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  1. 5 points
    saishuu

    Am I a bad person?

    Look, I've seen you here a couple of times trying to be a shoulder to cry on for some people voluntarily. Perhaps you shouldn't go around trying to help everyone in sight? I don't mean that in a bad way, just something to work on in order to prevent these feelings from coming up. What I've learned over the years is that people need to come to you specifically if they need your help. Most importantly, you can't (and probably aren't even equipped to) deal with other people's issues yourself. People, as much as it sucks to accept sometimes, need to deal with their shit on their own. Their own time and own terms. It doesn't mean you're a bad person or uncompassionate - sometimes the most responsible thing to do is refer the person that's hurt to someone else that's better equipped to handle those things. Sometimes you can be there to comfort them and try to talk them out of a rough situation, but it's up to the person in question how they'd prefer to better handle their feelings. Some people, however, just need to bring you down to their hole with them. Just be aware of those and make no mistake in cutting them off. No matter how bad they might feel and the amount of help they need, they might turn into a toxic person without even realizing it and if you're not aware, you'll be down there with them. I understand where you're coming from, but don't feel too bad. I hate to bring up this card, but you still seem relatively young, right? With more experience in your adulthood, I'm sure you'll be more at comfort to deal with a lot of situations in life and relationships with those closer to you. Don't beat yourself too much and just give it some time.
  2. 4 points
    ゼロ(*´з`)

    DELUHI

    reviving this thread to give a commentary of their april 19th revival live at tsutaya o-east in shibuya. i was lucky enough to score a ticket and go, and aaa, too many feels... ~ setlist ~ 1. hybrid truth 2. rebel sicks shadow six 3. freedom 4. flow snow 5. wake up 6. shade 7. ivory and irony 8. the farthest 9. no salvation 10. follow the future 11. g.a.l.d. 12. revolver blast 13. frontier 14. skapegoat 15. baby play 16. f.t.o. 17. departure ~ encore ~ 18. remember the rain 19. vivid place 20. coda 21. orion once again 22. two hurt
  3. 2 points
    helcchi

    DELUHI

    lol Aggy's sleeve was fake haha. He drew it on with a sharpie xD I might write up an official report here, as I was at both lives, but need to gather my thoughts first. They finally played The Farthest and No Salvation after skipping them the first night, but the whole time Juri was looking down like he was reading the lyrics 😅 There were also a few songs they didn't play at all... I really wanted to hear yomi no yuzuriha instead of some of the other songs they played twice Although they didn’t wear their old costumes, it was nostalgic to see Leda brandish his old Cygnus again. The guy right next to me caught Sujk's drumstick at Blitz, and I've never felt so frustrated at being so short as I was in that moment. But I caught Aggy's hair piece at O-EAST which was only a small consolation.
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    There should be more stuff shared like this on YouTube...
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    Alsdead14

    Am I a bad person?

