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  1. 18 points
    My body is ready.
  2. 15 points
    Setlist: 1. 99.999 2. Falling 3. Ninth Odd Smell 4. Gush 5. Vortex 6. Venomous Spider's Web -SE- 7. The Mortal 8. その声は脆く 9. DOGMA -SE- 10. The Suicide Circus 11. Incubus 12. UGLY 13. Two Of a Kind 14. Filth in the Beauty Encore: 15. INSIDE BEAST 16. COCKROACH 17. TOMORROW NEVER DIES I'm in need of facial reconstructive surgery after this experience, because my jaw was on the floor the entire time. I have been waiting for years for the GazettE to visit North America on their World Tour. Last time that I remember making plans to go, the band had elected to skip North America, and then the time after that I had prior commitments and couldn't make the show. I was hellbent on making sure I attended this one, and I made sure to bring my friend Jet with me. We were listening to the GazettE in high school during the peak of visual kei, so he's that one friend I can talk to J-Rock about in real life. He's been waiting for this experience as long as I have. After smashing plates of chicken katsu, bulgogi, and rice, and braving our way across town through weather that threatened to pour (but didn't), the two of us arrived at Playstation Theater and was overwhelmed with the disorganization. There were a lot of fans, many lines for various purposes, and no signs to shepherd people into their place. @YuyoDrift, having bought a VIP ticket, was already in the thick of it by the time that I had arrived, and I was unable to find him. After asking around, we discovered that the line we wanted to be on was down the block and around the corner, and that line itself stretched down the block and around another corner. Organization was easily the weak point of this concert, since it seemed like the staff of the theater hadn't planned on so many people showing up. Joke's on you guys; when a visual kei band shows up in America the scene rolls out! @YuyoDrift had reported some issues and drama near the front of the line concerning miscommunication between VIP members and heresy fan club members on who got to enter first, but all I can talk about was how the other half of the line was progressively pushed back further and further until we were about a block and a half away. While I was in line, no less than five groups of people came up to me to ask why we were all standing here. One of them offered to sell me weed and some papers. None of them knew who the GazettE were, but a couple seemed more than interested in the colorful garments of some of the more hardcore fans in line. I need to take a moment to discuss the people that showed up. What a generational gap! There were easily 800 to 1000 people between all of the lines, and this is just what I saw. The youngest fan I saw on line was 12 or 13. The oldest fan I saw on line was in their 40s, and that person didn't look like they were escorting a relative. Some of the older people on line most definitely were parents. The most common age range was actually 18-25. There were people dressed relatively normally like myself, possibly sporting a band shirt or hoodie from a previous tour. There were some scene and emo kids wearing dark pastels and heavy make up. There were some fans who came in sporting colored hair and face paint, really pulling off the visual kei look. The most striking outfit I saw was a man in his 30s wearing a studded vest where the studs were easily several inches long, who came along with an equally as colorful entourage that could have been easily mistaken for Naruto cosplay. The stereotype about the average visual kei fan was thus dispelled and confirmed simultaneously, and I now have a deeper appreciation for just how many different types of fans there are. I was stuck in line for an agonizingly long time listening to the people around me front their knowledge of the band, which was honestly rather painful. One person claimed that the GazettE formed five years ago, to which Jet and I exchanged glances and laughed really hard. We both were listening to the GazettE ten years ago, so clearly they were mistaken. Another person had asked when the band had actually formed, and it took them several minutes to find out it was 2002. Someone behind me in line claimed that the GazettE were K-Pop. I tried not to talk to many people in line because of this, but when you're outside for 90 minutes it eventually happens. I didn't meet anyone too outrageous and after a long time the line suddenly lurched forward and began feeding into the theater. The doors had opened. Jet and I breezed through security, popped in our earplugs, and made our way downstairs to the venue. The line for merchandise was gigantic by the time we got there, and both of us made the