Nepenthes performing live.
Background information
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Doom Metal
Years active 2012 - Present
Labels Daymare Recordings
Associated acts G.A.T.E.S., Assault, Coffins, Church of Misery, Inside Charmer, Redwood Blues
Website Facebook

Nepenthes are a doom metal band from Tokyo, Japan, active since 2012. Featuring members of Church of Misery among other bands, this band incorporates a doom/sludge sound and have sporadically played in Japan since their inception, supporting a multitude of groups touring from other countries.


Nepenthes began in 2012, founded by Zigen, Iwamotor, Suto, Kitagawa and Neggy. Not long after their inception the band composed a demo and released it in 2013 along with playing some of their first shows around the Tokyo area at venues like Earthdom.

Sometime after the demo Mossa-Hiro would replace Kitagawa on bass in 2015 and become more active in terms of live performances, with an album in the works. Throughout 2015 the band would support Vektor[1] and Pallbearer on their tour of Japan.[2] The band's debut album Scent was released via Daymare Recordings on 21 October 2015. Two release parties in support of the album followed: One on 12 December at Earthdom[3] and one on 6 March 2016 at Shinsaibashi Hokage.[4]

Nepenthes would tour more frequently in 2016, starting off the year with the previously mentioned release show among other showcase gigs. The band would tour with Noothgrush (and Corrupted on a couple dates) throughout Japan in a tour entitled The Endless Nightmare. Nepenthes would follow up with a short tour with Eternal Elysium and Greenmachine.[5]

On 18 January 2017 Daymare Recordings announced a vinyl edition of Scent was in the works.[6] Nepenthes would also tour the United States for the first time alongside Noothgrush in March that year.[7] On 21 September 2017 it was announced that the band would release their second album Confusion that November. It was announced that Mossa left the band on 25 November 2017.


  • Demo 2013 (2013, Self-Released)
  • Scent (2015, Daymare Recordings)
  • Confusion (2017, Daymare Recordings)


  • Yoshiaki Nigeshi aka Neggy - Vocals (2012 - Present)
  • Iwamotor - Drums (2012 - Present)
  • Zigen - Guitars (2012 - Present)
  • Kensuke Suto aka Suto - Guitars (2012 - Present)
  • Nagai Hiromiti aka Mossa-Hiro - Bass (2015 - 2017)
  • Haruto Kitagawa - Bass (2012 - 2015)


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