    Well, you just acted the way you thought was good for them. Sometimes, you can't help people if they don't want to be helped. You can't make them do as you what them to do stuff. They have to learn their stuff themselves. Maybe it's time to think more about yourself and focus on what's important in your own life. Try surrounding yourself with people more positive, because yes, as the guy above me said, some are toxic, they are just there to bring you down (talking from experience). Again from experience, I was the shoulder that people cried on it, and well, there's not much people around me anymore. I got fed up of being used all the time. So I change my life and I'm trying to move on. Like I said, focus on what makes you feel good, people you enjoy being with people who don't put you down or use you and well, being rational with people who struggle with their feelings is not a good mix too. Sometimes, they don't want to hear the truth, they only want to be heard. That's a part too you have to consider. Some people just need to talk, heck, everyone love to talk about themselves, so you just listen, and well, if it affected you negatively, you just move on. Not easy, but yeah, as the guy said above, you are still young, you will learn with experiences. I hope you can meet people that are nice to you, and well, I also saw you a lot on the forum lately, you look like a nice person to me, so don't let them bring you down. Have a nice day!
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    tracklist: 01. Shirabe 調べ 02 .DIMENSION 03. Sennen no Shikisai 千年ノ色彩 04. Administrator 05. LIQUID VAIN 06 .INNOVATOR 07 .uprising 08. DNA 09. Akaku chirabaru hana 紅く散らばる華 10. DAYBREAK 11. Hibiscus ハイビスカス 12. Undo 13. Bishuu 美醜 14. LOCUS 15. BRILLIANT DVD 1. Sennen no Shikisai PV 千年ノ色彩 (PV)
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    Estimated reading time: 8 minutes, 20 seconds. Contains 1669 words. There was a time when a Schwarz Stein reunion would have been at the top of my music wish list. The late 2000s were drawing to an end and I was still very much immersed in their eschatological vision of digital decadence, a dream of liberation and redemption with the technopolitan paradise awaiting. With their first two albums, 2003’s New vogue children and 2004’s Artificial Hallucination, Kaya and Hora established their very own, unique sound, not only as an electronic act in the visual kei space, but also within electronic music in general, fusing beat-driven, danceable EBM with tinges of trance, synthpop, industrial and chanson. Their conceptual and lyrical focus on themes and dualisms of oftentimes biblical proportions (entrapment vs. salvation, earthly dystopia vs. transcendent utopia, freedom vs. sin etc.) and allusions to hedonism and sexual liberation as an antidote to the paralysis of totalitarian social order give Schwarz Stein a distinct gothic edge which resounds in their music in an obvious yet elegant way. Accompanying even more upbeat tracks is an almost omnipresent melancholia, lingering in the timbre of reverberating keyboard strokes and gaining momentum in the lyrics and vocal delivery. Kaya’s singing voice has always struck me as exceptionally powerful yet composed, while retaining fragility, warmth as well as emotional depth and nuance throughout its entire range. He croons with such clarity and smoothness, his lower register seems more like the dark hues of a bright color while his midrange is forceful and voluminous, at times erupting into a subtle, wistful vibrato. Even his highs stand out to a certain degree – they sound youthful, open and bright while thinning out only in falsetto. Similar to their sound and overall design philosophy as a band, Schwarz Stein’s visual aesthetic revolves around the juxtaposition of visceral darkness and playful sensuality. The foundation of their style is a mixture of BDSM fashion and gothic glitz, which in and of itself would be anything but revolutionary and was actually quite the cliché couture of early 2000s visual kei. But Schwarz Stein put a unique spin on their makeup, costumes, props and stage design by incorporating an iconography and visual aesthetic that is unmistakably inspired by H.R. Giger. On a superficial level, it might seem gimmicky. But Giger’s transhumanism actually translates in a very meaningful way into Schwarz Stein’s world, where the non-human part, the intrusive, dehumanizing element resounds not only in their musical concept as a purely digital act but also in themes like estrangement, solitude, corruption and slavery to an unfree system. Interestingly, this clear vision of their style had already been established during their Rudolf Steiner demo days and (unsurprisingly) became a little less prominent during their prime under music and fashion label owner Mana. In 2006, two years after their initial disbandment and subsequent pursuit of solo careers, Kaya and Hora came out with a onetime collaborative session album titled another cell. While it was a solid release, especially for Kaya lending INNER UNIVERSE and FROZEN PAST his voice, it suffered from lower production value and a creeping disconnect in the duo’s collaboration; a first foreshadowing of what the future would hold. When Recurrence of Hallucination dropped in celebration of Schwarz Stein’s 10th anniversary, the sense of foreboding left behind by another cell turned into sobering reality. Even though the 2011 mini-album was released under the Schwarz Stein name, it feels even more like an on the side cash grab. It consists of three slightly remixed and somehow less exciting versions of tracks from Hora’s solo work, one new, albeit sub-par composition and an instrumental intro, which ironically trumps the rest of the EP. The whole thing sounds anemic and detached. And I don’t even so much take issue with its shortcomings in the engineering and production department; the switch to Kaya’s label トロイメライ (Traumerei) surely came with budgetary constraints. It’s the blatant decline in songwriting and compositional quality and the obvious lack of effort put into the project I find so deeply disappointing that not even nostalgia suffices to compensate for it. After their official reunion in 2014 and a