L-R – Mike McCormick – Guitar/Electronics, Simen Wie – Bass, Tarjei Kjerland Lienig – Synthesizer, Torfinn Lysne – Guitar, Oskar Johnsen Rydh – Drums
(Photographer Credit: Emil Vestre)

YAWN; coming from Norway, are releasing their second single off their upcoming debut “Materialism”, a fresh take on metal with jazz and prog overtones. Three-pieces of music broken into shorter movements combine to make just over 37 minutes of a full continuous piece of music. The band explains what the listener can expect with “Tokamak IV : Critical Mass”:

“’Critical Mass’ is the second part of the piece titled ‘Tokamak’. The track is mostly based on a repetitive guitar phrase going over and over, printing itself in your memory whether you want it or not. The melody was based on a simple conversation between Oskar and Torfinn: “Why do we limit our tonal language to the chromatic scale, dividing notes only down to the semitones? Why not dive into the world of quartertones?” A few guitar-tunings later, we ended up with this simple, but catchy melody going on and on in both our heads, the following week. The melody continues on throughout the piece called ‘Tokamak’”

YAWN takes inspiration from their favourite artist and genres and then completely turns it upside down as they inject their improvisation into the mix. Taking it a step further they create their own software to digitally process the instruments. Prewritten music is composed by Oskar and Torfinn, all algorithms and code digitally treating/processing the music is written and performed by Mike McCormick and all three of them contribute to the improvised parts.

It is important to the band to discover and develop the most obscure song ideas that normally wouldn’t fit into the context of the common musical genres. All tools are allowed, with a common goal of creating interesting sounds. These 3-year-old preferences are the fundamentals of the final piece “Materialism”, which is recommended for fans of Car Bomb, Vildhjarta, and Gojira.

Digital – https://linktr.ee/Yawnmusic

The album “Materialism” will be released on February 18, 2022 via Mindsweeper Records

Album pre-order – Yawnofficial.bandcamp.com

Track Listing:
1. Cement III : Gobsmack (2:35)
2. Cement III : Fall Out (1:50)
3. Cement III : Restart, Reload, Rebuild (3:35)
4. Chaos I : Artificial Superstition (2:34)
5. Chaos I : Greed (1:51)
6. Chaos I : ISM (3:21)
7. Chaos I : Untelligence (1:26)
8. Chaos I : Order (0:40)
9. Lachrymator II : Lignite (2:28)
10. Lachrymator II : Erebus & Terror (2:33)
11. Lachrymator II : Tripwire (2:36)
12. Lachrymator II : Unstoppable force (1:57)
13. Tokamak IV : Immovable Object (2:45)
14. Tokamak IV : Critical Mass (1:21)
15. Tokamak IV : Fluorescence & Entropy (3:48)
16. Tokamak IV : Confluence (2:03)
Album Length: 37:31

For more info:
Yawn.no
Instagram.com/yawnofficial
Facebook.com/yawnbandofficial

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“Yawn, anything but a bore” – Heavymetal.no

As 2022 begins, Yawn stands at the ready with their first full-length release: “Materialism.” The album reflects the band’s vision of bringing improvisation-based music to the fore in the context of modern concert production. The album features beautiful improvised soundscapes combined with aesthetics drawn from modern progressive metal bands like Meshuggah, Car Bomb, and Vildhjarta. 

Yawn’s live performances have been described as a magical experience where improvised, open, and formless soundscapes seamlessly transform into and away from machine- precise rhythms, all without warning from the performers on stage.

Since the band’s debut in 2020, Yawn has released their first single “Cement,” toured across southern Norway, and played for 15000 housebound viewers during a streaming concert from Chateau Neuf in Oslo shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic reached Norway. After the release of Materialism on February 18th, 2022, the band will embark on a European release tour from February 25th to March 9th.

