Interview: The Blue Prison



The Blue Prison is a solo project by guitarist Keigo Yoshida, who has a new EP “Alchemist” coming out on January 18. Keigo spoke for Metal Horizons about the history of his project, music, the release.

What made you go for the name The Blue Prison?

It means the earth, and we all can't escape from being citizens of this blue planet. That negative way of looking ourselves was I thought fits to the music I create.

How do you usually describe your music?

It's definitely some sort of progressive metal I think. I would also say it has tastes of Power metal, Neo Classical, Djent, Tech Death, Metalcore and Deathcore.

What is your writing process like?

Most of the time, I start writing Guitar parts first and record. Then start adding drums, Bass Guitar, Strings, and Synths on to it.

Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?

My main inspiration is coming from Videogame. I would say "Final Fantasy" and "Resident Evil" are the biggest.

What is your favourite piece on the upcoming EP “Alchemist” and why?

My favorite would be the title song “Alchemist". This song has most aggressive moments and dynamics in this EP.

What makes “Alchemist” different?

I think my lead guitars are possibly considered as typical technical guitarist from 80's and 90's but the riffs I played as background are very modern and unique. And as far as I know, I don't see much people playing this combination of music style.



What should music lovers expect from “Alchemist”?

It has very aggressive sound but also has many beautiful melodies in between. The sound difference between those two approaches will let shining each other. And I think that would make people to have fun listening this EP.

What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?

Personally I love being in moshpits and I hope this EP will make people want to be in moshpits. But also it would be great, if I could move people by the contrast of aggression and sad beautiful melodies.

Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?

Definitely on tour. To be honest, I hate being in the studio. Recording this type of music is so stressful for me. 

Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.


If it's right now, "Tyrant" by Aversions Crown, "Treehouse" by I see stars, and "Tomorrow We Die Alive" by Born of Osiris.

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