It didn’t take long for Aggressive Dogs to set up a new long and tiring tour of 11 dates throughout the Japanese archipelago, inviting an international band, with lots of local guests among the Japanese hardcore scene. Similarly to last tour with Mygrain (view the live report
), this tour features another Finnish band with the famous Omnium Gatherum.
At the occasion of their first coming to Japan, Metalship meets the Finnish band in Tokyo for their last date, for an interview with Jukka (vocals) and Markus (guitar) talking about their debuts, their milestones and evolution, last album and relation to Japan
After which it was time to go to the show.
You already certainly well know « Aggressive Dogs, a.k.a Uzi-One », featured for the third time in these pages, as the over energetic band is customary of metal events in Tokyo. Originating from Kyushu, the island in South West Japan famous for one of the last rebellions of Samurai, Aggressive Dogs is impregnated with the Japanese warrior spirit, as testified by the 2 sets of armors besides the drums.
With over 30 years of experience, they play an aggressive and punchy hardcore, resembling the US scene (they have toured with Agnostic Front
amont others), but sometimes incorporating some epic music reminding historical Japanese battles. Uzi the leader, and Kei (bass) are particularly enraged, running back and forth throughout the stage, illuminated by the basic but powerful white lights.
The band doesn’t betray his reputation, and offer us a great moment for everyone in the crowd to go crazy.
Now is time for the head of the bill to come on stage for their last evening of these 11 dates through Japan, and only a few hours before going back to the airport.
Born in Kotka in Finland in 1996, the band ventured on the path of Scandinavian Melodic Death Metal, trying to distillate their own progressive but fierce sound, catchy but unique. And the least we can say is that they succeeded, both musically in studio as visually on stage. They release an extraordinary energy, especially Jukka (vocalist), which deploys a good interaction with the crowd, and Markus (guitarist), ex-insomnium who can’t stay still one second and enjoys manipulating his instrument to the left, right, up and down, as he would manipulate a sword. The members show a strong comradeship and often interact between each other. The play of lights is well done, but a bit too dark (especially for the photos, contrary to Aggressive Dogs).
Unfortunately and surprisingly, there were even less people at their show than during Aggressive Dogs set. While Aggressive Dogs beneficiate from a devoted and faithful fan base in Tokyo, this could also be explained by the fact that they already played the day before in Tokyo.
Despite this, our beloved Finnish guys granted us a wonderful show, both powerful and technical, with a great empathy with the public.
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Interview with Jukka and Markus