Chicago-based instrumental metal trio AZIOLA CRY is set to release their third album “The Ironic Divide”, on late March through New Jersey-based progressive metal label Sensory Records. Today we are premiering their single for the track “Hollow Reflections”, which can be seen below.
Looking into a mirror, the protagonist begins to appear unrecognizable, as only a fragment of who they once were. The good that once existed is now fading and being replaced with hatred. This is the basis of “Hollow Reflections.”
“Intended as a somewhat break in heaviness, this was the last song written for the album. I like to write dark and moody sections that allow Mike to solo over the top of them. The middle heavier part was intended to allow Tommy the freedom to experiment. I always felt that this song would make for a good first single and a nice introduction to the band due to its shorter length.” says Jason Blake
“This song reminds me of a ghostly spirit outside a window, communicating to someone inside. The heavy part reminds me of a very militaristic march and parading of weaponry” adds Mike Milaniak.
AZIOLA CRY is Jason Blake on warr guitar, Mike Milaniak on guitar, and Tommy Murray on drums. The trio released their debut album “Ellipsis” in 2005, followed by “Ghost Conversations” in 2007. The group has performed with bands such as Behold… The Arctopus, Don Caballero, Tiles, Far Corner, and others, while appearing at progressive rock festivals including M.A.R.S. Fest and more.
Closing a nearly fourteen-year gap between albums, 2021 sees the return of AZIOLA CRY as the band prepares to release their heaviest and most intricate work yet with “The Ironic Divide”. 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.
“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, Gojira), and completed with artwork and design by Micka Klauck.
“The Ironic Divide” Track Listing:
1. And Cowards
2. Hollow Reflections
3. The Ironic Divide
II. A Torment Of Reason
III. Distort Persona
IV. One Final Collapse
4. Scars Now Rest Where Once Bore Wings