Beyul - Yakuza
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  • Summary: The experiemental metal band led by Bruce Lamont continues to confound genres with saxophones, cello, jazz, and rock influences on its sixth full-length release.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. Oct 24, 2012
    80
    The band compel with each of their unique flourishes, which work together to enhance the listening experience, making Beyul a thought-provoking, yet easily digestible album.
  2. Oct 24, 2012
    70
    While a somewhat trained ear could tease out what came from where, it's a lot easier in this case just to sit back and enjoy work that seems to value interesting textures and arrangements - but not at the expense of the songs themselves.
  3. Oct 24, 2012
    70
    Yakuza continue to forge a specialized and strange alloy [of metal and experimental music] on Beyul. Don't expect to love all of their recombinations. Do, however, expect to be surprised by them.
  4. 70
    The saxophone lines and other decidedly non-metal trappings only work because Yakuza (as they prove on this disc) have a hard-beating metal heart.