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Kuroyume (translates to "Black Dream") is a Japanese heavy metal band formed in Nagoya in May 1991. The band is one of the most notable musical groups in the early Japanese metal scene, in particulat, they were highly influential to the underground J-metal movement and the Visual Kei scene, being credited as an inspiration to the second wave of Visual Kei bands during the late 1990s/early 2000s and as one of the Trope Codifiers for the genre, especially the subsets of Nagoya and Eroguro kei, of which they are cited as the Ur-Example for the two sub-movements.

Despite this cult success, the band went on hiatus in 1999, and ten years later, in 2009, the group officially disbanded. In 2010, the band reformed as a duo consisting of vocalist Kiyoharu and bassist Hitoki.

The band is notable for its distinctive sound, fusing early Alternative Rock with elements derived from Doom Metal, Hardcore Punk, Goth Rock and noise. One of the most distinct traits of their sound is their use of extended vocal and bass techniques, with vocalist Kiyoharu pioneering the use of varied vocal styles, ranging from harsh growling to pseudo-operatic singing to banshee shrieks and feminine falsetto vocals, and bassist Hitoki becoming one of the musicians using the slapping/fingerstyle method of bass playing in Japanese metal.


Current Lineup

  • Kiyoharu - Vocals (1991-1999, 2009, 2010–present)
  • Hitoki - Bass (1991-1999, 2009, 2010–present)

Former members

  • Shin - Guitar (1991-1995)
  • Eiki - Drums (1991-1992)
  • Hiro - Drums (1992-1993)

Studio Albums

  • Ikiteita Chuzetsuji... (December 25, 1992)
  • Nakigara o... (11/06/93)
  • Mayoeru Yuritachi -Romance of Scarlet- (9/3/94)
  • Cruel (31/8/94)
  • Feminism (10/5/95)
  • Fake Star - I'm Just a Japanese Fake Rocker (May 29, 1996)
  • Drug Treatment (27 June 1997)
  • Corkscrew (May 27, 1998)
  • Headache and Dub Reel Inch (November 2, 2011)

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