Interview: Matenrou Opera

JNL Team was given the great opportunity to interview Matenrou Opera. This visual kei metal band will do their first solo Europe tour at the end of next month. The quartet will do a total of 8 shows in 7 countries. Our very own Netherlands will be one of those countries; Matenrou Opera will be performing in the Melkweg in Amsterdam on the 9th of July.

For those who don’t know the band, Matenrou Opera was formed in 2007 by Sono (vocalist) and Yuu (drummer). Both men were previously part of Jeniva. Just recently they released their album, PANTHEON –part 1-.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor matenrou opera 2017

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule for us! Could you please introduce yourselves to our readers?


Ayame: Nice to meet you. I’m the keyboardist of the Japanese Visual-Kei band “Matenrou Opera”, Ayame. I’m looking forward to go to the Netherlands for the first time in my life.


Yuu: I’m Matenrou Opera’s drummer, Yuu. I’m a 34 year old who loves baseball and Heavy Metal.

摩天楼オペラのドラムの悠です。野球とHEAVY METALが好きな34歳です。(悠)

Matenrou Opera was formed in the Spring of 2007, so this is your tenth anniversary. Congratulations! How do you feel about having reached this milestone?


Ayame: Thank you very much. I’m happy that there have been many fans around the world for these 10 years.


Yuu: Although it was while saying 10 years, I think that it was a very dark decade.
From now on I’ll do my best to keep on going on for 20 or 30 years.


Did you or will you do anything special to celebrate your ten year anniversary?


Ayame: We will perform in various places with a live telling thanks. It’s part of what we will do in Europe.


Yuu: It’s a secret.


Do you have any goals you wish to reach within the next 10 years?


Ayame: I want to gain even more fans. Moreover, I want to go to many countries besides European ones.


Yuu: There are many, but I want to perform in rock and metal festivals around the world.


PANTHEON –PART 1- will be released in April this year. Can you tell us a little about this album?

PANTHEON –PART 1-月に発売されますね、このアルバムについて少しお話ください

Ayame: It became a very heavy metal sound. There are songs in Japanese, but I think that European people will like it as well.


Yuu: It’s a Manterou Opera Heavy metal album. It is very melodic and speedy.

摩天楼オペラのHEAVY METALアルバムです。とてもメロディックですスピーディーです。(悠)

This is not the first time you will perform in Europe. What made you want to perform in Europe again? Is there anything that attracts you to this continent?

ヨーロッパで公演するのは初めてれはありませんが、どうしてまたヨーロッパツアーをしようと思ったのですか この大陸になにか惹かれるものがあったのでしょうか

Ayame: Europe is very attractive to us. That’s where there are our favourite music roots and liquor. We are pleased that the European tour was decided.


Yuu: Until now we have received an offer but the timing didn’t allow us to meet, so we finally got to go this time.


What is your favorite memory of Europe?


Ayame: It was when the fans greeted us very warmly and the liquor was delicious.


Yuu: The German sausage and beer were delicious beyond my imagination.


This will be your first time performing in the Netherlands. Are there things you wish to try out or do while you stay in our country? What do you look forward to the most?


Ayame: I am not familiar with the Netherlands. So, I’m looking forward to learn and do various things about the Netherlands.


Yuu: I would like to eat delicious dishes from Dutch cuisine.


You have mentioned before that you have been influenced by foreign musicians, such as the German Halloween and some Finnish bands as well. Do you know any Dutch musicians?


Ayame: I like female vocals, so I like EPICA and DELAIN.




And lastly, is there anything you wish to say to your Dutch and other European fans?


Ayame: It’s​ our first time visiting the Netherlands. I knew there are many fans there. I am looking forward to seeing you all in the Netherlands. (Ayame)


Yuu: I was able to go to Europe tour for the first time in nine years. I’m going to the Netherlands for the first time, but I am really looking forward to what kind of  show it will be. Please come to the show and sing along.


foto van Mariëlle Möllers.

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Please don’t forget to buy Matenrou Opera‘s album PANTHEON -part 1-. You can find the links to the album below:

Regular Edition

Limited Edition

Also, many thanks to our friend Unique for helping us with the translation of this interview.


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