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Tokyo Blade

Formed: 1982
From: Salisbury, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Tokyo Blade News

Below is our complete Tokyo Blade news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.


Sunday Old School: Tokyo Blade

You know the phrase, "the gift that keeps on giving?" That seems to have been made for the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Everyone and their dog knows about the big stars from the movement such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Venom and Saxon, but there are so many great bands produced from the scene. There are the cult favourites such as Raven, Tygers Of Pan Tang and Angel Witch and then scratching even further beyond the surface, we find other great, often short lived groups such as Holocaust, Jaguar and today’s featured act, Tokyo Blade.

Tokyo Blade were formed in Salisbury, Wiltshire, itself a city well known for its musical history, particularly in the eighteenth century, in the late seventies and underwent several name changes, before settling on their now familiar moniker, which was settled on 1981. The name change proved fruitful for the band, as before long, they signed a record deal with Powerstation Records, releasing their self-titled debut album through the label in 1983. It cemented their place as one of the bands from the later stage of the NWOBHM that were well worth the listeners time, earning them plaudits from critics and head bangers alike and still being held up as one of, if not their best album to date by fans. More...

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Rommelrock Festival Cancelled

The upcoming Rommelrock festival, which was to take place Friday and Saturday in Maasmechelen, Belgium, was cancelled. According to the promoters, the mayor of the town enforced a decision made back in May, in which he refused to issue a permit on the grounds that that the festival would cause unsafe conditions.

The announcement reads: "To our greatest regret, Rommelrock is forced to cancel the whole event. Seven years of intense labour, the spotless reputation, legal terms and liberties, in vain... Two court sessions made little difference... [The] mayor steps in to enforce the prohibition to organize Rommelrock, refuses to issue a license to permit Rommelrock 2013... such an improbable tale, as the decision of the Maasmechelen mayor made on May 13, 2013, is maintained, on so-called grounds of safety and public order... A boiling cauldron that spawned the anti-rommelrock story!

"Despite all the efforts taken and the fact we have the law and justice at our side according to the law and the constitution itself, the struggle ended in the worst possible way, forcing us to pull the plug out of this year's Rommelrock.

"We wish to express our deepest respect to all that supported us, and we apologize in the same time to all that suffered because of all this, despite all perseverance and tenacity.
We never wanted to see Rommelrock 2013, a special edition with exclusive shows and such, to end in this way."

Among the acts that were scheduled to perform: Therion, Civil War, Haggard, Morton, Tokyo Blade, Furyon, Dragonsfire, Sound Storm, Pursuing the End, Lord Volture, Iron Fate, Black Widow and Weeping Silence. More...

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Tokyo Blade Announces One Off U.K. Show

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tokyo Blade have announced that they will be performing a one off show in their native United Kingdom on September 30th, which will take place at the historic Standard music venue in Walthamstow. Tickets will cost £10 each. The venue was a favourite of the band during it's early days and will be closing in December, after facing a series of economic problems.

Speaking on the venue, Tokyo Blade guitarist John Wiggins stated: "It's a great little venue, always was. We had many a wild night on that stage I can tell you, they were always a brilliant crowd to play for. Real shame it's closing but maybe we can take the roof off it for them! It'll be quite strange because we play Wacken in August which is sold out, 80,000 people and then we've got to get the whole show into the Standard. It'll be a privilege to play there again though and I bet they almost make as much noise as Wacken too!"

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Tokyo Blade Postpones Rehearsals Due To Injury

Tokyo Blade has issued the following announcement about postponing the band's tour rehearsals due to guitarist Andy Boulton suffering an eagle-induced injury:

"Tokyo Blade forced to postpone rehearsals for their upcoming tour as Andy Boulton a keen falconer (seen pictured here with an American Harris hawk) has badly damaged his hand after an incident with a Golden Eagle. Andy said 'the Eagle flew to me hand as usual, but when she gripped my hand her talons went straight through the gauntlet and completely through my bloody left hand! When an eagle grips it locks it's talons and there is no way of releasing it until the bird decides to let go. Not wanting to hurt her I just had to wait.'

"A quick trip to hospital and several stitches later Andy laughed and said 'it was my own stupid fault, I had the wrong gauntlet for an eagle but it won't stop me flying my birds... I love it.'

"Sadly Andy isn't ambidextrous so the band will carry on without him until he's fixed. Such a shame for a very TALON-ted band Groan!"

The band is also set to release the new album "Thousand Men Strong" on March 18th, 2011. You can check out details on hearing new samples from the album here.

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Tokyo Blade Streaming Snippets From New Album

Tokyo Blade is gearing up to release the new album "Thousand Men Strong" on March 18th through Fastball Music. The band has now issued the following update about streaming snippets online from the new songs:

"Hello mates and primates, a lot of things have happened since the last blog. As you can see our singer redesigned our myspace profile, and we're all very very happy with the look and feel of it.

"But the best package means nothing without decent content, and so we've loaded up 4 little snippets from our upcoming album titled 'Thousand Men Strong' which will be released as a regular CD (Fastball/Sony) and a vinyl-version (cargo records/echozone) 18th march 2011 (also available at iTunes and simply everywhere!!).

"We would like to thank everybody who supported us, and helped to make this happen: mainly you, the blade fans who kept us going! YOU RULE! Check out our profile, check the live dates, and enjoy the new track-snippets."

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Tokyo Blade Reveals New Album Release Date

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tokyo Blade have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Thousand Men Strong," on March 18th through Fastball Music. The album was produced by Chris Tsangarides, who has previously worked with the likes of Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Anvil amongst others. The track listing for the album is as follows:

"Black Abyss"
"Thousand Men Strong"
"Forged In Hell’s Fire"
"No Conclusion"
"The Ambush"
"Killing Rays"
"Heading Down The Road"
"Condemned To Fire"
"Night Of The Blade"

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Onslaught Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have been added to the bill for this year's edition of Germany's famous Wacken Open Air festival. Also newly confirmed is Venomin James. The event will take place in the town of Wacken, Germany from August 4th-6th 2011.

The lineup is now as follows:

As I Lay Dying
Battle Beast
Blaas Of Glory
Blind Guardian
Bulent Ceylan
Children Of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Hail Of Bullets
The Haunted
Hayseed Dixie
Heaven Shall Burn
Iced Earth
In Solitude
Judas Priest
Kreator More...

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Tokyo Blade Guitarist Checks In With Video Message

Andy Boulton, guitarist of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tokyo Blade has posted a video message online discussing the band's forthcoming new studio album, "1000 Men Strong." You can check it out below. The record is expected to be released in February and was produced by Chris Tsangarides. More...

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Tokyo Blade Completes Recording New Album

Having completed their new album, Tokyo Blade has issued the following update about it:

"The album is now finished and will be mixed in approx 3 weeks. We are treating it as the 3rd album or the 3rd album that should have been so to speak. We view it as the natural follow up to NOTB as the songs hark back to the glory days of NWOBHM."

"We have deliberately recorded the whole thing in a very live manner in just over a week (real time) as albums were recorded then. No keyboards no bullshit just 100% heavy metal helped considerably by the talent of our new vocalist Nicolaj and classic heavy metal producer Chris Tsangarides as you know. The title will most likely be '1000 men strong.'"

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Tokyo Blade Parts Ways With Singer

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tokyo Blade has announced that they have parted ways with vocalist Chris Gillen. Replacing him in the band will be Nicolaj 'Nick' Ruhnow, who will be making his debut with the band when they begin recording their next studio album, which is being produced by Chris Tsangarides.

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More Bands Confirmed For Hard Rock Hell IV

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced some more additions to this years lineup. The biggest news is that British heavy metal staples Saxon will be returning to the event this year and that German power metal veterans Helloween will be joining them. Also added to the bill is New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band Blitzkrieg and Swedish glam metal band Fatal Smile. The event is scheduled to take place in Prestatyn, Wales at the Pontins resort from December 3rd-5th.

The lineup now features the following bands: More...

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Hard Rock Hell Announces NWOBHM Stage

The organisers of Britain's Hard Rock Hell festival has announced that this year will feature a special NWOBHM stage which will feature performances from some of the most revered names from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. The bands confirmed for this stage include Jaguar, Tokyo Blade, Pagan Altar, Cloven Hoof, Bitches Sin, Spartan Warrior and Marseille, who will be opening up stage 2 on the saturday, to showcase material from their forthcoming new album, "Unfinished Business."

The festival takes in Prestatyn, Wales from the 3rd-5th of December and is already nearly sold out. Other bands confirmed for the festival include:

Skid Row
Uriah Heep
Michael Schenker Group
Blaze Bayley
Paul Di'anno
Diamond Head
Enuff Z'Nuff
Pretty Boy Floyd
L.A. Guns

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Tokyo Blade Reveals New DVD Details

Tokyo Blade have announced they will release their "Tokyo Blade - Live In Germany" DVD on January 21st, 2010 via Razar Ice Records. Pre-Sales are available now at this location. Footage for the DVD was filmed at Germany's Keep It True festival in 2008. The release will also include a bonus disc of material with additional live footage and previously unreleased photo galleries.

The track listing for the DVD is as follows:

1. Intro - The Killer
2. Lovestruck
3. Lightning Strikes
4. Midnight Rendezvous
5. Death On Main St.
6. Dead Of The Night
7. Attack, Attack
8. Monkeys Blood
9. Long Live Rock and Roll
10. If Heaven Is Hell
11. Night Of The Blade

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Tokyo Blade Drops Off Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tokyo Blade has announced that they have been forced to cancel their performance at this year's edition of the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival in the Netherlands. This is due to band member Andy Boulton falling ill. However, they will be replaced by fellow New Wave Of British Heavy Metal group Praying Mantis, who are scheduled to perform a special "classics" show at the event.

