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There are at least ten bands called Envy:

1. Since their formation in 1992, Envy has become a dominant band in the independent hardcore and screamo scene in Japan. Their music has evolved over the years to incorporate hardcore, screamo, and most recently, the epic tendencies of post-rock. Envy is characterized by their ability to master screamo’s loud-soft dynamic to evoke both crushing brutality and gentle beauty, often within the same song. Much has been made of vocalist Tetsuya Fukugawa’s own skill at commanding this dichotomy and thusly their live shows have grown in legend over the years. The band is also noted for their deep and poetic lyrics.

The band has become increasingly popular among the post rock scene in the last few years for their incorporation of Mogwai-esque sound and composition dynamics into more traditional screamo songs. This new influence can be most easily identified on their last three releases, “All The Footprints You’ve Ever Left And The Fear Expecting Ahead” released by Dim Mak,”A Dead Sinking Story” released on Level Plane and “Insomniac Doze” released on Temporary Residence Limited.

The band has since become friends with Mogwai and vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa was featured on a track from Mogwai’s 2006 album “Mr. Beast.”

In March of 2006, it was announced that Envy had signed to Temporary Residence Limited for American distribution of Insomniac Doze (though it was released by Mogwai’s Rock Action label in Europe and Envy’s own Sonzai Records in Japan).


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  • SorenAlexShuya

    Wish I could see them again.

    10 Apr 5:57pm Reply
  • UglySyntaxError

    supporting alcest? weird combo.

    9 Apr 3:09pm Reply
  • Starfox10

    This band, like Swans, can change endlessly over the course of their career, and still maintain an unnamable uniqueness that is beyond description, something that is definitely 'Envy', but what? This uniqueness, the undercurrent through which their infinite creativity may flow unchallenged over different styles, is what makes just about every song, every album, just perfect. They can write songs from 40 seconds long to 12 minutes long, and both can be equally evocative of the emotions they wish to express. This is good stuff, to say the very least.

    6 Apr 6:55pm Reply
  • stranging

    Still waiting for a tour, still waiting for an album. [2]

    28 Mar 5:09am Reply
  • Phenix_inFlames

    NURO DEVILMAN reminds me of some of their stuff off "All the Footprints You've Ever Left and the Fear Expecting Ahead".

    9 Mar 5:33am Reply
  • garydavidson83

    The Japanese Envy have a split with Jesu. The Japanese Envy are the only Envy :)

    5 Mar 9:07am Reply
  • SmokeOfDeath

    Which Envy has a split with Jesu?

    4 Mar 8:23pm Reply
  • Nils-Holgersson

    Japanese Envy is only true Envy. [7]

    25 Feb 7:56pm Reply
  • SorenAlexShuya

    Still waiting for a tour, still waiting for an album.

    22 Feb 4:28pm Reply
  • kyniu123

    Any news about Envy european tour this year? Anything?

    18 Feb 8:28pm Reply
  • cdmolenaar

    Where's the French Envy?

    31 Jan 9:51pm Reply
  • _dharana

    Japanese Envy is only true Envy. [6]

    29 Jan 7:34am Reply
  • _dharana

    @ColeyMONSTER91 I Recommend all the albums by envy but you can start with INSOMNIAC DOZE a 2006 release oriented to inspired postrock with raw screamo, pure passion and sincere notes.

    29 Jan 7:34am Reply
  • pannkakesangen

    Am I Wrong <333 So good

    28 Jan 5:04pm Reply
  • ColeyMONSTER91

    loved Recitation, no idea where to start with their other releases. Any ideas?

    27 Jan 10:26pm Reply
  • Daecho

    Japanese Envy is only true Envy. [5]

    24 Jan 11:26am Reply
  • redheadsuicide

    22 Jan 12:51pm Reply
  • Wilkins0n

    Japanese Envy is only true Envy. [4]

    18 Jan 7:05pm Reply
  • Killinstinct

    Japanese Envy is only true Envy. [3] Therefore I'm going to clean up this page by removing Norwegian Nico & Vinz because they're not beloning to this page.

    18 Jan 2:49pm Reply
  • into_nowhere

    Japanese Envy is only true Envy. [2]

    18 Jan 12:50pm Reply
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