decision to get good seats rather than stand in line. That turned out to be the wise move, because most of the merchandise was gone before the show even began, but not before both of us got a shirt later that night. There was a few cool shirts and hoodies that they ran out of before the show even began. Never underestimate the deep pockets of devoted fans. We were standing towards the middle of the floor at first, but we eventually decided to grab some seats shortly before the show began because we had already been standing for hours by that point. That was also a great idea, because parts of the crowd got really wild and it would have been hard to see over four rows of jumping and screaming fans. The earplugs were also a good move, because this concert was really loud. Limiting the sound to a max of 80 decibels spared my hearing a gory torture session and I was more clearly able to make out the instruments. Eventually the lights went dim and the crowd went insane as "99.999" started playing and the band members walked out to front stage. They played the first four cuts off of NINTH before the first pause, and I gotta say that hearing it live has made me enjoy these songs even more. I have a new appreciation for Reita and just how much his bass adds to the music. Heavy isn't the word for it; the bass itself sinks into the floor and pounds into your chest. He swapped bass a few times over the course of the concert as well, always slightly changing the feel of his bass depending on what songs were coming up next. "VORTEX" is the first curve ball that the GazettE threw the crowd, and then that was followed up with "Venomous Spider's Web", and I think both songs sound way better live than on the record. They fit naturally into the set and shows how much NINTH is a refinement over TOXIC. I wasn't expecting them to reach that far back. One of the standout moments of the show was definitely the combination of "The Mortal" and "その声は脆く". The first cut in really heavy after a second, shorter break and the first live-only interlude, which got the crowd really energized. "その声は脆く" stole the show. This was the first proper ballad of the show, and the contrast on the guitars really changed the atmosphere of the venue for those few minutes. Ruki went all out on the performance here, adding some emotional screams to the end which made this a treat to experience. This entire show was recorded, so I'm really hoping that this exact performance of "その声は脆く" ends up on the DVD. It needs to. After that song was done, the lights fade and sound effects wash over the audience again before the opening riff to "DOGMA" began, and it's at this point where the crowd goes ballistic. No one was expecting this. The energy was insane, but this is one of those songs that I think sounds better in the studio than live. That's not to take away from the performance of this song, which was incredibly stellar, but more to comment on just how dense of a song "DOGMA" is. There was a bit of aural whiplash as the band transitioned into a live-only SE followed by "The Suicide Circus" next, but that set the tone for where the rest of the night was headed. Ruki addresses the crowd briefly before "Incubus" kicks in, followed up quickly by "UGLY". "UGLY" was absolutely dominant and by the end of the song the whole crowd was clapping together as the next song immediately kicked in. "Two of a Kind" was also a really powerful and driving song live, if a bit abbreviated. They went from one song to the next without enough time for the cheering to subside. I think Reita makes one more bass switch before this all begins as well. No matter what, the GazettE made sure those in the front were having the absolute time of their lives. Ninety minutes had passed in a flash, and all too soon Ruki announced that they were playing their last song before cracking a small smile. The opening licks and background vocals of "Filth in the beauty" start up and then the crowd cheers harder than ever, and then Ruki's smile gets even bigger before he begins singing. This was the second curve ball we were thrown, and I'm really glad I got to hear one of their classics live. At this point, I looked to Jet who was already looking back at me, and he just shot me a huge thumbs up. "Filth in the beauty" was the song that got him into the band, so to end on that note was extra special for us. The band took a ten minute break at this point and we got merchandise while the crowd was chanting for an encore. We went separately but got the same shirt for $35 (gotta support the boys) and Jet came back just in time for Kai to come back out. He picks up the mic for the first time, entertains the crowd as the rest of the band comes back, and gives the mic to Ruki for a few more words, some "I LOVE NEW YORK!!!", and then the beginning of "INSIDE BEAST" begins. At this point, we were glad they came back out at all and figured that we had one or two more songs left before the true end of the show, but I was seriously not expecting to get "COCKROACH" during the encore. This was the song that separated the old fans from the new fans, because the old fans were over the moon for getting such a throw back, and the new fans looked a bit confused over what song it was, but didn't really care because it banged so hard. This was the oldest song we got all night, and it was equally as compelling live as it is in the studio. I hope future tour dates get a crack at hearing "COCKROACH" live too. The show ended with "TOMORROW NEVER DIES", which was okay I guess, but I would have preferred "Unfinished". All good things must come to an end, but in this case that end was also good. All members of the band retired from the stage rather quickly; Kai took a picture with the crowd before departing too. Both of us had a train to catch, so we slipped out fast as hell after the show ended, but I heard afterwards there was a meet and greet for VIP. I wasn't on that line, so I can't report much on that. Considering how we've missed some bands that we'll never get to see live and how infrequently the GazettE are in town, Jet and I are both glad we went. We'll definitely be in line for the next visual kei concert to hit New York. If you're on the fence about buying tickets to go see the band, I would say go. If you have even a passing interest in visual kei, seeing one of the biggest visual kei bands of all time live is something words can only partially describe. If you really like the GazettE, you owe it to yourself to go. Just keep in mind that they're going to be playing mostly their new material, so don't hold your breath expecting old classics like "Katherine in the trunk" or "Crucify Sorrow" to show up.
  3. 15 points
    I wanna be open with you all about something, the last couple of months have been the most difficult of my life, I have been very depressed, anxious constantly and I’d go from feeling super fine one minute to incredibly down the next. Things in my life, both work and personal, ended up getting too much for me to handle, I was walking home one night and had a breakdown and was prepared to go out and commit suicide by any means necessary. Thank god I convinced myself not to. Now I’m taking steps to seek professional help, and I’m hoping I can get a diagnosis of what’s wrong with me, but I want to say thanks to each and every one of you here at MH, this community provided me with a sense of escape when I needed it the most, I’m so grateful to all of you. Much love ❤️ If any of you here are struggling with anything and you need someone to talk to, to vent about your problems no matter how big or small you feel they are, I’m here for you, just like the community has been here for me ❤️
  4. 13 points
  5. 13 points
    Spoiler: her husband is Takemasa Kujou
  6. 12 points
    we stan a wedding season 👏👏👏 their incel stans r probably already on a suicide watch
  7. 11 points
    "You may kiss the bride" "Mhh pfhh mhhhff!""
  8. 10 points
    Ever took a look at the News section being full of announcements for new Singles/Minis/Albums and thought "Daamn this year is gonna be strong!" Minus the dissapointment when only half of the songs turned out good + all the disbandments we had to suffer This Trade-off is gonna be about creating a mixtape with songs of whatever year you think had the best ones to offer. 2016 was THE year of Visual Kei releases for you? then make a best of 2016 mix tape! You're free to use all kind of songs from sweet-mellow ballads to chaotic heavy metal songs JUST keep in mind that they're all from the same year RULES Partners will be announced on the 3rd of May Mix tapes must be sent by the 10th of May Reviews must be posted by the 18th of May Pairs: @monkeybanana4 I @Ro plz @CAT5 I @ghost @Zeus I @reminiscing2004 @indigo I @yomii @Seimeisen I @Triangle @saishuu I @Komorebi @Shir0 I @doombox
  9. 10 points
  10. 10 points
    Did he wear a face mask to the ceremony?
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  12. 9 points
    Kanon announced by his twitter ,he's first single named 『閉塞はコスモ』will be released. Tracklist : 1.発熱モラトリアム 2.デッド≠ワンダーナイト 3.閉塞前線 4.発熱モラトリアム(instrument) 5.デッド≠ワンダーナイト(instrument) 6.閉塞前線(instrument) Cover : He has a new look : Source :https://twitter.com/saraudon_x2 And you can buy his single in this link :https://neconchi.booth.pm/items/1360837
  13. 9 points
    ppl out here gonna act like 90s band names like ✝Le+Rêve:DuCroissanT✝ are fine but a band using latin terms as album titles is too pretentious
  14. 9 points
    IchiHiroya

