photo manipulation & text by nacrowe
inspired by everything from MAHAYANA BUDDHISM, TRADITIONAL JAPANESE FOLKLORE and LITERATURE, the MODERN YAKUZA and MEIJI-era feudal culture, as well as musical genres ranging from CLASSIC ROCK and PROGRESSIVE ROCK to NEW WAVE OF BRITISH HEAVY METAL, the JAPANESE METAL band NINGEN ISU is a UNIQUE outfit with a particularly wide-focus perspective on the world. in fact all three members, much like KISS before them, assumes a DISTINCT character based on various deep-seated archetypes in JAPANESE culture, such as the GANGSTER, SAMURAI and a MEIJI-era POET. performing in TRADITIONAL YUKATAS and KIMONOS (depending on the season), its FUN to see such a musical form blended so seamlessly with other global cultures on their terms, not ours.
musically the band is a POWERFUL three piece and has a distinct sense of GROOVE and loud/soft dynamics in their song-craft. at the very least for the uninitiated, NINGEN ISU is most definitely worth checking out.