuza is of course the vocal delivery of renaissance metal artist/musician Bruce Lamont, and even moreso his incorporation of saxophone into the mix of the music. A trait that at the time when Yakuza began to use said instrument in metal, and the way Lamont incorporated the saxophone, it was something unheard of.
"'Beyul' (check out the significance here) continues the path of 2010’s triumphant 'Of Seismic Consequence' and continues to take Yakuza’s sound beyond the trodden path they laid down since their 2001 debut 'Amount To Nothing.' When 'Of Seismic Consequence' was released, the band’s first endeavor with Profound Lore Records, Yakuza would generate a new awareness for themselves never before experienced and with 'Beyul,' the band will continue to gain more recognition with one of their most daring, epic, and commanding offerings yet." More...
Yakuza is entering the studio once again to craft a brand new release that will be unveiled later this year. The band has headed to Engine Studios in Chicago to create a 6th studio effort. Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Yob, Rwake) will once again bet at the helm, as he has been for the last few Yakuza releases.
Main man Bruce Lamont comments, "There is one common thread in Yakuza records - we thrive on VARIETY. We try to go to places we've never gone before and create open space - being experimental so to speak, but we still have a love for a good melody. Sanford is a big help bringing the sounds together. Lyrical themes focus on life and death, the light and the dark. Our last record was a reaction, somewhat of a warning call for what has been happening globally and spiritually but not in a religious sense. This album is the aftermath, the balance between the light and the dark. And as dark as it gets, there is always light at the end of the tunnel." More...
Metalunderground.com is premiering a studio tour by Sanford Parker as part of the upcoming Scion A/V video series from their Music(less) Conference. In this video, producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) gives a tour of Engine Studios in Chicago, from the main room to the control room.
Scion A/V is set to launch a variety of exclusive online video content that was taken from their most recent Scion Music(less) Music Conference, a two-day event that brings together a diverse selection of experts to discuss the relevant issues in the music industry. Consisting of panels, debates, one-on-one interviews and workshops, and attended by music’s most cutting edge artists and the industry’s biggest influencers, the conference’s goal is to provide developing talent with knowledge and resources for evolving careers.
The conference videos will be released on March 26 at scionav.com/mmc and youtube.com/scionav and feature appearances from Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Ronson, Steve Aoki, Nadastrom, Todd Edwards, Dam-Funk, Kurt Ballou, 45 King, Sanford Parker and others who provide an intimate look at their music-making process as well as discussing their careers in absolute detail and candor.
Along with the studio tours, there are panels and workshop videos featuring industry newsmakers that will be available to view, highlighting music business topics such as “What I Learned” featuring Wino, “Artists on Hating,” featuring Dwid Hellion of Integrity, and questions such as “How to Pick a Label and Deal With Them?” featuring Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste. Other panels include music business topics such as “The Role of Zines” and questions such as “Why Start A Label Now?”
“Scion believes the current state of the music industry is an ever-changing climate,” says Jeri Yoshizu, Manager of Sales Promotions for Scion. “The primary focus of the Scion Music(less) Music Conference is to center on the factors of the current business landscape and elaborate on how to thrive sensibly and successfully and we’re happy to bring what was discussed there to the interested public at large.”
Studio Tour with Sanford Parker (Scion AV)
Bruce Lamont, of Chicago progressive metal act Yakuza, has revealed the tracklisting and title for his upcoming solo album. His first ever solo effort will carry the title of "Feral Songs for the Epic Decline" and will be released on January 18, 2011 through At A Loss Recordings.
Here is the album's track listing:
1. One Who Stands On The Earth
2. The Epic Decline
3. Year Without Summer
4. The Book Of The Low
5. Disgruntled Employer
6. Deconstructing Self Destruction
7. 2 Then The 3
LED ZEPPELIN 2, the cover band featuring bassist Chris Klein, drummer Ian Lee, guitarist Paul Kamp and vocalist Bruce Lamont, will ring in the new year with a North American tour set to kick off this Friday. The flashbacks will commence in Chicago with two dates at the House Of Blues on January 7 and 8. The band will then wind through nearly a month's worth of dates before drawing to a close on February 12 in Denver at The Gothic Theatre.
