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 Maxwell House jingle “Every Last Drop,” aka an Addicts standout featuring Yakuza frontman Bruce Lamont on guest vocals. But take a step back, re-cue “Stones And Bones,” and then follow it up with the moody, aggressive 8-minute “Be That As It May,” the juggernaut that comes after it on Of Seismic. If you haven’t listened to the collection as a whole, this will give you a sense of its intelligently curated ebb and flow.
Of Seismic Consequence is out 6/22 (tomorrow) via Profound Lore.