Origin: Japan
Genres: Thrash Metal
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United  


Japan's United was formed way back in 1981, originally as a Judas Priest cover band (hence their name, taken from the classic Priest song), with bassist Akihiro Yokoyama being the only member from that long ago. By 1990 a stable lineup had finally materialized. 1995's N.O.I.Q. album is the first to get a US release (by Metal Blade), and is thus the only album reviewed here. N.O.I.Q. sounds nothing like Judas Priest, but does sound a lot like 80's Bay Area thrash, with vocals that occasionally border on hardcore. Over the years, the band has opened for many bands in Japan, including Laaz Rockit, Nuclear Assault, Exodus, Machine Head, and Slayer, and is considered one of Japan's leading thrash bands.

Current Members

Ken-Shin (Al-Salem Faisal)

vocals

Yoshifumi Yoshida

guitars

Shingo Otani

guitars

Akihiro Yokoyama

bass

Akira

drums

Former Members/Guests

Yoshiaki Furui

vocals

Shinichi Inazu

vocals

Masatoshi Yuasa

vocals

Nobu

vocals

Hirokazu Uchino

drums

Yusuke Nakamura

drums


Discography



Bloody But Unbowed 
1990 Howling Bull
  1. Sniper
  2. Welcome To Amazing World
  3. The Plague
  4. Power Rage
  5. Don't Trust!
  6. (It's So) Hard To Breathe
  7. Take A Bite Of Crime
  8. Suck Your Bone
  9. Unavoidable Riot
  • Yoshiaki Furui
  • Yoshifumi Yoshida
  • Shingo Otani
  • Akihiro Yokoyama
  • Hirokazu Uchino




Human Zoo 
1992 Howling Bull
  1. human zoo
  2. violence jack
  3. machinery days
  4. jungle land
  5. false majesty
  6. the sea of silence
  7. can't see the light
  8. over the ocean
  9. brothers in arms
  10. don't let peace break out
  • Yoshiaki Furui
  • Yoshifumi Yoshida
  • Shingo Otani
  • Akihiro Yokoyama
  • Hirokazu Uchino




Beast Dominates '92 
1992 Howling Bull
  1. s.r.s.
  2. do you wanna die?
  3. holy dive screamer
  4. combat!
  5. ultra q
  6. yesterday's hero
  • Yoshiaki Furui
  • Yoshifumi Yoshida
  • Shingo Otani
  • Akihiro Yokoyama
  • Hirokazu Uchino




N.O.I.Q. 
1995 Victor
  1. Revenger
  2. Bad Habit
  3. Run Through The Night
  4. Kill Yourself For Business
  5. Hit Me (One More Card)
  6. Words In Disguise
  7. Outta My Way
  8. Obsession
  • Yoshiaki Furui
  • Yoshifumi Yoshida
  • Shingo Otani
  • Akihiro Yokoyama
  • Hirokazu Uchino




Best Rare Tracks From Under Ground 
1995 Victor




Reload 
1997 Victor
  1. untied
  2. skin-deep
  3. shameless
  4. thrill kill
  5. monkey brains
  6. mourning
  7. l.o.u.
  8. ex-friend
  9. suicide?
  10. mata
  11. slave
  12. style
  • Shinichi Inazu
  • Yoshifumi Yoshida
  • Shingo Otani
  • Akihiro Yokoyama
  • Hirokazu Uchino




Distorted Vision 
1998 Victor
  1. Flash Back
  2. Trust Yourself
  3. Color
  4. Who Am I
  5. Sick and Angry
  6. Locked Inside
  7. So Damn Low
  8. Tiger
  9. Change
  10. Revenger
  • Shinichi Inazu
  • Yoshifumi Yoshida
  • Shingo Otani
  • Akihiro Yokoyama
  • Hirokazu Uchino




Infectious Hazard 
2001 Howling Bull
  1. cross over the line
  2. the ruin of a memory
  3. temporary sanity
  4. sonic sublime
  5. blckend lies
  6. mosh crew
  7. solid ground
  8. penetrate
  9. low dealer
  10. 10
  11. distorted vision
  • Masatoshi Yuasa
  • Yoshifumi Yoshida
  • Shingo Otani
  • Akihiro Yokoyama
  • Yusuke Nakamura




Core 
2002 Howling Bull
  1. Nightmare Continue
  2. Bust Dying Mind
  3. Hate Yourself, Hate Your Own Kind
  4. Hell Breaks Loose
  5. Purify
  6. Crucify The Weak
  7. Monsters In The Pit
  8. They Come With The storm
  9. Overcome Indecsion
  10. Core
  11. Insane Howl
  12. Loss And Again
  • Masatoshi Yuasa
  • Yoshifumi Yoshida
  • Shingo Otani
  • Akihiro Yokoyama
  • Yusuke Nakamura




Nine 
2005 Howling Bull
  1. Rock 'n' Roll
  2. Hand on the Trigger
  3. You Got it Right
  4. Fires Across America
  5. Don't Push me Man
  6. Cave in
  • Nobu
  • Yoshifumi Yoshida
  • Shingo Otani
  • Akihiro Yokoyama
  • Akira




Tear Of Illusions 
2011 SpiritualBeast
  1. Kill Your Sense
  2. Deathtrap
  3. Undersea Suffering
  4. The System of Terror
  5. Tears
  6. Breeding Fear
  7. Land of Blood
  8. Return
  9. Welcome To My Pain
  • Ken-Shin
  • Yoshifumi Yoshida
  • Shingo Otani
  • Akihiro Yokoyama
  • Akira




Scars Of The Wasted Years 
2012
  1. Sniper
  2. Don't Trust!
  3. (It's So) Hard To Breathe
  4. Unavoidable Riot
  5. S.R.S.
  6. Combat!
  7. Violent Jack
  8. Jungle Land
  9. Don't Let Peace Break Out
  10. Revenger
  11. Bad Habit
  12. Untied
  13. Color
  14. Cross Over The Line
  15. Mosh Crew
  16. Distorted Vision
  17. Bust Dying Mind
  18. Hell Breaks Loose
  19. Kill Your Sense
  • Ken-Shin
  • Yoshifumi Yoshida
  • Shingo Otani
  • Akihiro Yokoyama
  • Akira


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