Saber Tiger was founded in 1981 by guitarist Akihito Kinoshita and they have been illuminating the Japanese metal scene ever since. In recent years, they have been more prolific than ever, leading to the international release of Bystander Effect via Sliptrick Records in March, 2018. The album illustrates the broad appeal of Saber Tiger. The riffs are intricate, yet catchy. The songs are heavy, yet melodic. And the vocals of Takenori Shimoyama are raw, but extremely passionate. As a result, the groups heavy metal is classic and timeless while at the same time having the potential to appeal to both traditional metal-heads and fans of contemporary power metal. There are even some progressive influences in their music. The band may have been around for a long time but there is a freshness and commitment to the music that belies their many years and the band certainly sound nothing if not contemporary.
The release of Bystander Effect is not just a simple re-issue for the international market; four of the tracks, originally in Japanese, have been re-recorded with English lyrics, while the brand new acoustic instrumental Ship Of Theseusand a new recording of the Saber Tiger classic First Class Fool are exclusive to the Sliptrick Records release. Also, demo recordings of the spectacular tracks Sin Eater and What I Used To Be are included. There is no better way to get acquainted with Saber Tiger’s unique brand of heavy metal.
Saber Tiger commenced life in the same year as their famous compatriots Loudness and Anthem. Their somewhat remote location on the northern island of Hokkaido and the numerous line-up changes they had to endure in their early years have slowed down the band’s rise a little, but Kinoshita’s “never say die” determination has resulted in a legacy of first class metal. Besides Kinoshita and Shimoyama, Saber Tiger now consist of guitarist Yasuharu Tanaka, drummer Yasuhiro Mizuno and young bass wizard Hibiki, the most recent addition to the band.
In June of 2016, the band played its first two shows on European soil, which finally opened the door to introduce Japan’s best kept metal secret to the rest of the world. In case you missed that, the international release of Bystander Effect is your chance to get to know Saber Tiger.
Bystander Effect [Expanded Edition] | Released March 13th, 2018 on Sliptrick Records
Saber Tiger are:
Takenori Shimoyama – Vocal | Akihito Kinoshita – Guitar | Yasuharu Tanaka – Guitar | Yasuhiro Mizuno – Drums | Hibiki – Bass
Band links: Official Website | Facebook | Youtube | Twitter | On Sliptrick
The 'Releases Of The Year' series are albums chosen by myself as the best release from each country / dependency known to have an official release in the year 2017. These are alphabetized in country order so are easy to navigate. Each award has national flag featured alongside the band name, Release Of The Year' and Facebook link (where provided)
Pioneer of exotic guitar Marty Friedman released his stunning, critically-acclaimed full-length opus, Wall Of Sound, this past summer via Prosthetic Records. The album can be ordered here: http://smarturl.it/MartyFriedman
Now, Marty Friedman has revealed a second music video from Wall Of Sound, this time for the track "Miracle". The track tells the story of Marty's personal journey from an everyday kid to virtuoso, through a series of candid family home videos and photos from the Friedman family. Watch the video now, exclusively via Loudwire: http://loudwire.com/marty-friedman-miracle-exclusive-video-premiere/
"Once you have grown up in this complicated world, it`s easy to forget the simpler times that were so important in making you who you are now, as well as the people in your family who put up with all of the loud music, smoke and noise coming from your bedroom, and all the other BS that you put them through. With this video, rather than looking at how much of a goofy kid I was, I hope that it inspires you to think about your own family or whoever was closest to you when you were just starting out in the world." says Friedman.
While online, check out another music video for the track "Whiteworm", which has racked up nearly 400k views: https://youtu.be/pXECaAsYD-s
Wall Of Sound expands and destroys any conventional notions of instrumental music. The album was produced by Friedman, engineered by Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice in Chains) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth). Once again, Marty Friedman assembled an incredible and diverse group of musicians to record and guest on Wall Of Sound. His core recording band is made up of Anup Sastry, a modern whiz kid sharing drum duties with uber-veteran Gregg Bissonette, and Japanese musician Kiyoshi - who is undisputedly one of the most aggressive bassists on earth. Guests include Jinxx of Black Veil Brides and Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven, and Jorgen Munkeby of Shining lends his voice to the only non-instrumental track on the album.
