Tetsuya Fukagawa, vocalist of Japanese influential post rock / metal act ENVY has parted ways with the band. The band issued the following statement:
Tetsuya Fukagawa, our vocalist who has been with us since the beginning, has decided to leave the band.
The remaining four members, Nobukata Kawai, Dairoku Seki, Masahiro Tobita and Manabu Nakagawa will continue on as envy.
We are proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past twenty years with Tetsu.
In consideration of these years and out of respect for all involved, we ask everyone to understand this is a private decision.
We wish Tetsu the best of luck and hope for all of his future endeavours to be successful.
We will still be playing at the Synchronicity ’16 – After Hours show on April 24th, featuring a few of our friends as guest vocalist.
We’ll be taking some time to concentrate on writing some new music after April.
Hope to see you there.
ENVY did a US tour last year and released their latest album Atheist’s Cornea in May 2015. Listen to the full masterpiece below.
Despite its relative brevity (at 43 minuntes it is Envy’s shortest album since their early 90s thrash days), Atheist’s Cornea is easily the band’s most progressive work. Beginning with a punishing pummel, holes of light are gradually punched open to reveal an uncanny series of dynamic, emotionally charged epics. Not only does Atheistʼs Cornea showcase some wholly unexpected new turns for Envy, it also often reaches transcendent heights that could overwhelm a major blockbuster film — all while vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa sings, screams, and speaks like his life depended on it. Atheist’s Cornea is the purest, most distilled example of Envy’s brand of brilliance. It is also their bravest album, taking new risks with a much welcomed, broader vocal palette and an instrumental experimentation that navigates blistering shifts from impenetrable noise to poetic, pin-drop introspection with astounding grace. Envy have finally mastered the art of being effective and efficient without sacrificing an ounce of either – a truly inspired evolution from a band whose mastery of both remains unparalleled.