Rie a.k.a. Suzaku is a Japanese solo heavy metal guitarist born on November 26 in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. Her influences include Children of Bodom, Dream Theater, Arch Enemy, Helloween, and In This Moment, among others. Rie a.k.a. Suzaku is similar to Australian guitarist Orianthi but, unlike Orianthi, Rie a.k.a. Suzaku does not sing. Orianthi, by the way, is the only guitar virtuoso who can sing. Anyway, Rie a.k.a. Suzaku has, instead, employed a handful of talented vocalists, all female, over three amazing mini-albums. Of course, she also includes an instrumental or two with each release. And, apparently, Rie a.k.a. Suzaku wrote all the music and lyrics. She plays melodic metal similar to Japanese bands like Destrose, Mary’s Blood, Aldious, Cyntia, etc. Her songs and vocalists are so good that, sometimes, I forget the music is meant to showcase a talented guitarist! But, on her first full album, Kingdom Of The Sun, Rie a.k.a. Suzaku kicks it out Satriani-style with all instrumentals.
Rie a.k.a. Suzaku‘s debut mini-album, Messiah (2010), features vocals from IBUKI, Dia, Kaoru and Sattin. Dia is featured on all three mini-albums, while IBUKI is featured on two. I wish I knew more about these vocalists, but I don’t, and I can’t find any details. IBUKI is featured on the infectious “End of the Darkness” and the thrashing “Messiah”, while Dia is featured on the hard rocker “Chaos” and the power ballad “Lost”. And, Sattin is featured on another hard rocker “Fly Away”, while Kaoru is featured on the best track “Heaven”, another power ballad. The final track is an instrumental aptly titled “Suzaku”.
Watch the videos for “End of the Darkness”, “Messiah” and “Suzaku” here:
Watch the video for “Time Paradox” here:
Watch the video for “Angelism / Dreaming Eyes” here: