Fratvacker>>FLATBACKER>>EZO - JAPAN

Sensho - 1985 - Victor
ESA - 1986 - Victor
E-Z-O - 1987 - Geffen
Fire Fire - 1989 - Geffen


  
 
Members
S= MASAKI YAMADA>>Loudness, Solo, Saber Tiger, Firesign
G= SHOYO IIDA [MASAHIRO IIDA]
B= TARO TAKAHASHI
D= HIRO HOMMA>>Mari Hamada, Loudness, Anthem, Saber Tiger, Snakebite, Naked Machine, Reaction



History
This gang had two metal albums as Flatbacker before moving to L.A. in the USA. There they changed their name in 1986. Sounding a little like Kiss, they eventually got Gene Simmons to produce their 1987 album. Result: Can you say Black 'N Blue? The band was tackily once marketed as Ninja Metal in the USA. The band was dropped and broke up in 1990, but not before opening for Guns ‘N Roses. EZO never toured Japan. Two members later joined Loudness back in Japan. Sensho means accident and Esa means nourishment in Japanese.

Each member stood for an element of nature. Takahashi was earth, Homma was water, Shoyo was fire and Masaki was the wind. The band hailed from Hokkaido in Northern Japan whose olden name is none other than Ezo. Takahashi became a record company employee. Shoyo is the younger brother of Kosei of Fast Draw and went into the fake sushi business in USA.


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