So my obsession with j-metal continues, although its clear I’m just scraping the surface here.
I was checking out a couple of guitarists in the last few days,
Syu from Galneryus - One of the bigger names from the power metal scene, his stuff is very neoclassical, albeit a bit samey, so Ive mainly picked out some singles to listen to rather than albums.
and Hizaki from Versailles and Jupiter.
These are the aforementioned visual kei bands and more of the overindulgent neoclassical shredtastic guitarwankery I do so like. Hizaki had a side project called the Hizaki Grace Project which spawned some pretty good instrumentals.
That sorta cross eyed non-focused stare of his is odd eh. its present throughout the Versailles and Jupiter stuff from both him and the other guitarist, Teru, although i love those pick in the air raised arm flourishes he uses.
Which came first then, Final Fantasy haircuts or Visual Kei?
This is from the last Jupiter album which i picked up over the weekend. This is one of the better songs tbh, the album was not the best of purchases. It’s a corker though, although I’m sure someone really liked Welcome To The Black Parade.
and yes, let’s drool over the Japanese ESP artists range whilst we are at it.
Got $25,000 spare? This monstrosity could be yours. It doubles up as the Soul Edge if you want to hit someone with it.
Yōsei Teikoku are rooted in anime, the lead is a voice actress and they soundtrack lots of stuff. Listening to them though I find everything somewhat recognisable, and then I realised I was probably thinking of Japanese vidya like Vendetta and Devil May Cry, which have that sort of gothicky operatic thing going on too.
I like the relentless chug of some of their stuff
In general, buying Japanese music is pretty hard, CDs are astronomically expensive, (the Hizaki solo album is 85 quid on Amazon) and the catalogues seem heavily based around EPs and singles with videos with full albums not being so common. Not everything is available on itunes/Amazon and I guess the other big name content providers too. I guess the visual element of the bands sees a lot of content trending towards videos.
Edit: since found http://www.cdjapan.co.jp which at least reduces things to expensive rather than “astronomically expensive”