Mary's Blood

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Mary's Blood
OriginTokyo, Japan
Genres
Years active2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
WebsiteOfficial site
MembersEye
Mari
Rio
Saki
Past membersChiba
Niboshi
Eri

Mary's Blood (Japanese: メアリーズブラッド, Hepburn: Mearīzu Buraddo) is a Japanese all-female power metal band from Tokyo, formed in 2009 by four former members of Destrose.

History[edit]

After the breakup of Destrose on New Year's Eve 2008, vocalist Eye, guitarist Eri, bassist Niboshi (formerly known as "Kayo") and drummer Mari later regrouped and recruited guitarist Chiba to form Mary's Blood in December 2009.[1][2] Named after the "Bloody Mary" cocktail,[3] they released their debut single "Save the Queen" on December 20. Their first EP, 0-Zero, was published on June 8, 2011. The single "Last Game" followed on November 28 and placed on Oricon's main chart despite being an independent band. In 2012, Chiba, Niboshi and Eri all left Mary's Blood in quick succession.[1] Another Destrose alumni, Saki, was then recruited as guitarist,[1] and the lineup of Eye, Mari, Saki and bassist Rio was finalized in September.

Mary's Blood performed their first international show in Houston, Texas at Anime Matsuri 2013. Their third EP, Azure, was released on July 10 and reached number 17 on the Oricon indies chart. The band signed with major record label Nippon Columbia and released their first album Countdown to Evolution on August 20, 2014.[4] Its song "Marionette" was the ending theme of the TV Kanagawa show Mutoma.[5] They were the opening act for Marty Friedman on September 25.[5]

They performed at 2015's Naon no Yaon festival, a rock festival held by Show-Ya that features only female bands.[6] They also opened for DragonForce in Hong Kong on August 30.[7] The band switched labels to Victor Entertainment, released their second album Bloody Palace on October 7, and began the Invasion of Queen tour on October 17.[8]

Mary's Blood hosted the Grand Cross tour 2016, where they performed with three different acts at each concert. On April 16 they played with thrash metal band Outrage, the following day with singer Nanase Aikawa, and later Show-Ya frontwoman Keiko Terada on May 3.[9] They released their third album Fate on October 26, 2016. It features collaborations with Seikima-II guitarist Luke Takamura, Show-Ya guitarist Miki "Sun-go" Igarashi, Kuroyume bassist Hitoki, and producer Yuyoyuppe.[10][11][12] The band supported it with the Change the Fate tour that began on October 28,[12] and ended on January 22, 2017 with Sun-go and Hitoki as guests.[13] JPU Records released Bloody Palace and Fate in Europe on August 18, 2017,[14] while Fate (August 29, 2017) and Bloody Palace (October 17, 2017) were released in North America by Sliptrick Records.

After switching labels to Tokuma Japan Communications, Mary's Blood released their fourth album Revenant on April 18, 2018.[15] Their next album Confessions was released in Japan on June 12, 2019, and became their highest charting to date.[16] It was released in Europe on October 4. That same day, Mary's Blood played their first show in Europe as part of Metal Matsuri in London at the O2 Academy Islington.[16] The band's Conceptual Tour was scheduled to take place in May 2020, but has been postponed until August and September due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.[17] Re>Animator, a cover album of heavy metal versions of anime theme songs, was released on August 26, 2020. It features songs such as "Forever Love", "Magia", "Driver's High" and "Pegasus Fantasy".[18] The last is sung as a duet with its original singer NoB, who has been Eye's vocal coach for the last 10 years.[19]

Members[edit]

  • Eye – vocals (2009–present)
  • Mari – drums, bandleader (2009–present)
  • Rio – bass guitar (2012–present)
  • Saki – guitar (2012–present)

Support member

  • Yashiro – guitar[20]

