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‘Samurai Metal’ Band RYUJIN Team Up with Trivium’s Matthew Kiichi Heafy on “Raijin & Fujin”

‘Samurai Metal’ band RYUJIN teams up with Trivium’s Matthew Kiichi Heafy on their new single “Raijin & Fujin”. Check it out here…



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“Samurai Metal” band RYUJIN are set to deliver their brand of metal to the international masses with their self-titled Napalm Records debut, RYUJIN, out January 12th, 2024!

A blend of both Japanese and English lyricism and featuring production and several guest features by Matthew Kiichi Heafy (Trivium), the band’s high speed riffs and breakneck guitar descents pair with traditional Japanese elements, delivering a sound influenced by everything from ancient orchestral Gagaku to even modern anime themes.

The band launch their new album announcement with a brand new single, entitled “Raijin & Fujin”, accompanied by a high-energy music video. The track, an epic power metal storm, features guest vocal contributions from Matthew Kiichi Heafy, and you can check it out here:

RYUJIN’s Ryoji Shinomoto says about the album and new single:


“This is the first album of the evolution from Gyze to RYUJIN! We want everyone to enjoy Samurai Metal from the Far East! Produced by Matthew, it opens new doors for us and we are honoured to release it on the legendary Napalm Records!”

Matthew Kiichi Heafy adds:

“RYUJIN delivers music unlike anyone else on the planet. It was their original sound that initially grasped my attention and left me needing to have more and more of what they do. I am humbled and honored to have been able to contribute to this upcoming masterpiece… this opus! This is the album the world needs.”

RYUJIN Track Listing:

1. Hajimari
2. Gekokujo
3. Dragon, Fly Free
4. Raijin & Fujin
5. The Rainbow Song
6. Kunnecup
7. Scream of the Dragon
8. Gekirin
9. Saigo No Hoshi
10. Ryujin
11. Guren No Yumiya
12. Saigo No Hoshi (feat. Matthew K. Heafy) (Single Edit)

In October, the band hit the road in Europe supporting Pain. Full dates below.

Tour Dates:


10/05 – Cologne, DE @ Essigfabrik
10/06 – Drachten, NL @ Iduna
10/07 – Hengelo, NL @ Metropool
10/08 – Antwerp, BE @ Kavka Zappa
10/10 – Glasgow, UK @ Ivory Blacks
10/11 – Manchester, UK @ Rebellion
10/12 – Birmingham, UK @ The Asylum
10/13 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Islington
10/14 – Amstelveen, NL @ P60
10/15 – Paris, FR @ La Machine Du Moulin Rouge
10/16 – Nantes, FR @ Le Ferrailleur
10/18 – Porto, PT @ Hard Club
10/19 – Lisbon, PT @ RCA Club
10/20 – Madrid, ES @ Chango Club
10/21 – Pamplona, ES @ Sala Totem Aretoa
10/22 – Lyon, FR @ La Rayonne
10/24 – Ljubljana, SI @ Cvetlicarna
10/25 – Adda, IT @ Live Music Club Trezzo Sull‘
10/26 – Zagreb, HR @ Klub Mocvara
10/27 – Bucharest, RO @ Quantic Club
10/28 – Cluj-Napoca, RO @ Form Space
10/31 – Sofia, BG @ Club Mixtape 5

To find out more about the band or to pre-order RYUJIN, head here.

Pain Tour Artwork

Pain Tour Artwork

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.