Next to anime, my greatest interest is in music. Here is a list of my favorite Japanese bands
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Wow, I had no idea Dragonforce/Demoniac were originally based in New Zealand. I was only just watching some Dragonforce clips with my bro last night, haha. I had a quick listen to Demoniac and that was interesting. It was like the power metal music sounds of Dragonforce to death vocals. Nice, that Essence track was killer - so they're from Denmark, yep Europe's definitely where it's at in terms of all this great metal.
I hadn't heard of Insomnuim or Skeletonwitch before - particularly liked the Imsomnium track I just had a quick listen to. Dude, your knowledge of the scene is like a wellspring of metal, I'm not as up with it with all these bands! But I'm in agreement with a lot of great tunes coming out recently - including the new Opeth album, which (beware!) is not metal at all...though I'm still really digging it. In terms of black/death metal, have you listened to Dark Tranquillity before? They're a bit more reknowned, so you might have already, but they're a great band out of Sweden.
That's cool, it's great discovering new tunes ^_^. Yeh, we've got a few good bands down here, but a lot of them end up going over to Europe and signing up with labels over there which I suppose is good because they get more exposure that way. Here we don't have any notable labels picking up heavier bands. Actually, I think that Iced Earth and Machine Head which are both American have signed up over there as well. Have you heard the new Machine Head album? I wasn't much of a fan of those guys, I liked their first couple of albums - but their newest one is really good, I've had that playing alongside Dream Theater as well!
Yeh, that Dragon Guardian track was pretty cool and I checked out Cerebral Bore (haven't heard of them before) and wow, haha. She's got that 'low' death vocal style going. That Sigh track, yep random - those groovy sections are great.
Cool no worries. This is great, I've been wanting to find some good Japanese metal - plodding through YT mainly, have listened to some Blood Stain Child. I liked that Volcano you linked and of the ones you listed Area 51 (liked the clean vocals), Lost Eden, Youthquake, Kadenzza, Shadow (chicks singing death vocals are always great haha) and Sigh all took my fancy. SSORC, Vomit Remnants and the vocals in Intestine Baalism were pretty full on haha.
But anyway, there's heaps there to get to so I'll take my time listening and checking out these bands so cheers!
Yeh, those death style vocals do get a bit same same after a while - I do like to mix it up a bit. But here's a band, Psychroptic, from my country that are pretty cool, thrash/death metal you might dig it :)
I have given Dream Theater's new album a good whirl - it's great, I particularly like the first track, probably my fave off the album so far I'd say!
Dude, I've just been checking out the list of Japanese bands on your page - they are awesome! Will have to spend time giving them a proper listen tomorrow, good stuff.
Cool, well hopefully you get into it - yeh they are more thrash/power metal (some cheese involved at times) but they do what they do really well. If you're keen for more Iced Earth I'd recommend checking out 'Framing Armageddon', 'Dark Saga', 'Horror Show' and 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' - these are defining and awesome IE albums (avoid their most recent 'The Crucible of Man' from 2008 for now, not their best work, but 'Dystopia' is true to their best form).
Actually their new singer Stu Block used to (I'm not sure if he's still working with them or not) sing for Into Eternity who are also really great. They are more on the extreme side, a mixture of black metal/power metal and his vocalwork is astounding, really cool stuff which may also be worth your while :)
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