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Galneryus performing in Mexico in 2016.
From left to right: Yuhki, Taka, Sho, Fumiya, Syu
Background information
OriginOsaka, Japan
Years active2001–present
Associated acts
Past membersTsui

Galneryus (Japanese: ガルネリウス, Hepburn: Garuneriusu, stylized as GALNERYUS) is a Japanese power metal band, formed in Osaka in 2001 by guitarist Syu and vocalist Yama-B.[5][6] Originally the only official members, the two utilized several support musicians until bassist Tsui, keyboardist Yuhki, and drummer Jun-ichi officially joined for the release of their debut album in 2003. Yama-B left the group in 2008 citing musical differences, and Yu-To, who replaced Tsui in 2006, left the following year. Galneryus recruited Sho on vocals and Taka on bass, and released the album Resurrection in 2010. The band's highest charting studio album is their eleventh, Ultimate Sacrifice, which was released in 2017 and reached number 13. In 2017, Loudwire named Galneryus one of the 10 Best Japanese Metal Bands.[7]


2001–2002: Formation and indie days[edit]

Galneryus was formed in 2001 by guitarist and bandleader Syu (formerly from Valkyr, Animetal, Aushvitz, and Masaki Project) along with vocalist Masahiro "Yama-B" Yamaguchi (frontman of AxBites and solo artist of Rekion, River End and Gunbridge).[6][8] Both veterans of the metal scene, they formed Galneryus with the intention to "express both of their musical tastes/ideas" and so they started looking for additional members to complete the band. They recruited A on keyboards (who had previously played with Syu in Valkyr), Shôgo Himuro on bass, and Toshihiro "Tossan" Yui (formerly of Cemetery, Honey Quest) on drums.

In October 2001, the band released a 2-track demo titled "United Flag". The demo was self-produced and released independently. This EP started gaining the attention of both fans and independent record labels as well.

After playing with other metal bands like Fairy Mirror, Mephistopheles, Galactica Phantom, Mastermind, and Concerto Moon, Galneryus went back to the studio to record a second EP. Rebel Flag was released through the independent label Iron Shock in August 2002.[9] The EP again used support musicians to fill the band slots, with Shôgo Himuro again on bass, Toshihiro Yui again on drums, and Yoshinori Kataoka on keyboards (replacing A).

After this EP, the band started receiving several record deals and started touring more. In 2003, they were invited to play the Melodic Metal Festival in Japan which featured Swedish power metal band Dragonland,[10] as well as Australia's Dungeon. As a result, Dragonland invited Galneryus to play with them the next time they toured Japan.[citation needed]

Galneryus was also invited to perform on two metal compilation cover albums with other bands such as Masaki Project, Saber Tiger, and Mephistopheles. Galneryus performed the song "Black Diamond" (originally from Finnish power metal band Stratovarius) on the compilation album Stand Proud! III and performed the song "Soldier of Fortune" (from Japanese heavy metal band Loudness) on the compilation album Japanese Heavy Metal Tribute Tamashii II. For these songs, the band used supporting musicians Toshihiro Yui on drums, Yusuke on bass, and Yuhki on keyboards. Both compilation albums were released simultaneously in December 2002 on the same day through Iron Shock and distributed through the record label VAP.

2003–2007: Gone major and formal members[edit]

VAP itself signed Galneryus and the band set to work on writing and recording their full-length debut album The Flag of Punishment which featured all 5 EP songs re-written and re-recorded and also cover art by famed Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano.[8] At this time Galneryus ceased using temporary members and permanently recruited Ryosuke "Tsui" Matsui (formerly of AxBites) on bass, Yuhki (formerly of Ark Storm and Marge Litch) on keyboards and Junichi Satoh (formerly of Concerto Moon) on drums. The album was finally released in October 2003.[9] In March 2005, Galneryus released their second album Advance to the Fall, and later released their third full-length album Beyond the End of Despair... in July 2006.

After the Live for Rebirth tour, Tsui left Galneryus and Yu-To (later known as Leda of Deluhi)[11] was recruited to fill in for bass. The band shortly after released their fourth album One for All - All for One on August 22, 2007. On October 27, they released their first cover album Voices from the Past. Galneryus then debuted on iTunes Store, making their material available worldwide.

