Matenrou Opera

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Matenrou Opera
Origin Japan
Genres Symphonic metal, progressive metal, alternative metal, power metal
Years active 2006–present
Labels Office A to Z
Sherow Artist Society/Warner Music
King/Bellwood
CLJ Records (EU)
Associated acts Jeniva, Masterpiece
Members Sono
Yuu
Ayame
Anzi
Yo
Past members Karen
Mika
Official Matenrou Opera logo

Matenrou Opera (摩天楼オペラ lit. "Skyscraper Opera"?) is a Japanese visual kei metal band. The band was formed in 2007 by Sono and Yuu who were previously the vocalist and drummer of Jeniva.[1] Their first maxi-single was on the Office A to Z label.[1] "Alkaloid Showcase" was released on May 4, 2007, the same day as their first concert; it sold out before the concert began.[1]

In late 2007, guitarist Mika and female keyboardist Karen left the band;[1] they were replaced by guitarist Anzi (ex-Masterpiece) and male keyboardist Ayame (ex-Ry:dia) respectively.

In 2008, after joining Kamijo's record label Sherow Artist Society, the single "Ruri Iro de Egaku Niji" reached number 11 on the Oricon Indies Chart; the EP Gilia reached number 7 and was also released in Europe.[2][3] Matenrou Opera toured through Europe with Versailles from the end of March to the beginning of April 2008.[4]

In late 2009, Matenrou Opera shared a national tour of Japan with Deluhi.[5] Matenrou Opera covered X Japan's song "Kurenai" for the compilation Crush! -90's V-Rock Best Hit Cover Songs-. The album was released on January 26, 2011 and features current visual kei bands covering songs from bands that were important to the '90s visual kei movement.[6] Matenrou Opera also covered hide's song "Dice" for the tribute album Tribute II -Visual Spirits-, released on July 3, 2013.

Members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Mika – guitar (ex.ANCIENT MYTH)
  • Karen - keyboards, keytar

Discography[edit]

Albums & EPs[edit]

  • Gilia (May 14, 2008)
  • Anomie (June 24, 2009)
  • Abyss (December 22, 2010)
  • Justice (March 7, 2012)
  • 「喝采と激情のグロリア」(Kassai to Gekijou no Gloria) (March 6, 2013)

Singles[edit]

1. "Alkaloid Showcase" (May 4, 2007)
2. "Sara" (live-distributed only, October 30, 2007)
3. "Ruri iro de egaku niji" (瑠璃色で描く虹, March 5, 2008)
4. "Spectacular" (September 24, 2008)
5. "Last Scene" (December 17, 2008)
6. "Acedia" (March 25, 2009)
7. "Eternal Symphony" (live-distributed only, July 23, 2009)
8. "Murder Scope" (December 16, 2009)
9. "R" (live-distributed only, February 24, 2010)
10. "「Genesis/R」" (May 17, 2010)
11. "Helios" (July 6, 2011)
12. "Otoshiana no Soko wa Konna Sekai" (October 19, 2011)
13. "Gloria" (October 3, 2012)
14. "Innovational Symphonia" (December 5, 2012)
15. "Orb" (December 4, 2013)

Live[edit]

  • "Dawn of Anomie in Akasaka Blitz" (Nov 26, 2009)
  • "Emergence from Cocoon -Tour Final Live Film- "Birth of Genesis" (Sep 01, 2010)
  • "Emergence from Cocoon -Tour Document Film-" (Sep 01, 2010)
  • "-1214- at Shibuya AX (Mar 03, 2011)
  • " First American Show - Anime USA(Also Played by Blood) In Northern Va" ( Nov 18, 2011)

Other[edit]

  • "COUPLING COLLECTION 08-09" (October 28, 2009)
  • "INDIES BEST COLLECTION 「摩天楼オペラ ベストアルバム」" (November 24, 2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Visual Alive Magazine Profile retrieved August 24, 2008. Archived July 8, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Visunavi Profile retrieved August 24, 2008
  3. ^ "Matenrou Opera European discography". cljrecords.com. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  4. ^ "Ästhetik Revolution tour dates". cljrecords.com. Retrieved 2008-06-08. 
  5. ^ Shattered-Tranquility.net Three announcements for DELUHI!, Retrieved Oct 22, 2010
  6. ^ "Covers Kurenai". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2011-03-06. 

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