青色壱号 (Aoiro Ichigo)
Ichonose (ex Zettai Club) is a prolific bassist and solo artist. Her projects and collaborations have led her to a sound she describes as ‘cyber rock’ combining many musical influences in her solo outting under the name
青色壱号 (Aoiro Ichigo) . Performing on the livehouse circuit in Japan with a band and as a solo performer, Aoiro Ichigō has become Ichinose’s outlet for a dark world view with a fun twist as she continues to develop as a songwriter. Her connection to The Heana Cat as support bassist and side-project collaborator with Hi-chan, and her reputation from Zettai Club have kept her on the label’s radar. Ichinose’s strong work ethic and determination have fostered a loyal following, including very vocal international fans, rooting for her success. Setsuzoku Records is excited to be part of that journey.
Beginning as a visual-kei band, Exist Trace (stylized as exist†trace) has become a hard rock tour-de-force in the Japanese music scene. With a long history and impressive resume, the female quintet's original lineup—Jyou (Vo), Miko (Gt / Vo), Omi (Gt), Naoto (Ba), and Mally (Dr)—is still transcending music genres, gender tropes, and expectations. Taking elements from traditional rock, gothic, heavy metal, J-rock, pop, industrial, and more, exist†trace expresses ‘traces of existence’ in their music and is capable of rallying voices and inspiring spirits across every type of border. Over the course of their four full-length albums, eight mini albums, and eight singles, the band has produced many memorable anthems including ‘Dream Rider,’ ‘Existence,’ ‘Vanguard,’ and more. With striking visuals from the elegant to the intense, the band’s live performances have energized audiences across Japan and abroad. No stranger to international attention, exist†trace has toured Europe twice (2008 and 2010) as well as the United States with convention performances in Seattle, Dallas, and Pittsburgh as well as an east coast tour. In 2022, exist†trace entered a new phase of international expansion signing with Setsuzoku Records and Orion Live.
Formed in Fukuoka Japan in 2012, BRIDEAR is one of Japan’s premier heavy metal bands and is setting their sights on the global stage. With diverse influences from German metal legends Helloween to British prog-pop pioneers Muse, the all-female quintet combines elements of power metal, progressive rock, and the melodic hooks of J-pop to create a sound unlike any of their rivals from Japan. After releasing their first single in 2012, BRIDEAR has been unrelenting with numerous EPs and full-length albums to their credit. Performing across Japan and eventually Europe, the band developed a dedicated international following which continues to grow. In 2021, BRIDEAR joined UK-based label SETSUZOKU RECORDS. The band's new album Bloody Bride will be BRIDEAR's first official international release.
Formed in 2014, NECRONOMIDOL is a Tokyo-based ultra-dark Japanese idol unit. Playing black metal, darkwave, NWOBHM and other eclectic genres of music NECRONOMIDOL's ultradimensional choreography and performance have blackened stages all across Japan, Europe, the UK, and the USA. NECRONOMIDOL has played headline shows at famous Japanese venues such as Ebisu LIQUIDROOM and Tokyo Kinema Club and also regularly hits the road for international tours. NECRONOMIDOL has currently performed in over 12 countries and played such diverse events as Hyper Japan Festival (London), Musée du quai Branly (France), the HP Lovecraft Film Festival (USA), AnimeCon (the Netherlands) and NärCon (Sweden). After working with Necronomidol for years on UK tours, Orion Live has developed a strong commitment to supporting the act overeas, and that commitment now extends from live events to releasing music and merch via Setsuzoku Records.
