(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist, RiffRelevant.com)
Members from some of metal’s more eclectic acts – Extol, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Sea + Air – have joined forces as AZUSA.
As AZUSA, they are announcing the release of a début album, ‘Heavy Yoke‘, and sharing details of it. The 11-song recording will arrive from Solid State Records on October 16th, and promises to be one of the year’s most shocking, experimental offerings.
Watch the first introduction to AZUSA via the new official video below for the song “Interstellar Islands“. The band, comprised of vocalist Eleni Zafiriadou (Sea + Air), bassist Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan), guitarist Christer Espevoll (Extol), and drummer David Husvik (Extol), shared this about the song:
“‘Interstellar Islands’ was one of our first creations and it is the perfect example of what Azusa is all about musically. It’s the obvious introduction to the Azusa universe.”
They continued, adding the following about their upcoming release:
“This album is special for all of us and we’re currently feeling the same excited feelings we got before we debuted any of our previous efforts. We are really fortunate to have been able to create these songs together and to be able to share them with fans of our former and current bands, as well as new fans.“
“It has been such a relief crafting music without having any outside expectations placed on us. Turning to creative playfulness with a more relaxed and intuitive approach to songwriting, we feel that this collection of songs will hold a unique space in the atmosphere of heavy music.“
More info is expected to arrive soon. Here are the pre-order links for the “Heavy Yoke” album from AZUSA:
Asia – LINK
“Heart Of Stone”
“Lost In The Ether”
“Programmed To Distress”
“Iniquitous Spiritual Praxis”
“Succumb To Sorrow