[Power Metal] Blasdead
#1
Really fun band who have been around for quite a few years, though they never got that popular, one of the handful of bands that took part in the rebooting of Japanese power metal in the early to mid 2000s alongside groups like Balflare, Masterpiece, Black Masquerade, Azrael, Mastermind and of course Galneryus. They tour regularly with Blaze who are good friends of theirs, which is fitting as both have a very throwback sound to their music, just these guys in an 80s power/speed metal way unlike Blaze's 70s heavy metal worship. Blasdead have released 4 full-lengths to date.








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#2
Awesome riff work! The singer reminds me a little of a German power metal singer, but I can't think of who at the moment.
Somehow I really like the production as well, except for the fact that the vocals are way too loud. The guitars and drums in deed have a bit of an eighties tone to them. Not exceptional by today's standards, but it has an atmosphere that fits this music really well.
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#3
The German power metal singer thing, I thought it too. I almost wanted to say I feel a hint of Peavy Wagner at times, but Pete's voice is so much more gruff overall, there's someone else a lot closer, I just can't pinpoint it.
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#4
My first intuition was Rock 'n' Rolf from Running Wild, but I think it's still not quite there...
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#5
I used to own two of their CDs, but sold them off. "Ground Flare" was ok, but pretty generic/unmemorable. Definitely pretty Germanic, esp. by Japan's standards though. That album actually had western distribution (along with Wizards' Hymn "Hymnal" and some other CD).

The other CD I had - "The Past and the Future" - had more interesting music, but was marred by some of the worst vocals I've ever heard.
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#6
Worse than the metalploitation releases by Metal Enterprises? Wink
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#7
Well, maybe not that bad, but still pretty painful. Well, that CD had some of the worst vocals I heard on a Japanese metal album, thus far. Then again, I don't actively look for that sort of thing.

That guy isn't in the band anymore.
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#8
I think most of the early-mid 2000s J-power metal bands lacked a little originality in their sound, aside from Galneryus. That trademark Japanese power metal sound wasn't really defined at that point. I like Ground Flare more than Blasdead's other albums I've heard.
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#9
Yeah, I can't say much 00s J-Power metal did much for me. Probably why I didn't get into it back then. Stuff like Wizards' Hymn (1st album) Area51, Balflare, etc are ok though.

時空海賊 Seven Seas and Atomic Tornado I quite enjoy though, but I wasn't aware of them back then. Both are unabashed Keepers-era Helloween worship (Japan does a good job at aping that sound).
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#10
Fancy some live Blasdead?:







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