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Transmutations
8/7/2007

Samsara
3/21/2006

Way Of The Dead
10/15/2002
 
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Yakuza Confirms More Tour Dates, Posts New Song Online
March 9, 2008
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. Check it out below.

Yakuza on tour:
3/09 - St. Louis, MO – APOP Records (in store performance, all ages)
3/09 - St. Louis, MO – Creepy Crawl
3/10 - Memphis, TN – Black Lodge Video
3/11 - Fayetteville, AR – Old Post Office (w/ Deadbird)
3/13 - Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa (SXSW w/ Serj Tankian)
3/14 - Austin, TX – Mugshots (SXSW day show)
3/15 - Austin, TX – SXSW TBA
3/16 - San Antonio, TX – The Crossing (post-SXSW BBQ and bands)
3/17 - El Paso, TX – KOAQ St. Patrick’s Fest
3/18 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
3/19 - Glendale, CA – The Scene Bar
3/20 - Los Angeles, CA – The Key Club
3/21 - San Diego, CA - Chasers
3/22 - Long Beach, CA – Skate Bar
3/24 - San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
3/25 - Portland, OR – Rotture
3/27 - Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt (w/ Anonymous)
3/28 - Kamloops, BC – Chili’s Bar And Grill
3/29 - Calgary, Alberta – The Underground
3/30 - Edmonton, AB – New City Compound
3/31 - Saskatoon, SK – Le Relais
4/02 - Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Royal Albert
4/04 - Chicago, IL – The Hideout (w/ Rabid Rabbit, Kommandant)
4/08 - Davis, IL – ILDM Clubhouse
4/22 - Chicago, IL – Subterranean (w/ Disfear, The Revitalized Sweet Cobra)

w/ Behold…The Arctopus:
5/13 - London, ONT – Call The Office
5/15 - St. Catherines, ON – L3
5/16 - Hamilton, ONT – Absinthe
5/17 - Windsor, ONT – Coach And Horses
 
 
 
 
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Yakuza Frontman Joins Cephalic Carnage Onstage In Chicago
February 27, 2008
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 cuts – 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.

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 can be viewed below.

Yakuza on tour:
2/23 - Blue Island, IL – Kelley’s Irish Pub
2/29 - Chicago, IL – Metro
3/09 - St. Louis, MO – APOP Records (in store performance)
3/09 - St. Louis, MO – Creepy Crawl
3/10 - Memphis, TN – Black Lodge Video
3/11 - Fayetteville, AR – Old Post Office (w/ Deadbird)
3/13 - Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa (SXSW w/ Serj Tankian)
3/14 - Austin, TX – TBA (SXSW)
3/15 - Austin, TX – TBA (SXSW)
3/16 - San Antonio, TX – The Crossing (post-SXSW BBQ and bands)
3/17 - El Paso, TX – Mulligans Shot Bar (w/ The Sixth)
3/18 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
3/19 - Glendale, CA – The Scene Bar
3/20 - Los Angeles, CA – The Key Club
3/21 - San Diego, CA - Chasers
3/22 - Long Beach, CA – Skate Bar
3/24 - San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
3/25 - Portland, OR – Rotture
3/26 - Tacoma, WA – Hells Kitchen
3/27 - Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt (w/ Unexpect)
3/29 - Calgary, Alberta – The Underground
4/02 - Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Royal Albert
 
 
 
 
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Yakuza Post New Video Online
February 5, 2008
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 below.

Also in Yakuza 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.

Yakuza on tour:
2/10 - Chicago, IL – House of Blues (w/ All That Remains, Chimaira)
2/23 - Blue Island, IL – Kelley’s Irish Pub
2/29 - Chicago, IL – Metro
3/09 - St. Louis, MO – Creepy Crawl
3/10 - Memphis, TN – Black Lodge Video
3/11 - Fayetteville, AR – Old Post Office
3/13 - Austin, TX - TBA
3/14 - Austin, TX - TBA
3/15 - Austin, TX - TBA
3/16 - San Antonio, TX – The Crossing (post-SXSW BBQ and bands)
3/17 - El Paso, TX – Mulligans Shot Bar (w/ The Sixth)
3/24 - San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
3/26 - Portland, OR - Rotture
3/27 - Tacoma, WA – Hell’s Kitchen
3/28 - Kamloops/Kelowna, BC - TBA
3/29 - Calgary, Alberta - TBA
3/30 - Edmonton, AB - TBA
3/31 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - TBA
4/1 - Regina, SK - TBA
4/2 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - TBA
 