Marty Friedman was recently appointed a Japanese Heritage Ambassador by the Japanese Government Ministry of Cultural Affairs to promote the country`s upcoming Olympic games. He is currently filming a documentary, and his biography is set to be published soon.
Japanese black metal mystics Anguis Dei stream the entirety of their highly anticipated debut EP, Ad Portas Serpentium, at heavily trafficked web-portal InvisibleOranges.com. Set for international release on November 24th via Svart Records, hear Anguis Dei's Ad Portas Serpentium in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Anguis Dei represents True Satanik Black Metal. It represents the extremity of hellish orchestral black metal: harsh, majestic, and spectral soundscape based on Satanism, demonology, and the true primordial black metal tradition.
The formation of this sect occurred back in MMXIV anno bastardi. Since then, its devotees have been the following four entities: Adeptus Juno - hæretical strings & darkestrations (Juno Bloodlust); Adeptus Summum Algor - blasting rituals (Adversam, Juno Bloodlust, Natassievila, etc); Adeptus Hakuja - serpentine strings (Hakuja, Cataplexy, etc); and Adeptus U.:È.:Œ.: - séance & magitation (Arkha Sva, Avsolutized…, Ahpdegma, etc). Now, in early Novembre MMXIV, Anguis Dei’s first EP Ad Portas Serpentium shall proudly be unleashed by Svart Records. It shall feature the following three sonic ceremonies on the circular laminas. I. "Maythorns Over Uroboros," II. "Angela Krudeliis Ambitiosa Nokturniis," III. "Origin ~ The Lionel." And, in addition, Ad Portas Serpentium shall shortly be followed by the first full-length entitled Angeist.
Anguis Dei is an audible form of black magick for Satan and Satanists rather than other flooding commercialised music products. It shall provide something invisible affecting your invisible world. Prepare for entering the gates and taking a dark journey into the malign realms of Satanik Magick.
The entire realm can be entered exclusively HERE, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com.
In July Estonian progressive metallers Emphasis have revealed details for their second LP "Soul Transfer“. The concept album, consisting of 14 tracks, will be released worldwide in early 2018 on Japanese label Red Rivet Records.
The band has repeatedly noted that they got an unexpected result due to the huge number of musical experiments. “Obviously, this album has a lot of jazz influences. Our guest musicians did an excellent job! So far, this is our most serious work for us. It’s more progressive than a symphonic metal album. And we’re happy about that!"- Emphasis said.
LP "Soul Transfer" was recorded at StoneOil Studio (Kivioli, Estonia) by Pavel Korotaev, guitarist, and songwriter of Emphasis. 5 guest musicians also took part in the work on the album, including well-known Estonian jazzmen Raul Sööt (saxophone) and Allan Järve (trumpet), blues guitarist Oleg Lyutskevich (Moscow, Russia), violoncellist Alexandr Smirnov and violinist Julia Mets. “Soul Transfer” is totally concept album: the story of a man, his fate and enticing prospects of eternal life in the context of global digitalization.
Female fronted progressive metal act Emphasis was formed in 2010 in Estonia, a small country in Northern Europe, by bassist Katya Gritskova and guitarist Pavel Korotaev. Their music is a mix of classical harmonies, heavy guitar riffs and powerful operatic vocals of their gorgeous front lady Anna Ganina. For the last five years, the band played dozens of shows in Baltics and Finland. Their debut full-length album "Revival" was released in spring 2016 under Italian label Underground Symphony and received a lot of positive reviews.
Red Rivet Records was founded in early 2009 in Japan. Red Rivet Records worked with a lot of metal bands from over the globe as a distributor, organizing Japanese tours as a promoter so far.
Japanese grind band Friendship to release 'Hatred' via Southern Lord in October; tracks now streaming
Southern Lord has teamed up with their cohorts at Japanese label Daymare Recordings for the impending vinyl release of Hatred, the unrelenting debut LP by Japan’s mysterious Friendship.
