2) Yakuza “Egocide”
Yakuza is one of the most interesting and heavy avant-garde bands out there. Sure, because of Bruce Lamont’s saxophone influence, there’s a heavy jazz influence in their metal, but there’s also shoegaze, post rock, and prog and any number of other influences as well. We’ve included “Egocide,” from their 2010 album Transmutations, because it’s a good summation of their sound – going from an Isis-like groove to death metal in seconds, yet still keeping the sax at the forefront. And despite how that sounds on paper, it makes perfect sense on record.