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Aion (アイオン) is a Japanese metal band formed in 1983 by guitarist Izumi Ochiai. Aion are considered to be important to the formation of visual kei, credited as being one of the bands to start the movement in the early ’80s. They are also considered to be one of the most successful heavy metal bands in Japan, touring with big bands such as X Japan and Luna Sea. As of 2010 they have released 15 full albums, 6 singles, 2 EPs and more than 10 VHS/DVD.

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Aion was originally created in 1983 by Izumi Ochiai, he soon ended it in 1985 to start a new band named Mein Kampf. But this band was short lived as well, only lasting until May 1986. Izumi then decided to try again with Aion, bringing with him Mein Kampf bassist Tatsuya “Dean” Miwa and vocalist Rod, and adding Jun “S.A.B” Saburi on drums. Rod would soon be replaced by Salee, whom after a year, would then be replaced by Satoru Sasano. And with this line-up they had their first official release, the 1987 single “Hang on Night”. In 1988 Satoru left and Hisayoshi Hiraga (Rosenfeld) joined, their first album “Deathrash Bound” was released in 1989 (vinyl only). Hisayoshi left soon after the album’s release, and they finally got a steady vocalist when he was replaced by Nov. In 1990 they released “Human Griefman”, which is basically Deathrash Bound, the only differences being Nov is singing and he also rewrote the lyrics.

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