Yakuza – Of Seismic Consequence

Yakuza have always been a hard band to pin down, with elements of doom metal, trash, progressive rock, alternative rock, jazz and black metal. On “Of Seismic Consequence” they continue to defy categorization. After opening with a rolling dirge on the intro, “The Ant People”, they slip in to the vaguely Alice in Chainish style rocker ”Thinning the Herd” and then move back into black metal groove of “Stones and Bones”, and then all of a sudden a saxophone drifts in and carries the song for a few minutes. Next up is the proggy jazz vibe of “Be That as it May” which after a few minutes of atmospheric meandering, it rolls into a thundering metal jam. The remaining songs all float seamlessly among these various styles and influences. All of this is held together by the production work of Sanford Parker (Minsk, Twilight) This a really solid album. I’ve listened to Yakuza before, but it never pulled me they way this album does. I think that as a band, they have finally found their voice.

~ by silentium1 on August 19, 2010.

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