Ryujin reveal new single, "Gekokujo", along with music video
Established in 2011 under the moniker Gyze, the Samurai Metal ensemble Ryujin channels the spirit of heavy metal and scorching guitar virtuosity from the heart of Japan. Their highly anticipated self-titled album, RYUJIN, scheduled for release on January 12, 2024, through Napalm Records, promises a sonic journey of epic proportions.
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Today, the band joyfully unveils their most intense and rapid folk-infused anthem yet, titled "Gekokujo," accompanied by a visually stunning, high-production-value music video. This track delves into the realms of death metal, thrash, and folk influences, converging into a riff-laden spectacle of mind-bending technique!
With a blend of Japanese and English lyrics and boasting production and guest features by Matthew Kiichi Heafy (Trivium), Ryujin's breakneck guitar descents and high-speed riffs intertwine with traditional Japanese elements on their forthcoming self-titled album.
Ryujin frontman shared the following:
In Japanese history, gekokujo refers to the act of a lower-ranking person politically or militarily overthrowing a higher-ranking person, violating the social order, and seizing power.
I would say the song is Japanese horror folk metal. The music video also depicts Japan's unique horror. Enjoy the dark side of RYUJIN too!