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When some bands take the "kitchen sink" route -- tossing every imaginable idea into one formula and seeing how it pans out -- the results are often… messy. There's a lot of talent out there in the world, but it seems that wrangling with musical skill is sometimes tougher than developing that skill to begin with. Azure Emote, who first came onto the scene with a 2007 debut, do not suffer this pitfall -- for over a decade, the band has been challenging listeners with an industrial, definitely avant-garde, and eclectic mix of death, doom, and black metal, plus jazz and prog. I mean, you can listen to their latest full-length The Third Perspective and, at every juncture, describe how the music feels at once familiar (grounded in some sort of subgenre) but also totally effortless and bespoke.

Truly, there are not many bands like Azure Emote; again, not many bands take this huge of a risk. Check it out for yourself with an exclusive full stream of The Third Perspective below.

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The Third Perspective releases Friday via Selfmadegod Records (international pre-orders here). Check out a message from project mastermind Mike Hrubovcak below:

This is a meticulously crafted personal catharsis for me. Proceed with an open mind, as each song is meant to be its own unique acid trip within a labyrinth of dystopian atmospheres. Highly poetic and filled with symbolism, there are deeper themes here than your average metal album, so reading between the lines is crucial. Step outside the proverbial box and see things from a fresh perspective –- The Third Perspective.

Image credit: Ron Vento

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