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The 20-year career of Envy went nothing like what a band out of Japan’s hardcore scene would have expected. The members never predicted chumming around with Scottish postrock act Mogwai, or landing a track in a Shiseido cosmetics commercial. And two decades later, on the verge of releasing sixth album “Atheist’s Cornea” on Wednesday, it’s a situation that today’s hardcore acts might, er … get jealous of.

“Everything has gone so fast,” vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa tells The Japan Times. “I sound old, but it seems like it all happened only yesterday.”

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