Rising Japanese rockers NEMOPHILA have been dubbed “an energetic heavy metal tour de force” by Metal Hammer, “kickass” by Distorted Sound, and band of the day by Maximum Volume Music due to their “bone breaking riffs and beaming positivity”.
Now, the wait for the band’s debut full length album is almost over! It has been announced that NEMOPHILA’s first studio album REVIVE will be released from London’s JPU Records on CD from 14 January 2022. It's available to preorder now. The release will also include English lyric translations and romaji transliterations, allowing international fans to enjoy the lyrics regardless of their Japanese language abilities.
Since forming in 2019, NEMOPHILA have been releasing singles and updating their YouTube channel with live performances, music videos and covers of their favourite artists, leading to their channel passing 23.5 million views in a short time. Upon announcing the domestic release of REVIVE, NEMOPHILA also announced their first solo headline show in Japan, at Tokyo’s 2000 capacity LINE CUBE Shibuya, which sold out immediately.
REVIVE contains a total of 11 songs, including five tracks from NEMOPHILA’s first single ‘OIRAN’ and third single ‘DISSENSION’, along with six brand new songs. It also features ‘OIRAN’ and ‘Life’, two of NEMOPHILA’s most popular releases re-recorded and remastered. The album has been mastered and engineered by Jens Bogren, founder and owner of Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Sepultura, Dimmu Borgir).
NEMOPHILA – REVIVE
NEMOPHILA officially made their debut as a band in September, 2019 at the METAL WEEKEND 2019 held at Zepp Diver City, Tokyo where the band opened up for big names such as LOUDNESS and HAMMERFALL. On 8 February, 2020, the band launched their YouTube channel and released their first single 'OIRAN' on the 29th of the same month.
Their second single '雷霆 -RAITEI-' came out approximately six months later on 22 August, 2020 and the band held their first live streaming celebrating the return of drummer Tamu Murata from her maternity leave. In December, 2020, the band held another live stream with 10,000 viewers for the first set which was a free live stream, and more than 1,000 viewers for the second set which was a paid live stream. NEMOPHILA was able to draw a large number of viewers despite the fact that the band had not even released any material via public distribution.
On 28 February, 2021, NEMOPHILA released their third single 'DISSENSION' and held yet another live stream event which drew 15,000 viewers for the first set which was a free live stream, and more than 1,300 viewers for the second set which was a paid live stream. Following their single release and live stream, the band took part in the NAON NO YAON Festival at the Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall, hosted by Japan’s legendary female metal band SHOW-YA on 29 April, 2021. On 19 June, 2021, NEMOPHILA held their fourth live stream event viewed by over 80,000 people for the free portion and over 1,500 people for the paid portion.
The band also released OIRAN Extended Edition from JPU Records in England on June 25th, 2021, selling 6,000 physical copies in the first 2 months after its release. NEMOPHILA released 'REVIVE' as their digital single on October 13th, and held a live stream event on the 17th of the same month celebrating the band’s 2nd anniversary. During the stream show NEMOPHILA announced the release of their first album 'REVIVE' on 15 December, 2021, as well as their first solo live show with an audience to be held at the LINE CUBE Shibuya in January, 2022. Tickets to the show sold out instantly! NEMOPHILA is scheduled to release their next digital single 'HYPNOSIS' on 17 November, as they prepare for “REVIVE ~ It' s sooooo nice to finally meet you!!!!! ~” their first ever solo show with all band members present in front of an actual audience at the 2,000-seat venue LINE CUBE Shibuya.