Japanese guitar hero Nozomu Wakai blasts his way onto the world stage with his project Destinia,featuring music composed, written and produced by Nozomu himself.
Nozomu Wakai is hailed in Japan and abroad as an artist who could bring forth a rebirth of authentic and melodic heavy metal in the 21st century. He has already released two albums, ‘Requiem For A Scream’ (2014) and ‘Anecdote Of The Queens’ (2015), with his project Nozomu Wakai’s DESTINIA.
He has also been recognised in the Japanese hard rock and heavy metal scenes for his contributions on guitar, compositions and sound design on releases by the country’s leading musicians and anime’s.
In 2016, during his quest for a new musical direction for DESTINIA, Nozomu witnessed a festival performance in Japan by Lords Of Black, featuring vocalist Ronnie Romero. Though Nozomu was well aware of Ronnie’s abilities, the new singer for Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow nevertheless still blew him away. A direct offer was made and accepted with Ronnie joining Nozomu to participate as the vocalist in Destinia.
Having set his course for the direction of the new compositions, Nozomu made the decision to offer Marco Mendoza and Tommy Aldridge, a rhythm section that had been hugely influential on him, the bass and drum slots to add extra strength to the music. It was an obvious choice for Nozomu’s music as these positions would demand the presence of two musicians with a vast knowledge of the history of hard rock and metal. Upon listening to Nozomu’s music, the duo were thrilled to get involved.
Nozomu describes the musical direction and aspiration of DESTINIA as ‘classic modern’ heavy metal. “The music goes beyond authentic hard rock and heavy metal in the same vein as Rainbow, Whitesnake and Dio – it is completed with the contemporary, modern sound styles. I am confident that I can create exciting new music with these musicians,” says Nozomu.
Praising his talents, Ronnie, Marco and Tommy were excited to join forces with Nozomu. “I was impressed the moment I listened to his tracks,” says Ronnie. “Nozomu is an incredibly talented guitar player and an amazing composer. In addition to that, my vocals fit in really well.”
The emotional guitars by Nozomu and soulful vocals by Ronnie complement each other and are made all the more powerful with the backing of the powerful grooves supplied by Marco and Tommy.
Nozomu’s enthusiasm towards authentic metal with all his heart and soul is apparent from the album’s title track and first single, ‘Metal Souls’.
Nozomu sees a long-term potential in DESTINIA, claiming there are “songs that need to be written, developments that need to be made.” Behold the new guitar hero, the shape of things to come in the new world of hard rock and heavy metal.
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Nozomu Wakai : Guitar
Ronnie Romero : Vocals
Marco Mendoza : Bass
Tommy Aldridge : Drums