19:55 - Moose Many thanks to whoever introduced me to Astronoid via the shoutbox the other day. Their new album, Air, is magnificent. I can even understand why some refer to their genre as "Dream Thrash".
19:12 - Opethian @Apothecary, I got to meet him when I saw them play at Denver this past January. Dude is down to earth and was a privilege to get to meet him and Dallas \M/
18:18 - Apothecary Yeah, you wouldn't want to get in a fight with him though. Just check out this vid lol, apparently at this show some dumbass was throwing beer on his pedals [link]
18:01 - Marcel Hubregtse Karl is a small,. albeit quite fattish mf. He is smaller than I am. And I am only 5'11"
17:56 - 3rdWorld He definitely isn't massive as he once was.
17:26 - Apothecary I think I am slightly taller, I'm about 6 feet. But he is definitely a bigger guy than I am, overall
Three years down the line from their last studio album, Japanese heavy metallers Onmyo-Za have announced they'll be releasing two new albums this coming autumn. 風神界逅 (Fuujin Kaikou) and 雷神創世 (Raijin Sousei) will be the band's eleventh and twelfth albums respectively. No release date has yet been set, but it has been confirmed the albums will be released simultaneously, and the recent single 青天の三日月 (Seiten No Mikazuki) will be included on Raijin Sousei.
The tracklists for both albums have also been revealed.
01. 風神 (Fuujin)
02. 神風 (Kamikaze)
03. 然れど偽りの送り火 (Saredo Itsuwari No Okuribi)
04. 一目連 (Ichimokuren)
05. 蛇蠱 (Hebimiko)
06. 飆 (Tsumujikaze)
07. 無風忍法帖 (Mufuu-Ninpouchou)
08. 八百比丘尼 (Yaobikuni)
09. 眼指 (Manazashi)
10. 雲は龍に舞い、風は鳳に歌う (Kumo Wa Ryuu Ni Mai, Kaze Wa Tori Ni Utau)
11. 故に其の疾きこと風の如く (Yue Ni Sono Toki Koto Kaze No Gotoku)
12. 春爛漫に式の舞う也 (Haru Ranman Ni Shiki No Mau Nari)
Great news. These guys and Chthonic from Taiwan are the most impressive from the Far East Asian metal scene.
You forgot about Dir En Grey.
I would not include them simply because these bands (Chthonic, Onmyouza) come up with the specifics of the area from which they originate. Chthonic has the folk elements and Onmyouza too. Dir En Gray is more like a blending of American/European metal styles without that trademark of the area they represent (though for a while they did belong to the Visual Kei style). Bad shit is about Onmyouza... their music is very restrictive to the Japanese market and makes it hard for Europeans or Americans to purchase their works (found them at 2-3 times the normal price).
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This is my third favorite band, and to announce two new albums is just splendid!
This is something I wish to see from bands like Dragonland and Symphony X as well, it probably won't happen, but one can wish.
At least this band's doing it, and judging by the single this is going to be a blast, perhaps the best Onmyo-Za album/albums to date?