4th-Peace by Mikanzil EP Review

Release date: 6th May 2019 Genres: Rock, J-Rock Tokyo based freelance singer Mikanzil released her latest EP release titled 4th-peace towards the beginning of the month. The four track EP gives a very brief glimmer of Mikanzil’s ability to mix together very mellow indie inspired melodies with a more powerful and forceful rock vibe. The album cover which like many of their previous releases, has … Continue reading 4th-Peace by Mikanzil EP Review

Japanese Rock from the West Coast (Coast in the Clouds Interview)

Sounds of the Rising Sun has gotten another awesome opportunity to spend some time getting to know another kickass band. This time around though, the site is actually branching off into California and not the land of the rising sun. This might seem a little strange since we focus on Japanese related content but, this interview is pretty unique in the fact that Coast in … Continue reading Japanese Rock from the West Coast (Coast in the Clouds Interview)

A Band Shrouded in Mystery! (IJEN KAI Interview)

Sounds of the Rising Sun got an awesome opportunity to interview the mysterious cyber punk trio who call themselves IJEN KAI! IJEN KAI’s origins are shrouded in mystery as the band dawn masks and dark attire to add to their secretive charm. What we do know is that the band is made up of Ringa, Lee Loi and So-Shin. The band like to describe their … Continue reading A Band Shrouded in Mystery! (IJEN KAI Interview)

Anti by HYDE Album Review

Release date: 3 May 2019 Genres: Rock, J-Rock HYDE’s latest release titled Anti is a thirteen-track album which pulls the listener in from the moment the record begins. The album is a beautiful and commanding rock record which is HYDE’s first solo album to be released for over thirteen years. Anti displays a real collaborative effort between the East and the West as HYDE features both  Japanese and … Continue reading Anti by HYDE Album Review

5 Inspiring Songs from ONE OK ROCK’s Kanjō Effect

ONE OK ROCK is my favourite band of all-time. I discovered them many years ago with their song “The Beginning,” which was the theme song for the Japanese live-action Rurōni Kenshin film (the first film in the trilogy). I can still recall the chills that I felt from the lyrics and the passion behind the music I was listening to. The song was set on … Continue reading 5 Inspiring Songs from ONE OK ROCK’s Kanjō Effect

TRIPXFROLIC by Nanahira Album Review

Release date: 6 May 2019 Genres: Pop, J-Pop  TRIPXFROLIC by Nanahira was released at the beginning of the month. The anime inspired artwork which decorates the cover conveys the overall sweetness contained within the record. TRIPXFROLIC is like encounting the most bubble gum sweet J-Pop imaginable. Imagine the most sugary high-pitched vocals possible which are accompanied with gaming style synthesisers melodies and some mean drum and bass. … Continue reading TRIPXFROLIC by Nanahira Album Review

One Eye Closed Interview

Just south of Tokyo sits the shining city of Yokohama. The city, best known for its beautiful cityscapes where its trademark Ferris wheel known as the ‘Cosmo Clock’ shines all colours of the rainbow throughout the night. The city also prides itself on having the largest Chinatown as well as being one of the first ports in Japan to open up its gates to foreigners. … Continue reading One Eye Closed Interview