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Chrysalis (on) stage

July 4, 2014

By Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

July 04--It's been nearly five months since Yessi Burton released his current album. And the time has been amazing.

Burton is the singer for metal band Chrysalis and the band released "Focus on the Center" in February.

The band also consists of Chris Norris, Gabe Gallego, Jared Sturgis and Billy Norris. The band came together when Burton moved to California and met the Norris brothers at a concert.

"We hit it off and the rest is history," he jokes. "It's been great to develop the band and the relationship among all of us."

Burton says while the band is on its current tour, he will be posting video diaries weekly for the fans.

"It's something that I've always wanted to do," he says. "It gives the fans an inside look at what we do on a daily basis. Maybe I'll try to put one up each day. I'm learning all of this video stuff, so as I move on, it gets easier for me to do."

Burton says his influences come from bands such as Korn, Slipknot, Staind and Mudvayne.

Yet, when it comes to writing for the band, he likes the entire band to contribute.

"We do focus on our own songs and try to make them as perfect as we can get them," he says. "I'm lucky because the guys are all good at what they do. It makes the process easier."

Yet, the process wasn't always that easy. Burton says when the band first formed in 2006, it released its debut album and then was booked for the Vans Warped Tour.

After a few years on the road, Burton and the crew decided to take a break from it.

"It was a time for us to grow professionally and personally," he says. "It helped us unlock parts of ourselves that we kept hidden. If we didn't have this happen, I don't think we'd be where we are now."

Burton says having the great creative flow inside the band helped it delve further and helped the members push themselves in all areas.

He says it was important to make the best album they could make.

"We have songs left over from this album that didn't quite fit," he says. "We could probably put together another album, but we'll wait and see if they bond together and form something strong."

Lose Control

With Chrysalis WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, July 10 WHERE: Malarky's, 25 Hotel Circle NE HOW MUCH: $10 at the door


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