Rhythmic Noise - 1990 - Alfa
Infinity - 1991 - Alfa
Inside or Outside - 1993 - Alfa
Grand Slam - 1996 - Alfa
The Last Rock Show "Song for You" Official Bootleg Tapes - 1997 - Alfa

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Media, Reaction>>KATO JUN-YA

Presence, Rajas>>SHIROTA KAZUHIDE>>Daida Laida

Victim, 44 Magnum>>YOSHIKAWA HIRONORI>>44 Magnum, Unchained

Make-up>>Toyokawa Yoshihiro>>T.F.G. - KITAOKA SHINKI>>Shy Blue, Animetal

History & Biography
This Tokyo-based glam/hard rock band was formed in 1989 as Golden Bat and issued an EP called Grand Slam through Danger Crue in 1990. The band was singer Jun-ya Kato, guitarist Shirota Kazuhide, bassist Yoshikawa Hironori, who was known for his work in 44 Magnum, and Toyokawa Yoshihiro on drums. At this point the band adopted the name of it EP. The band’s debut full-length was issued by Alfa in 1990 and was called Rhythmic Noise. Without Dreams was released as a single. Kitaoka Shinki was on drums for Inside Or Outside, which yielded the Song For You single. Next came two EPS, Easy Action of 1993 and Big Deal of 1994. A self-titled record appeared in 1996. By this time, after a year of service, Shinki was also gone. The band’s final release was a 1997 live record called The Last Rock Show "Song for You" Official Bootleg Tapes. It was recorded in live at Shibuya Kokaido in Tokyo. The band split up in 1997.

Unrelated early '80s Swedish band Easy Action featured Zinny J Zan who would later join Grand Slam. This was also the name for a Phil Lynott band. The Japanese Grand Slam was actually popular in Japan and played to concert halls. Jun Takagi played keyboards for the band.

Former Anthem singer Sakamoto Eizo and Yoshikawa "Ban" Hironori picked up former Gargoyle guitarist Kentaro and drummer A-Joe in 2023 to form a new act called Unchained. Shirota Kazuhide died in 2023.



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