Official Yakuza Website
The Inside Pulse:
Forming in 1999, Chicago based Yakuza turned heads with their debut album Way Of The Dead. Infusing tribal influences, gritty metal guitars, and a jazzy sound, Yakuza quickly developed a popular underground following in the Chicago area. Now on a new label, they seek to go a step further with the release of Samsura.
Borrowing from peers such as Dillinger Escape Plan and Converge, Yakuza have the technical hardcore aspects down to a tee. For fans of hardcore this album is terrific and the tribal elements added to this album further it’s enjoyment.
If you also dabble into world music, there are some very good tracks that lend heavily towards tribal, such as the phenomenal track “Monkeytail”.
Unfortunately, the production is a little spotty in areas, especially in the vocal department. The guitars also seem to be a little quiet at times, almost sounding like a bad distortion. Hopefully it is not what they were attempting to do, because it really does not work.
Think early Soulfly mixed with Converge with some Putamayo beats spread in at times. A very intriguing combination.
Reason to buy:
If you want something completely off the wall metal-wise, seek out this album. If you want something of a casual listen, this may not be your cup of tea. All in all, a record that should easily fit into any decent metal collection.