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  1. 12 points

    DEZERT new album release

    DEZERT new album will be released at 2018 summer (not further details announced yet) they will hold their 2-day live tour "What is ”Today”?" since 2018/08/18-19 at Osaka CLUB QUATTRO to 2018/09/23-24 at Sapporo cube garden they will hold their "【This Is The “FACT”】TOUR 2018 -FINAL" at 2018/08/11 at Liquidroom Ebisu with NOCTURNAL BLOODLUST and アルルカン (Arlequin)
  2. 11 points
    It's not in English. I don't play Japanese music for my friends often, but when I do it's instrumental or with good English vocals because the minute they hear Japanese, I know 95% of them will stop listening. People want to understand what the song is about and you can't do that with Japanese music if it's all in Japanese. The vocals that are in English still have a distinctly Japanese quality to them, and that turns off a lot of native speakers. That leaves a very small group of people to make a big impression for everyone. Not a great way to start. Rock music is not mainstream in America right now. It's hip hop, pop, and r&b that runs the air waves. It's not a bad thing, but I find i digest these genres of music differently than I do rock and metal, and people that have not grown up with rock and metal may never have developed a taste for it. I've always heard that rock and metal is the closest thing to classical music in the modern era, and on the same note I don't find many people appreciate Bach and Mozart for what it is. It just doesn't "move them". Anime was considered taboo and nerdy up until recently, when now all of a sudden it became cool to watch Dragon ball Super and My Hero Academia and other big-name shounen. Anime and Japan are always seen as synonymous to the barely acquainted, so anime and rock music are also tied together by virtue of this rock music being from Japan. Stupid associations, but that's how it is. Considering just how bad a lot of anime themes are, I can see people associating the worst of J-pop themes with all Japanese music. Consider this 3.5, but the people that were first promoting the music were deep into the scene, like "appropriating parts of Japanese language and unironically dressing like a visual kei rocker" deep. They...did not make the best ambassadors for visual kei music. On the other side of the coin, the Japanese indie scene has always been a smaller group covering a wider range of music, cloistered and secluded on private servers and trackers. They wanted to preserve their culture the way it was, so they weren't exactly interested in proselytizing their music to a wider audience. Y'all gotta realize peeps like @CAT5are the exception to the rule. Japanese record companies in general do a pretty shit job of marketing themselves and their music to a wider audience, which is perplexing to me because the anime industry is absolutely KILLING IT right now. They jumped onto the digital distribution wave too late and by that time, the fad had already started diminishing. We have no equivalent to Crunchyroll to have a legal bridge between record companies and interested Western audiences. HearJapan was close, but in some ways I think it was too ahead of its time and never got the support it needed once everyone involved realized it wouldn't be a 1-2-3 smash hit. I always maintained that I would be a sensation or "the next Jimi Hendrix" if I took a bunch of my favorite J-Rock and visual kei songs and sung them in English...
  3. 10 points
    It’s funny how when it’s a generic pop-rock band like Zero[Hz] you guys are like “COULD IT BE MORE GENERIC?” “SO MUCH MORE OF THE SAME” but when’s it’s the most generic “MAMA I’M A PSYCHOPATH” band like Mamireta you worship them to the death....... Very funny.
  4. 10 points
    Their new single 『PLUTO』 wiil be released on 2018.06.27. (3 songs ; 1500 yen)
  5. 8 points
    Gu.剛 (Go) (ex-Lovin'-->Lycee-->VULGAR-->RivaSquall(support)-->HARNES-->Neah-->HYRAL-->ザッヘル (Zachel)) has joined ARCHEMI. at 2018/4/28. Their new single "五体投地 (Godaitouchi)" will be released at 2018/6/6 (2 TYPE) Type A will be CD (2 tracks)+DVD (including "五体投地 (Godaitouchi)" MV) and Type B will be CD only (3 tracks)
  6. 8 points
    キズ (Kizu) new single "ステロイド" (Steroid) will be released on 2018.7.31 (2 types, 3 songs each)
  7. 8 points

    Spring '18 Trade-Off Theme

    Cycle of Life Make a mixtape about the four seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter). Choose songs that represent or remind you of different seasons. For example, if you want to make a mix that consists of 12 songs, you could choose 3 songs for each season. Or just choose whatever number of songs you want. Be creative. The problem with this is that there's already been a spring theme, and also winter/christmas theme. In Dreams This is open for interpretation. It could be about a dream you had, you could come up with a story, or just make a mix of dream-like songs. Or nightmarish ones.
  8. 7 points

    Spring '18 Trade-Off Theme

    Not very spring-inspired, but a theme I was thinking about is GOD - How would a god manifest him/herself through music? It can be any god or deity: the monotheistic one of Abrahamic religions, one (or more!) of the many gods of faiths and mythologies around the world, or a fictional one from a book/movie/comic/anime/game. It can be one you believe in, or just fascinated with (or just read about somewhere and thought was really cool). It can also just be your personal perception of god - cosmic energy or anything else you interpret the concept as.The songs can portray anything from the characteristics of said deity, to its story or just how you feel about it or think its soundtrack should sound like. tl;dr: choose a god or gods and build a soundtrack around them. I think this is general enough because most people have had some sort of contact with religion throughout their lives, weather they're people of faith or atheists. Gods play major role in everything from people's daily lives to major historic events to pop culture, so it could be interesting to see how people perceive them and what they mean for them.
  9. 7 points

    Your last music-related buy!

