YAKUZA: Transmutations: 2x LP

Yakuza draw from a variety of musical genres to create their brand of progressive metal. There’s some jazz, some grind, some black metal (particularly the vocals on a few songs), ambient, and Eastern influences seeping in. As a result, this album is a collection of mixed results, some good, and some pretty bad. First off, there’s not much of a seamless flow, as you get the overly tech grind song (“Meat Curtains”), then a ambient type song (“Egocide”), etc. When they find their stride in songs like the aforementioned “Egocide”, “Perception Management,” and Justin K. Broadricks’s (Jesu, Godflesh) remix of “The Blinding”. Unfortunately the majority of songs tend to drag on and on, getting buried in being overly musical and trying to cram as much as they can into each piece. The packaging is nice. Gatefold sleeve, with minimal layout of red type and graphics on a black field, which captures the tone of the album well. Limited to 500 copies.

 –M.Avrg (Scenester Credentials, scenecred.com)