The new generation guitar hero Nozomu Wakai blasts his way into the world on board his project Nozomu Wakai’s DESTINIA, with music composed/written/produced by Nozomu himself.
Nozomu Wakai, hailed as the guitarist/artist who would bring forth the authentic and melodic heavy metal in the 21st century, has released two albums “Requiem For A Scream” (2014) and “Anecdote Of The Queens” (2015) under Nozomu Wakai’s DESTINIA. Further, he has been recognized in the Japanese hard rock and heavy metal scene for his guitar, composition and sound direction work for the country’s leading musicians and anime.
In search for DESTINIA’s new musical direction, Nozomu witnessed a performance by Lords Of Black, featuring vocalist Ronnie Romero, at Loud Park 16, the biggest metal festival in Japan. Though Nozomu was well aware of Ronnie’s abilities, he was struck hard by the new Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow singer. A direct offer was made, and it was decided that Ronnie would join Nozomu and participate as the vocalist in his project.
Having set his course for the new compositions, Nozomu made offers to Marco Mendoza, solo musician and The Dead Daisies , and Tommy Aldridge from Whitesnake. The rhythm section is very important to him, to add extra strength to the music, and the two knowledgeable and influential hard rock/heavy metal veterans were an obvious choice for Nozomu. Upon listening to Nozomu’s music, Marco and Tommy were thrilled to get involved.
Nozomu describes the musical directions and aspirations of DESTINIA as ‘classic modern’ heavy metal.
“The music goes beyond the authentic hard rock and heavy metal in the same vein as Rainbow, Whitesnake and Dio it is completed with contemporary, modern sounds. I am confident that I can create new music with these musicians.”
Highly praising his talents, Ronnie, Marco and Tommy joined forces with Nozomu.
‘I was impressed the moment I listened to his tracks,’ says Ronnie. ‘Nozomu is an incredibly talented guitar player and an amazing composer. In addition to that, my vocals fit in really well.’
Nozomu’s heartfelt passion for authentic metal is apparent from the album title track “Metal Souls”.
The emotional guitars and soulful vocals complement each other, backed by the powerful grooves of Tommy Aldridge (drums / Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Moore etc.) and Marco Mendoza (bass / Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder etc.) the impenetrable rhythm section who have seen the history of hard rock and heavy metal.
The authentic melodic heavy metal with striking tunes are indeed ‘classic modern’, destined to be the masterpiece for the new age.
DESTINIA‘s new album “Metal Souls”, created by the strongest lineup is set to be unleashed in spring 2018 via Ward Records in Japan and later in the summer via Frontiers Records in North America and Europe.
Nozomu sees long-term potential in DESTINIA, claiming there are ‘songs that need to be written, developments that need to be made’.
Here comes the new guitar hero that will shape the new standard for classic rock, with a mix of classic and modern heavy metal.
Nozomu Wakai (Guitar)
Ronnie Romero (Vocal)
Marco Mendoza (Bass)
Tommy Aldridge (Drums)