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Yakuza

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Below is our complete Yakuza news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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The Funeral Pyre Post New Album Cover Art Online

Prosthetic Records issues the following press release:

Los Angeles' THE FUNERAL PYRE has launched a brand new MySpace layout design in support of their forthcoming album, "Wounds". Head on over to the band's MySpace page to check out the cover art, latest news and merch. Wounds will be out May 27 on Prosthetic Records and we'll have music posted online shortly. The record sounds great so far and Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Through The Eyes of the Dead, Goatwhore) is currently wrapping up the mixing and mastering process.

THE FUNERAL PYRE live dates are as follows:
3/20 Los Angeles, CA – Relax Bar (with Yakuza, Withered, Exhausted Prayer)
4/18 Hollywood, CA – The Knitting Factory (Murderfest day one with Converge, The Red Chord, Baroness, Genghis Tron, more)

(Wounds US tour)
5/23 Los Angeles, CA – TBA
5/24 Phoenix, AZ – TBA
5/25 Albuquerque, NM – TBA
5/26 Denver, CO – TBA
5/27 Omaha, NE – TBA
5/28 Salina, KS – TBA
5/29 Salina, KS – TBA
5/30 Dallas, TX – TBA
5/31 Houston, TX – TBA
6/01 Beaumont, TX – TBA
6/02 Austin, TX – TBA
6/03 San Antonio, TX – TBA
6/04 Corpus Christi, TX – TBA
6/05 El Paso, TX – TBA
6/06 Tucson, AZ – TBA
6/07 Yuma, AZ – TBA
6/08 Las Vegas, NV – TBA
6/09 Reno, NV – TBA
6/10 Portland, OR – TBA
6/11 Eugene, OR – TBA
6/12 Fresno, CA – TBA

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Yakuza Confirms More Tour Date, New Song Online

Chicago's YAKUZA has confirmed more dates on the band’s upcoming tour down to South By Southwest, featuring a showcase alongside Serj Tankian, and up the West Coast into Canada, culminating in a hometown show in April supporting Disfear. Additionally, the band has posted the track “Congestive Art Failure,” which joins the previously posted new tracks “Egocide” and Praying For Asteroids” on the band’s MySpace page.

YAKUZA continues to support the critically-acclaimed "Transmutations," which saw a summer 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to "Samsara," "Transmutations" was recorded with producer and multi-instrumentalist Sanford Parker (Rwake, Pelican, Minsk) in Chicago and has spawned a video for the track “Black Market Liver” which was directed by Sara Jean and is available online on YouTube.

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Yakuza Frontman Joins Cephalic Carnage Onstage

YAKUZA front man Bruce Lamont recently joined Denver’s Cephalic Carnage Sunday Feb. 24 at Reggie’s Rock Club in his hometown of Chicago to join up and perform two aongs – the first being "Observer To The Obliteration Of Planet Earth" from Cephalic Carnage’s 2002 album "Exploiting Disfunction" and "Global Overhaul Device" from 2007's "Xeonsapien." Lamont guests on the recording of the later, and the recent collaboration marks the first time “Global Overhaul Device” has been played live. Cephalic Carnage is currently on tour with Darkest Hour, Emmure, and Whitechapel. You can check out some photos of the show here.

Meanwhile, YAKUZA hits the road March 9, which includes appearances at South By Southwest, including a showcase alongside Serj Tankian. YAKUZA continues to support the critically-acclaimed "Transmutations," which saw a summer 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. The follow-up to "Samsara," "Transmutations" was recorded with producer and multi-instrumentalist Sanford Parker (Rwake, Pelican, Minsk) in Chicago and has spawned a video for the track “Black Market Liver” which was directed by Sara Jean and is available on YouTube.

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Yakuza's "Black Market Liver" Music Video Online

Chicago's YAKUZA has posted a video for the track "Black Market Liver," which appears on the band's latest effort, "Transmutations." Directed by Sara Jean, the four-minute clip features video imagery, apt to YAKUZA’s unique sound, and can be seen on YouTube or below.

Also in YAZKUA news, the band is currently in the midst of booking tour dates to head down south for the South By Southwest music festival before heading up the West Coast and into Canada. A handful of dates have been confirmed already, and more will be available shortly. YAKUZA has been confirmed to share the stage this weekend at the House of Blues Chicago on labelmates All That Remains’ headlining run when it swoops through The Windy City.