While Friendship's identity remains an enigma, those who have encountered their antagonistic, loud, and murky sonic world, can testify to the sheer power of the auditory torture the band creates. Friendship has previously self-released two CD EPs which sold out in a month, since reissued as I & II vinyl and cassette versions through Sentient Ruin. For their Hatred LP, the band delivers twelve caustic tracks in just over twenty-five minutes, the album recorded in their home city of Tokyo, mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege.
Originally released by Daymare Recordings on CD and digital formats back in June, Southern Lord will now release Friendship’s Hatred on vinyl October 27th. Blackened, dark, loud, fast, and intense, fans of prior Southern Lord releases by Nails, Heartless, Dead In The Dirt, Gust, and other brutal, grinding devastation should take heed.
Stream: "Tortures" and "Life Sentence"
Having shared the stage with the likes of Full Of Hell, Sumac, Endon, and more, and having gained a reputation for extremely loud live shows, Friendship will fittingly open for the mighty Sleep in Tokyo in January. Find more info here and watch for international tour dates from Friendship to be announced in the months ahead.
Friendship - Leave Them All Behind 2018:
13/1/2018 Garden – Tokyo, JP w/ Sleep, Mutoid Man, Nepenthes
Mighty Music proudly presents the first Japanese band in our roster; Eleanor. The band plays far eastern melancholic gothic metal. Eleanor is influenced by the most of the European bands in the same genre, but adds the unique Japanese ethnic sensitivity and sound - making their version of melancholic gothic metal an inspiring experience.
The band visited Belgium in 2013 and fell in love with the European live scene, making them wanting to come back. With the international release of the new album "Celestial Nocturne" through Mighty Music in early 2018 , the band aims for the stars and it should not be to long before we see them on European soil once again.
"Defying Gravity" is the first single from the new album - watch it right here:-
Yesterday saw the release of the brand new video from Japanese rock/metal sensations Lovebites. It’s a single entitled Shadowmaker and is taken from the group upcoming debut album Awakening From Abyss. This anthem has the lot, 6 awesome minutes of the girls rocking out, soaring vocals, amazing solos and a fist tight backing from the drum and bass section. On Shadowmaker, the band are firing on every cylinder they’ve got and if you needed any more proof that Lovebites have arrived, then this is it!
The music for Shadowmaker was written by Mi-ya and together with the band, they took care of the arrangement. The lyrics, which were written and sung in English by lead vocalist extraordinaire, Asami, have been added to the Youtube page for the song. Just click the link at the top of the video.
Also revealed today, is the full track listing for Awakening From Abyss featuring 12 tremendous tracks that are going to simply rock your socks off. Read more more about the album, artwork and production …here
Awakening From Abyss (US Edition) is already available for pre-order at Shop Sliptrick and iTunes.
Awakening From Abyss track listing:
01. The Awakening
02. The Hammer Of Wrath
03. Warning Shot
05. Scream For Me
07. Burden Of Time
08. The Apocalypse
10. Don’t Bite The Dust
11. Edge Of The World
Awakening From Abyss | US Edition | Released October 25th, 2017 on Sliptrick Records
Asami – Lead Vocals | Midori – Guitar | Miho – Bass | Haruna – Drums | Mi-ya – Guitar, Keyboards
Band links: Official Website (eng) | Facebook | Twitter
Currently hitting the streets with their recent release The Lovebites EP, all girl Japanese heavy metal group, Lovebites have now finished work on their highly anticipated first full album, Awakening From Abyss. Lovebites consist of 5 magnificent and talented women who are already making a name for themselves across the globe and we can confirm that the US edition of the album will be available via Sliptrick Records on October 25th on CD and digital formats.
The highly renowned European engineering team of Mikko Karmila and Mika Jussila, who worked on The Lovebites EP, returned for Awakening From Abyss and once again, the album was mixed and mastered at the legendary Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Expect the bar to be raised even further with this release which promises even greater dynamics in the sound.