handful of hit-and-miss singles, Schwarz Stein finally announced a proper new mini-album titled Immortal Verses and scheduled to release in September of 2018. The track list and cover art looked promising at first, calling to mind their trademark mix of gothic kitsch, dystopic gloom and stoic sensuality. In a lot of ways, however, Immortal Verses completely fails to correct course. In fact, it seems entirely ignorant of any shortcomings or failures in the first place and instead reiterates in an even more opportunistic way the exact creative principles which not only spoiled its predecessor but also threaten to water down their entire legacy. The main problem boils down to the songwriting and composition. As a solo artist, Hora has always been frustratingly impervious to any kind of innovation when it comes to his sound. It wouldn’t even be much of an overstatement to say that he’s been making the same three songs for thirteen years now – there’s the abrasive industrial banger, the spacy club anthem and the ambient mood piece. Even his sound palette hardly changed in over a decade which makes his albums altogether feel like weary and unfocused attempts at amplifying the slowly fading echo of his accomplishments from times past. Unfortunately, this is exactly what plagues Schwarz Stein’s post-reunion material. There’s very little in the way of original ideas. Instead, songwriting and composition seem to be largely governed by a self-referential process of copy & paste and an aggravating compulsion to check the same old boxes. It’s formulaic to the point of redundancy. Lotus is a prime example of that. It’s the mini-album’s thematic and narrative climax, the focal point of overall tension building and pacing. By virtue of its placement and function, it tries hard to be loud and spectacular, to emulate the abrasiveness and tonal density of their harsher, more industrial-oriented output. Nothing about it works though. Structurally, it is entirely predictable and musically, much too familiar. What should’ve been an homage, I assume, ends up as an awkward amalgamation of Schwarz Stein’s BIO GENESIS (2003) and Kaya’s Sodomy (2013, music written by Hora). The thumping beat, the ominous synth lines, the nervous, channel-hopping buzz of distorted guitar samples… it’s all there, ready to wreak havoc but the individual elements simply don’t add up to anything meaningful or enjoyable. Lotus misses the mark widely and by recycling old material so bluntly illustrates the duo’s petty refusal to be creative with disheartening clarity. And to add insult to injury, even Hora’s “death voice”, a simple yet somewhat iconic voice distortion effect (cf. CREEPER, 2004), is employed so ham-fistedly here, it degenerates into a meaningless, lackluster gimmick. In short, Lotus is Immortal Verses at its worst: derivative, unimaginative and overstated in all the wrong places. Despite all that, however, there are a few redeeming moments and some genuinely sensible artistry to be found on the mini-album. The lyrics of Immortal Verses tell a short but moving tale of a lost love which has rendered the protagonist broken and immobilized, slowly withering away in deeply solitary, lifeless apathy. The memories both painfully elusive and relentlessly parasitic begin to haunt them in the form a faint, flickering light. The longing for what seems forever lost in time – love, happiness, the feeling of wholeness – is presented as an inescapable dilemma: it’s the sole raison d’être and ultimate martyrdom at the same time. The narrative unfolds over the course of all five tracks and adds a welcome element of cohesion which the music alone oftentimes fails to provide. In some cases, the lyrical themes of isolation, estrangement, solitude and yearning resonate quite beautifully with the instrumentation and vocals. morgue, for instance, does a decent job as an opener with its simmering organs setting a somber mood and the beat building tension in unison with dramatic synth strings. It’s neither loud nor overbearing but a patient moment of exposition, providing a well-rounded backdrop for Kaya’s equally subdued yet poignant vocal performance. Although he’s always been a competent vocalist, his voice sounds more refined and confident than ever. Even in otherwise unremarkable tracks like Immortal Light and Forest of Paralysis, he manages to break the relative flatness of the instrumental and add depth, a third dimension for emotion to resonate within and become tangible. Wachtraum is most noteworthy in that regard. In similar fashion to COCOON (2014), Kaya hums impressively clear, low notes during the verses which transition into an elegant, climactic hook. The tension that has been progressively built during the first three cuts and peaked in Lotus quietly dissolves in these last, satisfying moments of calm reflection and melancholy. And even though they don’t quite reach ethereal quality of tracks like transient (2003) or Emergence of Silence (2004), these quieter moments bring to light little bits and pieces of something I thought Schwarz Stein had lost for good: their identity. I find it difficult to assess Immortal Verses in a broader, more general way that would be commensurate with a conclusion of this review. There’s one reason for that and it’s the sincerest bottom line I can produce. Immortal Verses is an extremely hermetic release – and deliberately so. Neither does it engage in any kind of dialogue with the tropes and trends of contemporary visual kei - be it stylistically or musically - nor does it build upon the duo’s established sound and innovate it. The mini-album’s entire artistic scope and purpose are wholly determined by its relationship to Schwarz Stein’s previous work. Immortal Verses is a sonic soliloquy, a nostalgic stroll down memory lane and as such it explicitly and exclusively caters to a very specific audience: Schwarz Stein’s most devoted, longtime fans. In a perpetual sequence of anachronistic references, the songs try so hard to tie in with the collective memory of a sympathetic fan base that they fail to say anything much but this: contemporary Schwarz Stein is for those who remember. Without that memory, there just isn’t much to enjoy.
  8. 1 point
    Gesu

