Are Crossfaith rock's last true believers?

Music Oct 25, 2017

Are Crossfaith rock's last true believers?

by Patrick St. Michel

Crossfaith is experiencing an existential rock 'n' roll crisis. It's not stopping them from partying like rock stars, though. "I'm a bit hung over," vocalist Kenta Koie tells me as our interview starts. He was out drinking the night before with programmer and keyboardist Terufumi ...

Perseverance wins Ningen Isu an encore

Music Jan 20, 2015

Perseverance wins Ningen Isu an encore

by Ryotaro Aoki

Kimonos and heavy metal. It's a combination that few groups have pulled off convincingly. While the aesthetic may have been used last year to turn (or bang) more than a few heads in the West by heavy metal idol unit Babymetal, the tiny trio ...

Getting a glimpse of Tokyo's metal underbelly

Music Oct 14, 2014

Getting a glimpse of Tokyo's metal underbelly

by Aaron Krall

Loud Park will go down this weekend at Saitama Super Arena, drawing fans excited to see mainstream metal acts such as Manowar, Dream Theater and veteran Japanese group Loudness, who was the first heavy metal band from this country signed to an American label ...

Babymetal "Babymetal"

Music / CD Reviews Mar 18, 2014

Babymetal "Babymetal"

by Patrick ST. Michel

It's not surprising that Babymetal has gone viral. The trio, bringing the seemingly disparate worlds of idol pop and heavy metal together, is a visually striking project perfect for the "weird Japan" fans on the Internet. What's surprising, however, is seeing Babymetal's eponymous debut top ...