Lightning Strikes’ debut, self-titled album was released in North and South America on CD on January 20, 2017. “Lightning Strikes” features NOAH as a guest vocalist on the tracks “Kamikaze” and the CD album limited track, “Doki no Sakura.” The album is currently available for digital download on iTunes and Google Play.
About Lightning Strikes: Formed originally in 1986, Lightning Strikes has had a long and somewhat complicated history. After their short run in 1986, drummer Karpis Maksudian attempted to reform Lightning Strikes in 1987 with a completely new lineup. However, in late 1987, they took a hiatus to write new material, which unfortunately became permanent.
Now, Karpis Maksudian has once again reformed Lightning Strikes with an all-star lineup of musicians to record a full length album. This lineup features vocalist Nando Fernandes, guitarist Rob Math, keyboardist Derek Sherinian, and Cat Tate, the bassist from Lightning Strikes’ first run in 1986. To add to this impressive list, the full album was mixed by Roy Z and former Black Sabbath vocalist Tony Martin provided guest vocals for 2 songs on the album.
The album features a guest vocalist known as NOAH from the Japanese visual kei band Avanchick. NOAH recorded guest vocals for the traditional Japanese song “Doki no Sakura,” which was recorded in koto by the famous koto player Masayo Ishigure. NOAH also recorded the vocals for the track “Kamikaze,” which was originally written by Karpis in 1986.
About NOAH: NOAH, born on December 25 and hailing from Kumamota, Japan, is the vocalist of the Tokyo-based visual kei band Avanchick and also works as their main composer and lyricists. Avanchick began activities on July 11, 2014, and their first live performance, which was held at Shibuya REX, immediately sold out. Catching attention as “the band with currently the realest lyrics and prettiest voice,” Avanchick is set to make their US debut at Tokyo in Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma July 14-16, 2017.
NOAH has received the honor of being the only Japanese person to participate in the recording project with Lightning Strikes. NOAH decided to participate to spread visual kei, a part of Japanese culture, around the world. He hopes everyone enjoys the wonderful song, which has now been completed with the help of an excellent producer, artists, and staff.