[Hard Rock] Rie a.k.a. Suzaku / RiViNi
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Rie Tomimatsu, who she is only too proud to let you know, is apparently also known as "Suzaku", is a Japanese rock guitar player with multiple solo recordings to her credit.

Debuting with the "Messiah" mini-album back in 2010, she has turned out to date 5 EPs/mini-albums and 2 full-lengths.

Her style is a mix of mostly vocal numbers (usually using female singers) and instrumental pieces.

She tends to be a pretty melodic player and whilst she certainly is an impressive technical guitarist, she tends to play for the song rather than wailing for the sake of it, and also contributes keyboards (and pretty competently too) to her recordings. I'd wager she had some training on keyboards too, as some of the chord progressions and compositions are probably not something a guitar player would naturally come up with.

Although the songs tend to be pretty melodic, her rhythm guitar tone tends towards a more thrashy sound than would be typical for the genre, whereas some of the keyboard parts tend to be a bit more dance-orientated than you usually find in instrumental rock. There's also hints of prog going on in some places (she's big into Dream Theater, apparently).

She has also collaborated with other luminaries of the J-Rock scene, including Ibuki (vocals) and Kiyoshi (bass).

At the time of writing her most recent initiative is the "Don't Hide Your Face" EP, the first recording using only male vocals - although singer Kota Aoki previously collaborated with her on the "Noah's Ark" full length. She is also in a vocal band named RiViNi, featuring singer Nicky.

Anyway, enough yap, onto the tunes:



"Messiah", feat. Ibuki, in a power metal stylie, the title track from the first mini-album.



"Dreaming Eyes", another title track from an EP, featuring an excellent but relatively little-known singer (at least to me ), Dia, who is probably the most prominently-featured vocalist on her recorded work.



"Cyber Moon" from the Kingdom of the Sun full-length, an instrumental that may well appeal to those who are interested in the fusion of rock instrumental with more EDM rhythms.



"Across the Sky" - live footage also featuring Kiyoshi



"Farewell" - from the most recent effort, featuring Kota Aoki on vocals, with more of a metalcore flavour.
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I like her music a lot. Her videos, not so much. Smile

Need to get the Don't Hide Your Face single, but that will have to wait 'til next year.
For those who are interested in that sort of thing, my collection on Discogs.com.
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10 demerit fine for not pointing out the pixie-sized powerhouse percussionist Senri Kawaguchi is also a frequent collaborator. '

Smile
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(11-01-2017, 08:11 PM)bhg70 Wrote: I like her music a lot. Her videos, not so much. Smile

yeah, it kind of looks she hired a student from the local film college to knock most of them together - but hey, at least she doesn't do the, "oh yeah, and you can only watch 1 minute of it before it'll cut off" thing.
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(11-01-2017, 04:36 PM)TimJ Wrote: Rie Tomimatsu, who she is only too proud to let you know, is apparently also known as "Suzaku",

Well I guess being the 'Vermilion Bird god said to rule over the southern heavens' is a bit more exciting than plain old Rie (usually spelt with the kanji for logic & blessing)'. Least that's what my Japanese dictionary says.....
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Don't Hide Your Face isn't added to Metal-Archives, yet. Anybody who owns it feel like doing so? It's the only CD of hers I don't have.
Metal-Archives | My (in)complete collection on Musik-Sammler
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I am a big fan of Rie and have met her twice and will again in a couple of weeks. Reason being I am a lover of the instrumental melodic proggy stuff which she is really good at.
She was first minded to learn guitar from her Mum being a massive fan of bands such as Camel and Focus, and later Marillion and Dream Theater.

Apart from Senri Kawaguchi, another top-class musician she has played with many times is keyboard player Shoko Nagasaki.

Her Noahs Ark album contains a 20-minute instrumental prog opus which I love, plus the fiendishly complex track "Universe" which also features violin. The "Kingdom of the sun live tour" DVD is a great fully-instrumental recording.

She is tending towards the more conventional metal vocal material recently.

A drawback is production/mastering quality of audio and video is variable. She changes band members often, The other members are essentially session musicians reading from sheet music but Senri and Shoko have progressed way above this status in their careers. Its a pity because the 2015 Rie, Senri, Shoko, Kiyoshi line up was world class but probably will never be repeated. That band would have been a candidate for a prog festival opener, internationally.

If anyone wants a copy of the "Dont hide your face" CD I have a spare promo copy.
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(11-03-2017, 08:39 AM)andyww Wrote: Its a pity because the 2015 Rie, Senri, Shoko, Kiyoshi line up was world class but probably will never be repeated

I've seen some live vids with this lineup. It was fantastic. I'd hoped a DVD of the recordings would be released (since it was obviously professionally filmed and edited) but the response from her record company was that there are no plans to do so.
For those who are interested in that sort of thing, my collection on Discogs.com.
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I have also mentioned this to them. Missed opportunity but I think there are contractual reasons. Senri especially has very good management now, and justifiably commands a high price.
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(11-03-2017, 08:39 AM)andyww Wrote: Unfortunately for me personally, she is tending towards the more conventional metal shouty-vocals material recently. I think this is pity as there are plenty of other outfits doing similar.

See, I just listened to the recent EP tonight and I think it’s still pretty melodic, the shouty vocals are limited really. Whilst it’s not my favourite direction either musically, she seems to like jumping between sonic themes for each different recording - so if you don’t like the style of a given CD, it doesn’t matter, she’ll change band/sound in another 6 months anyway. Guess that isn’t the best for building a coherent signature sound though.
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