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Yakuza Update Canadian Tour Schedule

Chicago's YAKUZA have updated their Canadian tour schedule as follows:

November
22 - Hamilton, ON - Ansinthe
23 - Toronto, ON - Fun Haus
24 - Peterborough, ON - Undergdog
25 - St. Catherines, ON - L-3 (with ARISE AND RUIN)
28 - Kingston, ON - Time To Laugh
30 - Trois-Rivieres, QC - Rock Café (with See You Next Tuesday)

December
1 - Montreal, QC - TBA
2 - Windsor, ON - The Coach And Horses

For information visit this location.

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Yakuza Release Canadian Tour Dates

YAKUZA have lined up the following upcoming Canadian tour dates:

November 22 – Hamilton, ON @ Absinthe
November 23 – Toronto, ON @ Fun Haus
November 24 - Brantford, ON @ T.B.A.
November 25 - St. Catherines, ON @ L3
November 27 - Sudbury, ON @ T.B.A.
November 28 - Kingston, ON @ Time To Laugh
November 29 - Peterborough, ON @ Underdog
November 30 - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec @ Rock Cafe
December 1 - Montreal, QC @ Club Lambi

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Yakuza's 'The Blinding' Remix Streaming Online

Pitchfork Media are currently streaming Justin Broadrick's remix of YAKUZA's track 'The Blinding'. Check it out at this location.

Upcoming Yakuza live dates include:

October
18 - Rock Star Club - Brooklyn, NY (8 PM)
18 - The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ (11:45 PM)

October (with JESU)
28 - The Picador - Iowa City, IA (with TORCHE, FOG)
29 - Pop's - Sauget, IL (with Torche, Fog)
30 - Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS (with Torche, Fog)
31 - Marquis Theatre - New York, NY

November
2 - House Cafe - Dekalb, IL

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Yakuza Announce Tour Dates

Chicago's YAKUZA have scheduled a new batch of live dates, which include:

October
17 - Trashbar - Williamsburg (Brooklyn), NY
18 - Rock Star Club - Brooklyn, NY (8 PM)
18 - The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ (11:45 PM)

October (with JESU)
28 - The Picador - Iowa City, IA (with TORCHE, FOG)
29 - Pop's - Sauget, IL (with Torche, Fog)
30 - Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS (with Torche, Fog)
31 - Marquis Theatre - New York, NY

November
2 - House Cafe - Dekalb, IL

As previously reported, UK-based label Eyes Of Sound are releasing Yakuza's Samsara, the first in a limited gatefold vinyl series.

Originally released in 2006 via Prostheitc Records, this limited edition of 500 gatefold LPs also features an exclusive remix of 'Back To The Mountain' by the infamous James Plotkin (KHANATE, O.L.D, SCORN, SUNN O))), EARTH) and comes on a luxurious double 180g coloured vinyl.

The album features guests appearances by pianist Jim Baker, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sanford Parker, and MASTODON's Troy Sanders.

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Yakuza Records Track For Syd Barrett Tribute

Yakuza recently recorded their own take on Pink Floyd's "Lucifer Sam" with engineer Sanford Parker. The track will appear on an upcoming Syd Barrett tribute record slated for release via Dwell Records.

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Yakuza Post Another New Song Online

Chicago's forward-thinking experimetallers YAKUZA have posted another new track from the band's forthcoming release, Transmutations, due out on Prosthetic Records August 7. The track, "Praying For Asteroids," is available alongside "Egocide," another track from Transmutations on the band's MySpace page.

"If anything, Yakuza's the extreme music equivalent of a fleet-fingered DJ with a bottomless crate of...7-inches-ones that soothe and sear, massage and mutilate," Decibel magazine says of Transmutations.

Currently available as a pre-order shipping immediately here, Yakuza will play a record release show in the band's hometown August 11.

YAKUZA on tour:
8/11 Chicago, IL - Subterranean (Record Release Show)

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See Yakuza's New Album Artwork For Transmutations

Chicago's genre-bending YAKUZA has posted artwork for the band's forthcoming record, Transmutations, online here, where pre-orders for the record are also available. Prosthetic Records has also posted a brand new YAKUZA track online; entitled "Egocide," the track will appear on Transmutations, which will see an August 7 release through Prosthetic Records. Prior to that, YAKUZA will host a listening party for Transmutations July 31 at the Liar's Club in Chicago.

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Yakuza Puts New Song Online For Fans

Yakuza's new track "Egocide" has made its way online here. The song comes from the bands new album "Transmutations", which will see a July 31st release date through Prosthetic.

