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YAKUZA Transmutations reveals artwork, new music

Yakuza Chicago's genre-bending YAKUZA has posted artwork for the band's forthcoming record, Transmutations, online here (, where pre-orders for the record are also available. Prosthetic Records has also posted a brand new Yakuza track online (; entitled "Egocide," the track will appear on Transmutations, which will see an August 7 release through Prosthetic Records. Prior to that, YAKUZA will host a listening party for Transmutations July 31 at the Liar's Club in Chicago.

"Exploration, experimentation, riding the line between the familiar and the foreign; the essential elements for YAKUZA have already been established," frontman Bruce Lamont says about the band's sound. "We are not interested in creating music that's easily definable. Our roots are firmly planted in metal - yes, but like life, the sounds here are not cut and dry. At times this record can be uplifting, cruel, celebratory and just downright fuckin' mean."

Utilizing producer and established multi-instrumentalist Sanford Parker (Rwake, Pelican, Minsk) for the recording of Transmutations, YAKUZA couldn't be happier with the album's end sound: "Sanford was great to work with," Lamont says. "We really feel he has refined his craft over the past half a dozen recordings he's done. He's known the band for a long time and helped with our last release, so he is already aware of our studio tendencies. With him the process felt almost effortless."

YAKUZA began demoing new material on February 28 at Semifour Studios in the band's hometown. 'Transmutations' was produced by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Minsk, Rwake), who made a guest appearance on the band's last release, 'Samsara'.

7/31 Chicago, IL The Liar's Club (Transmutations listening party)

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    June 21, 2007

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