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Yakuza vocalist/saxophonist Bruce Lamont’s a master collaborator (see Nachtmystium, Locrian, Sigh, Minsk, Brutal Truth, etc.) and records regularly with a number of projects (Bloodiest, Circle Of Animals, Sick Gazelle, the Led Zeppelin cover band Led Zeppelin 2), but his debut solo album Feral Songs For The Epic Decline — a collection that’s truly a one-ma… More »

In addition to Triptykon, Tom G. Warrior’s post-Celtic Frost outfit (and keepers of one of 2010’s best records in Eparistera Daimones), you’ll also catch longtime Norwegian technical black metal experimentalists 1349 and progressive Haunting The Chapel regulars Yakuza (also owners of one of the year’s best metal records, Of Seismic Consequence). As mentioned previously, HTCMore »

Despite booking a series of metal shows in Brooklyn, I’m not really a show promoter, but when a particular tour or invented/imagined potential lineup seems particularly amazing, I pretend to be one and figure out how to make it happen. Which is why I teamed with Brooklyn Vegan to do the Altar Of Plagues showMore »

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Watch Coliseum Cover Eddie Money

Stuff like this is the reason the A.V. Club’s “A.V. Undercover” video series exists: Louisville post-hardcore warriors Coliseum, who landed a recent Album Of The Week with their ferocious Sister Faith, covering “Shakin’,” a deeply silly piece of ’80s cheeseball-rock fluff by Eddie Money. You will not be shocked to learn that the band turned… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2013 - 4:57 pm

Wrekmeister Harmonies – “You’ve Always Meant So Much To Me” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When I was editor at Invisible Oranges, we covered the inaugural performance of something called Wrekmeister Harmonies — an ambitious and artsy project that combined avant-garde film with live music by a black metal/doom ensemble made up of some of Chicago’s most notable experimental/metal musicians. For us, the primary draw was Jef Whitehead, aka Wrest,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 10, 2013 - 11:45 am

Yakuza – “Fire Temple And Beyond” (Stereogum Premiere)

Chicago’s Yakuza don’t really sound like anything else in metal, or anything else, period. Vocalist Bruce Lamont (also of Bloodiest, Circle Of Animals) sings in a dark croon not unlike Layne Staley or Chris Cornell (or Profound Lore labelmate Erik Wunder of Cobalt and Man’s Gin), and contributes hypnotic, avant-garde-leaning saxophone work; there are heavy… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 13, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Yakuza – “Be That As It May” (Stereogum Premiere)

I gave a bit of background on Chicago progressive-metal quartet Yakuza when we posted “Stones And Bones” from Of Seismic Consequence, their (by far) strongest album to date. (If there’s a metal god, it’ll make it onto year-end lists.) Since then, in related Yakuza news, we paused to give you a listen to Nachtmystium’s future… More »

By: brandon / June 21, 2010 - 11:16 am

Nachtmystium – “Every Last Drop” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s hard to believe Nachtmystium’s Addicts isn’t out officially until next week. At this point, it feels like it’s been debated and praised and derided endlessly. Thing is, as many listens as I’ve given it, and as many arguments I’ve gotten in over it, the thing keeps on giving. When I posted “No Funeral” o… More »

By: brandon / June 4, 2010 - 2:42 pm

Locrian – “The Columnless Arcade”

Locrian’s Territories ends with the torrentially uplifting “The Columnless Arcade.” The Chicago duo of André Foisy and Terence Hannum still create plenty of dark, crumbling, murky washes and spacious Prurient-on-Loren Mazzacane Connors noisescapes, but since their last collection Drenched Lands (and a handful of shorter 2009 releases), they’ve added a rock layer to the bleak… More »

By: brandon / April 14, 2010 - 12:46 pm

Yakuza – “Stones And Bones” (Stereogum Premiere)

There was plenty to like about Chicago progressive-metal quartet Yakuza’s 2007 album Transmutations, but I had reservations. As I wrote in my review at the time: “When Yakuza hits the bulls eye, they bludgeon … What happens when they miss? It’s not that they whiff, they wander.” I also mentioned that, as far as the… More »

By: brandon / April 8, 2010 - 10:07 am

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am