Iggy Pop, Serj Tankian, Mike Patton, Killah Priest Gues on New Praxis Album
The new album finds the trio once again collaborating with various musicians, this time with the spotlight clearly on lead vocalists.
Among them are Iggy Pop, System Of A Down's Serj Tankian, Mike Patton, RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, Doctor Israel, Wu-Tang protégé Killah Priest and Jamaica-born toaster Hawk.
The US release of Profanation comes with two live bonus tracks not included in the rare, Japan-only import. The album is also one of the last recordings to feature the gothic futurist RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, an incredibly multi-talented visual artist, hip hop icon, performance artist, and one of the most unique humans to patrol this planet.
Since 1992, the core members of Praxis – Buckethead (guitars), Bill Laswell (bass), and Brain (drums) – has churned out an eclectic series of albums rooted in aggressive avant-rock improv with slabs of hip-hop, psychedelic, funk thrown in. On top of that, a constantly morphing army of innovators including John Zorn, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell, Yamantaka Eye(Boredoms), Grandmixer DXT, and scores more have contributed to past Praxis live and studio projects – each one a unique musical experiment.
This record features what Laswell and M.O.D. Technologies describe as the sequence of doom…
RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ starts it off with a digital metal notice of things to come. He steps aside (for a few tracks) for Hawk to voice his opinion. Dr Israel enters the hardcore fray with advice for the weary. The leader Iggy offers a more mythical based solution. Killah Priest, as always, looks to the distance stars for answers. The mighty Serj Tanikan gives advice for the weak. Mike Patton jumps to attention with a vocal assault to the brain. The return of RAMM and the book of revelations follows. Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins) makes small pieces of big rocks. RAMM:ΣLL appears again, but a new style. The project goes back to space courtesy of Yoshihide Otomo (Ground Zero) and wrapped up at the end of times Buckethead style. This completes your journey started 48 minutes ago.