    Far East Dizain will disband

    Are we in agreement that the one good song they had was Inhale? 😂
  15. 8 points
    Monochrome Heaven's 2019 Banner Contest The window for banner submissions has closed, so I present to you now all of the banners our lovely members have submitted for consideration. I will be giving them all a number and please vote for the ones you like in the poll. You can vote for as many as you want. The poll will be open until June 1st at noon, so you have some time to get your votes in. 0. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
  16. 8 points
    CELESTIAL CIEL

    Show Yourself (again)

    Moshi moshi, Doppio desu i'm trying to act like an adult... but fckn jojo
  17. 8 points
  18. 8 points
    suji

    AKIRA (DISACODE) has gotten married

    AKIRA (DISACODE) has gotten married to a man outside the entertainment industry on March 21. Congrats to the happy couple! ♥ https://lineblog.me/akiriot/archives/13224423.html
  19. 8 points
    When you try listening to something and it finally hits you on the 5th listen:
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  21. 8 points
    reminiscing2004

    Far East Dizain will disband

    You guys really gonna exclusively stan "Inhale"? I'm also in the camp who never enjoyed FED as much as I hoped I could, but the track is 50% boring djent fuckery. I admit it has an amazing solo, but that's the case for almost every Leda track. I'd pick something like "Beyond These Walls" over "Inhale" any day-- and "Beyond These Walls" still has semi-cringe verse vocals.. @TheStoic brings up an excellent point about the recording sound/mixes, but unfortunately, I think that is a problem with Visual Kei across the board in 2019. The sound a lot of us may be yearning for when we think of DELUHI is partially intertwined with 2000's production techniques, that have been left in the 2000's. Oh, real-sounding drums, where art thou? Leda was suuuuuch a monster musician a decade ago, between Crimson Head, Galneryus, and DELUHI-- let alone how much he's progressed since. I'm just hoping in the next chapter he gives all that talent the setting it deserves. Better vocalist, better sounding recordings, and less trying to be like Animals as Leaders when you have the melodic charisma that Animals as Leaders doesn't.
  22. 8 points
    ricchubunny

    Show Yourself (again)

    Tried to do a Kyonosuke alike make up but failed super hard hahaha It was my first experience with make up so it's kinda helpless.. I didn't know eye shadows were so hard to do (just for comparison, this is me without make up anway)
  23. 7 points
    Zeus

    COPY/PASTE 4

    Welcome back to Copy/Paste, the series where the Official Reviewers team analyzes recurring ideas, trends, and even melodies across the scene to figure out what inspires our artists and what makes the scene tick. Like always, we separate things into Homages (tributes) or Copies ("inspiration"), and in the rare cases even Plagiarism and Beyond. It's been some time since our last installment, so we have plenty of interesting comparisons scheduled for today. Is your favorite band in the list? EDITOR'S NOTE: The titles should be read from left to right, so generally the song on the left is the newer song (copy) and the song on the right is the older song (original). EDITOR'S SECOND NOTE: This is all in good fun and isn't meant to be taken super seriously. lynch.'s "exist" vs. lynch.'s "NEW PSYCHO PARALYZE" DEATHGAZE's "SINNER" vs. trust company's "The war is over" DEZERT's "不透明人間。" (Futomei Ningen.) vs. DEATHGAZE's "闇に雨 腐敗した世界" (Yami ni Ame Fuhai Shita Sekai) Starting riff for this song Start around ~1:04 Marry+An+Blood - "Daraku /DARK・STAR" vs. lamiel - "空が堕ちるアノ日" (Sora ga Ochiru Ano Hi) Dir en grey - "残-ZAN-" vs. 黒夢's (Kuroyume) "親愛なるDEATH MASK -2-" (Shinainaru DEATH MASK -2-) D’espairsRay’s "「タトエバ」キミ...ガ...シンダ...ラ" (Tatoeba...kimi...ga...shinda...ra) vs. Marilyn Manson’s "Angel with the scabbed wings" Sadie's "empty room" vs. 12012's "雨、削ぎ落とされた感覚" (Ame, Sogi otosareta kankaku) Sadie's empty room: https://youtu.be/jxfP9uwwOxs?t=2770 -OZ-'s "Succubus" vs. Lycaon's "The [1st] degree genocide holic"
  24. 7 points
    ghost

    Show Yourself (again)

    Been a minute since I've shown my mug around here
  25. 7 points
    Also, a lot of western visual kei fans don’t speak/read Japanese, so they don’t know what’s happening in the Japanese part of the fandom at all. So if all these fans are only interacting with other western fans, then you’re only going to hear about problems with western fans.
  26. 7 points
    suji

    new band "ZeroCre" has formed

    new band "ZeroCre" has formed and they will hold their first live at Shibuya REX on May 28. Their 0th single "蜻蛉" will be released in advance at their lives on 9/16, and then will be released officially on 9/17 for 1200 yen. [lineup] Vo.ぴぴ (pipi) Gt.あぷしゅ (appush) Gt.そら (sora) Ba.兎咲ミ 桃様 (usagisakimi momosama) (ex-UNFATE --> 黒い11月 (Kuroi 11 Gatsu)) Dr.辛ら (tsurara) (HELLO. (roadie)) OHP Twitter [蜻蛉 tracklist] 1.蜻蛉 2.雨華
  27. 7 points
    karai · ebi

    Single People Thread

    Are you still in your edgy nazi phase where you would willingly get curb stomped by your ''superior'' overlords because of your mental deficiency and think we need a dictatorship for 'peace'? My advice to you, as someone who retired the edgy troll shick when I was 16, is find a bloody hobby, you need to do some serious soul searching, nature walking...brush with death, anything. You can consume as much literature as you want, dig into as much existential philosophy as you can, but no matter your vocabulary, no matter how smart you believe you are, you're incredibly dull if you believe eradication of any peoples is the way to be. Your insufferable personality will be all that people will remember of you if you stay on this path, of course I know it's like talking to a self important brick wall in these cases, I used to be that wall. Good luck, genuinely, hope you find some sort of positive epiphany sooner than later.
  28. 7 points
    Today Takemasa announced officialy thorugh BPR YouTube Channel that he has been married since January of 2017. The reason that he's announcing this now is that his wife instagram got exposed and a lot of rumors started, so he wanted to speak by himself. According to him, after his father passed away he started to worry about making a family, so he decided to marry to the girl that he was keeping a relationship with.
  29. 7 points
    Makoto announced that he married a girl with whom he had a relationship for a long time already. 12.05 wedding banquet was held, yesterday was official registration.
  30. 7 points
    ex-ゴシップ (Gossip) members new band "NICOLAS" has formed! They will begin activities with a oneman tour in July. [lineup] Vo.SAKU Gt.AKANE Gt.SATSUKI Ba.ZERO Dr.RITSU OHP Twitter
  31. 7 points
    Rica34rica

    Hi guys~ :3

    Hi guys~ Im Rica and I have been a guest on this forum for a few years, and finally decided to join the family and introduce myself. I am 19 and I'm from Hong Kong(yup, technically part of China but also not really!!). This forum is so useful and informational. I started liking Visual Kei at about 2015, youtube recommended me Kiryu's Amaterasu MV out of nowhere. And I have been in the circle since. I'm not a really active bangya, since I couldnt travel for lives; I got my friends to bought a few CD for me from Japan when they go travelling. Personally, I dont know anyone who know visual kei around me, since it is a very very niche thing in HK. I can only tell my sister and to few of my close friends. So it's great that I know there is a forum like this where I can talk about and read about things that I love. I am actually going to travel to Tokyo next week and I am super excited about it, too bad non of my favs have any lives during my stay :(. (sorry if i am too long-winded, im a bit excited). Few of my favorite bands are(in no specific order): Kiryu they got me into this whole thing, DIV heart broken when they disbanded but was predicted since their last single was uneventful to say the least, MejiBray still hasnt got excited about the 8psb thing, Clowd sad that they disbanded as well, Royz only for their music occasionally and for the kami- Subaru, Arlequin love their music and getting their songs on spotify is really appreciated, The Raid got into them recently because of kabukicho rainy, love their music and the vocalist's voice Unite. like their song style occasionally, came across them because they are in the same company as DIV Babykingdom their songs are so catchy and shogo is so cute~ (not sure if it is a guilty pleasure here)... 零[hz] here for their personalities, mainly cuz they are in BPR Kizu love love love their music I also listen to other bands based on the songs, I'm mostly into Vkei for the music to be honest. Other than vkei, also have an unexplainable love for Motely Crue, Queen, and any other songs occasionally popular to millennials these days. I am so happy to be here~ and nice to meet you guys~ guess im talking too much for an introduction post looking forward to be educated about band dramas and news, since i dont really know japanese and am very unfamiliar with fandoms.
  32. 7 points
    This. No matter how we look at it from a rational, western point of view, it's easy to understand why a teenager who is constantly fed a fantasy and actually has a relationship of sorts with the artist (sometimes even sex and phone conversations in exchange of money) would get upset. Also, there's lots of artists who get openly jealous if their gyas have actual realtionships outside of the scene, I've heard from a few people that their honmei has asked them not to date or a fellow bandmember has told them not to tell that member about their relationship. So we can't only blame fans for that sort of culture.
  33. 7 points
    I hate the culture surrounding the music industry that dictates that it’s some sort of sin that the musicians marry and start families, it’s insane. The fans who are against this are essentially trying to justify a reason as to why these musicians should be denied a basic human right based on their fantasies that they’ve become too invested in. Just enjoy the music, and let the musicians live their lives, it’s a very easy concept
  34. 7 points
    Marchen