THE HEANA CAT
Propelled by the masterful songwriting and bewitching voice of Hi-chan, THE HEANA CAT has been a cult favorite on the livehouse circuit in Japan since 2013. Originally a duo, the group’s gothic-romantic take on J-rock is hauntingly fun and sophisticated with plenty of hooks. With a long run of singles and a series of full-length albums, THE HEANA CAT has produced such memorable tracks as “Koi ga Shitai,” “Daijoubu,” “GuruGuru,” and “Natsukoi Hamarya.” In 2018 THE HEANA CAT released a celebrated collaboration album with Screaming 60s as “The Screaming Heana Cat.” Hi-chan has taken the project to all 47 prefectures and has attracted an overseas following, particularly in France where the group was featured on French television. Despite shake-ups, THE HEANA CAT has persevered with songs included on Japanese video games, television series, and sports broadcasts. Now the sole member, Hi-chan continues to drive THE HEANA CAT forward. A long-deserved debut international release is planned for late 2021.
As lead guitarist and composer for symphonic power metal bands Versailles and Jupiter, and as an instrumental metal solo artist, the brilliant fretwork of the flamboyant HIZAKI has amazed audiences all over the world. With his stunning musicianship and equally striking appearance, HIZAKI is ready to expand that global reach. Influenced by classical music, heavy metal, visual kei and more, HIZAKI’s skills as a guitarist and composer are on full display in his soaring melodies and creative sweeping solos which are sure to capture the imagination of new listeners. SETSUZOKU RECORDS is proud to partner with such an influential and important artist.
Formed in January 2011, Colorpointe is a dance & vocal unit performing hybrid entertainment of ballet and alternative music! The result is a depiction of Colorpointe’s own fantastic world enriched by music and dance. Those witnessing this fresh approach to entertainment have often referred to it as “watching music” due to the fusion of emotional choreography and striking music. Led by choreographer, director, and lyricist HINK, Colorpointe has performed across Japan and grown their international appeal performing in many Japanese cultural events in Thailand, Singapore, and the United States. Colorpointe is now prepared to take the next step in growing an international audience and has signed a deal with UK-based label Setsuzoku Records.
IBUKI rose to fame in the Japanese metal scene in 2008 as the vocalist for the power metal band CROSS-VEIN. She went on to participate in many projects including fronting the all-female metal band DISQUALIA, support vocalist for FATE GEAR, guitarist Rie aka Suzaku, guitarist Kabaya'n, and appearances in the the wrestling-theatre hybrid 'THE MAKAI' (performing as the 'Evil Charm'). She is also the vocalist for the popular metal-cover project known as NATSUMETAL. In 2018, IBUKI set her sights on expression as a solo artist. Her 2018 album ExMyself showcases her talent as not only a vocalist but also as a songwriter. The ExMyself - European Special Edition was her first international release after signing with Setsuzoku Records. Her second solo album, Storm of Emotion, is out December 17 2021.
Underground Tokyo sensation Heavenstamp has been echoing the lineage of international indie rock since their inception in 2009. The sultry energy of vocalist Sally#Cinnamon and infectious songwriting/production of Tomoya.S is on full display on their new album From the Basement. The independent duo, known for their eclectic guitar driven groves and artful presentation, have toured throughout Japan, performed at international festivals, and have toured the UK building a loyal following. Co-producing work with British guitarist Russell Lissack (Bloc Party) and US Indie band Animal Collective, their international reputation continues to grow. From the Basement is the duo’s first official international release, available 26 February 2021 on Setsuzoku Records.
Combining elements of house, vocal trance, and J-pop, singer-songwriter MIKUROMIKA is ready for the world. MIKUROMIKA’s chill pop vibe and sleek vocals which she simply calls ‘MIKUROPOP,’ draws inspiration from such diverse acts as Japanese R&B legend MISIA, and icons like Lady GaGa and Cindy Lauper. MIKA’s love of music, art, and fashion fuel her passion for performance and positivity and is taking that passion global! Finding her Tokyo-energized groove in the world of electronic music, MIKUROMIKA is crafting her own path, her own direction, and her own style. Working with a variety of producers from across the globe, her journey is custom made for the world to share. Her debut album, 'MIKUROPOP,' will be released on Setsuzoku Records 23 July!
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