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post Apr 12 2012, 05:45 AM
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Hello guys!

Did you ever heard X japan?
Their music is not bad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgDdpATtGlM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ujw0FTe7tTI
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post Apr 12 2012, 10:13 AM
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Apr 12 2012, 04:45 AM) *


From what I call, Todd Simpson is a pretty big fan. My favourite band to come out of Japan is Dir En Grey, but yes, X Japan is pretty damn awesome.


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post Apr 12 2012, 02:15 PM
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Apr 12 2012, 04:45 AM) *


That guy's style and attitude is like he's singing on San Remo ,and the music is like Manga cartoons laugh.gif

If you guys want REAL Japanese HEAVY METAL you should check Loudness not some "metalish" clowns !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKeJkAJRSH8

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post Apr 12 2012, 02:29 PM
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QUOTE (Slavenko Erazer @ Apr 12 2012, 01:15 PM) *
That guy's style and attitude is like he's singing on San Remo ,and the music is like Manga cartoons laugh.gif

If you guys want REAL Japanese HEAVY METAL you should check Loudness not some "metalish" clowns !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKeJkAJRSH8


I actually have a vinyl record of Loudness somewhere...


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post Apr 12 2012, 04:12 PM
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QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Apr 12 2012, 01:29 PM) *
I actually have a vinyl record of Loudness somewhere...


Yeah, they're awsome, both Loudness and vinyls.Do you still buy them?

You should also check another great HEAVY METAL band -Eartshaker !

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post Apr 12 2012, 04:14 PM
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QUOTE (Slavenko Erazer @ Apr 12 2012, 03:12 PM) *
Yeah, they're awsome, both Loudness and vinyls.Do you still buy them?

You should also check another HEAVY METAL band -Eartshaker !


Thanks to my obsession with Black Metal, I am building a very large collection of Vinyl. Most of the vinyl I currently own is 80's metal(including a rare EP of Ozzy just after he found Rhandy Rhoades), as I inherited much of it from my Uncle.


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post Apr 13 2012, 01:18 AM
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I know them and some songs but I have never been too much into their music. I also liked Loudness, but if I'm not wrong my favourite album from them had an american singer. The guitar player is awesome.


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post Apr 13 2012, 03:39 AM
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Our instructor Todd did a documentary on them I believe, I am pretty sure it was him....
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post Apr 13 2012, 09:07 AM
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QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Apr 12 2012, 03:14 PM) *
Thanks to my obsession with Black Metal, I am building a very large collection of Vinyl. Most of the vinyl I currently own is 80's metal(including a rare EP of Ozzy just after he found Rhandy Rhoades), as I inherited much of it from my Uncle.



I also have vinyl collection of 80's metal, but never enough money to build it huge ! biggrin.gif
My great friend is obsessed with Death and Black metal, and he also has Great vinyl collection!
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post Apr 13 2012, 11:23 AM
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Thanks for sharing guys. I never listened to Japanese metal and this is pretty interesting stuff. ohmy.gif

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I especially like the first song, Kurenai, it's a lovechild of Iron Maiden and Helloween. laugh.gif
These guys got a very interesting sound and I'll surely listen a bit more to them.

QUOTE (Slavenko Erazer @ Apr 12 2012, 01:15 PM) *
If you guys want REAL Japanese HEAVY METAL you should check Loudness not some "metalish" clowns !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKeJkAJRSH8

Good stuff man, though I can't stop hearing "Three sons have I, and they ride by my side" while listening to it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwlN1-0QJnk


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post Apr 13 2012, 11:39 AM
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QUOTE (kklee100 @ Apr 12 2012, 12:45 AM) *


They were pretty big over there when I was stationed on Okinawa (1989-1990). Their music was okay. I had their CD: "Psychedelic Violence: Crime of Visual Shock". The song I liked was "Endless Rain." However, they would try to put English into some of their music and the translations didn't make much sense at times. Their mohawks and playing with balloons on stage were lame, in my opinion. However, they were popular and were making a lot of money! smile.gif


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post Apr 13 2012, 12:11 PM
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QUOTE (Sunny @ Apr 13 2012, 10:23 AM) *
Good stuff man, though I can't stop hearing "Three sons have I, and they ride by my side" while listening to it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwlN1-0QJnk



Yeah man, great association! Heavy Metal or No Metal at all!!
But i found Loudness a bit softer version smile.gif In Fact Paul Gilbert stated that hes playing's influenced by their guitarist Akira Takasaki.

If you like REAL Japanese stuff, you should check Eartshaker also , they sound simmilar to Saxon smile.gif

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7KhfUZcjzA

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post Apr 13 2012, 12:58 PM
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I have really only heard their song Art of Life, which is a bit of a medley. Rather interesting, but not on my top list.

QUOTE (Nihilist1 @ Apr 12 2012, 01:29 PM) *
I actually have a vinyl record of Loudness somewhere...

I might have one or two as well. smile.gif

QUOTE (Sunny @ Apr 13 2012, 10:23 AM) *
Good stuff man, though I can't stop hearing "Three sons have I, and they ride by my side" while listening to it.

Funny that you mention it. biggrin.gif Ben Higgins did a lesson a while ago, called Heavy Metal Shuffle. I pointed out somewhere that it reminds me of Blood of my Enemies (and he later recorded an awesome cover of that song!), but I could as well have said Heavy Chains although I didn't think he would be familiar with it. Are you, Ben? laugh.gif
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post Apr 13 2012, 04:34 PM
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QUOTE (Sunny @ Apr 13 2012, 11:23 AM) *
Good stuff man, though I can't stop hearing "Three sons have I, and they ride by my side" while listening to it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwlN1-0QJnk


Haha, check it out



As for Loudness, pretty sure their vocalist (or one of them) was Mike Vescera, who sang on the Malmsteen albums Seventh Sign and Magnum Opus, two of his best albums. smile.gif

QUOTE (HungryForHeaven @ Apr 13 2012, 12:58 PM) *
Funny that you mention it. biggrin.gif Ben Higgins did a lesson a while ago, called Heavy Metal Shuffle. I pointed out somewhere that it reminds me of Blood of my Enemies (and he later recorded an awesome cover of that song!), but I could as well have said Heavy Chains although I didn't think he would be familiar with it. Are you, Ben? laugh.gif


I don't know that song, no smile.gif


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post Apr 14 2012, 09:55 AM
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Great Cover Ben, and a Rambo T Shirt!!!
But sInger should wear costume that's more barbarian like!

HEAVY METAL OR NO METAL AT ALL!!!


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post Apr 14 2012, 11:28 AM
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How did I miss this thread? I am semi obsessed with Japanese culture in general and as such, many of the tropes that go along with it. One of those things is X Japan! Another is a Pop songstress named Utada Hikaru. Both were so huge in Japan that they became a cultural force in an of themselves.

Here is where it gets wierd. When one of the members of X Japan killed himself, several Japanese Girls tried to kill themselves as well. This struck me as so strange that I had to make a short film about it. Good memory Nihilist! Here it is. It's about 5 minutes.



I would have a hard time calling X Japan "Metal" but I do like their use of melody/harmony and their way out there look. Part of what I like is that almost look like they are trying to make fun of themselves, almost like they are trying to be ironic like STEEL PANTHER but they are in fact dead serious. It never gets old. smile.gif

Here is a tune I thought was spiff and sounded like it could have been released from an LA Pop Metal band about 1984. I re cut the video myself and added live clips and such. If you have seen the other vid, see if you can tell the diff?






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post Apr 15 2012, 09:51 PM
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Awesome video Ben, you guys are fantastic. I love it! \o/


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