Experimental Extreme Music Norway’s YAWN Presents Their Futuristic, Chaotic “Tokamak IV : Critical Mass” Off Upcoming Debut Album “Materialism”

L-R – Mike McCormick – Guitar/Electronics, Simen Wie – Bass, Tarjei Kjerland Lienig – Synthesizer, Torfinn Lysne – Guitar, Oskar Johnsen Rydh – Drums
(Photographer Credit: Emil Vestre)

YAWN is unconventional and futuristic, and their upcoming album “Materialism” is a dynamic journey through 37 minutes of continuous music performance. The intention is to make the audience feel like this is something new and they instigate this with the single “Lachrymator II : Lignite”. 

The album was composed of small ideas that later evolved into long compositions. The element of improvisation provided a lot of different material to work with and allowed YAWN to compose pieces of music that contrast hard-hitting metal riffs with open improvised soundscapes. The four selected pieces “Cement”, “Chaos”, “Lachrymator” and “Tokamak”, were divided into 3 – 5 shorter “episodes” to make the record fit into the modern digital streaming world plus suit modern attention spans. Although it is meant to be consumed as a continuous music performance, each excerpt stands by itself. The band shares their thoughts on the single:

“It’s the first section of the piece called “Lachrymator”. This song is best known among our fans as the part of the show where Simen goes into an insane mode, smashing a drumstick onto his bass strings like it’s literally the end of the world. The first time he did this during rehearsal, it blew us all away. No distortion or overdrive effect could ever come close to the raw aggressiveness of the sound coming out of his amplifier, while hitting the strings in this way. When we recorded the track, we even changed the drumstick for a screwdriver. The way that bass guitar grinds along with our two guitars in the opening is exactly the pure aggressive energy and rawness we seek in our heavy sound.”

YAWN got together and started working on the material for this record almost three years ago, in that time they worked to develop the sound of the band. Eventually, they developed software specially designed for their needs, which digitally processes the instruments and creates unique digital soundscapes during improvisations.

Creative and bold, YAWN is recommended for those who enjoy the obscure especially those with an interest in Meshuggah, Car Bomb and Vildhjarta.

Spotify – https://spoti.fi/347x5VR

The album “Materialism” will be released on February 18, 2022 via Mindsweeper Records. 

Album pre-order – Yawnofficial.bandcamp.com

Track Listing:
1. Cement III : Gobsmack (2:35)
2. Cement III : Fall Out (1:50)
3. Cement III : Restart, Reload, Rebuild (3:35)
4. Chaos I : Artificial Superstition (2:34)
5. Chaos I : Greed (1:51)
6. Chaos I : ISM (3:21)
7. Chaos I : Untelligence (1:26)
8. Chaos I : Order (0:40)
9. Lachrymator II : Lignite (2:28)
10. Lachrymator II : Erebus & Terror (2:33)
11. Lachrymator II : Tripwire (2:36)
12. Lachrymator II : Unstoppable force (1:57)
13. Tokamak IV : Immovable Object (2:45)
14. Tokamak IV : Critical Mass (1:21)
15. Tokamak IV : Fluorescence & Entropy (3:48)
16. Tokamak IV : Confluence (2:03)
Album Length: 37:31

For more info:
Yawn.no
Instagram.com/yawnofficial
Facebook.com/yawnbandofficial

About:

“Yawn, anything but a bore” – Heavymetal.no

As 2022 begins, Yawn stands at the ready with their first full-length release: “Materialism.” The album reflects the band’s vision of bringing improvisation-based music to the fore in the context of modern concert production. The album features beautiful improvised soundscapes combined with aesthetics drawn from modern progressive metal bands like Meshuggah, Car Bomb, and Vildhjarta. 

Yawn’s live performances have been described as a magical experience where improvised, open, and formless soundscapes seamlessly transform into and away from machine- precise rhythms, all without warning from the performers on stage.

Since the band’s debut in 2020, Yawn has released their first single “Cement,” toured across southern Norway, and played for 15000 housebound viewers during a streaming concert from Chateau Neuf in Oslo shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic reached Norway. After the release of Materialism on February 18th, 2022, the band will embark on a European release tour from February 25th to March 9th.

Experimental Extreme Music Norway’s YAWN Announce Unconventionally Destructive “Lachrymator II : Lignite” Off Upcoming Debut Album “Materialism”