|Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 19 October 2018
Format: LP Double Vinyl
|Rise Of The Northstar The Legacy Of Shi Limited Gatefold Vinyl 2LP Set
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 have fueled the musical inspiration and visual universe of a dirty bunch of furyos, dunces to the core, who thrive on Shonen Manga. The 5 band members have witnessed the golden age that has seen the birth and global expansion of American Hip-Hop, of Machine Head's and Pantera's powerful groove metal, of New-York Hardcore, and of the catchy but uncompromising vibes of RATM, Korn or Deftones.
ROTN is the merger of those two 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 a destructive flow of words. After self-producing 4 music videos (counting tens of millions of views on Youtube), 2 critically acclaimed EPs, and countless shows in the underground, ROTN moves on to produce its debut record and starts its own label, Repression Records. It is after the initiation of a full DIY campaign to release the album ‘Welcame’, and after taking its first steps into the metal mainstream with a successful summer festivals tour that Nuclear Blast, the biggest metal label in 2014, notices the band and offers them a global license deal.
From their first tour of Europe with Madball in 2015, up until a mainstage show at Download festival in 2017, the Welcame cycle will have brought the band to the biggest European stages and to the far East with 2 tours incorporating Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. 2017: Back with experience from the battlefield under their belts, the Northstar retreats to write a new album, still sweating with teenage rage, still obsessed with the 90s metal and hip-hop grooves.
To take their craft to the next level, enter Joe Duplantier, Gojira’s frontman. The metal superstar has produced the record along with the band in Brooklyn NY - no better place to sink in the vibes from the golden age of 90s music be it rap or rock. The result is a thick, jaw-crushing collection of 11 songs where mid-tempo heaviness and lower tones find their way into the band’s own blend of aggressive rap, epic solos, hardcore breakdowns and catchy anthemic choruses. On this record, ROTN makes soul searching and finding itself a central theme, lyrically depicted with fictional references deeply inspired by Japanese culture, while taking a further a step towards the members' personal drama.
The Northstar will rise and shine like never before. Here comes the Boom.
Disc 1 - Side A
2.Here Comes The Boom
Disc 2 - Side C
1.Step By Step
2.This Is Crossover
1.All For One
3.The Legacy Of Shi