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High And Mighty Color

The roots of High and Mighty Color emerged via a Metallica cover band that played the clubs of Okinawa in the early 2000s, entertaining the soldiers of the (in)famous U.S. military base on the southern Japanese island. The core members of H&MC, Meg and Sassy, met through this band and started working together. Playing Western rock covers helped them to develop an understanding of modern Anglo-American rock, and soon they decided to extend their repertoire and started writing their own songs. By that time they also filled the remaining positions in the group, although screamo vocalist Yuusuke took four months to be convinced to join. The bandmembers picked the amusing moniker of Anti-Nobunaga, signed to a small label, and began to expand their touring geography. Their work paid off in 2003, when they were spotted by a music scout from Sony at a rock festival in Okinawa. They were signed to a subsidiary of Sony, but moreover, the scout, who had seen Maki perform at another festival during the same year, came up with the idea of merging the two acts, adding a female vocalist to Anti-Nobunaga. Maki was reluctant at first, planning to pursue her studies instead, but after much pestering she caved in and joined the band that was rechristened High and Mighty Color.

Soon High and Mighty Color moved to a major label and they didn't disappoint investors, with their first single, "Over," topping the indie Oricon charts for a month. Another single, "Pride," was picked for the very popular anime show Gundam Seed Destiny, and the success it received paved the way for their debut disc, Goover, which brought the band a well-deserved Rookie of the Year award in 2005. The group had two more albums up to this point, Gou on Progressive (2006) and San (2007), and although those records didn't fare particularly well commercially, the releases, along with the singles and another anime theme song (this time for the wildly popular Bleach) helped to keep High and Mighty Color in contention on the Japanese rock scene. High and Mighty Color’s fourth studio full-length, Rock Pit, was released in March of 2008, and proved to be the group’s lowest-selling album thus far; later that year Maki announced that she would be leaving the group. Early in 2009 the band reported that a replacement for Maki had been found, and new singer Halca appeared on the “XYZ” single released during the summer of that year. The band’s fifth studio album, swamp man, arrived in September. ~ Alexey Eremenko, Rovi
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man this band sucks
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They need to play more of their albums!
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The intro to the song Sweet Escape, sounds just like Self-Esteem by The Offspring.
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Love it !!!!!!
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leoroj989
Strike freedom Gundam is my favorite ms in seed destiny. (Gsd)
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leoroj989
Gundam seed destiny, pure awesome!
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I Love this song its awesome
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hothead18
Gundam Seed Destiny Opening!!! Awesome
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My all time favorite band ;)
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Hey they sound familiar.. Didn't they do a song for Bleach?
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They should put more albums on here
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Why isnt there more heavy japanese bands like this one and more like the gazette
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I like their sound, but I don't care for the studio mix on this and other songs. It comes off sounding like a garage band with the vocal mix. I do like the upbeat, freestyle rock sound of many of their tracks.
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they need 2 get more HMC albums on here
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I wish their was more Japanese music

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I'm glad these guys are on here, but I wish they had ABS and Aqua Timez.
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So Pandora can't discern regional background (Japanese, German, Indian, Korean, etc.) but all the similar artists to HMC are Asian?

That makes {no} sense!
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iamhaus
pandora needs to put SCANDAL on here...pleas e ! !
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pagan.c
Hey, they aren't so bad! Looking forward to seeing what else they have.
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not bad not bad at all
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@L yup it was ichrin no hana right?
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Love 'Rain', and 'Ichirin no hana'. Greetings to all fans.
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alex.issayev
@Rachel last I checked Vampire Knight had ON OFF do the openings (Futatsu no Kodou to Akai Tsumi and Rondo) while Wakeshima Kanon did the endings (Still Doll and Suna no Oshiro). Second what everyone else said, I'd like to see a japanese tag, they have a portugese lyrics tag so I see no reason why they can't have a japanese lyrics tag
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They rock.
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Always an awesome band. First heard them when they were used as a Bleach (anime) opening.
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♥♥♥ Love 'em!
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Uwah. Isn't High and Mighty COLOR also the artist that did some Vampire Knight opening and endings?
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I agree with zabeus Pandora SHOULD have a tag for Japanese but not just Japanese but also German, Italian, French, anything for everyone
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LOL...they started as a Metallica cover band? Man, I would've loved to hear that.
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I miss maki, but support HALCA!
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ocean_goddes s _ 1
they rock
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Nice sound by the way. ;)
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Yeah it's funny how Pandora has >400 qualities from musical theory, but won't add arbitrary tags like "Japanese" based purely on listener preferences. (though they do have a "strong female vocals" gene so why not Japanese?)
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a good band they made the third opening song for bleach
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A really cool band. I do think the growling/scr e a m i n g can be out of place at times though. Then again, I'm kind of a new fan. :)
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Kind of annoying to see that same message on all the artists pages that I like...
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u have to find ur artist to figure which is which on j-pop and others
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I can't make a decent J-rock or J-pop station going without Pandora lumping in other countries' bands.The J in J-Rock and J-Pop means "Japanese." Please Pandora stick to that. Seriously, why do I get British fantasy metal and Dutch electronic body music or emo bands with "Tokyo" in the band name when I have artists like Gackt and Malice Mizer?! Emo does not equal J-rock, PERIOD! And for Christ sake PLEASE ADD the GazettE!
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Be happy with what ya got, or just go check out Imeem. Either way I was always a huge fan of Maki (via GuitarFreaks / D r u m m a n i a ) before I ever heard of these guys. weird huh?
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heck yeah, this is the kind of music i'd love to open for my anime some day.
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I love Jpop and Jrock I sooo Wish thay had more Japnese music But I love HMC Thare going to be the theem song to my anime one day
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One of their songs played on my foreign music station because I have a lot of Japanese artists. Thinking they sounded familiar from something, I looked at the profile and there it is, anime songs for Bleach and Gundam. Bravo, Pandora
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I just wish they also had Gouon Progressive too! :) Someday..
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i love this band!!...
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HUGS FOR Hi N Mighty Colors ^_^
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yannisguerra
nice song, it actually made me look up the band and some other stuff they have made.
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YES JPOP!!!!!! I you guys had more cds from them!
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OMG im SOOOO effing hapy that Pandora has Hi n Mity Colour! <3 THANKYU! seriously, get mor jpop/jrock like mayb Antic Cafe or Mika Nakashima
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finally some more jpop!
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sailorcardkn i g h t
I love High and Mighty Color! I'm so happy Pandora actually had at least one of their albums!

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