[Power Metal] Matenrou Opera (摩天楼オペラ)
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Matenrou Opera is a visual kei metal band that started out on Kamijo's Sherow Artist Society label, but has since moved on to King Records. Stylistically they play modern power metal with a bit of a metalcore edge.















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This band I could never really get into, but the Pantheon music video was pretty cool despite the weird production, so I think I'll take a chance on their upcoming album.
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Leda played guitar on their last EP, so that might be of interest to you, Dudemanguy.

Apart from that, this is a band that has had great songs rather than entire great albums. I absolutely love Anzi as a guitarist, but sadly, he has left. He has a sort of bluesy rock style whilst still staying within the neoclassical power metal realm. That sounds like it should clash and I guess it should, but it works.

I may get 'Chikyuu' at some point. That album was pretty solid.

I just had an e-mail that they will be available for e-mail interviews in the promotion for their upcoming European tour, so I will probably soon have an interview with them online.
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(03-22-2017, 01:27 AM)Agonymph Wrote: Leda played guitar on their last EP

Welp, I'm buying that one too. Tongue I don't like Leda's djenty songs, but I'm assuming he's mostly playing flashy power metal stuff which he's great at.

And yeah, I've had mixed feelings on the few Manterou Opera songs I've heard, so I've never really delved into them. The weird "soft" power metal style they play is interesting though.
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Their singer gets on my nerves sometimes, but he's not bad. I think his vibrato is a little overdone though.
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Holy shit. I literally just realized that Jay (from Light Bringer) has been doing support guitars for them for a while. He was on their last single, Shine On.
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Funny, I asked their PR lady who would be playing guitars for them this tour and she didn't know Smile Probably Jay then!
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So that's where JaY went (yes, the Y is upper case). He used to be in All Images Blazing at one point.
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My impression of the new album was pretty positive. I guess for long time fans of the band it might be borderline blasphemy for me to find the guitarwork so damn good, but it's fucking JaY. Also, it was pretty unambiguously metal to me (unlike some of their older songs I've heard) which was a nice plus. I'm unsure if I'll delve into all of their older material, but I might like a few things in there. Also despite the weirdass production on it, the bassist (I think his name is Yo?) gets quite a few good digs in there. That was nice.
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(04-27-2017, 04:43 PM)Dudemanguy Wrote: My impression of the new album was pretty positive. I guess for long time fans of the band it might be borderline blasphemy for me to find the guitarwork so damn good, but it's fucking JaY. Also, it was pretty unambiguously metal to me (unlike some of their older song I've heard) which was a nice plus. I'm unsure if I'll delve into all of their older material, but I might like a few things in there. Also despite the weirdass production on it, the bassist (I think his name is Yo?) gets quite a few good digs in there. That was nice.

As someone who's been a fan of Matenrou Opera since Kassai to Gekijou no Gloria (it'd probably be even longer if I hadn't spent a year thinking Sono's voice was irredeemably whiny), I don't think it's blasphemy Wink It's not like Anzi's the only good guitarist in the world lmao. Pantheon might not quite be my favorite Matenrou Opera album--Kassai to Gekijou no Gloria still holds that spot for me--but it's pretty damn close.

And yeah, Yo's the bassist. He also played support bass for Versailles very briefly immediately after Jasmine You's death and has been one of Kamijo's hired guns; he's actually the bassist on Kamijo's live album.

If nothing else, I have to give Matenrou Opera props for being one of the few bands to have a song with a theremin solo. It looks pretty silly performed live, but hey, the theremin is a pretty silly instrument, all things considered:


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