Former members

  • Chiba – guitar (2009–2012)
  • Niboshi – bass (2009–2012)
  • Eri – guitar (2009–2012)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Year Album details Oricon
Albums
[21]
Billboard Japan
Hot Albums
2014 Countdown to Evolution 26
2015 Bloody Palace 25 38[22]
2016 Fate
  • Released: October 26, 2016
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
23 33[23]
2018 Revenant 21 34[24]
2019 Confessions
  • Released: June 12, 2019
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
19 29[25]
2021 Mary's Blood[26]
  • Released: September 29, 2021
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
EPs
Year EP details Oricon
Albums[21]
2011 0-Zero
  • Released: June 8, 2011
  • Label: R.J Records
2012 Scarlet
  • Released: November 21, 2012
  • Label: Naked Sound
2013 Azure
  • Released: July 10, 2013
  • Label: Naked Sound
195
Cover albums
Year Album details Oricon
Albums[21]
Billboard Japan
Hot Albums
2020 Re>Animator
  • Released: August 26, 2020
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Communications
34 56[27]
Singles
Year Title Oricon
Singles
[28]
2010 "Save the Queen"
  • Released: December 20, 2009
  • Label: Ander Luce
2011 "Last Game"
  • Released: November 28, 2011
  • Label: R.J Records
198
Home videos
Year Title Oricon
DVDs[29]
Oricon
Blu-rays[30]
2012 My Last Game
  • Released: March 2012
2013 Scarlet ~ 2012 Live at O-West
  • Released: April 10, 2013
2016 Live at Blaze ~ Invasion of Queen Tour 2015-2016 Final
  • Released: April 13, 2016
14
2017 Live at Liquid Room ~Change the Fate Tour 2016-2017~
  • Released: May 10, 2017
35 22
2018 Live at Intercity Hall ~Flag of the Queendom~
  • Released: May 23, 2018
41 41
Live at Blitz ~Make the New World 2018~
  • Released: October 24, 2018
54 70
2020 Mary's Blood 10th Anniversary Box
  • Released: February 14, 2020

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The DESTROSE Connection ~The Prologue~". jame-world.com. March 16, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "ガールズメタルバンド「Mary'S Blood」20日デビュー". Sanspo (in Japanese). August 11, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "劇的!Mary's Blood 遂に登場!". hmv.co.jp (in Japanese). May 16, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "Mary's Blood、メジャー1stアルバムリリース決定". Barks.jp (in Japanese). April 28, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Mary's Blood、マーティ・フリードマンのライブオープニングアクトに". Barks.jp (in Japanese). August 14, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "「NAONのYAON」に杏子、PERSONZのJILL、中川翔子が追加". Natalie (in Japanese). July 31, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  7. ^ "DRAGONFORCEが絶賛するガールズ・メタル・バンドMary's Blood、へヴィネスを増し劇的進化した最新アルバムを発表". Barks.jp (in Japanese). September 3, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  8. ^ "Mary's Blood、2ndアルバム&東名阪ツアーはともに10月". Barks.jp (in Japanese). August 10, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mary's Bloodの東名阪ツアーにOUTRAGE、相川七瀬、寺田恵子". Barks.jp (in Japanese). March 8, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Mary's Blood激ロック インタビュー". gekirock.com (in Japanese). October 21, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "Mary's BloodのニューALに、ルーク篁や五十嵐☆sun-go☆美貴が参加。ゆよゆっぺ提供曲も。". Barks.jp (in Japanese). September 1, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "New Album from Mary's Blood". jame-world.com. September 1, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  13. ^ "Mary's Bloodのライブ映像作品にsun-go、人時との共演も". Natalie (in Japanese). March 15, 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  14. ^ "Mary's Blood to Release Special Edition of Latest Album in Europe". jame-world.com. July 7, 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  15. ^ "Mary's Blood、徳間移籍第1弾アルバム発売&東名阪ツアー開催決定". Barks.jp (in Japanese). February 23, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Mary's Blood to Release "CONFESSiONS" Overseas". jame-world.com. August 31, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  17. ^ "Mary's Blood、アニソン・カバー・アルバム『Re>Animator』8/26リリース決定!". Geki-Rock (in Japanese). July 10, 2020. Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  18. ^ "Mary's Blood、アニソンカバーアルバムをリリース". Barks.jp (in Japanese). July 10, 2020. Retrieved July 11, 2020.
  19. ^ "Mary's Blood – Interview (2020)". UniJolt. September 11, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  20. ^ "New Album from YASHIRO". jame-world.com. March 8, 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  21. ^ a b c "Mary's Bloodのアルバム売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  22. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Albums│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  23. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Albums│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  24. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Albums│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  25. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Albums│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved September 15, 2019.
  26. ^ "Mary's Blood The 6th original album will be released on September 29, 2021! !!". Official Website (in Japanese). Retrieved July 7, 2021.
  27. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Albums│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  28. ^ "Mary's Bloodのシングル売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  29. ^ "Mary's BloodのDVD売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  30. ^ "Mary's BloodのBlu-ray売り上げランキング". Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved August 31, 2019.

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