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Rise of The Northstar* is a young New School Thrash band whose spirit was born in the back alleys of the 1980s Shibuya* district. Indeed, Japanese culture, its mangas and Furyos* are at the heart of ROTNS' music. Through its lyrics, music and imagery the band has built itself a unique identity, blending 90's New York Hardcore, shonen manga* and contemporary metal.
To bring this world to the stage, while advocating integrity and ethics, ROTNS plays live wearing Gakurans, the japanese school uniform. The band members are dressed in black, wear white shoes, but the singer has never shown his face; a shadow is cast over his identity.
ROTNS releases its first 5 tracks Ep entitled "Tokyo Assault" in January 2010 and sells 1000 copies (now sold out) without any label support or media coverage. Fueled by the metal community's positive reaction to their music and original world, ROTNS is rapidly propelled into the French and European touring circuit.
Their first official video “Protect Ya Chest“ (unreleased song at that time and only available as a music video) is unveiled in February 2011 and is viewed 15.000 times in just one week. The track lays down the ground for the impressive Buzz that would quickly spread among the European Hardcore community. It has been viewed more than 700,000 times to this day.
May 2011 : ROTNS initiates the ”Protect ya Japan” campaign through its bandcamp page, in reaction to the triple cataclysm that hit Japan on March 11th of the same year, and records the song ”Phoenix” in order to raise money for the Red Cross. The song is released June 20th along with a new music video. A few days later, the video had been viewed tens of thousands of times. In retrospect, it is undeniable that the Phoenix project has been a key step in strengthening the bond between the band and the empire of the rising sun. This music video has now reached 1 Million total plays on Youtube.
End of october 2011, ROTNS sets off for its first European tour : 26 days, 24 shows, bringing the band through Spain, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and France. The tour was a true success, the band having played most shows as the headliner and moreover to massively packed venues.
After a year spent playing shows and writing material, the band releases a new Ep entitled "Demonstrating My Saiya Style" in January 2012, still self-produced and independently distributed. The record is released as a single CD for the world, and as a special Japanese 2 CDs pack (including the new DMSS Ep + Tokyo Assault) through the indie distribution network "Retribution Records". It has sold out the first 2.000 physical printed copies, and scored a smashing Number 3 in the Amazon mp3 charts on its week of release.
The first excerpt from this new record, "Sound Of Wolves" makes an unprecedented statement : the video smashes the number of views in record time (25K views in 24 hours, 500K views 12 months later) and quickly brings ROTNS to the next level. It’s followed by an impressive number of blaring shows across Europe, which leads to the very first ROTNS Japanese tour in August of the same year.
The band is quickly made fanatical by the Japanese crowds, whose response to a band that is 100% underground and 100% DIY is absolutely laudatory. This Japanese Tour is immortalized in the band’s latest music video "Demonstrating My Saiya Style" (which was shot on site, and which has once again outgunned and outnumbered the views of the band’s previous music videos with 30K views in the first 24 hours!).
In January 2013, the band is just back from an Asian Tour (China/Taiwan) and takes time away from the scene in order to write its first album... watch out Tokyo, ROTNS' reign is getting closer.
- VITHIA - vocals
- Evangelion-B - Lead guitar
- Air One - Guitar
- Fabulous Fab - Bass
- Hokuto No Kev - drums