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Japan (2007 – present)

Heavy/Power Metal band from Japan with some progressive elements, huge Neo-Classical influences and mostly Instrumental formed in Japan, 2007. The band is led by Hiroyasu “Iron” Chino a guitarist who also plays in Japanese heavy metal band Lightning. He had a old band/project named Heavy Metal Kingdom (before starting IRON ATTACK!) where he was the vocalist and played guitar.

In IRON ATTACK! he does all the programmings and song-writings himself but has members playing in studio-recordings, but he does also play in various temporary and other short-lasting projects, aswell as being playing as guest guitarist in other doujin bands.

All his releases (in both IRON ATTACK! and Lightning) are also self-released through his own label named IRON-CHINO (after his circle’s name).

He mostly focus on instrumental tracks but has several albums considering female vocals and also songs in other album including male vocalists (as JUN, The Stahl and Yuma in example).
Recently he’s sung the lyrics himself on the second track “Into The Shade” on his album Concerto of the Scarlet Elements.

Much of the band’s album art are parodies of other well known metal bands, such as Judas Priest and Children of Bodom.

Iron Attack releases their stuff through their own, self-titled, record label. Iron Attack has released 24 full-length studio albums (+ four “Best-Of”s/Partly “Best-Of”s) up to date (+ two splits), so all in all, 30 releases.
Also quite part of their songs (all songs in his own-made releases so to say) are tributes/covers to songs of the well know series of Touhou.

Besides having a huge Neo-Classical influence in his music he also takes parts of other well-known metal songs into his own tracks but with his an own interpretation mixed with the touhou-cover.


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  • KeenanJohnston

    And of course they had another new album at Reitaisai, preview page here. Now, let's talk recommendations for a sec- for instumental albums, Deamon's seal~魔界の封印~ is my current favourite. Check it out if you haven't, it's really short but most of the songs are heavier and groovier than a lot of their other stuff.

    17 May 3:14am Reply
  • KeenanJohnston

    To no one's surprise, they have a new album coming out: Track 4 in the crossfade sounds pretty different than their usual stuff, I like it.

    22 Apr 1:13am Reply
  • metaloly999

    this band is totally similar with Galneryus

    28 Mar 5:51pm Reply
  • prettybarf

    Yes, give me the same god damn riff five million times, yes good.

    4 Jan 5:20am Reply
  • Dejayend

    this is what I need \\m/

    26 Dec 2014 Reply
  • SpiritWarrior

    HEAVEN'S SWORD ! ! ! ! ! !

    7 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Pheneks

    What a fantastic guitar player. His albums are always fun to listen to.

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • AvertedTrope

    Yup, C84 album released.

    12 Aug 2013 Reply
  • aphoticapathy

    Awesome band.

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • darkonyxswe

    Kouta is featured in the new band Thousand Eyes which is a side-project from Thousand Leaves's leader Bach, what do you all think about them? :D

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • pearlsky_

    been listening to PAPER MOON -Vrrrカラオケ- its really great one

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • darkonyxswe

    Anyone heard Paper Moon yet? I really love it anyways :D

    24 Oct 2012 Reply
  • darkonyxswe

    Live performance of Mr. Chino himself along with two different line-ups for each disc; parted into two DVD discs with IRON ATTACK! and LIGHTNING sides respectively. Abecky is featuring as a guest and sings during one song 'Dead Night Blind' (which is everyone's favorite :P). まいなすいょん sings on most IRON ATTACK's songs, but also IRON CHINO shows his vocal skills during a few songs (:P). Also, JUN sings during some of the songs (for example SPARKING) but also couples up on LIGHTNING's lineup during a few songs and sings with former LIGHTNING vocalist 'Robert Waterman'. It's sure is a very nice DVD with long playtime/two DVDs and some other nice stuff which I think everyone should get :)

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • darkonyxswe

    I guess...

    15 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Angeltearx

    Am i right when i say the new album only got 1 instrumental?

    6 Jun 2012 Reply
  • darkonyxswe

    Just got the DVD, really awesome stuff :D

    29 May 2012 Reply
  • darkonyxswe

    New album "Star Dust" is releasing soon (2012.05.27), it even features LIGHTNING's vocalist "Yuma" :D

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • darkonyxswe

    Well... they do cover songs from the Touhou game series (so it's mostly not from famous American songs), but he's made some arrangements that feature notable melodies from Iron Maiden and such... but it's not that common. Anyways, I think you should check out his discography as a whole as (with me) I love all his albums, especially Concerto Of The Scarlet Elements and Poltergeist (you can begin with those if you haven't already got them). Happy listening! ^_^

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Angeltearx

    Well i have no problem with guitar arrangements of allready exsisting songs. But some one them tend to have loads of elements of famous american songs. I can understand if its a cover or new arragement of a american song, but if isnt why take compleet melodies from it? Anyway, i heard the album Bullet Wind was great., any other good releases? They seem to release alot...

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • darkonyxswe

    @Angeltearx: well, you're up with (in my opinion) best touhou-metal arranger as of yet... so he does not play other than that (so no original songs, just arranges). But... if you want some stuff from him that is original... then check out his own melodic/power metal band LIGHTNING (they do what you would call original I think (?))

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
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