Mitsuru Matsuoka Comment

SOPHIA – cod-E ~The code of E~ (released 2011)

Singer and actor Mitsuru Matsuoka created a new “special unit” called “Mitsuru Matsuoka EARNEST DRIVE” to produce the theme song for “Kamen Rider Drive”. He sang in several of their songs earlier and even acted as the main antagonist in the movie “Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate”.

Their first release will be called “SURPRISE-DRIVE“, no further information about the release has been given yet.

The previous works of Mitsuru Matsuoka is best described as being the old typical sound that visual-kei band used to produce, and SOPHIA at that time was being considered a visual-kei band – not that it somehow impacted their sound however. It will be interesting seeing what the band will produce as the combination is quite unusual.

The new unit consist of 4 members:
Vocal: Matsuoka Mitsuru
Guitar: tatsuo
Drums: Junji
Bass: IKUO

You’re probably familiar with Junji and IKUO from playing support in Acid Black Cherry, GACKT, etc. and also actively in their primary band BULL ZEICHEN 88. Additionally, if you’re not familiar with who tatsuo is, then I’m here to tell you that he actually arranged two of the songs in BABYMETAL‘s self-titled album, “Onedari Daisakusen” (track 7) and “4 no Uta” (track 8).

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