Holy bananas…wasn’t expecting what just erupted on our screen on Japanese metal band Gyze‘s brand new single Asian Chaos. This track is the title track off their upcoming full length to be released on July 10th. The Hokkaido natives are about to drop their fourth full length on Black Sheep Records.
As mentioned above, the track clearly sees the main composer of the band, Ryoji, excellently bridge Japanese culture and Western metal elements. To raise the impact of the track, he invited musicians of Gagaku – world’s oldest orchestra – who also performed on a few other tracks as well. The orchestra were able to introduce traditional Japanese wind instruments such as Sho (笙), Hichiriki (篳篥) and Ryuteki (龍笛). The lyrical melodies of Gagaku, combined with unique Japanese scales, and integrated
with heavy metal, creates a unique sound showcasing how Japanese traditional music can be incorporated into metal.
Not to be outdone, the album also showcases a collaboration with Dragon Force vocalist Marc Hudson. GYZE has played with Dragon Force on many festivals and on their Asian tour where the bands became friends so when Ryoji asked if Marc was interested to a guest spot, he supported the idea fully. The Japanese edition of the album also comes with a bonus track – a cover of the iconic Forever Love by X JAPAN.
The release also introduces their newest member on guitar and programming – Shinkai who used to be Ryoji’s mentor.
Watch out for the full album release in July!