When it comes to bands doing things their way, Praxis should be near the top of the list. Since forming in 1992, the Bill Laswell and Buckethead-led outfit have dived into radically different genres (including jazz, hip hop, and heavy metal) in order to create a palette of improvisation. But not just the sounds have rotated. Many of the band’s records contain a roster of guests that is so varied, you’d have to go to Glastonbury to get them in the same location.
For their latest album, Praxis assembled the likes of Iggy Pop, System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, Mike Patton, Bernie Worrell, Doctor Israel, DJ Disk, Wu-Tang protégé Killah Priest, the Jamaica-born toaster Hawk, and performance artist RAMM:?LL:Z??. The LP, titled Profanation: Preparation for a Coming Darkness, has been available internationally since 2008, but after the band’s U.S. label, Sanctuary Records, went bankrupt, the record remained unreleased until now. M.O.D. Technologies will give Profanation its U.S. release on January 25th and as a bonus for patient stateside fans, the new edition will come with two live bonus tracks not included in the Japanese import.
The first single, “Furies”, features Iggy Pop on vocals and can be heard below.
Profanation: Preparation for a Coming Darkness Tracklist:
03. Ancient World
06. Sulfur and Cheese
08. Revelations Part 2
10. Garbage God’s
11. Babylon Blackout