Sensory Records presents The Ironic Divide, the blistering third album from Chicago instrumental metal trio AZIOLA CRY. The album is out today and streaming in its entirety.
AZIOLA CRY has performed with Behold… The Arctopus, Don Caballero, Tiles, Far Corner, and many others, while appearing at progressive rock festivals including M.A.R.S. Fest. The band released their debut album, Ellipsis, in 2005, followed by Ghost Conversations in 2007, after which they went wholly dormant, until now.
With Mike Milaniak on guitar, Jason Blake on Warr guitar, and Tommy Murray on drums, AZIOLA CRY closes a nearly fourteen-year gap between records in 2021 with their third album, The Ironic Divide. Boasting their heaviest and most intricate work yet, the forty-eight-minute album features four songs which 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. Then, there are those who do evil and hurt fellow humans. There is no rationale behind their behavior. They are cowards. This is their story.
AZIOLA CRY‘s 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.
Stream AZIOLA CRY’s entire The Ironic Divide now at THIS LOCATION and see the band’s official video for “And Cowards” HERE.
The Ironic Divide is out today through Sensory Records on CD via the label webshop HERE and digital at Bandcamp – the standard version HERE and the 24-bit hi-res version HERE – as well as Spotify HERE, iTunes HERE, Amazon HERE, and all other digital service providers.
Watch for additional video output and more from AZIOLA CRY to post over the weeks ahead and for new live announcements to come later this year once touring safely returns across the country.
“If skronky, progressive metal bands like Dysrhythmia float your boat, you’re going to need to hear this one. Powerful, bass-heavy riffs collide with jarring rhythms, weaving in and out of odd time signatures for an effect that’s as discomfiting as it is soothing: like a little kid spinning round and round in circles only to get dizzy, fall down, then get back up and do it again, you’ll be craving more of AZIOLA CRY‘s head-spinning riffery…” – MetalSucks
“This is the sort of music that you just need to concentrate on and let wash over you. Because it’s all instrumental, the absence of words and lyrics means you are free to interpret it all in any way you wish. Maybe it will be a different interpretation each time you listen. One thing is for sure, you can’t fail to be impressed by the superb musicianship of this trio.” – The Progspace
“The music is ambitious and there is no mistaking this for something other than a metal album. Instrumental heavy metal has always fascinated me and I find it to be one of the best ways to imbibe in the form.” – Flying Fiddlesticks