Following the Sensory Records release of their third album, The Ironic Divide, earlier this year, Chicago-based instrumental metal trio AZIOLA CRY presents a full band playthrough video for the intense first section of the record’s title track. The playthrough for “The Ironic Divide Part One: Premonitions” has been revealed through an artist-to-artist feature at Invisible Oranges.
With Mike Milaniak on guitar, Jason Blake on Warr guitar, and Tommy Murray on drums, AZIOLA CRY formed in 2004. The band released their debut album, Ellipsis, in 2005, followed by Ghost Conversations in 2007. Along the way, the band performed live alongside Behold… The Arctopus, Don Caballero, Tiles, Far Corner, and many others, while appearing at progressive rock festivals including M.A.R.S. Fest. In 2007, the band went dormant, and remained that way for nearly fourteen years, reforming two years ago and beginning work on what would be their third record, The Ironic Divide.
The Ironic Divide delivers AZIOLA CRY’s heaviest and most intricate work yet, boasting forty-eight minutes of material through four massive tracks. The songs tell the story of one person’s final descent. There are two types of people in this world: there are those who do good for others and make a positive contribution to society in some way, and there are those who do evil and hurt fellow humans, with no rationale behind their behavior. They are cowards. This is their story.
The Ironic Divide was recorded by Jim Siwek at Ultralownoise Studio and Transient Sound, mixed by Steven Gillis at Transient Sound, mastered by Ted Jansen at Sterling Sound (Alice In Chains, Lamb Of God, Gijora), and completed with artwork and design by Micka Klauck.
Invisible Oranges presents an artist-to-artist interview with AZIOLA CRY’s Jason Blake, handled by fellow Warr guitarist Keven Berk of Apogetic, which sees the two discussing the complex and intricate instrument in detail, in addition to discussing the ongoing global pandemic and other intense topics. The interrogation is joined by the exclusive premiere of AZIOLA CRY’s full band playthrough video.
Watch AZIOLA CRY’s “The Ironic Divide Part One: Premonitions” playthrough as part of Invisible Oranges artist-to-artist feature now at THIS LOCATION.
The Ironic Divide is available on CD via the label webshop HERE and at all digital providers including Bandcamp HERE, Spotify HERE, iTunes HERE, and Amazon HERE. Also watch the official video for “And Cowards” HERE.