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    Posted: December 05 2021 at 06:00
Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

^ Exactly, we Japanese have to value Japanese inherent culture, but the current Japanese culture should be inspired by modern Western ones ... it's a fact indeed.

If you're here making a hint to that Japanese culture can be said to have more feudal remains than the European one, I agree (from my socialist perspective).


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Hi, it's not prog but I really like the Japanese band Sabbat. They've been playing black metal for many years already (since the beginning of the 80s). Though maybe their album The Dwelling, which consists of a single, one hour-long track couold qualify as prog?



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^ Exactly, we Japanese have to value Japanese inherent culture, but the current Japanese culture should be inspired by modern Western ones ... it's a fact indeed.
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This is quite a bit off topic, but I'd like to tell that I see a lot of Japanese movies (on Youtube), as I've become fond of them, and I'm interested in Japanese culture compared to the European one. What I seem to have observed is that ethics are very important in Japan, and Japanese people might put more weight on social engagement and commitment, and aestethics, as well.

What I find a pity, though, is that so many Japanese dye their hair, I guess, trying to imitate the Europeans.


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Originally posted by Necrotica Necrotica wrote:

They've probably been mentioned somewhere in the thread already, but Malice Mizer have a lot of prog and art rock elements in their sound Smile
Malice Mizer have been considered as a Japanese "Visual-Kei" band. I'm not familiar with such visual-kei ones actually ... Embarrassed
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Originally posted by EduTatsumi EduTatsumi wrote:

I don't know if it can be considered a prog band, but Casiopea are an amazing Jazz-Fusion band.

Another band I really like is Ningen Isu. A power trio that makes a Heavy Prog mixing Rush, Black Sabbath and a little Metallica. They released a new album this year.
Yeah Casiopea are one of renowned Fusion combos in Japan, not so-called progressive though. Wink
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They've probably been mentioned somewhere in the thread already, but Malice Mizer have a lot of prog and art rock elements in their sound Smile
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I don't know if it can be considered a prog band, but Casiopea are an amazing Jazz-Fusion band.

Another band I really like is Ningen Isu. A power trio that makes a Heavy Prog mixing Rush, Black Sabbath and a little Metallica. They released a new album this year.
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Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:

Some other Japanese albums I'm very fond of are:

Far East Family Band - Nipponjin (1975)
Flower Travellin' Band - Satori (1971)
Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten (1974)
Bi Kyo Ran - Bi Kyo Ran (1982)
Good selection David. In Japan Symph, Neo, Crossover progressive is quite popular currently but I think the real Japanese progressive rock history leans towards Heavy Psych. Clap
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Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

I love all of those albums. Thumbs Up

Ookaay, happy to hear, how did you become interested in Japanese music, Paul?
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Originally posted by David_D David_D wrote:

Some other Japanese albums I'm very fond of are:

Far East Family Band - Nipponjin (1975)
Flower Travellin' Band - Satori (1971)
Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten (1974)
Bi Kyo Ran - Bi Kyo Ran (1982)
I love all of those albums. Thumbs Up
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Some other Japanese albums I'm very fond of are:

Far East Family Band - Nipponjin (1975)
Flower Travellin' Band - Satori (1971)
Osamu Kitajima - Benzaiten (1974)
Bi Kyo Ran - Bi Kyo Ran (1982)
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I haven't been following this thread, so I don't know what has not been mentioned but anyway, I'd like to tell that my absolutely favourite Japanese album is, and has been since the middle of 70's, Stomu Yamashta's Raindog (1975) which also always has been one of mine very most favourite albums in my whole collection. It can allmost get me entirely bananas when I hear it, and I've never got tired of it after all these years - even I didn't hear it in the 80's as that was mostly my mainstream Rock period.

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Originally posted by DamoXt7942 DamoXt7942 wrote:

And St. Claire added to Symphonic.

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Very nice and I enjoyed listening to it ... 
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^ And got a PM from the leader of St. Calire Yuko ANZAI. What a surprise.

We together have discussed a wide variety of her musicscape. Good to hear she has created her own musical world on her debut album without any intention to produce progressive rock.
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And St. Claire added to Symphonic.
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Hi, every Japanese Progressive Rock fan!
Let me recommend another promising Japanese Symphonic Rock project. St. Claire are a new six-piece combo founded by a brilliant keyboardist / composer Yuko ANZAI in April 2020.

St. CLAIRE
Quote St.CLAIRE are a six-piece Japanese Art Rock project founded in April 2020 by a frontlady / keyboardist / composer Yuko ANZAI. The lineup are Yuko (keyboards), KIKO (vocals), Ayaka TOMINAGA (violin), Eiji MORIGUCHI (guitars), Sunao HIKIDA (drums), and Hiroaki FUJII (bass). They released the debut album entitled "Claire's Fantasy" in May 2021 created with Yuko's composition for over a year.
Claire's Fantasy (2021) - St. CLAIRE
Originally posted by dAmOxT7942 dAmOxT7942 wrote:

Let me say this is sorta sincere and faithful performance according to so-called Japanese Symphonic Rock that lots of Japanese progressive rock fans love. A Japanese project St. CLAIRE were founded as a symphonic rock sextet in April 2020 by a keyboardist / composer Yuko ANZAI who possesses classical and pop music bases. This debut album "Claire's Fantasy", released in May 2021, is filled with Yuko's imagination and soundscape all over, that had been warmed up in her inner mind for a year or more. The concept of this opus sounds like that one of  Japanese Symphonic combos Teru's Symphonia meets orthodox pop / rock. 

