Katsuhiko Hotta: Lead Vocals
Noriyasu Kiya: Guitar/Vocals
Mitsuru Yasuda: Guitar/Vocals
Masaru Hasegawa: Bass/Vocals
Jun Nakatsubo: Drums/Vocals
MAVERICK from Hokkaido, Japan, was formed by Katsuhiko Hotta in 1992. They had various line-up changes, shared stages with bands like Metalucifer, Outrage, United, Solitude, Saber Tiger, Concerto Moon, and released 3 demos with different line-ups along the way, â€œMaverickâ€ in 1994, â€œUnder Fireâ€ in 1997, and â€œUnfolds the Wayâ€ in 2001. The stable yet the strongest line-up of today completed in 2003, and after playing numerous gigs to strengthen the band, they recorded a cover version of â€œBlazon Stoneâ€ in 2004 for a Running Wild tribute album, which was eventually released in Europe in the summer of 2005. Meanwhile, they started recording a full-length debut album in February 2005. Produced by Fuyuhiko Inui (Solitude, Day After Tomorrow etc), the album presents what MAVERICK are all about - melancholic yet strong melodies, thrilling and dramatic songs, and never-give-up attitude. The band opened for Paul Gilbert in Hong Kong and had a successful sppearance at the Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany, followed by an extensive release tour throughout Japan.
* Long-awaited debut album from the Northern Brave Men of Japan!
* Produced by Fuyuhiko Inui, known for Solitude, Day After Tomorrow (very popular Japanese group)
* Melancholic yet strong melodies, thrilling and dramatic songs, with influences from Judas Priest, Accept, Manowar, Helloween or Europe.
* Excellent artwork by Yasuhito Ishii, know for Mastermind, Argument Soul, Gaisen March
* Shared stages with Paul Gilbert (Racer X), Metalucifer, Outrage, United, Solitude, Gorgon, Concerto Moon etc
* Had a successful appearance at Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany in 2005 even before the album was released.
2005 V.A. / Revivalry - A Tribute To Running Wild (Remedy Records)
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1. The Awakening
2. Black Leather Man
3. Hammer Blood
4. Let There Be Light
5. Son Of Wonder
6. Endless Smile
7. Make My Stand
8. Gone Are The Days
9. Unfolds The Way
10. In A State Of Nature