Music / Galneryus

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 and Stratovarius. 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, ten-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 (2009-present)
  • Guitar/Backing Vocals: Syu (2001-present)
  • Bass/Backing Vocals: Taka (2009-present)
  • Keyboard/Backing Vocals: Yuhki (2003-present, support in 2002)
  • Drums: Fumiya Morishita (2016-present)

Former Members:

  • Vocals: Masahiro "Yama-B" Yamaguchi (2001-2008)note 
  • Bass: Shogo Himuro (2001-2002, support), Yusuke (2002-2003, support), Ryousuke "Tsui" Matsui (2003-2006), Yu-To (2006-2009)note 
  • Keyboard: A (2001-2002, support), Yoshinori Kataoka (2002, support)
  • Drums: Toshihiro "Tossan" Yui (2001-2002, support), Junichi Satoh (2003-2016)


  • 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)
  • Vetelgyus (2014)
  • Under the Force of Courage (2015)

This band may exhibit the following tropes

  • Album Title Drop: "The Flag of Reincarnation" in Reincarnation and the title tracks from Angel of Salvation onwards.
  • 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: One of two faces, but after Yama-B left due to creative differences with Syu.
  • 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: The band itself is one of Stratovarius.
    • 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.
  • Harsh Vocals: Syu provides them on occasion.
  • Heavy Meta: "Tear Off Your Chain" sounds a lot like this, but without the references to metal.
  • Heavy Mithril: Where to begin?
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY"!: Syu's name is pronounced as "Shuu."
  • Lead Bassist: Yu-To and Taka are a close Type A.
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: The "Power! Devour!" line before the chorus in "Tear Off Your Chain" might be one to Rainbow, if not unintentional.
  • Special Guest: Yuhki was recently featured at Guilty Gear x BlazBlue Music Live 2011.
    • And he did a joint collaboration with Daisuke Ishiwatari himself to remix and rearrange the already killer soundtrack of BlazBlue for Chronophantasma.
    • Leda from Deluhi (now of his solo project Undivide, which, sadly, was also disbanded) 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.
  • Space Opera: The Vetelgyus trailer hints at this as a theme.
  • Stage Names: Only five members in their history used their real names.
    • Ono's is SHO.
  • Translation Train Wreck: The band has suffered from a few of these, due to singing/writing lyrics in English, then kicking out their best English speaker. Their 2014 album title, Vetelgyus, is one example - it's supposed to be "Betelgeuse."
  • 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.