Destinia is the band formed by Japanese guitarist Nozomu Wakai and “Metal Souls” is the third release from that band. This album differs from the previous two as it features a line-up of highly renowned, international artists alongside Wakai. Those musicians are Rainbow / Lords of Black singer Ronnie Romero, bass player Marco Mendoza from The Dead Daisies and drum legend Tommy Aldridge. The album was released on 13th July by Frontiers Music. I’ve played three tracks on the Friday NI Rocks Show so far - “Metal Soul” on 18th May, “The End of Love” on 6th July and “Promised Land” on 27th July.




Japanese guitarist Nozomu Wakai’s band Destinia released their first album, “Requiem For A Scream”, in 2014 and it featured local musicians. A follow-up seven-track EP called “Anecdote of the Queens” was released in 2015 and included a track on which Rob Rock from Impellitteri provided the vocals.


In 2016 Wakai saw Ronnie Romero perform with Lords of Black and the decision was made to approach him to sing on the new album. This is now the third recommendation I’ve posted this year for an album that features Romero on vocals, following earlier releases from CoreLeoni and Lords of Black (both also on Frontiers Music).

The new, powerful Destinia line-up was completed with the addition of a hugely talented and experienced rhythm section in the form of Marco Mendoza and Tommy Aldridge. Those two have played together in Whitesnake, the Ted Nugent Band, Thin Lizzy, the John Sykes band and probably some others! (Check out my recent interview with Marco - )


Check out Nozomu Wakai’s website at and the Destinia Facebook page -

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About “NI Rocks Recommends”

The simple idea behind “NI Rocks Recommends” is to acknowledge and promote some of the great music being submitted to Rock Radio NI. The albums that I’ll be recommending are those that you’ll hear me playing tracks from on my shows. I'll not be giving marks or ratings or analyzing the tracks in great detail; just telling you something about the artist and the album. It’s a personal recommendation to go check something out, not a traditional “review”!

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