Bellzlleb

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Bellzlleb
Origin Chiba, Japan
Genres Heavy metal, doom metal, extreme metal, black metal
Years active 1985–1992
Labels Nude Records, Captain, Free-Will, Crown
Associated acts Genkaku Allergy, Love House, Spooky Six Mouse, Samurai Blondies, Rosenfeld, Jurassic Jade
Past members Rei
Tetsu
Takami
Kimura
Fumi
Mataro
Rick
Yuji
Koizumi

Bellzlleb (stylized as BELLZLLEB) was a Japanese heavy metal band, formed in Chiba in 1985 by Tetsu and Yuji. Their sound mixed elements from black metal, doom metal and hardcore with influences from Aleister Crowley, the occult, horror, satanism and the dark, heavy sound of British heavy metal band, Black Sabbath. They extensively toured the Japanese national club circuit during the 1980s and the early 1990s and left various recordings from 1986 until they disassociated in 1992. Kuroyume opened for their last gig in 1992 at Meguro Rock-May-Kan.

History[edit]

Bellzlleb was formed in 1985 by junior high school mates, guitarist and composer Tetsu (Genkaku Allergy, Spooky Six Mouse, E.G.O., Love House, Zeus) drummer and arranger Yuji (Scarecrow, Love House), who played as local members of hard rock band Love House in Chiba-city. Rick, the loudest and wildest bass player in Chiba city, was recruited along with Koizumi who sang in local Black Sabbath cover bands. Her vocal style was high-toned with influence from Ozzy Osbourne. This completed the original lineup of Bellzlleb in 1985. Bellzlleb played local clubs Dancing Mother's and local metal festivals which led to participate in the Yamaha amateur band contest East West. In 1985 they participated in the East West national junior finals at Nakano Sun Plaza while still in high school. Their first real break came opening for thrash metal band Black Rose in 1986, whose guitarist and lead composer Pata later joined X Japan. Opening for Black Rose led to motivation to record a live-mini flexi sheet at Kagurazaka Explosion entitled "Satanic Metal".[1] "Satanic Metal" increased Bellzlleb's core fan base leading to another compilation live recording at Kagurazaka Explosion in 1987 entitled Heavy Metal Force IV. By the Summer of 1987, Bellzlleb had expanded their fan base nationwide by extensive club circuiting in Japan. Koizumi left Bellzlleb in 1987 due to direction disagreement and health related reasons to be replaced by vocalist Rei ex-Hardwave as the new frontman. Co-founder and drummer Yuji left Bellzlleb in 1988 due to disagreement of musical style and direction changes. The recording of Bellzlleb's first full length album "Bellzlleb" originally scheduled for release in 1998 was delayed for one year for this reason. Drummer Eby ex-Zi:Kill supported Bellzlleb's live acts and compilation album recordings after Yuji's departure. Fumi was recruited to start recording of their 1989 first full length album, Bellzlleb released from Nude Records.[1] Rick left the band not long after the release due to directional disagreement and was replaced by ex-Jurassic Jade bass player, Mataro. With the 1990 line-up, Bellzlleb recorded a second full length album, Section II ~Aru Gusha no Shougai~ released by Captain Records (owned by Takarajima).[1] Bellzlleb increased their touring schedule nationwide to support their release, however Mataro and Fumi left after the recording to pursue their respective band careers in Japan and overseas. Tetsu and Rei, left without a rhythm section for Bellzlleb in 1991 released an acoustic mini-album, Inori released by Nude Records.[1] The final line-up in 1992 consisted of bass player Takami (Rosenfeld) and drummer Kimura. Bellzlleb released their third and last full-length album, Mr.Ree: ~Kairai to Sad~ in 1992.[1] Bellzlleb toured nationwide and participated in television programs to support the new release, but countless member replacements damaged the life of Bellzlleb throughout the years as to portray how they were haunted as a group. Bellzlleb disbanded because Tetsu knew they could not have continued to produce a better sound than they currently had.

Members lineups[edit]

Original lineup 1985–1987[edit]

  • Vocals: Atsuko Koizumi
  • Guitar: Tetsuji "Tetsu" Yamada (Genkaku Allergy, Spooky Six Mouse, E.G.O., Love House, Zeus)
  • Bass: Norihiko "Rick" Hayashi (Spooky Six Mouse)
  • Drums: Yuji Niwano (Scarecrow, Love House, Pause, ReVive)

1987–1988[edit]

  • Vocals: Yoshiyuki "Rei" Miyamoto (Hard Wave, Samurai Blondies, Spooky Six Mouse)
  • Guitar: Tetsu
  • Bass: Rick
  • Drums: Yuji

1989[edit]

  • Vocals: Rei
  • Guitar: Tetsu
  • Bass: Rick
  • Drums: (support) Eby Zi:Kill

1989–1990[edit]

  • Vocals: Rei
  • Guitar: Tetsu
  • Bass: Mataro (ex-Jurassic Jade)
  • Drums: Fumi

1991–1992[edit]

  • Vocals: Rei
  • Guitar: Tetsu
  • Bass: Takami (ex-Rosenfeld, Salamander)
  • Drums: Kimura (Genkaku Allergy)

Discography[edit]

  • "Satanic Metal" (October 25, 1986, Private PLM-130)
  • Bellzlleb (October 1989, Nude Records NUDE-0002)
  • Section II ~Aru Gusha no Shougai~ (SECTION II ~ある愚者の生涯~?, March 1990, Captain Records GONG-6018 (Independent label owned by Takarajima)
  • Inori (祈り?, December 25, 1990, Nude Records)
  • Mr.Ree ~Kairai to Sad~ (Mr.Ree ~傀儡とSad~?, January 10, 1991, Free-Will FWR-10)

Video[edit]

  • Dead Don't Die (September 30, 1991, Free-Will)

Compilations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Discography at 80's Kusare Metal". www2.pf-x.net/~steeler/. Retrieved 2010-12-12.