 
 
 
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Yakuza Confirms Release Date For 'Transmutations'
June 12, 2007
Chicago's forward-thinking 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 thats 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 couldnt be happier with the albums 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. Hes 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.

Yakuza on tour:
6/16 Blue Island, IL Kellys Irish Pub
7/31 Chicago, IL The Liars Club ('Transmutations' listening party)
 
 
 
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Burn In Silence Debuts Video Online
November 4, 2006
Burn In Silence has unveiled the first video from the band's Prosthetic Records debut, 'Angel Maker'. Filmed in July with director Mike Wildt in Costa Mesa, Calif., the clip features a horror movie-inspired storyline along with performance footage of the album's lead track, "Lines from an Epitaph". The video can be viewed at the Prosthetic Records YouTube page, and details about the television video outlets debut will be available soon.

Currently on tour with labelmates Year Of Desolation, Burn In Silence upon completing this tour will join up with Misery Index, Intronaut and labelmates Yakuza for a run of dates from early November into December. Staying busy this year has been the name of the game for Burn In Silence, the band has already toured heavily throughout 2006 alongside The Autumn Offering, Too Pure To Die, Black My Heart and headlining shows on their own, as well as appearing at Boston's annual Locobazooka festival alongside Alice In Chains, Buck Cherry and Powerman 5000.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1999
HOME TOWN: Chicago, IL
MEMBERS:
Bruce Lamont (vocals/saxophones/clarinet)
Matt McClelland (guitars)
Jackson (bass)
James Staffel (drums)

With high praise from the metal press, local and national newspapers, and highbrow publications alike, Chicago's Yakuza has succeeded in garnering attention of all kinds, all the while not compromising the band's free-flowing and spontaneous musical integrity. Yakuza stays deeply rooted in a genre all its own: a metal base with progressive flair, while incorporating elements of jazz, world beat, and post-rock ambience. Picture (if you can) a mixture of King Crimson, all periods of John Coltrane's career, Tortoise, and Napalm Death. The end result is captivating, a sound that Rolling Stone, Revolver, Alternative Press, the Chicago Sun Times, the Chicago Tribune, All That Jazz and countless others all agree is refreshingly original, technically proficient, all the while still staying very metal. Yakuza has always fundamentally been about bending the rules of preconceived musical limitations without ever having to utter a word about it, the Yakuza sound speaks for itself. Samsara, the new record and ensuing journey, is full of peaks and valleys, overtly harsh and aggressive at points, yet mind-trippingly mellow at others. The contrasting soundscapes collide together in an effective symbiosis, creating one of the most all-inclusive albums since Pink Floyd's The Wall. Skillfully weaving saxophone melodies and eerie musical landscapes alongside scathing metal riffs and screams alongside an intensely musical rhythm section, Yakuza cannot be considered an acquired taste - it is taste. Samsara, the band's Prosthetic Records debut, sees these seasoned sound pioneers successfully follow up the positive media blitz from the band’s last record, 2002's Way Of The Dead. After forming in 1999, and quickly releasing two albums in the next few years, Yakuza swiftly went on to gain crossover success live, playing alongside Opeth, ISIS, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Lacuna Coil, and Mastodon as well as Sonic Youth, Melt Banana, and jazz master Ken Vandermark. Recording with Matt Bayles (Isis, Botch, Pearl Jam) at Volume Studios in Chicago, Yakuza enlisted a wide variety of musical guests on Samsara, including pianist Jim Baker, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sanford Parker, and Mastodon's Troy Sanders, further building on the sound the band has already established. Now with the record complete, Yakuza sets forth to continue combining unlikely genres into what can only be called a highly-original foray into previously uncharted musical waters.