    Show Yourself (again)

    I was celebrating my birthday on sunday o3o
  35. 7 points
    Japanese fans literally can't accept their faves being in a romantic relationship, whenever stuff like that gets leaked it's always treated as a huge scandal. It surprises me that that Takemasa has decided to acknowledge it and speak out about it, truly shows the role that Tanuki plays in the vk scene. It's really sad that bandmen have to be paranoid about their private lives simply because fans aren't mature enough to accept them having girlfriends/wives. It's the "I spend money on you therefore I own you" mentality that is exclusive to Japanese fan culture. Crazily enough, western fans are much more respectful and understanding in that sense.
  36. 7 points
    nekkichi

    Far East Dizain will disband

    I prefer wording these news as "Far East Dizain are re-embarking on a journey to discover new opportunities for the band members to return under an not embarrassing band name" x
  37. 7 points
    真天地開闢集団-ジグザグ (Zigzag) new album "慈愚挫愚 壱 〜大殺界〜" will be released at 2019/06/16 (2 types) Limited edition (4320yen) will include CD (13 songs) and DVD including "優しい人" (Yasashii Hito), "其れでも花よ、咲け。" (Sore demo Hana yo, Sake.) and "ゴミはゴミ箱へ" (Gomi wa Gomibako e) PV + Offshot Regular edition (3240yen) will include CD (13 songs) only [CD tracklist] 1. 大殺界 (Daisakkai) 2. 好きになってくれますか (Suki ni natte Kuremasu ka) 3. 嘘つき (Ysotsuki) 4. 卑弥呼-HIMIKO- 5. 其れでも花よ、咲け。 (Sore demo Hana yo, Sake.) 6. ニイハオ・ワンタンメン (Niihao Wantanmen) 7. ええじゃないか (Eejanaika) 8. 死亡 (Shibou) 9. わた殖 (Watako) 10. 卒業 (Sotsugyou) 11. ゴミはゴミ箱へ (Gomi wa Gomibako e) 12. 顔が無理 (Kao ga Muri) 13. 優しい人 (Yasashii Hito)
  38. 7 points
    Kabukichoatmidnight

    Greetings all!

    Hey lads and ladies, Just thought I'd post a quick hello here and see what's going on. I actually have been popping in here for a while to see peoples views on various bands and such, but thought it was time to join up and get involved in the discussions! Glad to see a place with a good handful of dedicated non-Japanese vkei fans anyhow. Little bit of background then, do play in my own band as a guitarist and main composer so feel free to ask about that if interested. Is more on the "extreme" side of metal so if you're not interested that's cool! haha. Live in the UK, been to Japan a few times, been to a few vkei shows on my travels and of course do support the vkei bands I most enjoy as much as possible living overseas. I'm not new to vkei but am also not a long time veteran of the genre, got into it properly 4/5 years back, actually through a Japanese friend who I was doing language exchange sessions with who recommended me a handful of bands and immediately got taken in by it and have been dedicated ever since! To name a few of my top vkei/japanese rock/metal bands: Dir en Grey, The Gazette, DIMLIM, Kizu, RAZOR, JILUKA, DADAROMA, mamireta and many more... I do also have a reasonable comprehension of the Japanese language but am far from fluent so am sure some of you guys here are much better with it than I am. haha. So anyway, yeah, look forward to chatting with you all!
  39. 7 points
    Duwang

