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TADASHI GOTO was born in 1976 and grew up listening to classical music. He began playing the organ at the age of 5 and was composing by the time he was 10 years old. He joined the Yamaha Original Concert in Japan where he met YOSHIHIKO UJIHARA (X-JAPAN) a professional guitarist. UJIHARA, taught TADASHI GOTO synthesizers oriented compositions and progressive rock. He also met DONNY SCHWEKENDIEK a professional jazz pianist who taught him jazz rock.

In 2000-2001 while he was in Newcastle, NSW, Australia as an English grammar postgraduate student he revisited his compositions he wrote while he was a child and recorded some demos. Upon his return to Japan he finished writing the demos and submitted them to Musea Records and his first solo album "Soundscape" was released in 2005 on Musea France/Intermusic Japan.

TADASHI GOTO follow up release "Innervisions" was released in 2008 on Prog Rock Records. On this release he combines the extraordinary talents of CHRIS POLAND, BRETT GARSED, TY TABOR, TONY LEVIN, TONY FRANKLIN, MATT BISSONETTE, JOSEPH PATRICK MOORE, RANDY GEORGE, SEAN CONKLIN, JOSE BERNARDO and MARCO AHRENS.

TADASHI GOTO is currently in the studio to begin his new project. This time he has hired some vocalists. The release date is yet to be determined and will most likely be released as an EP or on I-Tunes. MICHELLE YOUNG and WENDY STARLAND will handle the vocals and RICHARD FORTUS (GN'R), CHRIS BROADERICK (MEGADETH), STEVE ROTHERY (MARILLION) are among the special guests anticipated on his new project.


TADASHI GOTO is a progressive rock composer that is heavily keyboard oriented. Yet his compositions possess the power and heaviness of any metal band. TADASHI GOTO was approved by the Prog Metal Team and is very highly recommended.

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2.13 | 4 ratings
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 Innervisions by GOTO, TADASHI album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.14 | 4 ratings

Tadashi Goto Progressive Metal

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars 'The ultimate bombastic keyboard driven prog?'

Tadashi Goto (keyboards and drum programming) was born in 1976 and grew up listening to classical music as a child. He began his musical career playing the organ at the age 5 and by the time he was 10 years old he had begun composing. His recognition for his creative talent grew when he joined the Yamaha Original Concert in Japan. While he was performing with the JOC, he met Yoshihiko Ujihara, professional guitarist and lead guitarist of former member of X-Japan. He taught Goto synthesizers oriented composition and progressive rock. Later, Goto met Donny Schwekendiek,a professional jazz pianist from Atlanta who taught him jazz rock. Goto traveled to Newcastle in Australia, lived there between 2000 and 2001 and in 2005 he released his first solo album Soundscape, in 2008 followed by this stunning second effort entitled Innervisions.

The 12 compositions mainly deliver heavy and bombastic atmospheres featuring thunderous drumming, strong bass lines (a wide range of guest bass players, including Tony Levin), blistering guitarwork and dazzling synthesizer runs with a variety of spectacular sounds, incredible! Some songs sound dreamy or more electronic/ambient oriened with a modern keyboard sound and the use of samples. For instance the final track The Spirits Within: a mellow blend of piano, voices and keyboards, halfway a sensitive guitar joines, very beautiful. But in general it's a breathtaking keyboard driven progressive mix of several styles, very powerful, bombastic and dynamic.

To me Tadashi Goto his second album Innervisions sounds like 'a wet dream for bombastic keyboard driven prog aficionados'. He even tops Japanese keyboard wizard Toshio Egawa, what an overwhelming keyboard sound, so incredibly over-the-top and super bombastic, wow!

My rating: 3,5 star.

 Innervisions by GOTO, TADASHI album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.14 | 4 ratings

Tadashi Goto Progressive Metal

Review by ElNapalmo

3 stars Japanese keyboardist / drummer Tadashi Goto returns in 2008 with a new studio album. This his second album and includes 12 instrumental tracks of oriented to Progressive Rock with serious focus on guitars and keyboards. A huge list of illustrious guests lends support with their guitars (Ty Tabor, Sean Conklin, Chris Poland) and basses (Tony Levin, Tony Franklin, Randy George). This is more Hard Rock than Progressive Rock, and it is reminiscent of guitar soloists in the distant 80s, more centered on song format than on long, boring demonstrations of virtuosity. Strong guitars, omnipresent keyboards, the mandatory experimentation in the genre, perfect balance between the rocker side and the experimental side. These are some of the elements that make "Innervisions". The only problem is the mechanical sound in the drums. This album will not save the genre but if you have lost faith in Hard Rock / Progressive Rock instrumental records, this is a good bet.
 Soundscape by GOTO, TADASHI album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.13 | 4 ratings

Tadashi Goto Progressive Metal

Review by apps79
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2 stars Japanese keyboardist,born in 1976.Goto grew up listening to Classical music and learned organ since he was only 5 years old.At the age of 22 he moved to Australia as a postgraduate student learning English grammar,there he experimented with the synthesizers,but also came in touch with the Jazz-Fusion style of U.K. and CHICK KOREA.Shortly after he begun re-working some of his old compositions in a Fusion style and recorded them while returning to Japan.The demos were sent to Musea,which decided to release his first solo work ''Soundscape'' in 2005.

An all personal effort and a true hymn to dissonance,''Soundscape'' is filled with Goto's piano and synthesizers, surrounded by a programmed rhythm section, effects and other programmed instruments like marimbas.His work is characterized by the complicated breaks, the atonal parts, the technical offering and the virtuosic solos, while the compositions are split between structured sections and more improvised moments.The overall sound is very rich,quite heavy with also plenty of lighter moments, always in a classic Fusion style presented by acts like PLANET X,LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT,MINDFLOWERS or DEREK SHERINIAN (minus the guitars).However the album suffers from two big problems: The absence of any kind of melody,which becomes more and more evident as the album unfolds, and the childish programmed drum sounds, which can only fit in a video game but not in a professional release of adventurous music.

This man is a talented keyboardist,no doubt.His ideas are interesting and the fact he composed such a highly technical and cohesive work cannot be overcome.Still the addition of some melodic parts and the help of some session musicians should give him the needed push in terms of development.''Soundscape'' is a good album for fans of heavy Jazz-Fusion,all the others try some samples first before buying...2.5 stars.

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