[Heavy Metal/Hard Rock] Nozomu Wakai (若井望)
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OK, Perdition pointed out that we don't have a thread for this guy yet, so here it is.

Wakai started out in the band Powernude, which judging by the clip is a kind of grungey hard rock style:



And then moved on to the band Rushmore - this is utterly undistinguished pop-rock, and barely features Wakai, but does have a WTF Japanese Michael Jackson impersonation:



So far, so undistinguished.

But his career took off with his first album under the label of Nozumu Wakai's Destinia, entitled "Requiem for a Scream", featuring a trio of star guest vocalists, Impellitteri's Rob Rock, Anthem's Yukio Morikawa, and Galneryus' Sho (Yuhki from Galneryus also turning in a guest appearance on keys).

Here's one of the Sho songs:



A mini-album "Anecdote of the Queens" followed, featuring everyone's favourite Fuki as well as anime singer Yui Sakakibara.
If any Fuki fan out there hasn't heard this, buy it now, as Fuki kills it on every one of her tunes.



Wakai acted as support guitarist for Mari Hamada on her "Mission" album and tour, and then focused back on his own music - a new album of Destinia songs featuring Ronnie Romero (Rainbow/Lords of Black) and the ex-Whitesnake duo of Marco Mendoza (bass) and Tommy Aldridge (drums) came out in 2018.

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#2
Ah, you beat me to it. Good thing, though, as I knew nothing about Wakai prior to his seemingly-sudden appearance with Destinia. Smile

But, yes, I wholeheartedly agree on Anecdote of the Queens. Wish Fuki had been the only vocalist. Yui is okay, but her voice simply can't hold a candle to Fuki's.
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#3
Yeah, you know, I kinda also thought he appeared pretty much out of nowhere too and jumped into a fairly large spotlight. (Well, I guess he did to a degree.) It's interesting to see his old band.
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#4
I had a chance to talk to Ronnie Romero at ProgPower a couple of weeks ago, and asked him about his project with Nozomu Wakai. He seemed surprised to be asked about it (a reminder that Japanese music is still a niche market for the rest of the world), but he seemed genuinely excited about it as well. It's all recorded and ready to go. Right now, all the legal negotiations are taking place, since it will be released by Wakai's label while Romero is under exclusive contract to Frontiers. So, hopefully, we will hear about a release date soon.
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#5
Great update, thanks. I only heard Romero once live with Rainbow but he seems to be a talent for sure.

Would still rather hear Wakai with Mari Hamada or Fuki but you take what you can get I guess.
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(09-20-2017, 02:35 PM)TimJ Wrote: Would still rather hear Wakai with Mari Hamada or Fuki but you take what you can get I guess.

Agreed. A full album with Fuki as the sole vocalist would be so much win. The songs she sang on Anecdotes of the Queens were sublime. Perfect match.
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#7
I'd rather see an album with just one vocalist. I've never been a fan of multiple vocalists on an album.
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If the Google Translatese can be trusted, the new album is recorded and ready for mixing, and an MV is being filmed.
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#9
Can confirm, from a recent Facebook post as well. He was apologizing for being so quiet lately, but things are very close to being able to make a release announcement.

So, yeah, a pre-announcement announcement, as we've come to expect from Japan. Smile
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#10
Slightly disappointing - the new Destinia is set to be an all-Western affair, other than Wakai-san himself.

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before you think I’m knocking this:

1) he does have a great singer and musicians on here
2) this is probably a better commercial option for him career-wise than what he was doing before
3) I’ll probably pick it up anyway

But basically another Frontiers ‘project’.
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