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Japanese masters Envy tease new record

Envy 2014

You may or may not be aware, but Japanese legends Envy are going to be releasing a new album next month. Finally!

It wasn’t until last week, when news of a brand new track called “Shining Finger” surfaced online, that we even knew about it, so quiet is their presence outside their homeland. Only trouble is, barely anyone has heard it, as it was played on Japanese radio station Inter FM, which appears unavailable anywhere else.

Thankfully, Envy have put up a tantalising trailer for the new release, which is to be called Atheist’s Cornea.

It makes me so happy I can’t even express myself properly. The band’s last album Insomniac Doze - a more post-rock tinged affair than their brazen earlier material – came out in 2010, and it’s been a quiet old time since then. This sounds like it’ll be a riffier return to the Envy of old, and we can only hope to hear “Shining Finger” before to long to confirm that. Interestingly, the song seems to be named after Mobile Fighter G Gundam protagonist Domon Kasshu’s signature move. Looks like the band are anime fans.

Beyond these tidbits, we actually have the album art AND tracklist for Atheist’s Cornea, which is as follows:

Atheist's Cornea album art01. Blue Moonlight
02. Ignorant Rain at the End of the World
03. Shining Finger
04. Ticking Time and String
05. Footsteps in the Distance
06. An Insignificant Poem
07. Two Isolated Souls
08. Your Heart and My Hand

Pleasingly, Atheist’s Cornea will be released very soon: May 13th to be exact, via Sonzai Records (JP), Temporary Residence (USA) and Rock Action (Europe). I’m not sure how many Japanese people read this site, but just in case, here’s a bunch of dates they’ll be playing in May and June:

15th May @ Pangea, Osaka
16th May @ Club Upset, Nagoya
17th May @ Liquidroom, Tokyo
23rd May @ Park Square, Sendai w/ Spike Shoes
24th May @ Club Sonic Iwaki, Iwaki w/ To Overflow Evidence
02nd Jun @ Unit, Tokyo w/ This Will Destroy You
06th Jun @ Klub Counter Action, Sapporo w/ Slang, Cutback, Clapstain
07th Jun @ Mosquito, Asahikawa w/ Takako Tate
12th Jun @ Orange Box, Nagasaki w/ Wretched Fall In, Weakend Heroes
13th Jun @ Quieblick, Fukuoka w/ Collection of Weaklings
14th Jun @ Caparvo Hall, Kagoshima w/ Life Style, The New Coast

19th Jun @ Hellfest, Clisson, FRANCE

27th Jun @ Output, Okinawa w/ Toe