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Yakuza Preparing For Release Party, Release

Chicago's progressively innovative Yakuza, is gearing up for the record release show for the band's Prosthetic debut, 'Samsara.' Hitting streets March 21, the band will play Chicago's Beat Kitchen alongside 3 and Angel Eyes on Saturday, March 25 to celebrate. Producer/engineer Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Isis) holed up in the studio with the band to record 'Samsara' in the windy city, and the band is entirely proud of the final product and Bayles' contributions to the record.

"Matt Bayles is amazing," Lamont says. "We were very fortunate to work with him. His work with Botch, Isis, Mastodon, Burnt By The Sun has made him the best at capturing heavy music. I still can't believe that he came to Chicago for two weeks to work with us!"

"The recording process [for 'Samsara'] was simply amazing," Lamont continues. "We locked ourselves in a couple of different studios for a few weeks; 12-12 every day. We have never had this much time and of course it still wasn't enough. This record is the next logical place for Yakuza. I feel that it flows like it was intended to, and Bayles played a big part in that. We were looking for some sonic continuity since we were gonna be moving around more stylistically. He pulled it off beautifully."

'Samsara' is the follow-up to 2002's richly-applauded 'Way of the Dead,' and features guest spots from accredited musicians Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sanford Parker, and Mastodon's Troy Sanders among the album's ten tracks.

Yakuza is set to hit the road with with 3 and then later with Losa. The tour dates are as follows:

(with 3)
3/25 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen (record release show with 3, Angel Eyes)
3/26 Covington, KY – Mad Hatter
3/27 Cleveland, OH – Moe’s Bar
3/28 Columbus, OH – The Basement
3/30 Nashville, TN – The Muse
4/01 St. Louis, MO – Creepy Crawl
4/02 Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
4/04 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
4/05 Baton Rouge, LA – Revolution Skate Park
4/06 San Antonio, TX – The Sanctuary
4/07 Dallas, TX – Gypsy Tea Room
4/08 Bridge City, TX – Bridge City Skate Park
4/09 Houston, TX – The Studio @ Warehouse Live
4/10 Tulsa, OK – The Venue

(with Losa)
4/14 Milwaukee, WI - Vnuks
4/16 Moorhead, MN – All Star Bowl
4/17 Dubuque, IA – The Busted Lift
4/19 Terre Haute, IN – Phoenix Theatre
4/20 Ypsilanti, MI – The Elbow Room
4/21 Clinton Township, MI – TNT’s bar
4/23 Vernon, NY – Nothing Fancy Café
4/26 Binghampton, NY – American Legion Post 80
4/27 Hamden, CT – The Hamden Elks Lodge

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