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Orion Live & Setsuzoku Records launching new project

Updated: Jun 20, 2021

Orion Live partners with American musician Gene Duarte for original project

Orion Live UK Ltd and its label Setsuzoku Records is teaming up with American heavy metal/hard rock producer, guitarist, and songwriter Gene Duarte (Lizzy Borden) to build and launch an original Sci-Fi themed ‘hybrid’ heavy metal project.

Inspired by his own experiences in Japan and the vast creativity and boundless talent of Japan’s music scenes, Gene’s vision is of a cross platform story-based project driven by a modern cinematic heavy metal sound and a truly Japanese pop-culture aesthetic.

‘Welcome to my post-apocalyptic sci-fi world of sight and sound, anime character storylines drive the songs and paint the pictures, and the music will be fueled by an experimental robotic guitar tone and Japan's best up & coming talented musicians who will bring it to life.’ Says Gene. ‘Great to see Japan's youth is keeping rock music alive and well in the world!’

Orion Live project co-coordinator Christopher Morris adds ‘This is a unique and exciting opportunity for us - to team up with a talented artist like Gene and use our experience to help his vision come to fruition. We can’t wait to see how this takes shape.’

The project is currently beginning auditions, welcoming submissions for 2 female co-lead vocalists. A submission form can be found at















We are seeking two Japanese vocalists as co-leads. Conditions are as follows:

* Female, 17 – 25 years old

* Versatile, experience with rock or metal vocal preferred

* Influenced by hard rock/metal/industrial/ectro


* Interest in and knowledge of costuming/cosplay

* Not currently under restrictive or exclusive management contract. Free agent preferred.

* Some English preferred but not required.

Project details:

* cross-platform music/anime/manga story project

* costuming required for photo shoots and performance

* lyric/songwriting input possible with publishing credit



Gene Duarte is an American hard rock/heavy metal guitarist, songwriter, and producer best known for his work with metal band Lizzy Borden (‘Me Against the World,’ ‘Born to be Wild’). Based in Los Angeles California, Gene continues to write and produce music for various projects.


Orion Live is a 360° artist service provider based in Birmingham, UK. From J-rock and J-pop, to idol and heavy metal, ORIONlive is commited to expanding the careers of deserving artists regardless of genre by creating a lasting and productive engagement with international audiences. Services include live event booking, promotion, tour management, a record label, merchandising, creative consulting , and artist management.


Setsuzoku Reords is the record label division of ORION LIVE (UK) LIMITED, a UK-based artist services company dedicated to working with Japanese artists. The label licenses for international markets the music and merchandise of a diverse array of Japanese artists representing heavy metal, rock, idol, J-pop, and more.

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