Shingetsu was a Japanese progressive rock band from the late 70's. They put out several albums before disbanding - the most well known being their eponymous album. The various members have been in other projects since then. In 1998, singer Makoto Kitayama released an album titled "Hikaru Sazanami" recorded with a few members of the original Shingetsu lineup.
1. Oni (9:38) 2. The Other Side of Morning (4:17) 3. Influential Street (4:28) 4. Afternoon-After The Rain (4:11) 5. Fragments of The Dawn (7:04) 6. Freeze (3:05) 7. Night Collector (5:10) 8. Return of The Night (5:37)
Before the advent of the Japanese school of Progressive rock music during the Eighties, represented by GERARD, OUTER LIMITS or PAGEANT, a certain number of local bands of great interest were already active. Amongst them, the name of SHINGETSU was on the top of the list. Led by the majestic voice of the charismatic singer Makoto KITAYAMA, its music was filled with a level of sophistication and virtuosity not so common at this time, as well as great Mellotron parts. Let's also notice an unique sense of theatrality, at the crossroads between traditional Japanese influences and scenical innovations ala GENESIS.