Envy photographed by Yoshiharu Ota

Since 1992, Envy has become a dominant band in the independent hardcore scene in Japan. Their music, through their own evolution, encompasses a sound where intensity and beauty coexists. They have recorded a number of singles and albums in Japan, including split albums with bands like This Machine Kills, Endeavor, Six Pence and Yaphet Kotto. Since their beginning, Envy has toured all throughout Japan with Mogwai, Isis and many more. They have labored and toured their songs relentlessly for over a decade, and will continue to do so well into the next decade.

By now Envy's influence on various strains of underground music has been cemented – and reiterated by artists as varied as Thursday, Mogwai, Deafheaven, MONO, and Touché Amoré. With legacy comes expectation, and expectation often breeds complacency. It takes only 20 seconds into opener "Blue Moonlight" for Envy to dispose of the gentle, lilting guitar figures that have marked much of their past couple albums. So begins the journey that is Atheist's Cornea, their first album in five years. It is the purest, most distilled example of Envy's brand of brilliance, and it's already being hailed by many as their best since their classic A Dead Sinking Story. 

Envy

Envy

Envy

Tetsuya Fukagawa