Yakuza - Samsara
Nothing like any metal you've heard for quite a bit, Yakuza is a breathe of fresh air to the waves of today's metal. Samsara is a lot like the drowned guitars of Type O' Negative and the filthiness of a project called The Book Of Knots.
The intro track "Cancer of Industry" begins with a drum bleed like something straight from a Sepultura effort. Quickly however, these Chicago natives kick the comparisons out the window and blister like a sore. "Monkeytail" is softened upon your ears with a Saxophone and a blue note vibe, vocals are just the stiffener to this instrumental madness. "Dishonor" is by far the most hardcore track here yet. Beginning with a heart banging double pedal foot drum this track goes straight to the point. Towards the end, the bridge has a more Tool on steroids sound.
20 Bucks has everything, from moody waves of echoed guitar layerings, to blitzing bridges and choruses of deep rhythm guitars and vocals. Another track that the more mainstream minded listener may enjoy is seven, "Exterminator". Once again, an up and down trip through the progressions of dark metal phonics, "Exterminator" is edgy but still easily addicting in its own hollowed style. Toward the end of this long track bleeds more Saxophone and tribal style drums.
The final track, "Back To The Mountain" falls in with a smooth Pink Floyd like intro, only to give way to heavy chords of hard rubber arms of guitar distortions. The old cliche of save 'the best for last' definitley applies here my friends. Vocals are as clear as Thrash vocals can be.
Though not their first effort -Amount To Nothing (2000), and Way Of The Dead (2003)- Samsara (their first with Prosthetic Records) is easily the kind of CD you just throw in and enjoy as background grooves. Most notably its not your average misunderstood Metal/Thrash jargon. Diverse enough to involve saxophones, pianist, and a cellist, but down and dirty enough to lose your cool to.
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on 2007-08-26 fistichris Said:
We had a chance to do a show with Yakuza here in Akron, Ohio. I was very impressed!! We had a blast hangin' with them and swaped some merch!! Great job guys!! Hope to see ya again soon.