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AVANCHICK vocalist NOAH involved in overseas rock project

AVANCHICK vocalist NOAH will participate in American rock project Lightning Strikes, which features musicians related to KISS, Yngwie Malmsteen, and more.

Lightning Strikes was a short-lived rock project formed in 1985 by drummer Karpis Maksudian, that reformed in 2011. They're currently recording their full length album, with the following lineup:
  • Vocals. Nando Fernandez [Hangar, etc.]
  • Guitar. Rob Math [Seal, Toni Braxton, Leatherwolf, etc.]
  • Bass. Cat Tate [Snew, Red Again, etc.]
  • Drums. Karpis Maksudian
  • Key. Derek Sherinian [Dream Theater, KISS, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.]
  • Guest vocals. Tony Martin [Black Sabbath, etc.]
  • Guest vocals. NOAH [AVANCHICK]
  • Guest koto. Masayo Ishigure

Tony Martin [Black Sabbath] will act as guest vocalist for two songs, and NOAH will act as guest vocalist on two additional songs. The remaining songs' vocals will be performed by Nando Fernandez [Hangar].

NOAH will sing on the track Kamikaze (which was written by the band's original lineup in 1986) and will provide Enka-style vocals for Doki no Sakura (which will further feature traditional koto artist Masayo Ishigure).

The Lightning Strikes album will be mixed by Roy Z [Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Bruce Dickinson, Helloween, Sepultura], and is set for a May, 2016 release.

Official press release / AVANCHICK official / Lightning Strikes official Facebook


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sheepprincessgara / January 01, 2016 Reply even
Seraphim / January 01, 2016 Reply
It seems fairly random? I mean, good for him, by all means. But of all of the visual-kei vocalists, there are a ton who have more connections in the music industry because they've been around for forever (like, I'm surprised it's not X's vocalist based on the histories of the other members involved).

I guess I'm just lost as to how this even happened haha. Maybe 2chan is right in sayin Rockstar Records is just wasting yakuza money to have fun ;)
inartistic / January 01, 2016
Well, I get the feeling that the foreign guys aren't quite as popular/influential as their credits sound. So in my imagined scenario, random white guy in Japan runs into NOAH at a bar, they chat, and that somehow leads to white guy saying: “Hey, my friend who was on stage with KISS once is recording an album with me. You should join!”

As opposed to, like, some gods of metal intentionally seeking out a visual vocalist and choosing NOAH. 'Cause you're right, if some really important foreign act was seeking out a Japanese musician, they'd definitely be in contact with Toshi or something.

I hadn't heard that rumor about Rockstar, but I like it! Def gonna spread that as truth.
sheepprincessgara / January 01, 2016
^ that def makes more sense xD