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KINZOKU-EBISU

Crossover Prog • Japan


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KINZOKU-EBISU was formed by Daichi TAKAGI(guitars, keys, drums, vocals) and Kenta ASAMUNA(drums, vocals), in 1996. They are highly influenced by British Prog Rock and Hard Rock bands from the 70's, like Genesis, King Crimson, Yes, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, etc. KINZOKU-EBISU is known for their dark lyrics, based on the famous novels of Rampo EDOGAWA and other unique stories.
KINZOKU-EBISU is also well known for their theatrical style, using Japanese Kimono's on stage, as well as Japanese masks. As well as playing with 2 drums and 2 keyboards, as well with a big bunch of equipment.

However their debut album, ''HAKO-OTOKO'', was released independently in 2002, featuring besides Daichi TAKAGI and Kenta ASAMUNA, Tuyohiro KOJIMA on bass, guitars and vocals and Makiko KUSUNOKI on keyboards, guitars and vocals.

"HAKO-OTOKO" is a title of fantastic novel of Japanese famous author Kobo ABE, making the album a concept one, featuring a very symphonic sound, ala Genesis, as well as the deep lyrics, based on the novel. Unfortunately, after this release the band disbanded.

However in 2003 they reunited, though with new members, releasing their 2nd album in 2005, "MOMIJI-GARI" on Vital label. This one featuring a darker sound, ala Crimson or Anekdoten, featuring the good ol' mellotron everywhere!

The youngest Prog band in Japan, which will definitely thrill those 70's Classic Prog fans.

Discography:
- Hako-Otoko (Vital VR-001) 2003
- Momiji-Gari (Vital VR-015) 2005



thanks to Pablo (cacho) for the biography

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Hakootoko
2003
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2005

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Kinzoku-ebisu Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Japanese band Kinzokuebisu was formed in mid-90'd by high school students guitarist/keyboardist/singer Daichi Takagi and drummer Kenta Asanuma, forming a stable line-up with Takehiro Kojima on bass and keyboardist/singer Makiko Kusunoki.They performed live in a very theatrical way inspired by GENESIS and released their debut ''Hakootoko'' independently in 2002,based on a fantasy novel written by Kobe Aba.The band split up soon afterwards but the album was re-issued the next year by Vital Records, a sub-label of Japanese label Poseidon.

The album features two long tracks simply entitled ''Hakootoko pt.1'' (31 min.) and ''Hakootoko pt.2'' (23 min.), divided in 8 and 6 movements respectively.The style of the band is quite retro-sounding with a strong vintage breeze, led by influences drawn out of GENESIS' and KING CRIMSON's music.The musicianship is based on heavy Japanese vocals, melodic moog/minimoog solos, powerful guitar lines and an overdose of Mellotron in a dark mood, not unlike ANEKDOTEN.The Classical inspirations meet the KING CRIMSON-ian dissonances in a very demanding style, where atmosphere and complexity play equal roles.The vocals though are a bit of a failure with the singers trying to be too expressive, but ending up to be closer to hilarious.Fortunately the arrangements are great and overcome the lyrical moments of the album, with the band alternating from dark disharmonic explorations with trully heavy bass lines, mellotron/piano on the forefront and FRIPP-ian guitars to sensitive Symphonic Rock with fantastic work on keyboards and guitars.

The combination of the two styles is not always conveincing, but ''Hakootoko'' has its good moments, especially in the longer movements, and comes recommended to all fans of Retro-Prog or Classic 70's Progressive Rock.

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