A neo-classical/Power Metal
band from Osaka, Japan formed in 2001. Galneryus shares a similar style to bands such as Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force
. Though they began their career as a Visual Kei
band, they quickly dropped the look in favor of a more ordinary casual look, though they continue to almost universally use stage names (with the exception of drummer Junichi Satoh). Despite their talent, 6 album discography and the presence of ex-Animetal guitarist Syu, they don't have much popularity outside of Japanese metal circles. They also seem to have a thing for flags with at least one song with a title referring to flags on four of their eight albums with the songs "United Flag," "Rebel Flag," "Struggle for the Freedom Flag," "Braving Flag," "The Flag of Reincarnation," and "The Promised Flag."
They have worked on three compilations with other Japanese metal bands, the first contributing a cover Stratovarius's "Black Diamond," the second contributing a cover of Loudness's "Soldier of Fortune," and the third contributing their own song "Struggle for the Freedom Flag." They also recorded the soundtrack of Death Note: The Movie
The album art of their first three albums were drawn by legendary Final Fantasy
artist Yoshitaka Amano
Galneryus's future was in question after the departure of vocalist Yama-B. Yama-B quit due to creative differences and disagreeing with the direction the band was taking.
Sometime in 2009, it was revealed that Yama-B's replacement would be Masatoshi Ono and that Yu-To was replaced by Taka.
- Lead Vocals: Masatoshi "SHO" Ono
- Guitar/Backing Vocals: Syu
- Bass/Backing Vocals: Taka
- Keyboard/Backing Vocals: Yuhki
- Drums: Junichi Satoh
- Vocals: Masahiro "Yama-B" Yamaguchi (now in Gunbridge)
- Bass: Shogo Himuro (2001-2002), Yusuke (2002-2003), Ryousuke "Tsui" Matsui (2003-2006), Yu-To (2006-2009)note
- Keyboard: A, Yoshinori Kataoka
- Drums: Toshihiro "Tossan" Yui
- The Flag of Punishment (2003)
- Advance to the Fall (2005)
- Beyond the End of Dispair (2006)
- One For All - All For One (2007)
- Reincarnation (2008)
- Resurrection (2010)
- Phoenix Rising (2011)
- Angel of Salvation (2012)
This band may exhibit the following tropes
- Album Title Drop: "The Flag of Reincarnation" in Reincarnation, and "Angel of Salvation" from Angel of Salvation.
- Auto-Tune: ONO. This is actually one of the major reasons many of the Yama-B fans left and/or see Ono as a Replacement Scrappy - Yama-B was not heavily autotuned to achieve the sound he did, and Ono has Auto-Tune like effects even in live performance.
- The Band Minus the Face: After Yama-B left due to creative differences with Syu.
- Black Sheep Hit: The Mnemosyne OP, "Alsatia", is something of a subversion; it is the song that brought the band popularity in anime fan circles, but it is heavier than most of their output and isn't even Power Metal to begin with. Instead, it is Metalcore with symphonic and Electronic Music sounds.
- Concept Album: Their debut album The Flag of Punishment.
- Cover Version: "Black Diamond" originally by Stratovarius and "Soldier of Fortune" originally by Loudness. They also covered many other songs in their Voices from the Past cover albums and a few from Syu and Ono's solo albums.
- Expy: Masatoshi Ono/Sho, of Toshi of X Japan, to the point that early in his career he actively worked as a Toshi impersonator. He still sounds like mid-90s Toshi, albeit with less range and more crooning.
- During the band's X Japan clone phase in 2010-11, Syu tried to look like Yoshiki. It didn't work out very well for him, and he dropped the look and affectations around early 2012.
- Follow the Leader: Despite having dropped almost all their visual flair, they're still blatantly worshipping classic Visual bands such as X Japan as well as non-VK metal acts.
- Heavy Mithril: Where to begin?
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Syu's name is pronounced as "Shuu."
- One-Hit Wonder: Sort of as the songs "Alsatia" and "Cause Disarray" are popular amongst anime fans due to their use as the opener and closer respectively for Mnemosyne.
- Protest Song: "Stardust" from Reincarnation is a protest of nuclear war. The "stardust" is radioactive fallout.
- Rearrange the Song: "Owari Naki, Kono Uta" and "Across the Rainbow" from Kizuna, the latter being a complete rearrangment of "Whisper in the Red Sky" from Advance to the Fall.
- Now as part of the band's 10th anniversary, they are releasing a series of rerranged song albums dubbed The Ironhearted Flag.
- Special Guest: Yuhki was recently featured at Guilty Gear x BlazBlue Music Live 2011.
- And now he's doing a joint collaboration with Daisuke Ishiwatari himself to remix and rearrange the already killer soundtrack of BlazBlue for the latest installment: Chronophantasma.
- Leda from Deluhi (now of his solo project Undivide) was featured as a guest guitarist in one of the band's tours which was included in the Phoenix Rising album. He was the bassist Yu-To when he was still in the band.
- Akane Liv from Liv Moon was a guest vocalist in the title track in Angel of Salvation.
- Spiritual Successor: They're the Japanese answer to Manowar.
- Stage Names: Only five members in their history used their real names.
- Visual Kei: Double subverted: they began as a Kote Kei band but quickly discarded almost all their VK elements. Though in recent years, they have started to appear in full VK and at times do the post-Visual thing better than similar artists.
- What Could Have Been: The band was actually getting notice overseas as of 2009. Had they stayed neoclassical metal and had Yama-B stayed in the band, they could have likely broken into the US market and/or had major success what with the return of neoclassical and thrash as popular styles among metalheads. Instead, their change managed to not only alienate much of their fanbase but fall so far short of what they seemed to be trying for (an attempt at cloning X Japan's formula for success including a Toshi impersonator for a vocalist) that they pretty much fell back to square one as a band. In what seems to be an extreme case of irony, they've been pretty much overshadowed by the band they took inspiration from - X Japan has been massively successful internationally as of late.
- Though, to their credit, they are slowly rebuilding their fanbase inside Japan and are beginning to gain international notice again, with their return to neoclassical metal and their slow but steady improvement aside from the vocalist. It seems they may end up with a similar situation to the band they copied after all.