    DIMLIM new single “離人” release

    As I previously mentioned (perhaps in the main Dimlim thread) they've been playing a new song since the beginning of March that is slow and heavy with a very good rhythm for headbanging. The SEs in these videos will most definitely NOT become Dimlim songs. Retsu just likes various types of music and probably thought that electronic music would be better suited for these videos. Calm down guys lol
  40. 6 points
    My ENTIRE job got to hear me listening to Lynch. the other day, my headphones came unplugged from my phone, and I work in a call center so it's quiet at night time, and I was so embarassed HAHA. My supe laughed and said it was okay, it had happened to him before, too. And I guess it's pretty common, but I had it turned up super loud so I was all AHHHHHH when my headphones came loose haha.
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  42. 6 points
    My partner for this mix was @reminiscing2004 and he sent me a mix for the year 2002. This is not what I was expecting, because the screen name primed me to expect a mix from 2004. Unlike mine, there wasn't a deeper meaning to the mix so I assumed this was a collection of the best songs from rem's collection from 2002. As a result, the mix is all over the place and is a ride from beginning to end. Let's discuss. Overall this is a great mix for the year 2002, which when compared to other years I don't have a lot of music from. This mix has given me several bands to start exploring, especially Symphony X, Coheed and Cambria, and Pinkly Smooth. Even if "The Odyssey" didn't fit, I can understand why you could not resist including it. If I were in your shoes, I would have done the same thing LOL. Even the artists that I am familiar with I was able to either hear a new song by them, or hear an old song in a new context. Some of these songs I haven't heard in tens of thousands of scrobbles! Probably one of the only mixes I've gotten in a while where the non-Japanese artists appealed to me more than the Japanese ones! Thanks for this mix. I really enjoyed it!
  43. 6 points
    CAT5