    Am I a bad person?

    Lately, I've been thinking about how uncompassionate I must seem to people who come to me with problems. I believe I said this before in a status update, but whenever someone tells me something bad that's going on in their life and they feel the need to vent about it (by which I mean something that's really affecting them, not just your average "I woke up late", "I got splashed by a bus", etc), I'll either give them cold, hard advice or direct them to someone who can if I don't have the answer. I can't just hold someone and tell them it's going to be okay. I can't be that shoulder to cry on when it all goes wrong. I can't tell people that everything's going to be okay because all I can think of is that it might not be. I think the worst part about it all is that I always tell people they can come and talk to me, and they do because I'm apparently an easy enough person to talk to, but whenever they do, they never like what I have to say because I think they see me as a bit too forthright when they'd rather have someone just smile and comfort them. I just disappoint them. People here have told me that I'm a good person and that it's not my fault, but that's only because they've never come straight to me with an issue before. I've begun to think that the problem really is with me because it's happened too many times to just be a coincidence, but I don't want to change the way I deal with things because I'm only doing what I'd want someone to do for me. Also, I think it's worth noting that I have actually fallen out with a few people because of this. I told them I couldn't keep seeing them anymore if they were just going to say the same things over and over again without giving my ideas a chance, and that they were getting me down, and when I said that, they just got really upset and I heard from the person who was relaying our messages to each other that those people were considering hurting themselves. At the time, I thought they were just being clingy and blackmailing, but I'm beginning to think maybe I'm the one who fucked up. I don't like people becoming too dependent on me because... well, what if something happened to me? As unlikely as it may be, I could die tomorrow and I wouldn't like to think that that would be the end for everyone who ever trusted me, but... maybe I should just let them depend on me? Aren't friends supposed to do that, and to get upset when someone leaves them for whatever reason? Maybe I'm just too cold-hearted to gauge that. I suppose I haven't exactly proven to be the most understanding person in the world. Haa, I vent quite a bit meself in this forum, so mayhaps I'm just a hypocrite. It's few and far between, but still. Anyways, what do you guys think?
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    ラヴェーゼ (Labaiser) new live-limited single, "Unrelieved" will be released at their live on June 6. Melody is good, but the production sounds shitty and butchered on YouTube. Hopefully it sounds better when it actually comes out.
  10. 1 point
    jurideluhi

