sForzato Biography


by Laura Cooper, posted February 15, 2014

(L-R) Hiro, Kazuki, Cedo, Rui, Kousuke

sForzato formed in 2011 when the members met while at music school in Tokyo. Their first live show in was in January 2012 and whilst spending the rest of the year playing around Tokyo, the band also received a warm welcome at the Singapore Street Festival that summer.

sForzato released their first single Pain and Silence in July 2012 and went on to an increasingly busy live schedule throughout the rest of the year and into 2013. Picked up by the Art Pop label (home to Adapter。 and NoGoD, among others), the band released their second CD single Fallen in July 2013 on Forthgate Records. They also have download-only releases available via iTunes – “Cease Fire!” and “-OVER-drive.”

Style-wise, sForzato’s early days were very much in the now slightly less common VK vein–think an overabundance of hairspray and backcombing. More recently, the band have moved toward a still well-coiffed but more natural image which suits their developing persona.

With costumes harkening towards a more standard visual kei look with PVC, buckles, and bright slashes of color thrown in the mix, sForzato’s music leans more toward the heavier end of the spectrum, the band admittedly calling themselves “metal-style.”  That their biggest shared influence is NoGoD both musically and in production, puts them in good stead for moving on in this heavier direction. Though their current oeuvre is small, they rock out some metal motifs and suggest influences more from hair metal and the classic rock route. Vocalist Cedo tends toward clean vocals on their releases so far, though live shows have a bit more growling and death vocals backed up by the other members.

The band are still evolving so expect to see a progression in musical style as they develop.


Cedo – Vocals

Kousuke – Guitar

Hiro – Guitar

Kazuki – Bass

Rui – Drums

Laura Cooper started photographing rock and jazz bands at university. While completing a degree in English Literature, she was literary co-editor of the York University arts magazine and held poetry soirees with comedy jazz bands. Laura wrote for the now defunct UK Goth magazine Meltdown, as well as edited for an occult/spiritual website while she lived in York and London. She disappeared into the mountainous depths of Japan in 2006 and is now based in Tokyo, capturing rock bands in action.

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