AZUSA — the globally-based band featuring vocalist Eleni Zafiriadou (Sea + Air), bassist Liam Wilson (The Dillinger Escape Plan),
guitarist Christer Espevoll (Extol), and drummer David Husvik (Extol) — have shared the new song “Kill/Destroy.” Listen here.
The song appears on the band’s second album Loop of Yesterdays, due out April 10 on Solid State. Loop of Yesterdays is available for pre-order here.
“‘Kill/Destroy’ was the last song to be composed in the Loop of Yesterdayssession,” the band says. “We felt like the album needed some more ‘kick in the teeth’ punk/hardcore energy to round things out. The song was an obvious curtain-raiser, so we opened our live set with it on tour last summer as a sneak peek of the new album. Easily digestible yet appropriately unpredictable, ‘Kill/Destroy’ balances raw, thrash-inspired riffing with straight-forward lyrics about transgression and our inner demons being forced to awaken. Confrontational and blunt, ‘Kill/Destroy’ is peak Azusa.”
Previously, Azusa premiered the video for “Monument” at Revolver. Watch + listen here.
Check out the song “Memories of an Old Emotion.”
Loop of Yesterdays follows Azusa’s critically adored first album Heavy Yoke, which was described by NPR as a “debut album wrapped in rapturously beautiful discord.” Everything Is Noise called it “a singular experience” while Metal Injection deemed it “basically perfect progressive metal” while MetalSucks said it was “one of the strangest, most dynamic, and utterly captivating releases of the year, leaping from avant-garde wackiness to dream-like, psychedelic art pop without a flinch.” The record was also described as an “expansive, all-encompassing sound in which tradition spins on its head and heavy music gets made new” by New Noise Magazine.
Loop of Yesterdays finds the band with more to say but less to prove — achieving a more aerodynamic and accessible approach to their intricate sense of songwriting and inherently technical style. On their sophomore release, Azusa step off the tightrope and stand with feet on solid ground.
“The line ‘cannot lose myself in a loop of yesterdays’ was inspired by an eerie dream I had and became a recurring reminder for me. I had been out of focus for a long time that I wanted to get back to reality, to the present,” says Zafiriadou.
As Wilson says, “Heavy Yoke was the initial impact, Loop of Yesterdays is the aftermath.”
LOOP OF YESTERDAYS TRACK LISTING:
“Memories of an Old Emotion”
“One Too Many Times”
“Seven Demons Mary”
“Support Becomes Resistance”
“Loop of Yesterdays”