To state that hyperbole and false statements of quality are hallmarks of the music industry would be stating the obvious. Additionally, the term “super group” is often thrown around too haphazardly. Just because a bunch of guys from bands that people dig form a side project doesn’t really mean a thing.
Well, the truth is that CORRECTIONS HOUSE have proven to be one of the best new bands in extreme music and their full length debut, Last City Zero, is an instant classic. The band is indeed a collection of guys from bands that people have dug for a long time: Mike IX Williams (EYEHATEGOD), Scott Kelly (NEUROSIS), Bruce Lamont (YAKUZA), Sanford Parker (MINSK) and Seward Fairbury.
Sonically, CORRECTIONS HOUSE is free form in the sense that the songs are not composed of a traditional band configuration (guitars, bass, drums) nor traditional song structures. Instead, the band are unbound in their sound – using layers of cold mechanical electronics, different brooding guitar and saxophone sounds, various vocal styles, and various other sound effects. The album explores experimental stylings and acoustic guitars in varying degrees. Some songs are sonically heavy like “Serve or Survive” and “Bullets and Graves” while others are stripped down like the title track.
Last City Zero is more of an experience than anything else and a spiritual one at that. The band’s atmospheric soundscape approach is absolutely potent. The feelings of desolation, desperation, and nihilism cannot be understated. What I’m trying to get at is that for many, Last City Zero will speak to them on a deeply profound level; a life changer if you will.
Bands like CORRECTIONS HOUSE don’t come along too often and the magic here is undeniable. Awesome. (Neurot Recordings)
YAKUZA are currently at Engine Studios in Chicago to craft their sixth studio effort, which will be released later this year via Profound Lore Records.
Mainman Bruce Lamont comments, “There is one common thread in YAKUZA records – we thrive on VARIETY. We try to go to places we’ve never gone before and create open space – being experimental so to speak, but we still have a love for a good melody. Sanford [album producer]is a big help bringing the sounds together. Lyrical themes focus on life and death, the light and the dark. Our last record was a reaction, somewhat of a warning call for what has been happening globally and spiritually but not in a religious sense. This album is the aftermath, the balance between the light and the dark. And as dark as it gets, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.”
YAKUZA is also preparing a brand new visual offering. Director Justin Baron has filmed a documentary on the band’s history and unique sound. Be That As It May: Yakuza’s Seismic Consequence will be released later this year and features appearances by members of MASTODON, NACHTMYSTIUM, TRIPTYKON/CELTIC FROST‘s Tom G. Warrior and many more. Director Justin Baron is in need of funds to finish the project and has launched a Kickstarter in support of the film here.
YAKUZA frontman Bruce Lamont will release his debut solo album, Feral Songs for the Epic Decline, on January 25, 2011 via At A Loss Recordings. The art and layout for the album were crafted by Seldon Hunt and can be viewed here.
Earlier this month Chicago-based Alarm Press hosted the first track to be released from the album as well; the closing track “2 Then The Three” can still be streamed here.
Translation Loss is proud to announce the release of INTRONAUTâ€™s new EP, The Challenger. The Challenger will see a late 2007 release and consist of three new tracks, a handful of live tracks and an outstanding remix totaling over 40 minutes. It was recorded at Shiva Studios with John Haddad, who manned the helm for their previous efforts Void and Null. INTRONAUT has posted studio session pictures for The Challenger on their Myspace profile here.
The Challenger EP tracklisting:
â€Whittler Of Fortuneâ€
â€Fault Linesâ€ (live)
â€Rise To The Middenâ€ (live)
â€Sores Will Weep” (live)
“They (As In Them)” (live)
“Burning These Days” (remix)
INTRONAUT will also doing a west coast tour starting July 19th:
7/19 Los Angeles, CA @ Tunnel w/ GIANT, BRUCE LAMONT (of YAKUZA)
7/20 Berkeley, CA @ Gilman St. w/ PHOBIA, BOOK OF BLACK EARTH
7/21 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, 100 SUNS
7/22 Sacramento, CA @ The Speakeasy w/ GIANT SQUID, BOOK OF BLACK EARTH
7/23 Chico, CA @ 1078 Gallery w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, THE MAKAI
7/24 Medford, OR @ Musichead w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH
7/25 Eugene, OR @ Samurai Duck w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH
7/26 Seattle, WA @ Comet Tavern w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, IAMTHETHORN
7/27 Seattle, WA @ Fried Chicken Barge w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, IAMTHETHORN
7/28 Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, IAMTHETHORN