Yakuza Premiere Cover of John Coltrane’s “Seraphic Light”
Throughout the entire month of July, Chicago saxophone-wielding "experi-metallers" Yakuza will reissue their first four albums along with one never-before-heard release through War Crime Recordings. Amount to Nothing, Way of the Dead, Samsara, and Transmutations have been out of print for several years now, and in most cases, these reissues will contain unreleased bonus tracks and remixes.
In anticipation, the band has teamed weith Revolver to premiere one of those bonus cuts, a cover of John Coltrane’s “Seraphic Light," which will appear on the re-release of 2002's Way of the Dead, due July 1. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.
July 1 will also see the re-issue of the band’s 2000 self-released debut album, Amount to Nothing. Fourteen days later, on July 15, the band will reissue their Prosthetic Records albums: 2006’s Samsara, featuring two bonus tracks—a James Plotkin (OLD, Scorn, Khanate, Khlyst)-remix of “Back to the Mountain,” as well as “The Ballad of Mr. K”—along with 2007’s Transmutations, which boasts Godflesh’s Justin K. Broadrick’s remix of “The Blinding.”
On July 29, the never-before-released, “improvisational” recording entitled Kabuki Mono will be unveiled. “Kabuki Mono” has been Yakuza’s moniker whenever they perform their mostly instrumental improvisational sets throughout Chicago. This album was originally recorded in the studio in 2001.
Frontman, saxophonist, and War Crimes co-owner Bruce Lamont comments: “It’s great that these recordings are available again as so to document the lineage of Yakuza, but we are a band who does not dwell in the past. Into the future. Onward!”
Newer developments for the band include a recent recording session at Soma Studios in Chicago with engineer and War Crime Recordings co-owner Sanford Parker. The band has recorded over 100 minutes of improvised material (much like that of the Kabuki Mono recording) and plan to pick the best takes for release sometime early next year.