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Yakuza Sets Release Date For "Transmutations"

Chicago's YAKUZA have confirmed the release date for the band's recently completed full-length, 'Transmutations,' due out August 7 through Prosthetic Records. A listening party will take in the band's hometown July 31 at The Liar's Club, details will be confirmed shortly.

"Exploration, experimentation, riding the line between the familiar and the foreign; the essential elements for YAKUZA have already been established,” frontman Bruce Lamont says about the band's sound. “We are not interested in creating music that’s not easily definable. Our roots are firmly planted in metal - yes, but like life, the sounds here are not cut and dry. At times this record can be uplifting, cruel, celebratory and just downright fuckin’ mean."

Utilizing producer and established multi-instrumentalist Sanford Parker (Rwake, Pelican, Minsk) for the recording of Transmutations, YAKUZA couldn’t be happier with the album’s end sound: “Sanford was great to work with,” Lamont says. “We really feel he has refined his craft over the past half a dozen recordings he's done. He’s known the band for a long time and helped with our last release, so he is already aware of our studio tendencies. With him the process felt almost effortless.”

YAKUZA began demoing new material on February 28 at Semifour Studios in the band's hometown. 'Transmutations' was produced by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Minsk, Rwake), who made a guest appearance on the band's last release, 'Samsara'.

Here are the currently schedule YAKUZA shows:

6/16 Blue Island, IL – Kelly’s Irish Pub
7/31 Chicago, IL – The Liar’s Club (Transmutations listening party)

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Yakuza Frontman Comments On Recording New Album

Bruce Lamont, frontman of Chicago's YAKUZA, recently sat down with forward-thinking webzine Sonic Frontiers to discuss YAKUZA's forthcoming release, 'Transmutations.' Having completed all tracking for the record with producer Sanford Parker (Pelican, Minsk, Rwake), 'Transmutations,' the follow-up to 2006's 'Samsara,' is currently slated for a fall release through Prosthetic Records.

A few excerpts from the interview, available in full at Sonic Frontiers, follow:

On the album's title:
"Transmutation is the conversion of one object into another, more or less transforming a base element or an idea into something of extraordinary value. We attempt this through our writing and performing, taking something as basic as sounds, moods, etc and transform these into something beyond that, something that will affect the listener on a much deeper level."

On guest appearances on 'Transmutations':
"This time around, we wanted to focus on ourselves a bit more. We did have jazz percussionists Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang come in to do some overdubs. That stuff sounds great."

YAKUZA will continue previewing new material live April 8 with Genghis Tron and labelmates KYLESA as well when the band supports Goatwhore on April 20.

YAKUZA on tour:
4/08 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (with Genghis Tron, Kylesa)
4/20 Milwaukee, WI – Vnuk’s (with Goatwhore)

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Yakuza Finishes Tracking And Mixing New Album

Chicago's YAKUZA has posted another update regarding progress on the forthcoming album 'Transmutations' here, featuring commentary and in-studio photos.

"The tracking and mix is complete," frontman Bruce Lamont said of the album's progress. "We had jazz percussionists Michael Zerang and Hamid Drake come in for a few songs, it was a serious fucking honor. Man, I can't even begin to tell you how happy we are with the results. The songs are varied as always, this will never change...I will have to say, the label is gonna have a good time trying to market this one! Sanford [Parker, producer] brought the sonic continuity we have been striving for since day one. I'm really proud of the dudes for steppin' up."

"We've also got some video coming up soon," Lamont added. "It's our version of [Metallica documentary] 'Some Kind Of Monster' Awh shit!"

YAKUZA began demoing new material on February 28 at Semifour Studios in the band's hometown. 'Transmutations' is being produced by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Minsk, Rwake), who made a guest appearance on the band's last release, "Samsara". A fall 2007 release through Prosthetic Records is expected. The band will continue previewing new material live April 8 with Genghis Tron and labelmates KYLESA as well as supporting Goatwhore on April 20.

Here are a couple planned YAKUZA shows:

4/08 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (with Genghis Tron, Kylesa)
4/20 Milwaukee, WI – Vnuk’s (with Goatwhore)

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Yakuza Offers Studio Update and New Video Footage

Chicago's YAKUZA has offered an update from the studio online here, in addition to posting some new video footage on the band's MySpace page featuring the video for "Chicago Typewriter," as well as live footage.

"Alright, got the drums done over at Electrical Audio - the home of Steve Albini in Chicago," frontman Bruce Lamont said. "Now we have moved into Volume Recording / Semaphore Studios for the duration of the recording for Transmutations. Sanford [Parker, producer] (Minsk, Pelican, Rwake) is killin it. Keep you posted."

