Yin is the forthcoming new full-length from Toronto-based progressive sludge-tinged grunge trio AYAHUASCA. Set for independent release next Friday, Yin, which is the result of a musical experiment conceived by guitarist and engineer Luke Roberts (aka Berserk Lout), was captured by Roberts (except drums which were recorded by Greg Dawson) and mixed and mastered by Greg Dawson at BWC Studios.
In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine offers up “Mountain Of Snakes” for public intoxication. Issues Lout, “Yin. Theres a lot of static noise and flashing lights everywhere all the time. And inescapable currants of sick and destructive thoughts. It’s so normal you wouldn’t question it. Most of the time it’s easy to tell that it’s not real. Headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, anxiety, depression, and a wide variety of other symptoms arise. The easiest way to quiet it is with sedative drugs, an electronic device, or perhaps an infatuation with another person or anything that enlarges one’s sense of self for a little while. But that usually wears off pretty fast. And then the noise, lights, and thoughts get even worse. But in this world distractions are abundant and interchangeable. And some distractions can last for years. So what happens when they all don’t work for you anymore? Can you sink into the empty space behind all the noise and find peace? Or perhaps you’ll go mad and kill yourself. Either way, that empty space wants to be born back into this world. It wants to erase all the noise. And we will either choose it, or it will take us by force. This song’s called ‘Mountain Of Snakes’ enjoy.”
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Yin will be available on September 9th via the band’s official BandCamp page HERE.
Yin delivers twelve absorbing movements and serves as the follow-up to 2013’s critically-lauded Plato’s Dark Horse. Upon completion of what become Plato’s Dark Horse in 2013, Roberts sought out musicians who not only had the skill to handle music with complex melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic sensibilities but who could also execute it with an appreciation for the raw aggression of the ‘90s bands he grew up on such as Soundgarden, The Melvins, Voivod, and Alice In Chains. Boasting a collective that’s hardly new to the Toronto music scene, AYAHUASCA features within its ranks members of The Great Collapse, The Womb, Godstopper, Vilipend, Idioteque, The Histronics, and Irn. It’s difficult to envision a band with such lush diversity and complexity coming across so coherent yet Yin is certifiable proof such a feat is attainable.
Berserk Lout- guitar/vocals
Jourk Shapa- drums
Spike Monism- bass/vocals