    DELUHI

    (old visual look) (recently) Official Page Official MySpace for new listeners,I recommend you to listen "Orion once again", "s[k]ape:goat"," Hoshi no nai Yoruni" or "Hybrid Truth". Its the best of all their releases up till now imo. Discuss any info or any questions about this band here at this thread. ;D
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    Kitela has signed on another new band called uramono. More details/pictures will be released on 2019.04.25 at Shibuya Tsutaya O-West. Vo.クボ (kubo) Twitter: https://twitter.com/uramono_kubo Gt.モズイ (mozui) Twitter: https://twitter.com/uramono_mozui Gt.ネムラ (nemura) Twitter: https://twitter.com/uramono_nemura Ba.ナシ (nashi) Twitter: https://twitter.com/uramono_nashi Dr.ねてる (neteru) Twitter: https://twitter.com/uramono_neteru
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    asagaos

    new band "GCMZ" has formed

    If I'm not mistaken, vocalist Yuma was Shellmy's roadie.
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    Oh no, he fell prey to that dull today's look. The preview... not long enough to have a better idea what's going on. Can't summon KISAKI anymore...
  16. 1 point
    Nope, but i think you can use a shopping service to order it.
  17. 1 point
    sangan

    [HELP] Downloading from NicoNico

    I think screen recording is (sadly) the only method for timeshifted streams for now, if someone knows a way for download would be useful
  18. 1 point
    patientZERO

    new band "GCMZ" has formed

    My initial thoughts exactly.
  19. 1 point
    Saya's vocals sound...weird here. I think it's production more than anything.
  20. 1 point
    Fking hell yes i cant wait undo has been stuck in my head for weeks.
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    TheZigzagoon

    Am I a bad person?

    Another perspective to look at as well is that a lot of the time, people only like to hear what they’re hoping to hear, and when someone adds a bit of realism to a situation, it can lead to them feeling like their problem really is a big problem. So I wouldn’t blame yourself, and I’m also not saying it’s other people’s fault because I don’t know their situation, but I’m hoping this provides you with a bit of comfort on the matter! Please tell me that made sense btw. I’m super tired! XD
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    AnticNyappy

    Am I a bad person?

    reading this you are not in the wrong! if you believe someone in your life is bringing you down as well you really shouldn't keep them on. I understand your sense of direction because i am the same, people become overly dependent on me and im in no way good in giving advice or comforting people. For awhile i recommend you focus on you and only you! Give yourself a break from the negativity and focus on the more positive aspects in life ^^
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    Gesu

    It's too hot in England 😓

    It's too hot in England 😓
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    Yeah - they're definitely something special (even by definition alone) within VK. Can't really think of anyone else that has done their sound specifically, even the other electro/goth leaning acts approach it from a different angle. Would love to see them inject some of that initial goodness into some new tracks, but at the very least I'm glad Kaya seems to be enjoying a relatively successful career (from what I can tell?)
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    CAT5

    random thoughts thread

    Although I've not visited myself, I actually know and fellowship with quite a few of the individuals from this community, as they have a satellite institution here in my city. The origins of this village are pretty fascinating. It was established in the late 1960's by a group of "African Americans" who, during the height of the civil rights movement (when most 'African Americans' were fighting to fully integrate into the U.S.), basically gave a HUGE middle finger to the United States, migrated to Israel, and started their own way of life. I can definitely attest to the fact that the people I've met who were born in this village or have interfaced with this community to any great extent have all been upstanding people. It's wonderful to witness how people can flourish as individuals (and on a collective basis) when those people are nourished in a culture that's not inherently poisonous.
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    goth gf Ryuya is truly the look of looks
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    Grim Dawn, a nice diablo clone game 😃
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    Thanks! I want to watch the whole live BD now
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    Great! No kisaki in sight. Let's see what Riku comes up with.
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    yomii