YAKUZA began demoing new material in the band's hometown at Semifour Studios for 'Transmutations' on Feb. 28 and is scheduled for a late 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. 'Transmutations' will be the follow-up to last year's critcally-acclaimed 'Samsara,' and the band will continue previewing new material live Apr. 8 with Genghis Tron and labelmates Kylesa as well as supporting Goatwhore on Apr. 20. Frontman / saxophonist Lamont will also make appearances on March 15 for a SxSw showcase at room 710 at 8 pm in Austin, TX and will follow that up with a March 16 appearance at the Furniture Records showcase.

YAKUZA on tour:
4/08 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (with Genghis Tron, Kylesa)
4/20 Milwaukee, WI – Vnuk's (with Goatwhore)

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Yakuza Demoing New Material

Chicago's YAKUZA have begun demoing new material in the band's hometown at Semifour Studios for the band's forthcoming new album, tentatively titled 'Transmutations' and scheduled for a late 2007 release through Prosthetic Records. Sanford Parker (Pelican, Minsk, Rwake), who made a guest appearance on the band's last release, 'Samsara,' will be handling production duties when the band begins recording Feb. 28.

"This time it's all about variety, each song has its own personality with the album covering a much broader spectrum," frontman Bruce Lamont said. "The extremes are really drastic: super schizoid-brutal to almost reflective and minimal. Just like with 'Samsara,' we're looking at this album as a whole. I don't want to say the album will be an 'experience' per-se because that sounds too hippie-ish, but it's gonna be one of those things that you have to listen to start to finish."

YAKUZA has been also been added to the Chicago date of the upcoming tour featuring Genghis Tron and labelmates KYLESA at the Beat Kitchen and the band will be previewing new material at the show.

YAKUZA on tour:
4/08 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (with Genghis Tron, Kylesa)

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Yakuza Extend Touring Plans

YAKUZA has extended touring plans into December with a string of dates playing alongside the like-minded Intronaut. Already teaming up with Intronaut for a string of dates with Misery Index and labelmates Burn In Silence, YAKUZA will soldier on for another handful of dates, also meeting up with Stretch Arm Strong and Vivisect along the way.

In other news, YAKUZA frontman Bruce Lamont recently took part in the making of a mix CD for charity. Helping out Chicago's Rock For Kids, proceeds went to the organization. "The organization asks club owners, musicians, writers, artists, etc. to put togther a mix CD and case and they are auctioned off," Lamont recently told ChuckRoaster.com. "This is the 3rd year I have done it. The disc ended up going for $50. Thats pretty cool." Lamont included YAKUZA's "Monkeytail" from the band's critically-lauded ‘Samsara’ record.

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Intronaut's Complete Tour Schedule Detailed

Intronaut has solidified their upcoming touring plans, including stints with Misery Index and Yakuza. Here's the schedule:

10/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
10/24 Reno, NV @ The Fourteenth Ward
10/26 Denver, CO @ Lions Lair
10/29 Milwaukee, WI @ Points East Pub
10/30 Detroit, MI @ The Belmont
10/31 Jamestown, NY@ Reg Lenna Studio Theater More...

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Yakuza Confirm More Tour Dates

YAKUZA have secured several more live appearances before the end of the year, including an October appearance supporting fellow Chicagoans Pelican in Cleveland Heights, OH and a string of dates in November and December alongside Misery Index, Intronaut and labelmates BURN IN SILENCE. More dates will be announced as they are confirmed.

YAKUZA continues to support the critically-lauded ‘Samsara,’ the band’s Prosthetic Records debut, but will be road testing some new material the band has already written for a forthcoming record tentatively scheduled to be recorded early next year. YAKUZA has already shared tour dates earlier this year with Dysrhythmia, Behold...The Arctopus, 3, Angel Eyes, The Number 12 Looks Like You, and The JonBenet, as well as appearance at the Eighth Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.

YAKUZA on tour
10/16 Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop (with Pelican, Sun God)

(with Misery Index, Intronaut, Burn In Silence)
11/22 Toledo, OH – Club Bijou
11/23 Columbus, OH – High Five
11/24 Akron, OH - Daily Double
11/26 Nashville, TN – The Muse
11/27 Marietta, GA – Swayze’s
11/28 Charleston, SC – Village Tavern
11/29 Wilmington, NC – Lucky’s

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