Japanese Metal – Ep322

Japanese Metal – Ep322

Nashville Rock n Pod Expo donor Kevin Williams joins us this week for a talk about Japanese Metal! In this extended episode, Kevin has the knowledge and the tunes you need. Visual Kei, extreme image coupled with music, is a dominant force in Japan. Kevin gives you the backstory of what leads up to the Visual Kei movement in Japan and spins a number of great metal tunes. Japanese Metal   Japanese metal and its…

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SONY Resumes Vinyl Production After 28 Years (News)

SONY Resumes Vinyl Production After 28 Years (News)

For lovers of vinyl, Sony Music Entertainment’s announcement that it will begin pressing vinyl records after almost 30 years is sweet sounding. The Japanese company’s decision is due to a resurgence of popularity for vinyl in the last few years from older consumers as well from younger fans.  Although CDs and digital formats still account for the vast majority of music sales, it is expected that vinyl will post double-digit growth this year, as it…

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GnR Swing Their Katanas in Tokyo

GnR Swing Their Katanas in Tokyo

Guns n Roses – Saitama Super Arena, Jan. 29, 2017 They don’t call it a Super Arena for nothing. Under a cavernous roof in the second largest indoor arena in the world, 35,000 people were spread around a giant floor space, which was packed with chairs (no General Admission tickets for this show) to see GnR, and they didn’t disappoint. I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the money on Axl and company until I…

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Reflections on the DOKKEN Reunion in Japan

Reflections on the DOKKEN Reunion in Japan

Dokken – Zepp Tokyo (10/12/16) Remember back in high school when you were buddies with two people who didn’t get along with each other? You’d be at a party and didn’t know whether to pass the joint to the left or to the right because you didn’t want to piss anyone off? Welcome to the Dokken reunion! By now, the story behind the reunion tour is well known. Don Dokken has been touring under the Dokken…

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CRYSTAL LAKE – True North (Album Review)

CRYSTAL LAKE – True North (Album Review)

Crystal Lake; conjures images of peaceful waters or New Age hippy stuff.  How about a hardcore/metalcore band from Japan?  No?  Well, now you know!  This band crushes relentlessly on their latest release.  True North will make your teeth rattle, cause your blood pressure to rise and your head to bang furiously! I love a dash or two of metalcore and this band do it in a very classy way.  They lull you into a false…

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CRYSTAL LAKE – True North (December 2, 2016)

CRYSTAL LAKE – True North (December 2, 2016)

Japanese heavy rock giants Crystal Lake have announced plans to release their long-awaited, fourth full-length album, True North, on Artery Recordings in North America on December 2nd. . Vocalist Ryo Kinoshita had this to say about the forthcoming release, “Before we started writing this album,we all knew this record would define who we are, where we stand and where we are heading. No matter how things around us change,we are who we are and we’ve always headed the same direction and it never…

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Japanese Assault Fest & Decibel Geek (David Glynn & The Meister)

Japanese Assault Fest & Decibel Geek (David Glynn & The Meister)

Japanese Assault Fest 2015 (including articles by David Glynn and The Meister) Often called “The Land of the Rising Sun”, the East Asian island country of Japan is known for being a successful area for metal bands touring around the world. Many live albums have been recorded in Japan (Iron Maiden‘s Maiden Japan, Michael Schenker Group‘s One Night at Budokan, Judas Priest‘s Unleashed in the East, Dokken‘s Beast from the East) and Japanese bands such as…

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Meister’s Japanese Assault Fest Adventure 2015

Meister’s Japanese Assault Fest Adventure 2015

On a whim and a prayer, inspired by a dare (of sorts), the jet-setting rock and roll festival fanatic, Decibel Geek‘s The Meister (yours truly) was rather spontaneously on his way to Tokyo Japan! I was so happy when Diemonds published the news bulletin that they would be a part of the Japanese Assault Fest 2015 in Tokyo Japan, thanks to their Japanese record label, Spiritual Beast. I have personally followed Toronto Canada’s Diemonds since I instantly…

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A Schenker / Bonnet Reunion in Tokyo

A Schenker / Bonnet Reunion in Tokyo

Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock / Graham Bonnet Band – Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo, June 19, 2015 The evening started promptly at 7:00 pm – you gotta love the Japanese for that! The sellout crowd – the third in as many nights here in Tokyo – was fully assembled and ready as Graham Bonnet came out in his signature untucked shirt, with red tie and jacket, looking like it was the 80s. But Bonnet has…

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Iron Maidens In Japan by David Glynn

Iron Maidens In Japan by David Glynn

Iron Maidens / Hattallica / Mary’s Blood – DUO Music Exchange, Tokyo (June 12, 2015) The General Admission room was full for the very first band, Mary’s Blood, and we were in for a treat. A Japanese band who requested that pictures not be taken during the performance, these young women put on a very unexpected show. The guitarists came out with ribbons in their hair, and the drummer was so short, you almost couldn’t…

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