Metal Injection is hosting a worldwide exclusive video premiere for Chicago-based progressive instrumental metal trio AZIOLA CRY. The intriguing new visual accompaniment was created for the track “…Where Once Bore Wings,” found on the band’s third album, The Ironic Divide, which was released in March through Sensory Records.
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.
With the new video for “…Where Once Bore Wings,” Blake offers, “This song shows the true metal side of the band. I wanted it to sound like a wall of sound from beginning to end. The video was filmed to represent the internal struggle between good and evil. I wanted an ending song that was heavy and, as with past albums, alluded to what was to come next from the band. For the video, I once again asked Jeremy Bessoff to create the visuals for the music based on Micka Klauck’s original artwork. For the band portion, we worked with videographer Chuck Deters to produce the cramped feeling of being inside the character’s head. The red and blue footage represents the struggle inside of his mind.”
Metal Injection writes, “AZIOLA CRY is here to trip you out both visually and aurally today with their twisting, turning new single ‘…Where Once Bore Wings.'”
Tap in and watch the intense video for AZIOLA CRY’s “…Where Once Bore Wings” first at Metal Injection RIGHT HERE.
The Ironic Divide is available on CD via the Lasers Edge/Sensory webshop HERE and at all digital providers including Bandcamp HERE, Spotify HERE, iTunes HERE, and Amazon HERE. Also watch the “And Cowards” video HERE and the making-of biopic on the album HERE.
Watch for live performances to be announced later in the year as shows continue to make their return, and other news on AZIOLA CRY in the weeks ahead.