LED ZEPPELIN 2 brings you the excitement of Led Zeppelin "In Concert" by re-enacting the live improvisation and onstage interaction that earned Led Zeppelin their legendary status for performing. Rather than a "greatest hits" show, you get to experience Zeppelin as Zeppelin would have played live in front of an audience. LZ2 sold out venues across the U.S. in 2010 and have drawn rave reviews for a "spot-on" Zeppelin show, playing deep cuts and classic tracks from the entire catalog, and occasionally entire Led Zeppelin performances from specific dates.
Most widely recognized for his saxophone and vocal work fronting Chicago's Yakuza, Bruce Lamont has contributed to a plethora of other projects including Bloodiest (featuring members of 90 Day Men, Sterling), Circle of Animals (with Sanford Parker, Minsk/The High Confessions) and Sick Gazelle (with Eric Block and Sanford Parker). He's also recorded with Sigh, East West Blast Test, Minsk, Nachtmystium, Rabid Rabbit, Brutal Truth, Cephalic Carnage, Sweet Cobra, Locrian, Hex Machine and more.
Commented Lamont of the upcoming LED ZEPPELIN 2 dates: "I never thought back when we started LED ZEPPELIN 2, for fun mind you, that we would ever embark on a full U.S. tour. I am really excited to do it. It's an honor and a pleasure to sing and perform some of the greatest music ever made."
Here are the LED ZEPPELIN 2 2011 North American tour dates: More...
Triptykon frontman and former leader of Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, Tom G. Warrior has checked in with another update from Triptykon's first tour of North America. His message reads as follows:
"On tour again in North America. In April of 2008, when I departed Celtic Frost and began to lay the foundation for Triptykon, this was but a mere intention, the fulfillment of which was anything but certain. The utter dedication of the audiences we are playing to here, their loyalty, and their feedback thus means even more to me that it ordinarily would.
"On October 10, in Montreal, I was finally able to witness an entire concert by our esteemed special guests on this tour, Yakuza. I had previously only seen a couple of songs or so each night. In my eyes, they are truly extraordinary, both on a personal level as well as musically. Their songs are full of emotions, variety, energy, beauty, and agitation. Their performance requires perhaps a tad more open-mindedness than must ordinarily be mustered, but they are one of the rare contemporary heavy rock acts with the courage to pursue their own, very unique path. Even that fact alone commands respect and makes them as perfect for a tour with Triptykon as they would have been in a pairing with Celtic Frost. We in Triptykon have all become fans.
"The combination of the three bands on this tour, 1349, Yakuza, and Triptykon, could not be any more unique and, in my humble (and biased) opinion, effective. It is a tour unlike any other."
Norwegian black metal fiends, 1349, who are co-headlining the "Weltenbrand World Tour" with Tom Warrior's TRIPTYKON, have launched a tour diary on the blog section of their Myspace page. Read an excerpt of the diary below:
"1349 are in Canada. We had a terrific night in Montreal last night; the show was fiery and the crowd seemed to revel in dark ecstasy. We also got to experience a particularly powerful show by Triptykon, which fueled us up for our own performance. Voivod’s own hometown is always a boost! We bring the killer-vibe with us to The Wreck Room in Toronto tonight, where we know that 1349 has a strong following. The band has had several great shows in this town, but tonight happens to be the first where Frost gets to meet the Toronto-crowd."
"Yesterday even saw the live-premiere of the song Pandemonium Was Bells, and we are happy to state that it went down really well with the audience. The song might appear in our live-set every now and then when the stars are right…but there are a few other gems in store for you as well." More...
CIRCLE OF ANIMALS has posted a brand new MP3, “Poison The Lamb,” off their debut album "Destroy The Light" online courtesy of AlarmPress.com, and Crustcake.com. 'Destroy The Light" will see its North American release on Tuesday October 12th.
