The band which really operates as a multidisciplinary art collective fuses Japanese noh theater and folk music with Native American folk music, prog rock, metal, psychedelica and other Western genres into something that’s uncompromisingly complex, densely layered and highly theatrical while managing to kick major ass – and they do so in a way that no on else has done or thought of before.
After recently signing to Suicide Squeeze Records, which I hope will put this challenging and unique band into the larger public consciousness, the legendary label re-rleleased Yamantaka//Sonic Titan’s YT//ST last month. However, Suicide Squeeze will be releasing Uzu the follow up to their impressive YT//ST on October 29th here in the States. “One” the first single from the new effort and it’s the first in the band’s history where writing credits extend beyond the band’s core creative duo of Alaska B and Ruby Kato Attwood, and it starts off employing the use of a traditional Iroquois meeting song and performed by members of the proud, Mohawk people. set to chiming percussion that melts away to throbbing bass, buzzing, sludgy guitars and pounding drums. The first few minutes of the song alternate between the Mohawk chant for community and some of the hardest riffs you’ll hear in about 5 years.
Some key advice for you: play this extremely loud. Headbang – hard. Then repeat. You’ll thank me for it later.