Japanese Rock Band Dazzle Vision Mixes Thrash Metal and Hardcore
A Brief Introduction to Dazzle Vision
If you enjoy heavy metal that has punk, hardcore, and thrash metal influences and you enjoy listening to a female singer, then the band Dazzle Vision may be the type of band that you will enjoy. I just found out about this band around 5 years ago. Dazzle Vision was formed back in 2003 by brother and sister combo Takuro and Maiko Nagasaki. The band has had many lineup changes in their career. Maiko does the vocals while her brother Takuro plays the bass guitar. John and Haru play the guitar and drums respectively.
Dazzle Vision Band Photo From 2009
The History of Dazzle Vision and Their Albums
Dazzle Vision was created with a specific concept in mind. Maiko explains that this concept is that “Children create the world.” The band says that Western culture has made an impact on their development but they also have been influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath and Metallica. Although the band is considered to be screamo metal, I don’t understand why there is such a weird categorization for bands. I will just say that they are basically a mixture of hardcore punk and thrash metal.
In November 2005, the band released its debut album called “Origin of Dazzle.” A 2nd edition of the album was released in March 2008. Camellia Japonica was released in 2007 followed by Crystal Children in 2008. Their US debut was released in 2010 and it is called “To the Next.” In 2011, they released Kirari. Their most current release at first writing was called “Shocking Loud Voice.” It has two newer songs as well as re-mastered versions and remixes of some of their older songs. Dazzle Vision deserves a review because even though they have disbanded, I think metal music in Japan should be given more exposure. Hopefully, this band history and review will help to open up the minds of metal fans throughout the world. Children are fascinated by the world so that they can create their lives and careers when they become adults. But the band brings up this concept so that it makes you wonder if children do really create the world around them.
Track Listing for Origin of Dazzle
- The Answer (intro to the album)
- Sora Sako
- Maboroshi Jou
- Shiki Betsu
- The Answer You Could Have
A Photo of Maiko Nagasaki
A Brief Review of "Origin of Dazzle"
The second song Zange has guitar work similar to what Lacuna Coil had on the song Halflife but this is much slower. The heavy guitar then kicks in and so does Maiko’s shouting. I also sense some atmospheric sound like Norwegian doom metal band The 3rd and the Mortal. There is no way that Dazzle Vision could have ever matched the creativity of the band BabyMetal! BabyMetal has thrash metal infused with J-POP that works extremely well. In the 3rd song Sora Sako, Maiko sounds like Sabina Classen from Holy Moses with this kind of shouting. Due to the different influences and shouting that is difficult to comprehend, Origin of Dazzle is not the first album that is recommended for fans to check out.
The Album "Origin of Dazzle"
Dazzle Vision: US Tour and breakup
Dazzle Vision has toured in the US before. They did so in 2010 at the Sakura-con. They performed as the opening act for High and Mighty Color. The band has also toured in their native Japan with famous American band Evanescence. They would make their return to the US in 2013 to perform in Pittsburgh, PA as part of the Japanese anime and culture event Tekkoshocon. The event would end up taking place from April 4-7 2013 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. This is an event for those people that are interested in anime, video games, Japanese music and other popular media forms. The band’s vocalist Maiko is known for her rough and loud screams as well as for her melodic vocals. She might have learned something from Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow because her screams are pretty intense too. I really like what I have heard from them so far and this band is talented. Note: as of April 2015, Dazzle Vision has broken up. The same thing seems to have happened to the band Shadow which has not released an album since 2008. Dazzle Vision’s last album is called Final Attack released in 2014.
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What Makes Dazzle Vision an Interesting Band?
It is great that a band such as this was able to combine punk, hardcore, atmospheric metal and thrash to create an interesting musical experience for the avid listener. The song, "Like I’m Not Real," may have some Annihilator style guitar work in the soft part. Japan has actually diversified its music scene since the 1980’s. They started with hard rock bands such as X Japan and Loudness before going into thrash which led to the formation of bands such as Ritual Carnage and Sacrifice. It’s too bad that this large Asian country is not as popular as Norway or Sweden and Germany because they really do produce good talent.
The Song "Like I'm Not Real"
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