[Heavy Metal] Blizard / Toshiya 'Ran' Matsukawa
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Blizard is a Japanese heavy metal band. In their rather short run between 1982 and 1992, they'd been pretty productive with releasing new material in that time frame, resulting in seven great full-length albums and a handful of singles to accompany them. There's a 2002 compilation album that borrows songs recorded between 1987 and 1990, which can be imported real cheap. I'd still recommend getting the albums themselves. Blizard of Wizard and Kamikaze Killers: My Tears Evaporate are awesome cult metal albums that need more love, and they were even reissued on CD in 2002. The 1987 self-titled album and subsequent releases represent more of the band's experimental, quasi-commercial hard rock era, but without sounding like a third-rate Bon Jovi, Blizard's highly Oriental sound and lyrics allowed the band to continue sounding like themselves.

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#2
Oh yeah, I like this band ! I'm a little bit surprised they hadn't had a thread so far.
Good ol' 1980s heavy metal !
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#3
Whoa how did we not have a Blizard thread? WTF?!?!? Modified it to include Toshiya Matsukawa's solo project too.
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#4
Richard Ramirez Matsuya Mizuno is probably the best vocalist Blizard has ever had, even if he was only on one album. His voice is more distinctive to me than what his predecessor was like. He reminds me a little bit of Demon Kakka. Danger Life is a brilliant album! Proud to own the original CD.





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Danger Life is also one of my favorite Blizard albums, maybe my favorite. I like their longer tenured vocalist Seijirou Shimomura a LOT, but Mizuno Matsuya just had such a great voice for the style of rock/metal played on that album, I really wish they had made even one more album with him singing.
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#6
Well, I prefer the original vocalist's voice, but it's the first time I'm listening to Mizuno's voice.
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#7
Does anybody know who are Neal Schon, Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain ? They wrote "Only the Young" and "Liberty" for Blizard.
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#8
All members of Journey. Guitarist, former singer and keyboard player to be exact. Both are Journey covers, in fact.
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#9
Ah, that's why "Journey" is mentioned in the little text ! I didn't know it was a band.

Thank you for the information !

Is it a rock band ?
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#10
It's one of the biggest selling AOR bands in America. I don't think a day goes by that 'Don't Stop Believing' is not on American radio.
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