    new band "GCMZ" has formed

    i think they look cool but the thing is bands with the similar looks are usually pretty underwhelming expecting some menhera mediocrity
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    suji

    new band "GCMZ" has formed

    waiting in anticipation for that GCMZ × GzNDLH twoman tour 🙏
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    IN SANCTUARY: 君の愛を僕におくれ 肌従しょう こうべ垂れよう 鳴り響くヒールはまるで 脊髄をそっとなぞる痺れアノマリー 僕のエナメルの女王は 僕を見下げ はしゃぐ 蝶のタトゥーが笑う 尊厳も捨てて慣れ果てる僕は家畜 全てを さらけ出そう 貴女に捧げましょうこの身を 僕を砕くんだ 滲む絶頂の快感 僕のエナメルの女王は 僕を見下げ はしゃぐ 蝶のタトゥーが笑う 尊厳も捨てて慣れ果てる僕は家畜 全てを さらけ出そう 貴女に捧げましょう 綺麗に付いた筋をなぞり 微笑んでくれてる君の笑顔に 捧げたんだ何もかも。
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    Yasashiku Koroshite: 薄暗く照らされた小部屋 私の身体縛った 貴方の湿った指先 一夜を染めて 愛情は歪んでいて きっと私の皮膚に棘 剌すの 優しく殺してよ 淡い色の唇が囁く 軋む腕輪に響く嬌声が重なって そっと白い首に貴方が爪 立てて これで朽ち逝きたい 締まる喉輪 泡立ち 彩って 薄暗く照らされた小部屋 私の身体縛った 貴方の湿った指先 一夜を染めて ”どうか この月に抱かれそっと泣きたい” 愚かな夢に 染まる肌色も満ち次ける 深く突き入れた蛇は毒を注ぎ 肉を溶かして私の中で蜷局を巻く そっと白い肌を優しく指で裂く その柔らかさに黒い痣が浮き立つ 想いのままに跪かせて 這いつくばらせた君の姿に 背筋が震えた このまま次へと行こう さあ踊れ
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    sangan

    Rip audio from Spotify Japan?

    Thanks for your reply, although the only method that works for me for those "protected" songs is Tuneskit Spotify Converter, as far as I know this software record the song from spotify at high speed, but not as high quality rip.
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    It's basically a VAMPS album without KAZ. Can't say I'm too excited for that. Only thing I've liked that he's been a part of since the singles began releasing is Red Swan.
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    evenor

    Your last music-related buy!

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    Duwang

    DIMLIM

    You are correct, it's the same event as the vanitas video that I posted here (or in another DIMLIM thread) a while back. It was a Thursday night and the same day as the Download Festival (3/21) so naturally there was only going to be a few people at that event. They've performed at events where there were even less people (there were maybe 20-25 people here including friends of the bands) Yet they drew in a lot of people for their sponsored event in February. DIMLIM's crowd varies a lot. They have maybe 10? core fans that go pretty much every time and then a bunch of people that go every once in a while. Don't worry about their crowd size for O-West. The band will not be affected negatively if there aren't a lot of people there. O-West doesn't cost that much to rent out. Also the new live limited CD will certainly offset the rental costs. Good thinking on the band's part.
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    helcchi

    DIMLIM

    Metalheads don’t whip their hair like bangya do
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    Gesu

    The Extremely Official MH J-meme Thread

    Additionally
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    Covers of the regular editions: "Kachou no shirabe": "Fuugetsu no uta":
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    TheZigzagoon

    Your last music-related buy!

    Managed to get ahold of that Heresy limited 3 DVD box set from The Gazette, I’m very happy!
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    Damn gotta wait 4 months to know who they are and what they sound like lol
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    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEODAI-11865
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    chipathy

    キズ

    Damn sukekiyo's takumi joined kizu on stage last night
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    omg YAWN another Waremono band? jfc
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