    Family planning and the lack of it

    This has become a major life goal for me! I could imagine nothing more beautiful, noble, and rewarding than marrying, starting, maintaining, and nourishing a family. Kids are wonderful and they're a blessing to be sure - you can learn a lot from them. I look forward to both the challenge and the privilege of hoisting that level of responsibility onto my shoulders, and I'm excited to see the man that I'll grow to be through it.
  44. 6 points
    here's the new meme guys, use it wisely
  45. 6 points
    Here's my review of the mix @Komorebisent me! The year chosen was 2016, which personally was a really weird year for me, so it makes sense I barely know anything here. lol 01 DECAYS - Aesthetics of the transgression I know who DECAYS are, but I don't think I've ever bothered actually listening to their stuff other than one or two songs. I can't say this makes me interested to check their stuff out. I like a few moments here and there and some of the guitar riffs are pretty cool, but other than that, I'd say this is kinda unremarkable. Not a fan of those vocals as well. 4/10 02 BUCK-TICK - FUTURE SONG - 未来が通る - Didn't remember this B-T song at first, but I dig it! The dual vocals work really well and once Atsushi's voice comes in... oof. This is standard B-T, meaning it's nothing groundbreaking, but still really fun nonetheless. I'd been meaning to go back into their catalogue for a while now, so this might put me in the mood to do so. Really cool to have a song by them in a 2016 mix too. 6/10 03 BLESSCODE - Imperial City I think I'd never heard these guys before. Read their name here and there, sure, but yeah. I actually kinda like it? It's kinda generic, but not bad at all. Vocals are really good and the guitarists sound competent enough (nice guitar solo there!). No overkill of electro elements too, which these days is nice. I expected these guys to be on the heavier side and I was pleasantly surprised to hear something completely different. Nice one. 7/10 04 GOTCHAROCKA - Rainfall Yeah... GOTCHAROCKA remains a no for me. Still haven't forgiven Jui for creating such a bland project like this. I don't really have much to say about the song. It's not bad, but it's not great either and I feel like I've heard it a million times before. Pass. Get me a time machine and get me back to 2006. 3/10 05 KEEL - Swans Talent! Love KEEL, love this song. 9/10 06 lynch. - THE OUTRAGE SEXUALITY I wish I still liked lynch. (tagging @cvltic here for no reason at all), but yeah, I don't really care for their music anymore. I respect them as a band that's doing their own thing and carrying the legacy and I sincerely like how big they've gotten over the years and I hope they grow even more (Budokan when?!), but yeah, not into this. It sounds too washed out and really uninspired. 4/10 07 MALISEND - luxuria Virge outsold! I think I heard this when it came out, but I was meh on it. It's pretty generic, but it's fun enough and I might keep it in rotation for a while, kinda like those filler D'espairsRay tracks during their REDEEMER era. Shame about the vocalist dropping off the face of the Earth though, he seems to be pretty good. 6/10 08 KILLANETH - Apocrypha I get the appeal, but this kind of sound is not really my cup of tea. There's nothing here I like, unfortunately. I kept hoping the song would end everytime I listened to it. 2/10 09 摩天楼オペラ - Fantasia Woah, whoever worked as the sound engineer of this song (if there was one lmao) is... yikes. Production is a mess. Having said that, I don't mind this one that much. It's good background music. I still need to give that new album of theirs a fair shot, haven't listened to them in what feels like forever. I didn't even know/remember they had instrumental songs like this lol I kept waiting for Sono to come in for like 2 min until I realized he wouldn't. 4/10 10 浅葱 - アンプサイ I had no idea the good sis has released this single? lmao His voice sounds kinda weird here sometimes, but I love the song! I tend to gravitate towards their (including D here) softer songs the most, so whenever I hear ASAGI singing one of these, it makes me happy. Gonna grab the single asap and give it a spin. Easily a highlight of this mix for me. 7/10 11 JILUKA - Faizh Copy and paste what I said about KILLANETH here and we're good! I see JILUKA are a moderately big deal around here and it's cool, but yeah, they're not something I fuck with. They seem talented though? 4/10 12 VRZEL - SLANDER I had no idea who these guys are and judging from this, I don't think I'll be looking for more. I don't find anything remarkable or interesting about this one, sadly. Pretty ordinary 2010's visual kei and I'm not a fan. 2/10 13 DIAURA - 月光 ayyy I'm glad the mix ended on a high note! Not my favorite ballad from DIAURA as I have some issues with it, but I love it anyway. yo-ka's vocals here soothe my soul to be honest and I can't be mad. Good choice to end things with! 8/10 There was not much I enjoyed here, unfortunately, but I expected something like this since our taste when it comes to visual kei at least seems pretty different from one another, so it's all good. I still liked 6 out of 13 songs, so it's a good enough ratio to me! I'll make sure to check out some of the things I liked and don't have it yet. Thanks for putting together the mix!
  46. 6 points
    they release a new single every 3-4 months ...
  47. 6 points
    It goes with the topic of the song: torment and torture of a twisted 'love'. In this case, I also think it's a mildly political statement on the current suicide rate and state of mental health, but how most people still seem to completely turn a blind eye to it/refuse to acknowledge it. THE GALLO isn't a stranger to political themes in their music (WWI/II are common topics throughout lyrics, and also the lyrics of 帝都四号魔水路 and ZIZ). Just my thought though ( :
  48. 6 points
    Sukekiyo upload the audios for 猥雑 & ただ、まだ、私。 You can listen to them on their official Youtube. Both are promotion Edit ver. Also the Music Video Teaser
  49. 6 points
    nekkichi

    random thoughts thread

    may Allah tend to her brain worm infestation first x
  50. 6 points
    Paraph

    Your last music-related buy!

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