2008–2011: Yama-B's departure and Resurrection[edit]

In February 2008, both sides of their double A-side single "Alsatia/Cause Disarray" were used as the opening and ending themes for the six-episode anime series Rin ~Daughters of Mnemosyne~.[12]

On October 10, 2008, it was announced that vocalist Yama-B was leaving the band at the end of the Back to the Flag tour.[13][14] The decision was made during the recording/releasing of their fifth full album, Reincarnation. According to Yama-B's note left to the fans on Galneryus' official site, he left due to the band's growth and change.[14] In the note, Yama-B stated that due to differences in opinion on the band's style of music, he was leaving. He and the rest of Galneryus are all okay with this and wished each other well as they went their separate ways. Yama-B later elaborated in 2013, recalling that while he and Syu had different musical tastes from the beginning, with every release the band slowly chased after a new sound "instead of doing music we loved".[15] While Yama-B "likes to stick to a certain set of rules, concepts", particularly Syu would spontaneously abandon a style in order to incorporate new inspirations.[15] On October 23, 2008, Galneryus released their second cover album Voices from the Past II, and on March 25, 2009, they released two "best of" albums.

The Galneryus logo, used since 2010.

Well-known vocalist Masatoshi "Sho" Ono stepped in for Yama-B at a performance at the tenth anniversary of Pure Rock Japan Live.[16] In September 2009, bassist Yu-To left the group, and Sho and Taka officially joined.[17] This line-up had their first performance at Loud Park Festival 2009.[17] Galneryus' song "A Far-Off Distance" was used as the ending theme of the 2010 Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin anime.[18] On April 21, they released the digital EP Beginning of the Resurrection, which contains a cover of Sho's signature song "You're the Only...". They released their sixth full-length album, Resurrection, on June 23 and their third cover album, Voices from the Past III, on August 20.

In 2011, their song "Destiny" was used in the music video games GuitarFreaks XG2: Groove on Live and DrumMania XG2: Groove on Live. Also, their song "New Legend" was used in GuitarFreaks XG3 and DrumMania XG3.

The band released the limited single "Future Never Dies" on September 7, 2011 and the album Phoenix Rising on October 5.

2012–present: Angel of Salvation, European tour and new drummer[edit]

Galneryus performing at the Busan Rock Festival in Korea, 2012.

On January 25, 2012, they released the mini-album Kizuna. The title song was used in a Fist of the Blue Sky pachinko game,[19] and its cover features the series' main character. Galneryus' next single "Hunting for Your Dream" was used as the second closing theme for the new Hunter × Hunter anime adaptation.[20] Ono's solo song "Departure!" (which was covered in English by Galneryus on Kizuna[19]) was previously the series' first opening theme, while a different version titled "Departure! -Second Version-" was its second.[20]

Their eighth studio album Angel of Salvation was released on October 10, 2012. It reached number 17 on the Oricon chart, making it their highest charting studio album. The title track is 14:42 minutes long, twice as long as the version featured in its music video, and features Akane Liv (of Liv Moon) performing backing vocals. Yuhki, alongside the band, collaborated with acclaimed video game composer Daisuke Ishiwatari to create the soundtrack for the Japanese fighting game BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, which released in arcades in November 2012, performing arrangements for most of the series' original themes.

On May 22, 2013, Galneryus released their first self-cover album, The Ironhearted Flag Vol. 1: Regeneration Side.[21] It became their highest charting release to date, reaching number 15, and is part of their 10th anniversary celebration, which also included a tour from June 7 to 30.[21] On May 26, they performed at the Pure Rock Japan Live 2013 at Club Citta, alongside NoGoD, Saber Tiger and Onmyo-Za.[22]

Jun-ichi was Galneryus' drummer from 2003 to 2016.

Galneryus embarked on their first European tour in July 2014. Beginning in Germany, the four date tour also took them to France before finishing in Spain.[23] They released the album Vetelgyus in September 2014. Galneryus' song "Attitude to Life" was used as the ending theme for the anime television series Laughing Under the Clouds.[24] Galneryus released Under the Force of Courage, their tenth album and first concept album in December 2015.[25]

In June 2016, it was announced that drummer Jun-ichi had amicably left Galneryus after 13 years. He was replaced by Fumiya of the groups Thousand Eyes and Undead Corporation.[26] The following year they also changed record labels for the first time in 14 years, switching to Warner Music Japan for the September 27, 2017 release of Ultimate Sacrifice.[27] It continues the concept of their previous album,[4] and has since become their highest charting studio album, reaching number 13 on the Oricon chart.