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Tokyo Blade Confirms European Tour Dates

UK metal band Tokyo Blade has confirmed the following European tour dates:

10/16 - De Rots - Antwerpen, Belgium
10/17 - Ages of Metal Festival - ’T Ipperste, Belgium
10/18 - Pacific Rock Cergy - (PACA) Paris, France
10/23 - Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival - Hoorn, Noord-Holland
10/25 - Musikbunker-Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
10/26 - Z7 Konzertfabrik, Prattln, Switzerland
10/30 - Club Rockland - Sala, Sweden
10/31 - Club Zaragon - Jönköping, Sweden

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Tokyo Blade To Release Live CD/DVD

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tokyo Blade has announced that they will be releasing a live CD/DVD this Autumn. The DVD will contain footage of the bands tour last year and features the entire set at Keep It True Festival in Germany.

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Tokyo Blade Announces More Tour Dates

Reactivated NWOBHM legends TOKYO BLADE have scheduled the following dates:

Aug. 23 - Leyendas Del Rock Festival, Puerto de Mazarro, Spain
Nov. 14 - The Purple Turtle, Camden/London, UK
Nov. 15 - Keep It True 11 Festival, Wurzburg, Germany
Nov. 16 - Mylos Complex - Xyloyrgeio, Thessaloniki, Greece
Nov. 18 - Underworld Club, Athens, Greece

TOKYO BLADE's current lineup:

Vocals - Chris Gillen
Guitar - Andy Boulton
Guitar - Bryan Holland
Bass - Frank Sapardi
Drums - Lorenzo Gonzalez More...

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Tokyo Blade Albums To Be Re-Issued

Classic metal reissue label Lost and Found Records USA has signed a license deal with Razar Ice Records to reissue two rarities from the TOKYO BLADE catalog. In spring of 2008, the albums "Warrior of the Rising Sun" and "Blackhearts and Jaded Spades" will be available on CD, both remastered and with rare bonus material never before available on CD.

"Warrior of the Rising Sun" was originally released in 1985 as a best-of compilation, with tracks from the "Midnight Rendezvous", "Madame Guillotine" EP, and "Night of the Blade" releases. Originally pressed on vinyl and cassette, this will be the first time being offered on CD format. This two CD release will offer the rare pre-TOKYO BLADE KILLER demos from 1981.

"Blackhearts and Jaded Spades" also released in 1985 has been a highly sought after release on CD for collectors worldwide. As bonus material, this reissue will contain the "Cave Sessions" demos, and the 12" "Undercover Honeymoon" release. More...

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Tokyo Blade Announce New Lineup

According to Metalzone.gr, the new lineup of the reactivated NWOBHM legends TOKYO BLADE will include founding lead guitarist Andy Boulton, former ARREST lead guitarist Bryan Holland, current OVERLOADED vocalist Chris Gillen, drummer Lorenzo Gonzalez and ex-MINDCANDY bassist Frank Saparti.

TOKYO BLADE, known for such metal anthems as "Midnight Rendezvous", "Night Of The Blade" and "If Heaven Is Hell", has reformed and is currently booking a European tour with confirmed dates in November 2008 on the NWOBHM Festival II in Athens, Greece (November 8) and the Keep It True festival in Germany (November 14). The band recently started rehearsals with an eye on writing and recording a new studio album.

"This is the band that TOKYO BLADE never was and always should have been!" original founding guitarist Andy Boulton recently stated. Added guitarist Bryan Holland, "The first rehearsal was simply unbelievable; the classic TOKYO BLADE songs are so heavy and powerful. It's going to be unreal when we get onstage and then into the studio."

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Tokyo Blade Confirmed For NWOBHM Festival

According to Metalzone.gr, reunited NWOBHM masters TOKYO BLADE have been confirmed for the second installment of the NWOBHM Festival, set to take place November 8, 2008 in Athens, Greece

The first NWOBHM Festival will be held on February 16, 2008 at AN club in Athens, and will feature performances by TYGERS OF PAN TANG, CLOVEN HOOF, JAGUAR and ELIXIR. Tickets cost 25 euros.

For more information, contact promo@sold-out.gr.

TOKYO BLADE guitarist Andy Boulton recently signed a deal with Razar Ice Records. Andy is currently recording his first solo disc for a tentative spring 2008 release. He has also completed work on a guitar-instruction DVD that will be made available soon. The TOKYO BLADE back catalog is also being remixed and remastered by Razar Ice and will be reissued with unreleased bonus and live tracks.

Watch video footage of TOKYO BLADE performing the song "Lightning Strikes" in 1985: More...

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