CIRCLE OF ANIMALS is Sanford Parker (MINSK, THE HIGH CONFESSIONS, BURIED AT SEA) and Bruce Lamont (YAKUZA) along with a rotating cast of established drummers. The track “Poison The Lamb,” for example, features Steve Shelly (SONIC YOUTH) behind the kit. Additional drummers featured on "Destroy The Light" include Noah Leger (TAKING PICTURES, THE KARL HENDRICKS TRIO), Darren Verni (UNEARTHLY TRANCE), John Herndon (TORTOISE), John Merryman (CEPHALIC CARNAGE, SECRET CHIEFS 3), Dave Witte (BURNT BY THE SUN, MUNICIPAL WASTE), and more.
At A Loss Recordings confirms this week that the label will be releasing the upcoming solo full-length album from Bruce Lamont of Yakuza. The record is planned for a mid-fall release, with more details on the actual album to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
Most widely recognized for his saxophone and vocal work fronting Chicago act Yakuza, Bruce Lamont has also contributed to a plethora of other projects including Bloodiest (featuring members of 90 Day Men, Sterling), Circle of Animals (with Sanford Parker, Minsk/The High Confessions), Decayist (with Blake Judd, Nachtmystium/Twilight), Sick Gazelle (with Eric Block and Sanford Parker) among others. He's also recorded with Sigh, East West Blast Test, Minsk, Nachtmystium, Rabid Rabbit, Poison Arrows, Sectara, Brutal Truth, Hex Machine and more.
Triptykon, the new band from Celtic Frost frontman Thomas G. Fischer, has announced some additional dates to their upcoming trek of the United States. Joining them on the tour will be 1349 and Yakuza. Speaking on the tour, Fischer stated:
"Ever since my earliest days in Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, I have been extremely fortunate to be able to count on the support, fanaticism, and immense loyalty of the North American metal scene. The recognition my work has received there eclipses anything I have ever encountered in my own native country. Of the 125 concerts performed on the final Celtic Frost tour in 2006 and 2007, for example, a full 71 were played in North America. Some of these performances rank among the most memorable ones in my entire career."
"It is thus an immense honor for me to now bring my new group Triptykon to North America for the first time. Triptykon is further pursuing the path I once began with Hellhammer and Celtic Frost, and I am looking forward to continuing to forge this darkest of musical alliances with all of you. We shall all celebrate masses of unleashed heaviness and morbidity. Only death is real!"
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Triptykon, the band founded by former Hellhammer and Celtic Frost mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer, will be embarking on a series of concerts in the United States this October according to LiveNation. The tour is in support of the band's critically acclaimed debut album, "Eparistera Daimones" which is available now through Prowling Death/Century Media Records.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Yakuza has officially completed work on their new full-length album “Of Seismic Consequence," which was recorded by Sanford Parker between two studios (Electrical Audio and Semaphore). A teaser trailer for the new album can be viewed below. The track listing for the new album is as follows:
1. The Ant People
2. Thinning The Herd
3. Stones And Bones
4. Be That As It May
5. Farewell To The Flesh
6. Testing The Waters
7. Good Riddance (The Knuckle Walkers)
8. The Great War
Chicago metal band NACHTMYSTIUM has announced that their new full-length offering, "Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II," will be released on June 8th. The album was recorded once again with Sanford Parker (Minsk) at Volume Studios. They have enlisted the talents of Wrest (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice, Twilight) to record all drum tracks as well as Will Lindsay (Wolves in the Throne Room, Middian) on bass for this new album.
The tracklisting for "Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II" is as follows:
01. Cry For Help
02. High on Hate
04. No Funeral
05. Then Fires
07. The End Is Eternal
08. Blood Trance Fusion
09. Ruined Life Continuum
10. Every Last Drop More...
Florida doom metal band DARK CASTLE will be performing at this year's SXSW, as the band will take part in showcases sponsored by 20 Buck Spin/Profound Lore, BrooklynVegan, Chronic Youth and more.
