Japanese “samurai metal” band Ryujin, formerly known as Gyze, has signed with Napalm Records. The band is currently managed by Trivium frontman Matt Heafy, while the band’s new moniker Ryujin is after the Japanese Dragon god of the same name.
“We have a very GRATEFUL announcement on behalf of Ryujin (ex-Gyze): Like a Phoenix from the ashes… Gyze has become Ryujin! Matthew Kiichi Heafy from Trivium is our manager, producer, mentor,” said Ryujin mastermind Ryoji Shinomoto.
“We are proud to have just signed a worldwide deal with the amazing Napalm Records. We are ready to make this band a worldwide-known act; and to bring happiness and excitement to everyone around the globe.
“The name Ryujin comes from the Japanese Dragon God King with the same name. In Japanese lore, Ryujin freely moves heaven and earth, moves the clouds, blows the wind, and makes it rain. The Dragon God King also controls the flow of weather, ocean currents, and geothermal heat. We can’t wait for you to hear the music we’ve been working on.”
Brothers Ryoji and Shuji Shinomoto originally formed Gyze in 2009 as Suicide Heaven. The band then changed its name to Gyze in 2011 and released what is currently their last album Asian Chaos in 2019.
“It is my incredible honor to announce that I am officially working with the newly reincarnated form of Gyze, Ryujin, for management, production, and mentoring. Ryujin is the Japanese king of the dragons – and the namesake of this for the band is nothing but appropriate.
“Ryoji is one of the most talented human beings I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Whether it’s his monstrous screaming, powerful singing, other-worldly guitar playing, or his masterful songwriting – he is a musical force of nature. This album is going to be mind blowing.”
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