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Prosthetic Records signs Yakuza

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 2:58 PM PT
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Official press release:

Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the addition of Chicago-based Yakuza to the roster's ranks. The experimental jazz/metal quartet will be releasing their Prosthetic debut Samsara in March 2006.

Samsara was financed by the band itself, then shopped around to various labels in search of a partnership with a company that fully understood Yakuza's foresight. "Our love for music is the primary motivator behind the band while our desire to kind of push the envelope a bit is right behind it," comments singer/sax player Bruce Lamont. "We're really happy that Prosthetic shares this same vision and is 100% supportive of it."

Samsara was recorded by Matt Bayles (Isis, Botch) at Volume Studios in Chicago and hosts a wide variety of musical guests including pianist Jim Baker, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Sanford Parker and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Samsara is full of peaks and valleys, overly aggressive in some spots, mind-trippingly mellow in others. The contrasting soundscapes come together impeccably, creating one of the most all-inclusive albums since Pink Floyd's classic The Wall.

"We are not trying to be anything except creatively honest with ourselves," comments singer/sax player Bruce Lamont. "We are not trying to be a jazz metal hybrid band or whatever the fuck we got dubbed in the past. We really just do what comes naturally."

Gaining fanfare quickly after their self-released debut album in 2000, Yakuza hit the road with Candiria and Burnt By The Sun, eventually leading to a slot on the hugely-popular Vans Warped Tour. Such exposure led to a record contract and the release of the critically-acclaimed "Way of the Dead" through Century Media in 2002. Gaining positive coverage in Rolling Stone, Metal Maniacs, Brave Words & Blood Knuckles, Terrorizer, and editions of Metal Hammer, alongside hometown newspapers The Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, and Village Voice, Yakuza then saw themselves sharing the stage with like-minded metal titans Opeth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Mastodon. Needless to say, the band is on a roll and on the way up the metal ranks.

Lauded as "the future of metal and jazz," Yakuza will enter the label's ranks with their rhythmically dynamic brand of metal, fully embraced by Prosthetic Records. This ain't your daddy's brand of jazz, and it surely isn't another cookie-cutter, get-rich-quick metal band. Get ready for something new, something exciting, and most importantly, something different.


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