On July 29, 2019, the band revealed that they have entered the studio to record their twelfth full-length album.[28]




Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Details Oricon chart[29]
2003 The Flag of Punishment
  • Released: October 22, 2003
2005 Advance to the Fall
  • Released: March 23, 2005
2006 Beyond the End of Despair...
  • Released: July 12, 2006
2007 One for All - All for One
  • Released: August 22, 2007
2008 Reincarnation
  • Released: September 10, 2008
2010 Resurrection
  • Released: June 23, 2010
2011 Phoenix Rising
  • Released: October 5, 2011
2012 Angel of Salvation
  • Released: October 10, 2012
2014 Vetelgyus
  • Released: September 24, 2014
2015 Under the Force of Courage
  • Released: December 9, 2015
2017 Ultimate Sacrifice
  • Released: September 27, 2017


Year Album Details Oricon chart[29]
2001 United Flag
  • Released: October 21, 2001
2008 Shining Moments
  • Released: July 30, 2008
2010 Beginning of the Resurrection
  • Released: April 21, 2010
2012 Kizuna ( Bonds)
  • Released: January 25, 2012


Year Title Oricon chart[30]
2002 "Rebel Flag"
  • Released: August 23, 2002
2007 "Everlasting"
  • Released: June 27, 2007
2008 "Alsatia/Cause Disarray"
  • Released: March 19, 2008
2011 "Future Never Dies"
  • Limited single
  • Released: September 7, 2011
2012 "Hunting for Your Dream"
  • Released: July 17, 2012
2014 "Attitude to Life"
  • Released: December 3, 2014

Cover albums[edit]

Year Album Details Oricon chart[29]
2007 Voices from the Past
  • Released: October 8, 2007
2008 Voices from the Past II
  • Released: October 23, 2008
2010 Voices from the Past III
  • Released: August 20, 2010
2013 The Ironhearted Flag Vol. 1: Regeneration Side
  • Self-cover
  • Released: May 22, 2013
The Ironhearted Flag Vol. 2: Reformation Side
  • Self-cover
  • Released: September 4, 2013

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Details Oricon chart[29]
2009 Best of the Braving Days
  • Released: March 25, 2009
Best of the Awakening Days
  • Released: March 25, 2009
2012 Best-R
  • Rental only
  • Released: September 25, 2012

Compilation appearances[edit]

Year Song Album Release date
2002 "Black Diamond" (originally by Stratovarius) Stand Proud! III

(スタンド・プラウド! III)

December 11, 2002
"Soldier of Fortune" (originally by Loudness) Japanese Heavy Metal Tribute Tamashii II


December 11, 2002
2004 "Struggle for the Freedom Flag" Hard Rock Summit in Osaka June 16, 2004
2006 "Serenade" (D.N. mix) The Songs For Death Note The Movie ~The Last Name Tribute~ December 20, 2006
2010 "A Far-Off Distance" (TV Size) Rainbow: Nisha Rokubō no Shichinin Opening/Ending theme digital EP June 16, 2010
"Holy Blood: Tatakai no Kettō" (originally by Seikima-II)

(HOLY BLOOD 〜闘いの血統〜)

Tribute to Seikima-II: Akuma to no Keiyakusho

(Tribute to 聖飢魔II -悪魔との契約書-)

September 15, 2010
"Against the Wind" (originally by Stratovarius) Crying Stars -Stand Proud!- September 29, 2010
"The Spirit Carries On" (originally by Dream Theater)
2011 "Tonight I'm Falling" (originally by TNT) The Voice -Stand Proud!- October 5, 2011
"Angel Don't Cry" (originally by Toto)


Year Title Oricon chart


2006 Live for Rebirth
  • Released: November 22, 2006
DVD: 142
2008 Live for All - Live for One
  • Released: March 5, 2008
DVD: 85
2010 Live in the Moment of the Resurrection
  • Released: December 8, 2010
DVD: 47
2012 Phoenix Living in the Rising Sun
  • Released: March 28, 2012
DVD: 47
2014 Reliving the Ironhearted Flag
  • Released: March 26, 2014
BD: 44
2015 Attitude to Live
  • Released: May 20, 2015
DVD: 42
BD: 18
2016 The Sense of Our Lives
  • Released: September 9, 2016
DVD: 66
BD: 19
2018 Just Play to the Sky ~What Could We Do For You...?~
  • Released: April 25, 2018
DVD: 75
BD: 46


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