AKARUSA YAMI Trace Element Rebirth EP Review


Following the success of their 2011 debut ‘Ouroboros’, the Nottingham based industrial outfit Akarusa Yami are set to return with a new EP  ‘Trace Element Rebirth’, due for release in early 2013.

Akarusa Yami were formed in 2010 by guitarist Tom Clarke (Insidious) and singer Tom Brumpton. These founding members were later joined by Drummer Adam Jones, Guitarist Damian Lee, Bassist Jake Bennett and Keyboardist Lee Dowling.

Describing their music as Progressive-Industrial Metal, the band lists influences such as Fear Factory, Meshuggah, Beneath The Massacre, Rammstein and NIN.

In September 2011 they released their debut EP ‘Ouroboros’ to rave reviews worldwide. Collecting solid coverage from Terrorizer (UK), Zero Tolerance (UK), Metal Hammer (Norway), Legacy (Germany) and many others, the profile of the band has grown rapidly. Their debut singles ‘Third Eye, Wide Open’ and ‘Millennium Is My Salvation’ were picked up for national airplay in over 11 countries across Europe, together with large amounts of airplay on various internet stations around the world.

The band continued to play a series of successful shows including the 2011 Bloodstock Festival, alongside Textures, The Ocean and Aliases. At the end of 2011 the band recorded ‘Life, The Venomous Way’ with the prolific producer James Dunkley (Vallenfyre). Both ‘Life’ and ‘Ouroboros’ were mastered by universally acclaimed engineer Tim Turan (Plan B/Emperor).

We had an early listen to new EP  ‘Trace Element Rebirth’ :

The recording starts with ‘Life, The Venomous Way’. This track has gravelly percussion that is dutifully jumbled inside a vortex of heat, power and burning aggregate. Overwhelming voices spray the interior of the container. The guitar-work is splinterfull and entangled. These create images of huge twisted buildings. The track concludes with a burbling keyboard that heralds in some astonishingly lacy progressive guitar.

In a context of growls,‘Gottfried Raised My Hand’ then lists and wallows, as it comes dangerously close to losing its grip. Abundant riffs grab hold of the anxious rhythm. Then, a chorus, repeated gutturally, wheedles its way into your head. And the song will not let you go. There is no mercy.

Akarusa Yami trace

Heritage/Legacy’ is like a fresh start. Supple yet threatening. A bass sound just brushes past the effective percussion. Then something starts up in the engine room.  The big steamers are enervated. The flywheel spins, and the pistons start to pump. Bubbling gas seeps out poisonously . A grungy vocal moans in the smoky air. Then a voice answers with ferocious fury. The percussion on this track produces livid sores on your tender skin, flayed even more wickedly  by those acidic guitars.

The rhythmic tapping of ‘The Sound Of A Dying Star’ echoes out across the lonely voice of Stephen Hawking. This piece seems isolated in a hugely expanding universe. Bass notes meteorically fly through empty space, and a keyboard is plonked ruthlessly. This piece evokes, for us, those conceptual designs of the ‘70s. This track may not be to everyone’s taste – but could be of interest to reviving progressive metal-heads out there.

Incognito Unaware’ starts with a Sabbathy riff that will cheer your heart. The drums are a flurry of power. And the voice, when it screams at you, out of the night,  will send your heart spinning at an unsustainable level. This is a welcome beast. A thrusting, lunging animal. Full of virile power and immense inclinations. You can imagine that this song is the big hitter in front of live crowds.

The EP is completed with ‘A Simple Decision’. The rhythm drills itself into your brain. It spawns cruel eggs deep inside your vulnerable bark. An easily hummed ‘Simple Decision’ chorus invites you to play along. But this song has several other corridors to turn down. Some are of these are passage-ways to instant oblivion. Some are dark and foreboding. Others are lighter, but offer man-traps to deceive the unprepared.

The ‘Bizkity’ rapping mixed up with the melodic hardcore won’t escape your notice. And the guitars vie for the most regal position, as they flutter and fly at you like flaming whips flicked into blighted eyes.

Brightness? Darkness? Which way will you turn?  Well, That is the Akarusa Yami philosophy…  But once you have made your decision …  Go with it!

-© Neil_Mach January 2013-



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