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Dillinger Escape Plan, Extol members launch band, premiere song

Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:39 AM PT


Azusa band
photo by Simon Skreddernes

Official press release:

Members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Extol, and Sea + Air have joined creative forces as Azusa and will sonically shock listeners with one of most experimental and mesmerizing releases of the year.

Azusa's debut album, Heavy Yoke, will be released on November 16 via Solid State Records in the United States. Watch the record's first single and music video for "Interstellar Islands" here:


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With the song, Azusa take you into an exploration of dissonant, eerie musical universes; it's a trip to inner and outer space and a multi-sensory experience.

"'Interstellar Islands' was one of our first creations and it is the perfect example of what Azusa is all about musically," the band said. "It's the obvious introduction to the Azusa universe."

Azusa's music is a carnival of contrast — it's captivating with unconventional nerve. Uniting the complementary skills of its members, Azusa's sound is a thrash-fusion tour de force. Can you imagine Kate Bush fronting Slayer? Death collaborating with Annette Peacock? These allegedly incongruent influences dissolve seamlessly in an alluring sonic alchemy.

Uncompromisingly experimental, Azusa's curated approach showcases each member's unique strengths as a reaction to previous endeavors, more so than an extension of them. Reflecting on life's existential mysteries, Azusa's lyrics seek to explore cognitive dissonances at the crossroads of upbringing, mysticism, belief and betrayal. Defying expectations by embracing contradiction, Azusa finds strength in vulnerability, harmony in dissonance, and melody in discord.

The band commented on its debut, saying, "This album is special for all of us and we're currently feeling the same excited feelings we got before we debuted any of our previous efforts. We are really fortunate to have been able to create these songs together and to be able to share them with fans of our former and current bands, as well as new fans."

Azusa finished by stating, "It has been such a relief crafting music without having any outside expectations placed on us. Turning to creative playfulness with a more relaxed and intuitive approach to songwriting, we feel that this collection of songs will hold a unique space in the atmosphere of heavy music."

Heavy Yoke track listing:

01. Interstellar Islands
02. Heart of Stone
03. Heavy Yoke
04. Fine Lines
05. Lost In the Ether
06. Spellbinder
07. Programmed to Distress
08. Eternal Echo
09. Iniquitous Spiritual Praxis
10. Succumb to Sorrow
11. Distant Call

Azusa is:

Eleni Zafiriadou (Sea + Air) — Voice
Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan) — Bass
Christer Espevoll (Extol) — Guitars
David Husvik (Extol) — Drums


24 comments


8/16/2018 9:46:49 AM
Who?

anonymous
8/16/2018 9:54:14 AM
Too many words.

anonymous
8/16/2018 9:59:41 AM
Did Jake Bannon and that nerd from Neurosis write this??

anonymous
8/16/2018 10:06:51 AM
"Solid State Records"

LOL

anonymous
8/16/2018 10:11:33 AM
Why do bands still write bios? It's pretentious and if people aren't listening to music why would they read some churned up dick stroking rubbish about it?

anonymous
8/16/2018 10:12:29 AM
failing "Christian Metalcore" Artists vamp up new band excited to pleasure homeless men outside of the dumpster near your local soup kitchen are excited for this Solid State release

anonymous
8/16/2018 10:15:38 AM
Dillinger Escape Plan hasn't been relevent since Dimitri & Pennie were a part of that sinking ship-Greg pssy-otto huffs boner pre-cum,Even the Patton E.P. was wack-as-fck.

anonymous
8/16/2018 10:17:51 AM
above comment rules

anonymous
8/16/2018 10:24:10 AM
LOL this sounds just like Extol but with horrendous vocals. HARD PASS MATE

anonymous
8/16/2018 10:29:47 AM
anonymous
7 minutes ago
Dillinger Escape Plan hasn't been relevent since Dimitri & Pennie were a part of that sinking ship-Greg pssy-otto huffs boner pre-cum,Even the Patton E.P. was wack-as-fck.
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anonymous
5 minutes ago
above comment rules
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I agree, even though I still like the Mike Patton e.p. Dimitri and Chris Pennie were essential though. Should've just called the band something else beyond that EP.

anonymous
8/16/2018 10:49:20 AM
DEP was never relavent and hung it up two decades too late. meanwhile real talent like TAS, BT, 18v and AILD are putting out all time material and enjoying worldwide success

anonymous
8/16/2018 10:55:04 AM
share them with fans of our former and current bands, share them with fans of our former and current bands, share them with fans of our former and current bands, share them with fans of our former and current bands, share them with fans of our former and current bands, and poop

anonymous
8/16/2018 11:17:38 AM
Oh shit this actually sounds good for once.

8/16/2018 11:23:20 AM
I bet she makes the other members the best sandwiches.

8/16/2018 12:35:00 PM
this tune is pretty fcking good.. take the stick outta your buttz

anonymous
8/16/2018 1:32:29 PM
This SUCKS!

anonymous
8/16/2018 4:35:00 PM
Pass.

anonymous
8/16/2018 8:18:43 PM
talk about milking a bands name for exposure. the bass player of a hardcore band contributes what to the sound of a new band? good click bait though, i expected at least Ben.

anonymous
8/16/2018 10:44:47 PM
Nothing mike patton has ever done has been good after he adds to it. Everything placed before him without his input or voice or lyrics would be and is great.

in closing Emmure, king 810 and the AIDS quilt should be on this.

anonymous
8/17/2018 5:21:49 AM
Sounds like Extol's Synergy album but with lady vocals.

Pretty fresh in my eyes.

anonymous
8/17/2018 5:27:00 AM
This is a lot weirder than synergy. Don't know what to say about this.

anonymous
8/17/2018 8:55:19 AM
Pretty fresh in my eyes.


In that case your eyes are filled with shit

anonymous
8/17/2018 4:53:35 PM
Weird shit. Too weird tbh. Nobody gonna listen to this but everyone will applaud it because it's "deep".

anonymous
8/20/2018 12:20:29 PM
Beat me to it...

"Did Jake Bannon and that nerd from Neurosis write this??"