At the dawn of the 90´s, Shibuya district, Tokyo, Japan
The coins dropping and clinging into the arcade game machines, the lights of the pachinkos and the lively Tokyo district serve as the background to the lives of a dirty bunch of Furyos, dunces to the core, who thrive on Shonen Manga. They don't know that they are about to witness the golden age that will see the birth and global expansion of American Hip-Hop, of New-York Hardcore, of Machine Head's and Pantera's powerful groove metal, and of the catchy but uncompromising vibes of RATM or Korn.
Rise Of The Northstar is the merger of those 2 worlds : the messages of hope, bravery, and revenge spread by classic 80's Manga characters such as Kenshiro, Seiya or Kawato, are brought to the listener's face through deadly thrash riffing and and a destructive flow of words. The Furyo's handle their biz on stage as they do every other day, wearing Gakurans, the traditional Japanese school uniform.
After self producing 4 music videos (counting several millions of clicks on Youtube), 2 critically acclaimed EPs sold for 5.000 physical copies (incl. a number 3 in the Amazon charts for their latest effort "Demonstrating My Saiya Style"), ROTNS moves on to produce its debut record and starts its own label, Repression Records, to support the project. It is after the initiation of a full DIY campaign to release the album, and after a succesful summer festivals tour, that Nuclear Blast, the biggest metal label at the time, notices the band and offers them a global license deal... "Welcame" is released in November 2014, starting the reign of ROTNS.
- VITHIA - vocals
- Evangelion-B - Lead guitar
- Air One - Guitar
- Fabulous Fab - Bass
- Hokuto No Kev - drums