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Yakuza - Way Of The Dead (8,5/10) - USA - 2002

Genre: Jazz / Metalcore
Label: Century Media (USA)
Playing time: 70:44
Band homepage: Yakuza


  1. Vergasso
  2. Miami Device
  3. Yama
  4. Signal 2.42
  5. T.M.S.
  6. Chicago
  7. Typewriter
  8. Obscurity
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Yakuza - Way Of The Dead
When you think of Chicago music, most people rattle off names like STYX, SMASHING PUMPKINS and of course, CHEAP TRICK. This another name to add to that list: YAKUZA. This band can not truly be categorized. All I can say is that if you dig Metalcore and Jazz ala Miles Davis in free form, then you have found your calling.

Those two descriptions alone only scratch the surface of what is inside this CD. "Miami Device" is a cool jammin' jazz tune loaded with saxophone and Metalcore vocals which actually sound cool for what they do. The music is abstract and complicated as hell, but if you want to challenge yourself musically, then you have come to the right place. The band manages to go all over the place without warning, but it works well to their advantage. You will be on guard at all times with what they do. The music is adventurous, risky and somewhat peaceful at times, but don't get to used to it.

The final track is a 40 minute dive into true free form instrumental jazz with hints of psychedelic sounds of the 60's and 70's. With a sound this big and complicated, you would think that this was a 10 piece band. Nope! It's only 4 people that have a vivid imagination. (Online November 10, 2002)

P.S. This album will be released in Europe only on January 27, 2003!

Joe Florez

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