It’s time to “RISE.”
Having already carved out a powerful name for themselves in their native Japan before impacting worldwide via YouTube, new fantastical metal quintet NEMOPHILA have now got their sights set on world domination.
In three and a half frantic, explosive minutes, the new single “RISE” bursts with excitement and luminous energy, pinballing between heavy riffs, enormous melodies and futuristic synths that will thrill fans of everyone from Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine to classic Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
In 2023 they will release a new album and tour the world (including the U.S. in March!), and it all starts NOW.
The roots of NEMOPHILA go back to 2019. Initially looking for musicians to help with Mayu’s solo work, through old classmate and bassist Haraguchi-san she was introduced to drummer Tamu Murata and guitarists Hazuki and SAKI, formerly of the band Mary’s Blood. Quickly, they realized they were collectively onto something special.
“We did a session together,” remembers Mayu, “and after the second session, everyone said, ‘Let’s start a band!’”
Calling the band after the flower of the same name – “the flower fits the image, as we wanted to make the name refreshing,” explains mayu, “at the time, a nemophila field at Hitachi-Kaihin Koen was getting popular” – NEMOPHILA quickly found success. Early singles “OIRAN”, “RAITEI” and the massive “DISSENSION” quickly won them a fiercely dedicated fanbase online, helped by high-profile support slots in Japan, as well as an appearance at Tokyo’s epic “Naon no Yaon” Festival.
The debut album REVIVE (2021) immediately hit the Japanese Top 10 and was followed up last year by the crushing Seize The Fate, released after the band made their first forays into the U.S., playing at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento, CA as well as select headline shows to a fanbase that is growing quickly in both size and intensity.
Now NEMOPHILA are ready to take over the rest of the planet. “RISE” is the anthem they hope will be the first step there, and 2023 will be the year the world sees this flower truly blossom.