The album’s cover features artwork by David Lopez Gómes, an acclaimed and well-known artist. His work has featured in the German metal band Helloween’s 30th anniversary book “Hellbook” and the groups best of album, “Sweet seductions”. The Awakening From Abyss cover features a goddess standing on the ruins of a destroyed world preparing to give birth to a new world which both visualize and further emphasize the concept of the album.
Along with the new album comes an important change to the band. The very talented lead guitarist and keyboard player Mi-ya, who was a support member and co-composer on The Lovebites EP, is now a permanent member of the band. In other words, Awakening From Abyss brings the 5 girls together, stronger than ever and they have put their heart and soul into their first full length release.
Expect more metal, more speed, more amazing melodies and more emotion as Lovebites prepare to go global and cement their name on the worldwide metal scene.
Awakening From Abyss (US Edition) | CD/Online | Released October 25th, 2017 on Sliptrick Records.
Asami – Lead Vocals
Midori – Guitar
Miho – Bass
Haruna – Drums
Mi-Ya – Guitar, Keyboards
Band links: Official Website (eng) | Facebook | Twitter
Japanese death metal cult Necrophile premiere the new track "Irrepressible Discharge" at web-portal NoCleanSinging.com. The track hails from the band's LONG-awaited debut album, Awakening Those Oppressed, set for international release on September 16th via Unholy Prophecies. Hear Necrophile's "Irrepressible Discharge" in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Featuring current and ex-members of such cult bands as Anatomia, Multiplex, Messiah Death, Wormridden, and Transgressor, Necrophile arose from the ashes in 2012 after a two-decade-long slumber but are now prepared to unleash a torrent of deathrashing insanity with their very first full-length, Awakening Those Oppressed!
Formed back in 1987, Necrophile are widely considered to be one of the first death metal bands from Japan. The band was formed in 1987 by two high school students, Takaaki Ohkuma (vocals/bass, ex-Criminal Christ and later Multiplex) and Keisuke Matsunaga (guitar/drums, ex-Messiah Death). During their original tenure, they were quite prolific. They recorded two demo tapes in 1988 and 1989 - The Terminal Derangement and Beyond the Truth, respectively - and especially the second demo received a lot of attention in the the worldwide underground scene. Then, with the lineup of Takaaki (bass/vocals), Takashi Tanaka (drumers, later Transgressor and Anatomia) and Kenichi Matsunaga (guitar, later Hellchild), they recorded the Dissociated Modernity EP and a split LP with Singapore's Abhorer, both in 1991, and also played several gigs in the USA with Sadistic Intent, Deceased, and many others; they may be the first Japanese death metal act to play the States.
The original incarnation of Necrophile faded out as the members began to play in different bands, but the band reunited and played a gig in December 2012 with the lineup of Takaaki (bass/vocals), Takashi (guitar), and Keisuke (drums). After the reunion, they became active again on the live front and played many gigs in the Tokyo area. Thereafter, they appeared on the Grind Bastards #8 compilation and a split LP with Necrorite, both released in 2014.
But at long last, Necrophile's debut album is upon us! Fittingly titled Awakening Those Oppressed, Necrophile's first full-length is a literal blast from the past, like the hypothetical album that could've followed that cult split LP with Abhorer. From throttling deathrash to quick 'n' concise grindcore, with plenty of filthy headbanging in between, Awakening Those Oppressed possesses the immediately ingraining charm that recalls more innocent times: death metal's earliest, fledgling years, where subgenre splintering had yet to happen, where bands could plow through a whole range of motions so long as they were dark and, above all, DEATHLY. And that's exactly what Necrophile's debut LP is - and it keeps on raging forward, each minute as explosive and exciting as the last. Across ten tracks in 34 minutes, these veterans play with the intensity and enthusiasm of bands half their age. It's not so much a "blast from the past," then, as the past never having stopped: Necrophile are eternal, and they're Awakening Those Oppressed!
Awaken with the next track to be revealed, "Irrepressible Discharge," exclusively HERE, courtesy of NoCleanSinging.com. "Hysteria Siberiana," the first track to be revealed, can be heard at Unholy Prophecies' Bandcamp HERE.
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