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 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.
Known for her range, tone, and power, IBUKI is one of Japan's most respected and admired metal vocalists. IBUKI rose to fame participating in many projects including fronting the all-female metal band DISQUALIA, support vocalist for FATE GEAR, Rie aka Suzaku, guitarist Kabaya'n, and appearences in the the wrestling-theatre hybrid 'THE MAKAI' (performing as the 'Evil Charm'). She is also the vocalist for the popular metal-over 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, out 29/01/2021, is her first international release and features a brand new track, 'Door to the New World.' IBUKI's new single, '夢限像-MUGENZOU' will be released June 16.
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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