Bubbling under: Oni (Shingetsu)

One of the great unknown prog albums: the self-titled 1979 debut album by the Japanese band Shingetsu (image credit), Japanese for New Moon. A fantastic symphonic prog rock masterpiece, evoking Genesis in some of their instrumentation, but still very much their own sound, not in the least due to the use of Japanese vocals. The opening track is an absolute stunner: a rocking tale of the demon Oni, with haunting melodies and a star role for lead singer Makoto Kitayama. Highly recommended to every one who loves melodic seventies' prog rock.


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