[Power Metal] Aikaryu (藍華柳)
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Aikaryu was a visual kei power metal band from the early to mid 2000's until an unfortunate car accident ended their career. Probably the most notable name to come out of this group was Teru, who went on to Versailles and their associated band by extension. Aikaryu played an upbeat brand of power metal with hints of melodic death in the mix and a kind of light-hearted Helloween-ish vibe to their themes.







And here's a music video by them
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I've been interested in this band for a long while now since Teru was in it of course. I did grab the Aye Sir EP off of Yahoo Auctions for cheap to help pad an order (I'm hoping I'll get it next week), but I'll probably go back later and collect their other stuff too. I know for sure that I need to go back and nab Kyuuketsu because that song is awesome.
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I do wonder what would have happened in an alternate universe had that car accident never happened. Listening to the stuff I have from them, their power metal songs are all extremely strong. Sure they had a dud with Zodiac Pain, but this is really some quality stuff. I feel like if they lasted long enough to get out a full album, Aikaryu could have gotten very popular.

Also, how common was VK power metal at the time because this particular band was quite early.
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So I literally just realized that the title of my favorite single from them, 尻尻尻尻尻尻尻尻尻 -キュウケツ-, literally is the word "butt" (尻) being spammed with kyuuketsu (the word at the end) meaning "bloodsucking." Interpret that how you will. WTF?!?!?
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