Onmyōza is evolving into a transcendental band that can express anything

Even if their two major elements, "yōkai" and "heavy metal", are sealed, Onmyōza keeps strangely emitting its sublime light, without ever growing dim. More pop! Loudly! Mellowly! Experience the awakening Onmyōza world which is ever evolving and expanding!
——Your new single Mezame is a musical piece in which you have daringly sealed the "yōkai" that are a big charm of Onmyōza.
Matatabi (B, Vo):Since I am such a forward-looking man that it makes others want to tell me to "look behind a little", I fundamentally sing about positive things even while using yōkai as a motif. "Mezame" is a song which expresses that kind of basic stance straightforwardly. The title, lyrics, and music agree with each other very much.
Kuroneko (Vo):Although Onmyōza has a creepy atmosphere, our song melodies have had a pop feel to them. And "Mezame" is extremely catchy and easy to understand. I was able to sing cheerfully and easily.
——Be that as it may, even with such a positive song, it is characteristic of Onmyōza to create an impression of some kind of two-facedness, the yin and yang.
Matatabi:Like the cheerfulness and sadness of yin and yang mixed. Instead of being absurdly bright or dark beyond all salvation, I prefer a balance between sweetness and sorrow.
Kuroneko:You know the feeling of uneasiness you get when you make up your mind about something, right? The song conveys such a complicated mental state well, I think. I think that, instead of men and women or personal things, we were able to express something like an aggregate of an awakening consciousness.
Matatabi:On this occasion, people should ignore our image, yōkai and heavy metal and such, and if this song could become a trigger for people who hear it to wake up from something, that'd be great.
——In sharp contrast with the catchy "Mezame", the second song "Akuro-ō"...
Matatabi:We wanted to surprise the people who were pleased with "Mezame" and bought the single, and so we tried setting up a trap (laughs).
——I totally fell into that trap (laughs). It's louder and sounds more like death metal than anything you've done until now, right?
Matatabi:Well, it's thrash metal, or rather, the sound is closer to the acoustic image that people commonly conjure up when they hear the word metal. Although we have had those elements from the beginning, with this song we intentionally tried to go all out with them. The tempo is fast and the song requires quite a lot of physical strength, but we overcame it with spirit. We were all shouting the chorus with our veins standing out (laughs).
Kuroneko:My part has a melody that sounds like something from a children's song and I sing it gently, so I was like: "You all sure have it tough. Build up your physical strength and go for it!" (laughs) It's a song that really gets feelings high at concerts.
——In sharp contrast with the vein-bulger "Akuro-ō", the third song "Shizuke-ga-numa"...
Matatabi:We set up one more trap for those who were surprised at "Akuro-ō" (laughs).
——And I fell into that trap again (laughs).
Matatabi:As the title says, we wanted to make this as quiet and lonesome as possible, so we didn't use any guitars at all and tried to make the arrangement as spacious as possible.
——Is this song also positive?
Matatabi:No... After all, to put it bluntly, the song is about suicide-by-drowning (laughs).
Kuroneko:Although it's a really lonesome song, I sang it with not only weak but also dignified feeling, so that the strength of determination to face death comes across.
Matatabi:This is the type of song that tells a story. It's not our intention to tell people that they should all go drown themselves, so don't get the wrong idea. (laughs) What I want to say is the opposite, but the song shows that such feelings of despair do exist in this world.
——And so, with the three songs on this single being in completely different styles, they are the perfect contents to catch a glimpse of Onmyōza's new charm.
Matatabi:We wanted to show with one single just how much amplitude Onmyōza has. Although the three songs sound totally different, they are all firmly as three large paths inside Onmyōza.
Kuroneko:All of which are undeniably Onmyōza-style.
Matatabi:Now that we have gathered this much variation, I believe that there's music to everybody's liking. I'd like you to step into the world of Onmyōza with this single... Don't be afraid. (laughs)
Kuroneko:As a vocalist, I had given myself the catchphrase "From a little girl to an old woman", but I have since changed it to "From the cradle to the grave". (laughs) Onmyōza is evolving into a transcendental band that can express anything.
<Interview: 津田 健 (Tsuda Ken(?))>
Matatabi (Vo, B), Kuroneko (Vo), Maneki (G), Karukan (B), Tora (Dr).
1999: band formed.
June 1999: First live show at Ōsaka Brand New. After that, high-powered live activities centering on Kansai.
December 1999: First full album Kikoku-tenshō released.
January 10, 2002: Released their third album Kōjin-rasetsu which was their major label debut album.

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