    My wakaremichi collection is complete
  10. 7 points
    Look in the performance of 2018/05/06.
  11. 7 points
    Consistent. Now they look as bad as they sound.
  12. 7 points
    my fav messy weeaboo moment was talking to a guy from osaka on tinder and I told him my fav band was from osaka....i sent him a xaa xaa MV. this is why im single.
  13. 6 points

    REIGN 2 new singles release

    REIGN will release their 2 new singles, "至極" (shigoku) and "白蛇" (hakuda) simultaneously on June 20. They will also hold their 5th anniversary tour from October to January 2019, and will hold their tour final in February.
  14. 6 points
    Just saw some Berkeley music student passing by and blasting Dir en grey's Yokan from his phone 😂
  15. 6 points
    R指定 (R-Shitei) new album "死海文書 (Shikaimonjo)" will be released in 2018/7.
  16. 6 points
    On April 1st, 2016 the news of Tetsuya's departure from the influential hardcore, screamo, and post-rock band envy brought great despair to many fans. He was the heart of the band that evoked intense feelings through his raw and emotive vocals. Fans lost hope in envy's future once Tetsuya left. Still, envy continued on without him and after being quiet for two years they finally announced a live performance with a new line-up for April 1st, 2018. Strangely enough, the live performance took place exactly two years after Tetsuya's departure. And even more strange is that both occurrences took place on April 1st which, as we all know, is the day of jokes and pranks. Back in 2016 we all hoped that Tetsuya's departure was an April Fools joke, but after not hearing anything we all accepted that it was the truth. So naturally, when envy announced a new line-up this year for April 1st as well, none of us speculated that it was a joke either. However, when the day arrived everything became clear. The live show was titled 'Last Wish', after the name of envy's single released back in 2000, and took place at Daikanyama UNIT. I must thank @qotka for navigating to the live venue, which sits just south of Shibuya. Inside the live venue there is a floor level for lockers and merchandise, and once you go down another level you will find the live hall. The size of the hall was quite average with a capacity of 600 people. Given that most people were only here for envy not many people showed up at the beginning, but it gradually grew more packed after each band until we were shoulder to shoulder. heaven in her arms was the first band to play, which I could already tell based on the white butterfly logo placed on the back of the stage. I had forgotten what the band looked like, but when the vocalist walked on stage with a black cap on I could clearly see the envy worship. I'm not well-versed in their discography so I couldn't recognize most of the songs they played but I do know that they played a few songs from their recent album 白暈 (White Halo). I'm certain they played "終焉の眩しさ" because I remember the opening with solemn crystal bells and pianos that later led to a burst of guitar riffs and drums. The live hall felt so still in that moment with the dark blue lighting, and feeling that transition from a stillness to a violent beat was a cool way to start the performance. The vocalist put a lot of emotion into his screams, but the spoken word sections were a little quiet and hard to hear from the blasting instruments. It was not as clear as it was on CD. Also, maybe it's because everything usually sounds louder during lives but I had trouble picking out the metal sound of heaven in her arms and I had the impression that they sounded a lot like envy, as I did when I first listened to them. In any case, they were amazing live and I would like to see them again. The next band that played was HELLBENT, which I thought was some band from the US when I quickly googled the name. Turns out that they're actually a really underground Japanese psychobilly band. I can't give a good review of them because I lost my spot during the intermission while taking a short bathroom break and did not have a good view of the stage when I came back. Their performance was quite intense though and the vocalist would pick up the mic stand every so often and swing it around on stage, at least from what I could see. They had a video playing in the background with mostly visuals of old vhs-looking forests, for some odd reason. For such a chaotic performance, I thought the visuals were not very fitting and it was just kind of strange. I got my spot back closer to the stage once downy came on. It's unfortunate that I did not get to see them with Yutaka Aoki, who sadly recently passed away. It seems like they got a support guitarist for the remaining live shows that were scheduled this year, though I'm not sure who it is. I'm still fairly new to downy so I can't speak much for how much of an effect this has on their performance, but they were quite stellar nevertheless. Their performance felt much longer than the previous two bands as they played about 8 songs. Most of the songs they played were fast and maybe only one song was really slow. Robin Aoki sings just as good as he does on CD and the bass is super thick live! I didn't realize how killer the basslines were until I heard "曦ヲ見ヨ!" live. Such incredible skill and technique. During their whole performance they had abstract visuals playing in the background. A fiery red was used for intense and fast songs while tranquil blues or black and white were used for slower songs/sections. If you've seen any of their music videos, the live encapsulates the very same kind of mood, except that you're now physically standing in that dimension and taking in their dingy world. Outstanding performance. At last, the curtain rose for envy. While standing in the darkness, I thought about their new line-up and kept on wondering what they would sound like without Tetsuya. Then, when the lights lit up and envy started playing, Tetsuya was standing right there on stage giving out his screams. The crowd instantly went wild and pushed everyone to the front. People were cheering all around and punching their fists to the air, you could feel the ecstasy and excitement everywhere. Out of all the non-VK lives I've seen this was the most energy I've seen from a crowd, but this is mostly speaking for the J-indie scene only as I'm sure some bigger Jrock bands have wild crowds as well, or maybe not I don't know. The pushing stopped after 2 minutes or so, but there were still a number of people cheering with their fists. When they performed "Footsteps in the Distance" Tetsuya cleverly declared his return during the spoken word section with the last few words being 'ただ一つ救えがあるなら僕はここに戻るよ' (If there is one way to be saved, I'll return here). At first I thought it was a message Tetsuya specifically had for the fans, but listening to the song again it's actually part of the song, therefore the cleverness in his return. Hearing him say that and knowing that he was really back was the highlight of the experience, and now as I listen to "Footsteps in the Distance" I will recall this memory every time. envy just isn't envy without Tetsuya after all. I couldn't get a view of all the members (including the new members) since the people who got pushed to the front blocked some of my view, but I did not feel that envy's sound changed much. Perhaps they'll bring in new ideas for the band in the future. I'd seen envy two times before, but I was absolutely stunned by the energy and emotion of this performance, even after I left the live venue.
  17. 6 points
  18. 5 points
    己龍 (Kiryu) new maxi single "無垢 (Muku)" will be released at 2018/7/11 (3 TYPE)
  19. 5 points
    This summer will be insane XD all these albums Gazette , Dimlim , Jiluka , Lynch , DAMY can't wait !!!
  20. 5 points
    ex "シュレディンガーの猫" (Schrödinger no Neko) members have formed new formal band "ヘルタースケルター" (Helter Skelter) and will have their first live on 2018.07.13 at Shinjuku RUIDO K4. At the same date, they will release their first live limited single "斜陽" (Shayou), limited to 100 copies. [members] Vo. 朝比奈 悠 (Asahina You) Gt. 御笠 ねる (Mikasa Neru) Gt. ハル (Hal) Ba. kaz Dr. 魅影 (Mikage) [tracklist] 01. 斜陽 (Shayou) 02. 断罪シンドローム (Danzai Syndrome) http://helterskelter.tokyo/
  21. 5 points
    Noulla new maxi single "食育論 (Shokuikuron)" will be released at 2018/5/14. [track list] 1.食育論 (Shokuikuron) 2.ロジウラピエロ (Rojiura Pierrot) 3.天使標本 (Tenshi Hyouhon)
  22. 5 points

