DESTINIA

‘METAL SOULS’ 

new album

UK release date 

13.07.18

[Frontiers]

Japanese metal guitarist Nozomu Wakai joined by 

Ronnie Romero (Lords Of Black, CoreLeoni, Rainbow)

Marco Mendoza (The Dead Daisies)

Tommy Aldridge (Whitesnake)   

CD / LP / digital

ALBUM PRE-ORDER LINK

http://radi.al/DestiniaMetalSouls

VIDEO FOR TITLE SONG

bit.ly/2FSPjYZ

Japanese guitar hero Nozomu Wakai blasts his way onto the world stage with his project Destinia, 

featuring music composed, written and produced by Nozomu himself.

 

Nozomu Wakai is hailed in Japan and abroad as an artist who could bring forth a rebirth of authentic 

and melodic heavy metal in the 21st century. He has already released two albums, ‘Requiem For A 

Scream’ (2014) and ‘Anecdote Of The Queens’ (2015), with his project Nozomu Wakai’s DESTINIA. 

He has also been recognised in the Japanese hard rock and heavy metal scenes for his contributions 

on guitar, compositions and sound design on releases by the country’s leading musicians and anime’s.

 

In 2016, during his quest for a new musical direction for DESTINIA, Nozomu witnessed a festival 

performance in Japan by Lords Of Black, featuring vocalist Ronnie Romero. Though Nozomu was well 

aware of Ronnie’s abilities, the new singer for Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow nevertheless still blew him 

away. A direct offer was made and accepted with Ronnie joining Nozomu to participate as the vocalist 

in Destinia.


Ronnie Romero (left) / Nozomu Wakai (right)

 

Having set his course for the direction of the new compositions, Nozomu made the decision to offer 

Marco Mendoza and Tommy Aldridge, a rhythm section that had been hugely influential on him, the

bass and drum slots to add extra strength to the music. It was an obvious choice for Nozomu’s music 

as these positions would demand the presence of two musicians with a vast knowledge of the history 

of hard rock and metal. Upon listening to Nozomu’s music, the duo were thrilled to get involved.

Nozomu describes the musical direction and aspiration of DESTINIA as ‘classic modern’ heavy metal. 

“The music goes beyond authentic hard rock and heavy metal in the same vein as Rainbow, 

Whitesnake and Dio – it is completed with the contemporary, modern sound styles. I am confident 

that can create exciting new music with these musicians,” says Nozomu.

Praising his talents, Ronnie, Marco and Tommy were excited to join forces with Nozomu. “I was

 impressed the moment I listened to his tracks,” says Ronnie. “Nozomu is an incredibly talented guitar 

player and an amazing composer. In addition to that, my vocals fit in really well.”

 

The emotional guitars by Nozomu and soulful vocals by Ronnie complement each other and are made 

all the more powerful with the backing of the powerful grooves supplied by Marco and Tommy. 

Nozomu’s enthusiasm towards authentic metal with all his heart and soul is apparent from the album’s 

title track and first single, ‘Metal Souls’.

Nozomu sees a long-term potential in DESTINIA, claiming there are “songs that need to be written, 

developments that need to be made.” Behold the new guitar hero, the shape of things to come in the 

new world of hard rock and heavy metal.


Nozomu Wakai

‘METAL SOULS’ 

TRACKLIST

 

01  Metal Souls

02  Rain

03  End of Love

04  Promised Land

05  Take Me Home

06  Raise Your Fist

07  Be a Hero

08  Metamorphosis

09  Cross The Line

10  Judgement Day

11  Ready for Rock

LINE-UP

Nozomu Wakai : Guitar

Ronnie Romero : Vocals

Marco Mendoza : Bass

Tommy Aldridge : Drums

wardrecords.com/page/destinia/

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