Origin: Chicago, Illinois, USA  
Genres: Metalcore
Official Site
Page online: March 29, 2004
Last update/review: July 4, 2010

Yakuza

Yakuza, hailing from Chicago, is quite a strange little band. Way Of The Dead, their second album, is a jazzy, dissonant metalcore album, with twisted arrangements, frequent sax breaks, and a general sense of controlled chaos (they aren't quite as over-the-top as The Dillinger Escape Plan, but they're sort of in the same ballpark). When they're on ("Yama" and "Chicago Typewriter" for example), they're unstoppable. They clearly aren't afraid to take chances, as evidenced by the final track, an ambient, psychelelic-tinged number that's over forty (!) minutes long. The sky's the limit for a band like this.

Current Members

Bruce Lamont

vocals/sax (guest for Howling Sycamore)

Matt McClelland

guitars

Ivan Cruz

bass

James Staffel

drums

Former Members/Guests

Erik Plonka

guitars

Erik Clark

bass

Jackson

bass



Discography


Amount To Nothing  
2001
  1. Vessel (On)
  2. Sweetest Day
  3. Copremisis
  4. Turkish Goggles
  5. Signal
  6. Ender
  7. The Stranger
  8. Angry Dragon
  9. Vessel (Off)
  • Bruce Lamont
  • Erik Plonka
  • Erik Clark
  • James Staffel



Way Of The Dead  
2002 Century Media
  1. Vergasso
  2. Miami Device
  3. Yama
  4. Signal 42
  5. T.M.S.
  6. Chicago Typewriter
  7. Obscurity
  8. 0100011110011
  • Bruce Lamont
  • Erik Plonka
  • Erik Clark
  • James Staffel



Samsara  
2006 Prosthetic
  1. Cancer of Industry
  2. Plecostomus
  3. Monkeytail
  4. Transmission Ends.Signal Lost
  5. Dishonor
  6. 20 Bucks
  7. Exterminator
  8. Just Say Know
  9. Glory Hole
  10. Back to the Mountain
  • Bruce Lamont
  • Matt McClelland
  • Jackson
  • James Staffel



Transmutations  
2007 Prosthetic
  1. Meat Curtains
  2. Egocide
  3. Congestive Art-Failure
  4. Praying For Asteroids
  5. Raus
  6. Steal The Fire
  7. The Blinding
  8. Existence Into Oblivion
  9. Perception Management
  10. Black Market Liver
  11. Zombies
  • Bruce Lamont
  • Matt McClelland
  • Jackson
  • James Staffel



Of Seismic Consequence  
2010 Profound Lore
  1. The Ant People
  2. Thinning The Herd
  3. Stones And Bones
  4. Be That As It May
  5. Farewell To The Flesh
  6. Testing The Waters
  7. Good Riddance (The Knuckle Walkers)
  8. The Great War
  9. Deluge
  • Bruce Lamont
  • Matt McClelland
  • Ivan Cruz
  • James Staffel



Beyul  
2012 Profound Lore
  • Bruce Lamont
  • Matt McClelland
  • Ivan Cruz
  • James Staffel




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