In the 80s, there were some bands coming up from Japan, which didn't get the attention they had deserved. For example, ANTHEM. I don't know how many records they had recorded before "Hunting Time" because many Japanese bands weren't released in Europe. Often, the Japanese were praised for their instrumental abilites but the vocals were seen as thin and quaking, I can't understand this because Yukio Morikawa of ANTHEM has a good, aggressive and melodic voice.
And how I would describe the vocals, I would describe the whole music, sometimes faster, sometimes slower but always hard'n'heavy and melodic. Mostly, they sing in Japanese but the choruses are always in English, that makes some attractiveness. The production was made by Chris Tsangarides (TYGERS OF PAN TANG) and he created a good sound.
I want to emphasize the opener "The Juggler", which is good and fast and also, I name "Hunting Time", which reminds me with its bells in the midpart and also some other elements of QUEENSRYCHE's "En Force". The cover is illustrated with four chessmen on a red ground. If you discover this record at a Metal market - take it with you.
A little advice for you: don't go only to some specialised Metal markets, watch out for some general markets, sometimes they have great pieces for less money, while those are sold very expensive at some Metal markets. With this way, I had some success, alike with this record, which I bought for only 7,50 Euros. (Online October 27, 2002)