General Terra Rosa Thread
#1
Yeah, I just happened to forget about posting them. Terra Rosa is indeed one of my all-time favorite Japanese metal bands, and Kazue Akao has the best Japanese female vocals in metal. The Endless Basis is a perfected masterpiece, but there's more to the band beyond that one album. I happen to really dig the NWOBHM-esque rawness of their early demos and the melodic rock vibes of their other albums. Sase is pretty fucking heavy, especially when you've got "Deathblink". What I didn't like too much about Honesty was its very ballad-esque arrangements, such as "Love Is No Romance" being way too campy. What happened to the red-hot metal songs in the same vein as "Petrouchka" or "A Hell Ray"?
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I've been into this band since about 2011 or so, when my interest in Japanese metal was peaking. I was tired of only being limited to Loudness, so I set out to hear more of these bands to get a good feel for the region.

Terra Rosa is one of the most well-known underground metal bands of Japan. Formed way back in 1982 by vocalist Kazue Akao and keyboardist Masashi Okagaki, the band combined classic Rainbow with contemporary 1980s metal elements. There were about two or three demos conceived up until 1987 when the band signed to Mandrake Root Records and issued The Endless Basis on vinyl.

In that time frame, many members were swapped between recording sessions. Yuji Adachi of Dead End fame was the original guitarist of the band, and the person responsible for laying the groundwork for what would eventually turn out to be Terra Rosa's signature song, "The Endless Basis". He left the band before the release of their full-length debut album. The only time it was issued on vinyl to this day, and it came with a bonus disc containing the song "Do Work", which is taken from 1985's Go to Eat (Metal Dom), also featuring Hurry Scuary. The Endless Basis was reissued on CD by King Records in 1989 with a slightly different album cover and mix. It's the most popular version of the album to date, and the one that became the base for all subsequent reissues of the album to this date. To my knowledge, there was a 1999 reissue, and then a 2007 reissue. The latter is very cheap and thus common to find online. If you're curious about the remasters, there's information about the sound quality at Dynamic Range Database.

In 1989, the band issued Honesty. It marked a different turning point for the band. Gone were the bursting metal assaults of the likes of "Vision of the Lake Bottom", and in place, more emphasis on melody. In fact, "Love Is No Romance" sounds like it was meant to be an MTV hit, with a contemporary Western mindset in its approach. Fortunately, the album is saved graciously by the anthemic "Do You Go As You Are?" and "Former Sisters", as well as the very epic "Evelyn". As you see, it's actually a pretty good album, but a bit more rock than metal at times. I'd definitely recommend picking that one up, if you already have The Endless Basis. Kruberablinka guitarist Hiromi Suzuki played on this album, by the way. The last Terra Rosa album to receive a vinyl release, other than the subsequent 1990 single for the band's third and last album.

As the new decade approached, Terra Rosa was able to successfully blend the aggressive metal sound of their early demos and The Endless Basis with the harmonious melodies of Honesty, and thus Sase was the end result. While it's not exactly the monster of the band's debut release, you nonetheless hear that aggression on songs such as "Deathblink" and "Shove off for Naught". "I Have the Shakes" and "Why Don't You Leave Me" are a little moodier, whereas "Hi no Naka ni Kage" ("火の中に影") is more on the heavy side of the melodic stuff. The aforementioned song was also released as a single around the time that the album was issued in 1990, with the additions of "Craggy Rhymester" and instrumental outro "Warble Innocent".

Two years later, they released a live album to commemorate their ten years of existence at that point, and to go their own ways. I guess it was a sign of the times for the band, never having the level of cultural influence similar to the status of an Anthem or a Seikima II (聖飢魔II), and King Records being a major label cared more about logistics than musical talent. That must be why they had to fold. Anyway, Live・・・Final Class Day is certainly worth getting, clocking in at a full hour. The set is also available in video form, but I don't think I've ever seen a copy floating around. It's best to just get the 2007 reissues of Terra Rosa's first three albums and the live album. Other than that, try looking for the compilation album from 1999 that features the band's early demos on it. It can go for high prices, from what I've noticed.

Activity between 1992 and their reformation in 2008 isn't much to write about, other than the sad passing of bassist Koji Yamaguchi in 2006. It's for that reason that the band reunited to re-record a few Terra Rosa songs that he liked for an exclusive EP release titled Terra Rosa of Angry Waves: Tribute to Koji Yamaguchi, including a limited CD-R. That one can also go for a lot of money.

There's also One Night Classday, released on DVD in late 2010. Another Terra Rosa rarity, and one that I can't even find anywhere for sampling purposes...

That's about as much as I know about Terra Rosa's history. So, again, you can easily find their classic albums online at good prices. I think even the original Mandrake Root Records pressing of The Endless Basis usually sells at around fifty dollars or less, depending on condition. Japan doesn't really care about vinyl value as much as we Westerners do.
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Probably their only music video to date.
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Oh snap, that PV is where your gif comes from? I guess that's a mystery solved then. Tongue
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Nope. Tongue
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Man, maybe next time I should notice that he's not even wearing the same outfit. Tongue
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Haha, I love that Precious music video to the point where I decided to cut a portion of it to use as my forum signature. Akira Kajiyama is such a phenomenal, overlooked guitarist. Too bad he didn't want to be a part of the Malmsteencore movement. Right, TadakatsuH0nda? Wink

Back to Terra Rosa, though. Someone from Japan confirmed to me that it was their only music video. Despite having been picked up by King Records right after 1987, they still encompass that neoclassical/shred metal sound that makes Mandrake Root Records' discography such a charm for fans of the genre. It was also one of the very first Terra Rosa songs that I got into.
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Lol yeah. What would he be, Blackmorecore?  Big Grin
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Blackmorecore...wow, perfect. There's a ton of it in Japan too, although maybe Blacksteencore would be more comprehensive, since the Blackmore rippers in Japan tend to be Yngwie rippers too. Unfortunately that way you lose the play on sounds in the name...

Whilst Yngwie obviously took a ton of his style from Blackmore he definitely added a new element.
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(02-10-2017, 02:53 AM)TadakatsuH0nda Wrote: Blackmorecore?

Beautiful.
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