The departure "Dawning" has energy and enthusiasm for opening the curtain. A cappella voices in the beginning are also splendid. The melodious atmosphere rings the bell of the listeners who love Japanese crossover progressive or something. We could feel their intention firstly to show their appearance via this track. The longest track in this album "Strider" sounds quite refined and settled altogether. This involves various melodic and rhythmic appearances reminding us of the similarity to Citizen Cain or British Symphonic vanguards. Anyway, am I the only one who can hear some homage to the vanguards? "Hand In Hand" is another 'authentic' symphonic progressive rock driving us smile. Very impressive are Eiji's smooth and flavourful guitar playing and Ayaka's violin sounds full of passion. "Claire's Song" the masterpiece of this album (I guess) is a theatre of Yuko's artistic keyboard plays. Under a calm situation, a musical affair by delightful sound combinations of the keyboard and the violin catches our heart comfortably. In "The Place" we can enjoy positive voices and active melody lines, and do not forget such a catchy movement dominant all over the song. Pleasant indeed, and somewhat tragic, don't know why though.

In conclusion, this creation is good as an art rock-seasoned pop music. Just as a piece of buttered toast spread with massive honey, it sounds a bit too sweet. But it's well understood because listener-friendly melody lines or vibes would 'unwittingly' go ahead of complicated symphonic innovation to catch their heart in a direct manner. In addition, Kiko's voices are too powerful and beautiful to support other instruments. Actually Sunao and Hiroaki's rhythm section is rigorous and supportive enough to unify all 'individualistic' instruments completely ... If not, every single instrument runs around assertively. A fantastic opus for their debut creation. Recommended for every Japanese Symphonic Rock fan. ;)


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And Ensemble Pearl added to Post / Math.
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Another obscure gem related to Japanese Progressive Rock Scene is in front of me ... thanks to Andrew (Gordy) for recommending such a good stuff.

Ensemble Pearl (Left to right: Stephen O'MALLEY, ATSUO, Michio KURIHARA, Bill HERZOG)
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Ensemble Pearl are an international psychedelic/doom/ambient project, formed in 2009 to score a multimedia theatre piece by choreographer Gisèle Vienne. Inspired by and named after the collaborative Brian Eno and Harold Budd record, the band consists of Stephen O'Malley (of Sunn O))) and numerous projects), drummer Atsuo (of Boris), guitarist Michio Kurihara (formerly of Ghost and White Heaven), Bill Herzog (formerly of Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter), violist Eyvind Kang (of Secret Chiefs 3 among others) and violinist Timba Harris (of Master Musicians of Bukkake).

O'Malley describes their style as "[c]osmic heavy rock sounds in an area between Link Wrey [sic], Earth "Hex", and early Tangerine Dream. Inspired by '50s-'70s rock and contemporary music productions." Their sole self-titled record, featuring material written during their tenure with Vienne, was released in 2013 on Drag City, with a Japanese edition issued by Daymare Recordings featuring an additional disc of alternative takes and mixes. Ensemble Pearl will appeal to listeners of Earth, Barn Owl, Scattered Purgatory, Ash Ra Tempel, Ghost and Boris.
Ensemble Pearl (2013) - ENSEMBLE PEARL
Originally posted by dAmOxT7942 dAmOxT7942 wrote:

Ordinarily mentioned but it sounds like this album discharges their dark life and lifestyle in the past, present (in the year this album was released), and future. A multi-national one-off project ENSEMBLE PEARL released only one eponymous album related to their homeland Sunn O))) or Boris. Drenched in spacey / doomy / depressive / psychedelic ambience, their short story goes forward slowly but steadily. The four geniuses, who get inspired by lots of psychedelic / Kraut / electronic vanguards and already had walked through various combos, expressed their 'dark catastrophic fantasy' upon this creation in a fascinating manner. A kind of heavy, lengthy trip is quite tough to digest completely but we can enjoy their so-called kosmische musik launched from their inner minds.

The first jab "Ghost Palade" is pretty sensational. Repetitive schizophrenic attacks only with two keys (!) should catch the heart of the doom freaks. Too sticky and slimy for the first shot but the viscosity is also good I guess. A similar vein to Domo or Perizona can be found through this track. "Painting On A Corpse" or "Giant" is veiled in dissected harmonies and exaggerated sound environments. Feel free to jump into them. We can be filled with their infernal noises, that also give us some mysterious comfort. "Island Epiphany", not sure what the title says, involves complicated oscillation and slowtempo psychic-agents-ish mind-driven movement. Great feedback by the twin guitars reminds us of the similarity to Les Rallizes Denudes, and dreamy ambient drumming takes us into another dimension. No need to consider deeply but better for us simply to follow the sound horizon created by them. The last "Sexy Angle" is not sensual at all but addictive hallucinogenic niches we can find out via the longest, slowest, darkest improvisational propaganda. Not so strong nor impressive but full of charm and magic.

To be honest, not novel nor innovative this opus is (even in 2013), but we can say this should have been produced fully with their sincere mental condition and playful minds. I feel so ... but it's slightly tough for me to listen to this album repeatedly haha.
https://ensemblepearl.bandcamp.com/



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