Japan

Bringing Metal Tourism From America to Japan

May 16, 2018

Bridging the gap between the Japanese extreme metal scene and the rest of the world.

FULL ALBUM STREAM: HEAVEN IN HER ARMS “WHITE HALO”

June 21, 2017

White Halo — the seven-years-in-the-making third full-length from Tokyo quintet Heaven in Her Arms — is a fierce and lush amalgamation of post-metal atmospherics, classic screamo, black metal, prog rock, and trad metal sure to trigger metalgaze haters even as it subverts and expands the boundaries of that sub-subgenre. 

Label Spotlight: Deathrash Armageddon

April 10, 2017

Deathrash Armageddon is a Japanese label that releases a number of raw thrash and black metal bands. 

Track Premiere: Oozepus – ‘Farmers’

February 8, 2017

Oozepus (members of Coffins and Linekraft) craft noisy death-doom on “Farmers,” from their upcoming debut EP, Your Limit. 

Video Premiere: MONO – ‘Requiem for Hell’

September 27, 2016

MONO‘s video for “Requiem for Hell” is an emotional and visually beautiful companion to the song. Also included: Exclusive Q&A with MONO’s Takaakira “Taka” Goto.

Video Premiere: MONO – ‘Requiem for Hell’

September 20, 2016

MONO have spent the past almost-two decades crafting vibrant soundscapes and instrumental rock albums. The upcoming Requiem for Hell, MONO’s ninth studio album, treads similar territory.  In a video for the title track, the Japanese instrumentalists tell, visually and audibly, an exhilarating yet terrifying story. The entirely black and white video features a man running…

Streaming: Funeral Moth’s “Transience”

January 26, 2016

Stream the title track from the upcoming doom opus from Japan’s Funeral Moth. 

CHURCH OF MISERY: Of Serial Killers and Sushi

June 4, 2012

Church of Misery has toured Europe seven times, but this summer marks their first ever visit to America. Considering that much of their oeuvre consists of love letters to American serial killers it’s a long overdue trip. COM appeared at the Maryland Deathfest (if you had a chance to see them, tell us about it…