Koenjihyakkei

Koenjihyakkei

Real Name:
高円寺百景
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Kōenji Hyakkei (1991-2010) was a Japanese zeuhl band, originated from Tokyo and led by Tatsuya Yoshida of Ruins. The band released their first self-titled album in 1994 with Kubota Aki from Bondage Fruit on vocals and keyboards.

Not widely presented outside of Japan, the band gained an international fame and notoriety among heavy/heady progrock lovers, and Koenji Hyakkei were highly praised for extreme complexity, mind-boggling rhythm patterns and high expressiveness of their music. They've been often compared to such cult bands, as Area (6), Electric Light Orchestra, Deus Ex Machina with tempo changes multiplied by 100 and, most of all, French Magma (6). Their fourth album and US-debut Angherr Shisspa was described by the critics as a mixture of Stereolab, Yes, Queen, Melt-Banana and 'something so far off Broadway it's on the moon'. The group released four studio albums and four concert DVDs, but appears to be inactive since 2010.

The Japanese band name is translated as Hundred Sights of Kōenji (Tokyo district). There is no standard way of romanizing this name, often appearing as Koenji Hyakkei or Koenjihyakkei, less commonly KoenjiHyakkei, Koenji-Hyakkei. Most of the lyrics are performed in the unknown language, reminiscent of Christian Vander's Kobaïan. There are few words shorter than four letters and almost no repeated words in any phrases. Some spelling conventions and pronunciations vary between songs and albums.

Current members:

Yoshida Tatsuya – drums, vocals
Sakamoto Kengo – bass, vocals
Komori Keiko – reeds, vocals
Yabuki Taku – keyboards, vocals
AH – vocals
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Koenjihyakkei Discography

Albums

Koenjihyakkei Hundred Sights Of Koenji (Album) God Mountain Japan 1994 Sell This Version
Koenjihyakkei (Album) God Mountain Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Koenjihyakkei Nivraym (Album) Magaibutsu Japan 2001 Sell This Version
Koenjihyakkei Angherr Shisspa (Album) Magaibutsu Japan 2005 Sell This Version

Videos

MGDV-01 Koenji Hyakkei* Live At Star Pine's Cafe(DVD, NTSC, Reg) Magaibutsu MGDV-01 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
MGDV-03 Koenjihyakkei Live At Doors(DVD-V, NTSC) Magaibutsu MGDV-03 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
MGDV-04 Koenji Hyakkei* 070531(DVD-V, NTSC) Magaibutsu MGDV-04 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
MGDV-07 Koenji Hyakkei* Live At Koenji High(DVD-V, NTSC) Magaibutsu MGDV-07 Japan 2010 Sell This Version