Aldious

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Aldious
Origin Osaka, Japan
Genres Heavy metal, power metal
Years active 2008–present
Labels Bright Star/Spinning
Website aldious.net
Members Yoshi
Toki
Sawa
Re:NO
Marina
Past members Ruki
Kaze
Rami
Aruto

Aldious is an all-female heavy metal band from Osaka, formed in 2008 by guitarist Yoshi and vocalist Rami. After a few member changes, they released their debut EP Dear Slave the following year and soon after formed their own record label, Bright Star Records. Their first album Deep Exceed (2010) reached the top 15 on the Oricon chart, as did their second Determination (2011). However, founding member Rami announced she was leaving the group in June 2012 for health reasons and new vocalist Re:NO joined Aldious just one month later. They produced their third album District Zero in 2013 and it became their highest-charting release to date, reaching number 7. Their fourth album, 2014's Dazed and Delight, peaked at number 20.

History[edit]

Guitarist Yoshi and vocalist Rami formed Aldious in Osaka in June 2008.[1] In November they took part in the compilation album Red Hot Burning Hell Vol.16,[2] soon after which guitarist Ruki and bassist Sawa left. In January 2009, Toki and Kaze joined as guitarist and bassist respectively, later the band released their debut four-track EP Dear Slave on November 7.[2] Kaze left in December, and drummer Aruto joined in January 2010. March saw the return of Sawa on bass and around this time Aldious formed their own record label, Bright Star Records.[2] Their first single "Defended Desire", released July 7, reached the number 4 position on Oricon's Indies chart and number 49 on its regular chart.[2][3] In April, Bright Star became a sub-label of Spinning and the band released their debut album Deep Exceed on October 13, 2010.[1] It reached number 15 on the charts.[4]

Determination, the band's second album, was released on October 12, 2011 and reached number 13.[4][5] The song "Spirit Black" was used as the ending theme song of the Fuji TV show Shimura Ken (志村軒?). The album's single, "Mermaid", was previously released on April 6 and earned the number 20 position.[3] On June 29, 2012, it was announced that vocalist and co-founder Rami would withdraw from the group due to health concerns.[6] Only a month later, on August 3, Re:NO was announced as Aldious' new singer.[7] This line-up's first release was the single "White Crow" on November 14, which reached number 19 and was co-produced by Akihito Kinoshita, guitarist and leader of the veteran heavy metal band Saber Tiger.[3][8][9] On May 15, 2013, Aldious released their third album District Zero, which became their first release to break the top-ten.[10][4] Its song "Scrash" became the ending theme song for the TBS TV show Ranking Kingdom (ランク王国?) from June to July. It was reported that for the album the band intentionally toned down their appearance and aimed for a "pure metal sound", so as to be recognized for their musicianship rather than being an all-female band.[11]

Their fourth single and first double A-side, "Dominator / I Don't Like Me", was released on October 9 and is the group's highest charting, having reached number 12. Their next single, "Other World", peaked at number 22 and their fourth album, Dazed and Delight released on June 18, 2014, has been their lowest charting, only reaching the 20 position.[3][4] In September 2014, Aruto announced she was leaving Aldious and music entirely due to her upcoming marriage, which would see her moving far from Tokyo, where the band is based. She stayed with the group until the end of November 2014.[12] Aldious announced their new drummer Marina on April 19, 2015. They also left their parent record label Spinning at their own request.[13]

Members[edit]

  • Yoshi – guitar (2008–present)
  • Toki (トキ?) – guitar (2009–present)
  • Sawa (サワ?)bass (2008, 2010–present)
  • Re:NO – vocals (2012–present)
  • Marina – drums (2015–present)
Former members
  • Hime Ruki (髏姫-RUKI-?, lit. Princess Ruki) – guitar (2008)
  • Kaze (風-Kaze-?) – bass (2009)
  • Rami – vocals (2008–2012)
  • Aruto – drums (2010–2014)

Discography[edit]

Albums/EPs
  • Dear Slave (November 7, 2009, EP)
  • Deep Exceed (October 13, 2010), Oricon Weekly Albums Chart Peak Position: No. 15,[4] Oricon Indies Albums Chart: No. 1
  • Determination (October 12, 2011) No. 13,[4] Indies No. 2
  • District Zero (May 15, 2013) No. 7[4]
  • Dazed and Delight (June 18, 2014) No. 20[4]
Singles
  • "Defended Desire" (July 7, 2010), Oricon Weekly Singles Chart Peak Position: No. 49,[3] Oricon Indies Singles Chart: No. 4
  • "Mermaid" (April 6, 2011) No. 20,[3] Indies No. 1
  • "White Crow" (November 14, 2012) No. 19,[3] Indies No. 3
  • "Dominator / I Don't Like Me" (October 9, 2013) No. 12[3]
  • "Other World" (May 14, 2014) No. 22[3]
  • "Die for You / Dearly / Believe Myself" (July 8, 2015) No. 14[3]
Omnibuses
  • Red Hot Burning Hell Vol.16 (November 15, 2008)
With the songs "Ultimate Melodious" and "Shion" (紫苑?).
DVDs
  • Determination Tour 2011 -Live at Shibuya O-East- (May 16, 2012), Oricon Weekly DVDs Chart Peak Position: No. 6[14]
  • District Zero Tour ~Live at Shibuya O-East~ (February 12, 2014) No. 6[14]
  • Live Tour 2014 "Dazed and Delight" ~Live at Club Citta'~ (February 11, 2015) No. 8[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "These Girls Will Rock Your Brains Out". Kotaku. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Female metal band, ALDIOUS, release new PV". tokyohive.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Aldiousのシングル売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Aldiousのアルバム売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  5. ^ "Aldious is Back with New Album this October!". jpopasia.com. Retrieved 2011-10-16. 
  6. ^ "Rami to Leave Aldious for Health Reasons". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  7. ^ "Aldious with new Vocalist Re:NO!". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved 2012-08-03. 
  8. ^ "Aldious Releasing Official Music Video for New Single "White Crow"". musicjapanplus.jp. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  9. ^ "アルディアス、新ボーカルにRe:NOを迎え3rdシングル発表". barks.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  10. ^ アルディアス、「新旧隔たりなく、数多くのリスナーに納得してもらえる1作」. barks.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  11. ^ "Aldious: 'Work that will appeal equally to both old and new fans'". barks.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  12. ^ "Aruto to Leave Aldious". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  13. ^ "New Drummer Joins Aldious". jame-world.com. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  14. ^ a b c "AldiousのDVD売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-07-01. 

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