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Jupiter Announces New Single "Theory of Evolution" and New Vocalist Kuze has Joined

Earlier this year, Jupiter lost their vocalist after half of their core ex-Versailles members already seceded. Today, the band officially announced the details of their upcoming single, Theory of Evolution, as well as their new vocalist: Kuze.

The single comes out on August 8th and will contain 6 tracks: 3 new songs and then 3 instrumental versions of each song. It will cost 2,000 yen and come with a music video DVD. See the link below for further details.

Theory of Evolution cover
Theory of Evolution
  1. Theory of Evolution
  2. Bring me out
  3. Angel’s wings
  4. Theory of Evolution (-instrumental ver.-)
  5. Bring me out (-instrumental ver.-)
  6. Angel’s wings (-instrumental ver.-)
  7. 【DVD】
  8. Theory of Evolution (-Music Video-)
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Their new vocalist, Kuze, is actually from a non-visual power-metal band named Concerto Moon. They have been around since 1996 and have put out 10 studio albums in that time. Kuze is their 3rd vocalist, and has been with the band since 2011 (and featured on what looks like 4 albums). His non-visual background is why his vocals may be a bit unconventional for those who are more used to how Zin, Sono, or Kamijo sing, but they are par for the course in the power metal scene.

Here is an example of one of Concerto Moon's songs:

While it is always a bit surprising when people from already established bands somehow fall into a visual-kei band, it has actually happened several times before (specifically regarding the power-metal scene, in fact!). Here are a few examples:

MATENROU OPERA (摩天楼オペラ) is actually a melting pot of several rock sub-cultures. Former guitarist Mika (未伽) is from ANCIENT MYTH, who are not exactly a visual-kei band but do use a lot of costumes to fuel the fantasy (think Ali Project). Additionally, several other members were from the neoclassical-metal band Masterpiece.

DELUHI's Leda was also the bassist of popular metal band Galneryus at one point, but later left to join with several other dudes that would later make up MATENROU OPERA (摩天楼オペラ).

There are also cases of non-visual bands joining the visual-kei scene because they couldn't sell tickets "most of their influences were visual", such as Deviloof and NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST.


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I actually like this way better than when Zin was around :O

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