Achozen

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Achozen
Origin Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
Genres Experimental hip hop
Years active 2005–2008 (hiatus)
Labels urSESSION
Associated acts System of a Down
Killarmy
Sunz of Man
Wu-Tang Clan
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Website AcHoZeN on urSESSION
Members Shavo Odadjian
RZA
Kinetic 9
Reverend William Burke

Achozen [pronounced: UH-choh-zen] (occasionally typeset as AcHoZeN) is a project by System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, Wu-Tang Clan member RZA, Killarmy member Kinetic 9, and Wu-Tang Clan affiliates Reverend William Burke. The group's debut album has been completed and set for release for several years now, and it is unknown when or if the album will be released, considering Odadjian's commitments to System of a Down, who reunited in 2011. In July 2015, the group released a boombox digital collection of 8 songs recorded over the last few years. A standard album is still in the making, though songs are already available. After both Wu-Tang and System of a Down organized their respective reunions, material was released.

Achozen's music style[edit]

The music of Achozen is described by one writer as "space hip hop, rap without a coast or even a planet. Instead, each song revolves around a solar system of feeling. The album explores and exorcises a spectrum of emotions, as each track delves into either pain, ecstasy, hate or hope. Utilizing sitar and violin, Shavo breaks the mold, playing live instruments across the album, as he constructs beats with a cosmic fluidity".[1]

The album features funk musician George Clinton (P-Funk), ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, Wu-Tang affiliate Killah Priest, Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm, and Leggezin Fin.[2] The song "Deuces" is heard at the introduction of the film Babylon A.D. (2008).[3] Achozen's first live show was at the Key Club in L.A on December 1, 2006.[4]

On November 13, 2009 the second Achozen track "Salute/Sacrifice" was released as a free download on Odadjian's online art district and networking site, urSESSION.com. The AcHoZeN album was anticipated to be released in mid-2010.[5] That year, it was announced that the album was still on hold.

The Achozen album was set to be released with a special DVD with the album's main disc.[6] Shavo considered giving the album out for free, having a completed work, seeing as how much time had passed. The album was ultimately released in a fixed boombox collection kit in 2015, and both Shavo and RZA have stated more songs could potentially be released in other formats.[citation needed]

Singles[edit]

Achozen has released two singles:

  • "Deuces", hip hop/rapcore song, was used in the opening of the action sci-fi, blockbuster film Babylon A.D., starring Vin Diesel. The song is used as the background to the sequence which introduces the mercenary character played by actor Vin Diesel.
  • "Salute/Sacrifice"

Members[edit]

Additional performers[edit]

References[edit]

http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/07/rza-and-system-of-a-downs-shavo-odadjian-reactivate-achozen-release-new-album/

http://exclaim.ca/Music/article/rza_system_of_downs_shavo_odadjian_finally_release_album_as_achozen

http://www.antimusic.com/news/15/July/09System_Of_A_Downs_Shavo_Reactivates_Achozen_Side-Project.shtml