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Minstrelix

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Country: Japan

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Current/Last MINSTRELIX Lineup:
Takaoguitar
Ryou Moriguchi 'Leo Figaro'vocal
Toshiyuki Sugimoribass guitar
Aoi Takahashikeys
Takayoshi Ochoco Saitadrums

Previous Members:
Mizukibass guitar
Yuikeys
Yukidrums
Shin-Dbass guitar
Lolavocal
Kikuchidrums

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We thank the following people:
Lola - Minstrelix information, communication
MINSTRELIX Discography:
(a link on an album can have a floating small review from here)
Band status: The World Speed / Power / Melodic Metal list supported.
 
Thirst For'2004
Lost Renaissance'2004
Light Casts a Shadow'2006
Memoirs'2007
Reflections'2009
Rose Funeral of Tragedy'2011
Tales of Historia'2012
Through the Gates of Death'2013
Chronostrings'2014
 
Compilations, splits, etc.:
 
Additional information
from Lola (26.01.2008)

Our name...

Our name is derived from the two words "minstrel" and "relics". European metal heavily influences our work. Early mid-evil European folk music also greatly impacts our music. Using instruments such as harps and lutes often, along with lyrics that tell a story or comment on the state of our surroundings and world today, our compositions strongly portray the image of a minstrel. We like to think of ourselves as modern minstrels or gypsies playing our music and telling our stories. We also use chord patterns and melodies inspired by Japanese folk music. This is where we get the word* "relics". European folk and metal with words that narrate, "minstrel". Music taken from the past and used in a modern fashion- "relics". Hence, MinstreliX.

Our sound...

The core of our sound is from European melodic speed metal. With it, we have added elements of hard rock, death metal, classical, jazz, European folk, game and Japanese animation music, Japanese pop, Japanese rock and visual rock sounds, and Japanese classics to make our own genre we like to call "dramatic metal". We want people to listen and find their passions, their reasons to move on and to live their lives to the fullest. We also wish to give our listeners a look into our imaginations and emotions hoping that they find aspects about themselves that we all have in common. Furthermore, we would like to give our listeners an outlet for expressing their own dramatic and avid emotions.

History...

MinstreliX is a melodic speed metal band formed in Osaka Japan, 2004. In 2004, our first single "Lost Renaissance" was released under the vocals of Leo Figaro. 500 copies were pressed and it is now sold out. This single consists of 4 songs. Symphonic and folk influences are very apparent in these works.
Wanting to expand beyond the realm of the Japanese metal scene, Lola, an American vocalist, was introduced as the new lead vocalist in 2006. In the spring of 2006, the maxi single "Light Casts a Shadow" was released. 500 copies were pressed and it is now sold out. This single consists of 3 songs. Jazz, death metal, and acoustic guitar aspects were added to make a very colorful arrangement of songs.
Our first full album "memoirs" was released this November, 2007. Along with elements taken from the two singles, progressive and some hard rock touches were included. With this album, we would like to recount the voyage of a young traveler and his inspirations along the way. It contains 12 tracks and takes you on a rollercoaster ride of intense melodies.



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