A TMO Interview With Ningen-Isu

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Dubbed by their countrymen “the Japanese Black Sabbath”, Ningen-Isu has been active in their homeland since forming in 1987. Despite the band beginning to gain worldwide acclaim, their name is still not commonly known among metalheads outside of Japan. The Metal Observer was recently granted the opportunity to interview these Japanese legends on the heels of releasing their eighteenth album, Burai Houjouo, in June of 2014, which could very well be one of the band’s only, if not THE only, interview in English.

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TMO x10 – Breaking Band: The Battle for a Name

TMO Logo Griffin logo x10 band splits blackMetal has had its fair share of oddities and curiosities, and more than once, as it happens, like a two-headed beast fighting over a shared body, we come upon two bands of the very same name, an unusual instance that often spawns tensions and lawsuits. TMO has gathered the 10 most prominent of these cases, looked into how they came to be, and then at whether or not a solution was ultimately found.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the World of Japanese Power Metal

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It can be bizarre. It can also be off-putting. But it’s an entirely new realm of the sub-genre that can afford some great new bands and masterpieces to listeners. The power metal scene has really blossomed since the arrival of X Japan in the ’80s, and since then it’s been taken to new heights and limits.

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FESTIVAL SPECIAL: Tons Of Rock 2014, Day 2 (Halden, Norway)

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Tons Of Rock Day 2, June 20th 2014

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FESTIVAL SPECIAL: Tons Of Rock 2014, Day 1 (Halden, Norway)

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Tons Of Rock Day 1, June 19th 2014

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