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Cosmos Factory

Stomu Izumi – rhythm guitar
Hisashi Fuji – lead guitar
Toshikzu Taki – bass
Ryoji Oka – drums
Takashi Maki – vocals

Formed in 1970, in the ugly industrial city of Nagoya, from the ruins of GS outfit The Silencer, this progressive rock band was courted by a local rock critic who took the band under his managerial wing. They played the local scene for a couple of years before gaining anything more than local success. Cosmos Factory took their marvellous name from a wholly cosmic misreading of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s LP COSMO’S FACTORY, which has unfortunately led many to believe that they were a space rock band. Instead, they were just a fairly bombastic bunch with a good line in titles. Their best LP is the debut AN OLD CASTLE IN TRANSYLVANNIA, but even this is keyboard heavy in an Italian progressive style, and only the epic title track that closes the album enters the realms of real experiment. Otherwise, their work dwells in the same areas as The Nice, Arzachel and early King Crimson. The band finally made its name as support for The Moody Blues and signed to Columbia Records in 1973, releasing the aforementioned debut that same year. Thereafter, the band signed a better deal with Toshiba’s hip Express label, and embarked on the unusual policy of releasing EPs. First came FANTASTIC MIRROR, followed by THE INFINITE UNIVERSE OF YOUR MIND and DAYS IN THE PAST, each appearing throughout 1975. Their second LP A JOURNEY WITH COSMOS FACTORY was released the same year. Film soundtrack work altered their music somewhat, giving it a harder, more clinical edge, and the musical arrangements of their final LPs BLACKHOLE and METAL REFLECTION were more Spartan than the previously lush arrangements of earlier albums, and not heavy metal as the titles would suggest. Cosmos Factory’s name and fabulous album titles are the main reason for the band’s inclusion here.

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Discography:
  • AN OLD CASTLE IN TRANSYLVANIA (Columbia, 1973)
  • FANTASTIC MIRROR EP (Toshiba Express, 1975)
  • THE INFINITE UNIVERSE OF OUR MIND EP (Toshiba Express, 1975)
  • DAYS IN THE PAST EP (Toshiba Express, 1975)
  • A JOURNEY WITH THE COSMOS FACTORY (Toshiba Express, 1975)
  • BLACKHOLE (Toshiba Express, 1976)
  • METAL REFLECTION (Toshiba Express, 1977)
  • Cosmos Factory - AN OLD CASTLE IN TRANSYLVANIAAN OLD CASTLE IN TRANSYLVANIA
  • Cosmos Factory - A JOURNEY WITH THE COSMOS FACTORYA JOURNEY WITH THE COSMOS FACTORY
  • Cosmos Factory - BLACKHOLEBLACKHOLE
  • Cosmos Factory - METAL REFLECTIONMETAL REFLECTION

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