Metalliville Webzine recently interviewed singer/guitarist/engineer Masaki Murashita. Murashita talked about his new touring band, recent U.S. Tour Southwest Leg, solo debut EP ‘Inescapable Damnation’, Voice of Dissent and more. Click here to read the interview.
Murashita recruited Rodney McGlothlin (Voice of Dissent) on bass, Patrick Morton (Wes Cage, Solar Haze) on lead guitar, and Chris Aguirre (Rattlehead) on drums as a permanent live lineup.
Murashita’s debut EP, Inescapable Damnation, which features the talents of David Ellefson (Megadeth), Kevin Talley (Suffocation, Six Feet Under, Chimaira), Kelly Conlon (Death, Monstrosity) and Rodney McGlothlin (Voice of Dissent), is in stores through Plastic Head Distribution. It’s also available at Murashita’s official store, iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and many other online outlets.
Praise for Inescapable Damnation:
“The EP as a whole is the definition of thrash, but brings different elements into the mix which creates Murashita’s own signature sound.” – Metal Nexus
“… The thing that really gets me about this record is the quality of the guitar work. Every solo is absolutely nailed and the riffs are deliciously chunky. Meanwhile, more angular and terrifying black metal moments face off to create a truly intense listen that leaves your body shaking in unholy motion. The fact of the matter is that Masaki Murashita is clearly a top notch musician and he is able to create a stunning atmosphere in a mere five songs. These are tracks that not only get your head banging but also give you incentive to dive into the pit. These riffs are made for circle pits and stage diving, and it create a sense of chaos that I really value…” – Two Guys Metal Reviews
“… I must say the soloing is the art of Masaki Murashita. He would succeed if he did power metal from example or technical brutal death metal, or as a solo virtuoso guitarist. He would succeed anyway. Well the bottom line is: kings are born kings, so don’t waste your time and pay homage to Murashita. Now, you mortal!” – Dark Souls United
“…Masaki brings his lead guitar and scorching vocals back to the forefront with his solo debut and I am left completely jubilant at what I’ve been listening to…” Rated 5/5 – Metal Odyssey
“…There’s a thrash backbone in “Inescapable Damnation”, and Murashita has concocted riffs that not only get the adrenaline flowing and the blood pumping but also exude a sensation of grim menace — a sensation that’s magnified by the ravenous ferocity of his snarling voice. But there’s still more to this attention-grabbing song: It includes a guitar solo that reflects great melodic sensibility, in addition to physical dexterity; it’s a reminder that memorable soloing is about more than how fast you can shred…” – No Clean Singing
“… The entire album contains several moments of pure technical ecstasy, while the fast paced drums and high screams give the record a pleasant heaviness. This is a very solid release, from the fast riffs on opening track ‘Retribution’ to the technical guitar solos on ‘Conquer The Foe’. Everything on the demo is of a very high quality. The production is great, the music is good and the guest musicians are handpicked with great care. ‘Inescapable Damnation’ should definitely be followed up by a full length album. Hopefully Murashita will be one of those Japanese musicians that finally makes a stand in Europe and beyond.” – Lords of Metal Zine
“From start to end, very much an artistic wonder. They have something sick and unique here.”
Rated 10/10 – Taste of Khaos
“Expecting first full-length release Murashita, we have developed very high expectations after the “Inescapable Damnation”. (Review in Greek) Rated 8.5/10 – GreekRebels
“With outstanding guitar work, great lyrics and a complete lack of conformity to industry expectations, “Inescapable Damnation” is a metal manifestation.” – Full Metal Rock