DARK CASTLE have also secured a supporting slot on Kylesa's Spring European tour, which plows through France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Greece, Finland and Norway, with appearances at several festivals including Metalorgie (France), Impetus (Switzerland) and Asymetry Festival (Poland). The tour will share the stage with Shrinebuilder, Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, Electric Wizard and more along the way.
DARK CASTLE SXSW 2010 tour dates are as follows:
3/17/2010 Emo’s - Austin, TX
Brooklyn Vegan showcase w/ Torche, The Atlas Moth, Withered
3/18/2010 East End Tattoo - Austin, TX
Chronic Youth showcase w/ The Atlas Moth
3/19/2010 Headhunter's - Austin, TX
Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin showcase w/ White Mice, Liturgy, Salome, Coffinworm, Yakuza, The Atlas Moth, The Endless Blockade and more
3/20/2010 Plush - Austin, TX
Giant Steps Productions showcase w/ Irepress, Battlefields, Caspian and more
DARK CASTLE European tour w/ Kylesa:
4/07/2010 Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
4/08/2010 Nantes, France - Metalorgie Festival w/ Baroness
4/09/2010 Santana 27 - Bilbao, Spain
4/10/2010 Porto Rio - Porto, Portugal
4/11/2010 Ritmo & Compas - Madrid, Spain
4/12/2010 Be Cool - Barcelona, Spain
4/13/2010 Le Confort Moderne - Poitiers, France
4/14/2010 Le Grand Mix - Lille, France
4/16/2010 L’autre Canal - Nancy, France
4/17/2010 Impetus Festival - Lausanne, Switzerland w/ Eyehategod
4/18/2010 Grnd Zero Vaise - Lyon, France
4/20/2010 La Maroquenerie - Paris, France w/ Shrinebuilder
4/21/2010 Substage - Karlsruhe, Germany w/ Shrinebuilder, Eyehategod
4/22/2010 Covo - Bologna, Italy
4/23/2010 Bloom - Mezzago - Italy w/ Shrinebuilder
4/24/2010 Kapu - Linz, Austria
4/25/2010 Sfentona Club - Athens, Greece
4/27/2010 Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
4/28/2010 The Garage - Oslo, Norway
4/30/2010 Asymetry Festival - Wroclaw, Poland w/ Electric Wizard, Shrinebuilder, Zu, Nachtmystium
5/01/2010 Ucho - Gdynia, Poland
5/02/2010 Archiv - Potsdam, Germany
With the date fast approaching, it'd be good for you to get your tickets to the Maryland Deathfest VII soon. They have a stellar lineup planned, most notably Napalm Death, Trap Them, Cephalic Carnage, Pig Destroyer and Cattle Decapitation. But their website is down, so you can't buy tickets directly. From the Deathfest Myspace:
"Unfortunately we're dealing with the headache of our website being down for the next day or so, so here's the deal with the tickets.
FRIDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY TICKETS: These can be purchased through paypal. Friday only is $38 and Sunday only is $43. Paypal payment can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.paypal.com and enter that e-mail address to send payment to. If you send payment for tickets between now and the fest, they will automatically be placed at WILL CALL. Friday and Sunday only tickets can also be purchased at the door.
SATURDAY ONLY TICKETS: An outside only ticket for Saturday will be available AT THE DOOR ONLY for $25."
Profound Lore Records issue the following statement regarding YAKUZA's newest album:
"It hasn’t been a total secret but we’ll make it official: acclaimed avant-garde progressive experimental metal band YAKUZA will release their next full-length album via Profound Lore Records. To be released sometime this October, the band plan on entering the studio with Sanford Parker this July to lay down the follow up to the awesome “Transmutations” release, which will be approached in a unique kind of way. As mastermind Bruce Lamont explains: “The songs we are working have some breathing room so to speak. I don’t think we will nail down exactly where things will go or how long a said part will be played until we record. With that in mind, I think the course of action will be to record live in the studio with a minimal amount of overdubs to keep the spontaneity things.”
More Yakuza updates will surface surrounding this unique album in the near future. In the meantime, Yakuza are slated to play this year’s Maryland Deathfest and Bruce Lamont will be heading to Europe next month with MINSK to play alongside them."