Taia (band)

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Taia
Also known as 大鴉, TAIA, tai-a, Tai-A
Origin Okinawa, Japan
Genres Progressive metal, heavy metal, gothic metal[1]
Years active 1998–2013
Labels 413Tracks
Website taia.jp
Members Seika
Taka
Ura
Yasha
Fuga
Ken
Past members Hakua
Higa
Ara

Taia (大鴉, literally "Raven") was a female fronted metal band from Okinawa, Japan.[2] They are named after the Edgar Allan Poe poem "The Raven".[3]

History[edit]

The band was formed in 1998, by college classmates; Taka, Yasha and Hakua, as an Iron Maiden cover band. Seika soon joined and they felt having a female vocalist would make their music more interesting.[3]

In 2000, Taia released a self-titled demo and the following year a second, entitled "Sanctus". The group eventually found its current sound with the arrival of a keyboardist.

In 2002, Taia won a prize with their song "Beware". In the same year Fuuga replaced the old keyboardist, and the band released their first single "Sorrow".

In 2004 they released their second single, "Yumegatari". That same year, Taia went on their first tour in Tohoku, while Higa joined as second guitarist.

In February 2005, the band appeared on the Trendkill2005 compilation, and later in May on Total Steel Okinawa 2005. By the end of the year, on the 16th of November they released their first album, Asymmetry, which was followed by a tour in Okinawa, Tokyo and Osaka.[2]

Drummer Hakua was replaced by Ara in 2006. On July 19 they released the EP Prayer, which was accompanied with a DVD.

In February and March 2007, the music videos for "Praise" and "Kazamai" were released, followed by their third album Seeds of Rain, on March 14. Soon after Taia began another tour.

On September 9, 2009 they released their third album Through Your Tears in two versions; Japanese and English.[4]

Taia stopped all musical activities at the end of 2013.

Members[edit]

  • Seika – vocals
  • Munekazu "Taka" Takayama – guitar
  • Masanobu "Ura" Higa – guitar
  • Kuniya "Yasha" Kawamitsu – bass
  • Takuya "Fuga" Uehara – keyboards
  • Kengo "Ken" Chibana – drums

Former members[edit]

  • Higa – guitar (2004–?)
  • Ara – drums (2006–?)
  • Hakua – drums (1998–2006)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Asymmetry (November 16, 2005)
  • Seeds of Rain (March 14, 2007)
  • Through Your Tears (September 9, 2009, Japanese edition)
  • Fuu En Ya Sou -Taia 2010 Works- (風宴夜奏 -TAIA 2010 WORKS-, December 15, 2010)

Enhanced CDs[edit]

  • Gray Ocean (August 1, 2007, limited Okinawa release)
  • Through Your Tears (September 9, 2009, English edition)

EPs[edit]

  • Prayer (July 19, 2006, came with a DVD)
  • Einsatz (October 1, 2008, came with a DVD)

Singles[edit]

  • "Sorrow" (2002)
  • "Yumegatari" (夢がたり, 2003)

Demos[edit]

  • "Taia" (大鴉, 2000)
  • "Sanctus" (2001)

Compilations[edit]

  • Trendkill2005 (February 2, 2005, "Sand and Rain" and "Wind Dance")
  • Total Steel Okinawa 2005 (May 11, 2005, "Beware")
  • Enter the Rampage (November 25, 2009, "Falling (English Version)")

DVDs[edit]

  • Gekka Sou Sou - Tour "Blessed Rain" (September 19, 2007, two editions; Limited and Regular)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/groupe-groupe-Taia-l-en.html
  2. ^ a b "TAIA profile". japanfiles.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  3. ^ a b "TAIA – "Gothic Metal," Quoth the Raven". purpleskymagazine.com. Retrieved 2011-05-16. 
  4. ^ "TAIA interview part 2". japanfiles.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 

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