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Hotei: Strangers

Album Review

Japan’s mega-selling shredder marshals his forces

Rare is the artist who, while relatively unknown in mainstream rock circles, really is big in Japan.

With sales exceeding 40 million there, virtuosic shredder Hotei qualifies for the latter and with his international debut he hopes to correct the former. The Japanese guitarist notched his first stroke of notoriety with Battle Without Honor Or Humanity – the ubiquitous theme from Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill and included here.

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