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Legendary heavy metal act from Tokyo, Japan. Led by guitarist/vocalist Kyoji Yamamoto, the band formed in 1975. Started out as a melodic classic/hard rock band in the mid ‘til late 70’s, they quickly made a name for themselves and were touring with popular acts of the time, such as Kiss and Aerosmith. Yamamoto proved himself early on as an accomplished guitarist developing the “hammer technique” long before Eddie Van Halen made it popular. In the early 80’s Bow Wow changed their sound to a energetic heavy metal sound, fueled with powerful guitar riffs and fast-driven baselines. Spreading their wings internationally, Bow Wow played the Reading festival in Britain and the world famous Montreux Jazz festival in 1982. To capitalize on this venture, Roadrunner Records released the “Asian Volcano” album across Europe. Their presence would be felt on the continent still further with the licensed releases of “Warning From Stardust” in September 1982 on the Heavy Metal label and “Holy Expedition” through Roadrunner in July 1983. Both of these records drew significant media praise, initiating the start of considerable fan support in the Western world. Later on, in 1984, when they changed their band name to Vow Wow, they also changed the line-up and style to a more melodic and commercial side.

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  • nalo503

    Hell yeah , Japanese legends , not shitty rappers..

    26 May 12:59am Reply
  • Robo_Dobo

    So underground their text looks different

    29 Dec 2011 Reply
  • brenobutcher

    My scroobler is recognizing that shitty rapper instead of the mighty Bow Wow.

    14 Apr 2011 Reply
  • brenobutcher

    Japanese legend!!!

    9 Apr 2011 Reply
  • MIWAROCKS

    Hey What's Up??? Check out MIWA if you have a chance. She's a hot long haired METAL SCREAMER!!! The album is called "My Wish Is Your Command" and features Chris Slade of AC/DC on the drums!! It's a little hard to find because it's listed under another artist (Miwa)'s albums. Look for the 3 headed dog in the anime cover. Click here: http://www.last.fm/music/miwa/My+Wish+Is+Your+Command

    10 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Hear-Japan

    BOWWOW released their old Japanese classics from 1980 only in vinyl format. They are now back in 2011 in digital quality for the first time ever. The albums are the first four displayed below the profile: http://www.hearjapan.com/store/group/BOWWOW

    12 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Rdannylor2

    Great band just checked some of their music on Youtube. Heels of the wind such a good ballad will have to pick up some of their albums when i got some money.

    22 Sep 2010 Reply
  • japmadness

    just won the Japanese magazine "Young Guitar", July '83 edition with Bow Wow on the front-cover :)

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • jimapore

    Their first albums are just amazzzzzzzzzzing. still listening to them on a weekly base.

    15 Jul 2010 Reply
  • jimapore

    Does anyone know where to find the lyrics of their first album, "Bow Wow". I'm in desperate need to have them, especially the songs "Foxy Lady" i really need in romaji. My son (3 years) likes it and want to sing along... and so do I.

    4 Aug 2009 Reply
  • jimapore

    Awesome! RNR!

    22 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Enkyori

    <3 Fallen Angel is such a nice song ...

    29 May 2009 Reply
  • duffeknol

    hellll yeeee boii

    24 May 2009 Reply
  • japmadness

    \m/

    16 Apr 2009 Reply