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RYOKUCHI is an experimental band from Osaka, Japan originally consisting of five members that formed in January of 2002.

In 2003, they released a split CD "Loud Creative" with DISCO 4 CHANNEL on S.M.D. Records and were included on a compilation album "Bishamon" that featured thirteen experimental bands from Osaka, USA, and Europe the following year.

In 2005, the band toured Hawaii with another Osaka band BIRUSHANAH. While BIRUSHANAH were adding musicians to their line-up, RYOKUCHI decided to become a two piece band with Harada on fretless bass and Imagami on drums.

In March of 2006, RYOKUCHI released their debut album "Shinsho" and toured nationally and Australia with BIRUSHANAH.

In 2007, they released a single split with Australian band FIREWITCH.

They disbanded in 2008.


RYOKUCHI consider themselves an experimental doom tribal hard core band. The fretless bass is massive and is run through a series of pedals to create a variety of layers and distortions. The drumming employs tribal and at times militaristic rhythms that create a very dark and sinister atmosphere. They meld traditional Japanese scales with elements of doom and hardcore. They were approved by the Prog Metal Team and are very highly recommended especially to fans of NEUROSIS, GODFLESH, CORRUPTED, BORIS and BIRUSHANAH.

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