    DEXCORE new single "NEW ERA" release

    DEXCORE 3rd single "NEW ERA" will be released on 2018.06.27 in two types (limited edition : 1944 yens / regular : 1620 yens) [tracklist] 01. NEW ERA 02. magnet 03. The Sky is Crying (regular edition) DVD. NEW ERA MV + MAKING (limited edition)
  23. 5 points
    Their first album 「絶唱謳歌」(Zesshô ôka) will be released on 2018.08.08. Limited edition : 3500 yen + taxes (1000 copies, limited jacket) CD : 01.Paradox 02.絶唱謳歌(Zesshô ôka) 03.罵詈雑言(Bari zôgen) 04.懐色花火(Futokoro iro hanabi) 05.君の臓器になりたい(Kimi ni zoki ni naritai) 06.金欠マイレージ(Kinketsu mileage) 07.MELODY(album ver.) 08.アナザーワールド(Another world) 09.RUN 10.ADVENTURE TIME Regular edition : 3000 yen + taxes CD : 01.Paradox 02.絶唱謳歌(Zesshô ôka) 03.罵詈雑言(Bari zôgen) 04.懐色花火(Futokoro iro hanabi) 05.君の臓器になりたい(Kimi ni zoki ni naritai) 06.金欠マイレージ(Kinketsu mileage) 07.MELODY(album ver.) 08.アナザーワールド(Another world) 09.RUN 10.ADVENTURE TIME http://acme-official.com/news/1698/
  24. 5 points
    Will try to attend the entire tour if possible. Looking forward to meeting fellow MH members on the road!
  25. 5 points

    Your last music-related buy!

    I actually got this back when it was released last month, but I never got around posting about it. Ignore how messy my CD bookcase is at the time being. This is what I got in the mail today. Some Gastunk vinyl. Banana Fish album and two Sleep My Dear singles. Girltique flexi-disc and Tokyo Yankees autograph board. This cool special issue of Rockin' f magazine from 1994. The magazine featured a lot of early 90s VK and late 90s VK groups, so I was super excited to see some less featured early VK groups (like Amphibian and Red Tail Cat) get some attention in this magazine and seeing early versions of Baiser, Shazna, Vasalla, and La'cryma Christi.