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  1. 10 points

    Dir en grey

    A little report from Warsaw yesterday. After taking a bit of a lax approach in actually getting to the venue instead of just drinking, myself & the other MH representative meat and her husband finally manage to get to the venue about 10-15 short of the show starting. Doing dispo things I naturally que up to the line for drinks inside hall and about halfway through that morass the new intro kicks off and the band gets on stage to a strangely lukewarm reception. Going into a little bit of panic, I manage to convince a fine local man in front of me to get me my two shots and then right away I start shuffling towards the best spots I can find while Utafumi is only about a halfway over. The first thing me, and more or less everyone I talked to later on ( I must've chatted up to a good 20 people by the end of it ) noticed was the audience was very lame. A lot of the crowd that must've listened to j-rock five to ten years back, and now they've shown up as a contractual obligation to the past with their dumb boyfriend filming the show in tow. It was up until about Uroko that the audience just straight up fucking sucked, and the way this stuff works is that the confusion and lack of enthusiasm is just as infectious as the reverse, and it was only after that first genuine surprise when the actual fans decided to start disregarding the bores around them. The bottom was reached after Fukai when the band fucked off from the stage and staff started running around, and some people even wondered whether it was due to the reaction they received, or lack thereof. Anyway, the band comes back eventually and it was slow, but sure forward momentum after that and during Keibetsu Hajimari there was even an attempt at a moshpit which I joined instantly and thoroughly enjoyed as long as it lasted. The band definitely started winning the audience over as the show went on, and not even surprised because this is the best Dir en grey I've seen live. Kyo is absolutely killing it from beginning to end, like it's a marvel to actually see him in person and from fairly close as well doing all the theatrical stuff he has brought back/and from Sukekiyo where I suppose he was more free to do himself. Blossoming Beelzebub was something else with Kyo doing the same thing he did for the Mode of DSS live where his face is projected on the screen in real time, and he's just sort of drooling while giving the best rendition of the song I've hear so far. On all the ballads and stuff that might've been harder for him to pull off eight, nine years back he performs pretty much flawlessly from the start of the show 'till the end of it. It's mind blowing just how much he has improved and how many faults he's addressed even after seemingly permanent damage. If I have to find a negative here, my friend complained about Shinya sounding sloppy during the show in Finland, and even if I became inclined to agree due to self-suggestion or some sort, I'm still going with it. The lack of intensity on his part was made apparent also by the fairly quiet sound of the venue, which was definitely surprising after having been there a few days back and everything sounded great and hit fucking hard. I quite liked the new songs live, even Values of Madness that I don't particularly care for I enjoyed and the band seemed to enjoy playing as well. Keibetsu hajimari and Devote My Life should have had a pit, and shoulders and fists should've hit the idiots standing still and filming in the face; there was this one dude who looked super offended that I featured myself in his video by growling the To Die In part in Devote, like fuck off watch them off of youtube or something instead. Ranunculus got the people in my part of the audience hype, which I definitely didn't expect. Really good live tho. After the initial set ends your boi goes for more shots to be able to actually go through the entire fake encore routine that I still maintain is the most awkward thing ever, especially when you're in a country where people are struggling whether to pronounce the word encore either in their native way, the english way or the japanese one. At this point I'm finally getting kind of tipsy so I go along with it, and the band comes back to play The Final, Sustain the Untruth and Rasetsukoku. The first two were awesome with the all the audience participation and this made me enjoy Sustain the untruth for the first time in my life! So that's definitely something... and I mean obviously The Final always goes over well. While I might have wanted to hear Kodou instead, I can't say that would have been as good of a time as singing along to the The Final even if it has so far happened at every Deg show I've been to. Rasetsukoku got a good, energetic performance that unfortunately didn't have anything for me to do, lol. I was still clamouring for that pit that just never came, and you might find me doing three shots at once, but there are levels I don't stoop down to and that's swinging my hands up in the air like an asshole. Rasetsukoku has this weird rhythm anyway that doesn't really lend itself to jumping or anything like that, but a circle pit would totally work. The band leaves and the audience gets loud. They throw some stuff in the crowd and people cheer. I drink some more and then end up chatting to anyone with a pulse while waiting for the band outside (as an ironic nod to the weeaboo culture, just so you know) and wondering whether Kyo ate a giant pizza really fast because the box that went in came out in no time while it was just him there. Quite a lot of people travelling from other countries, with some even going to multiple shows, and of course some of the Japanese fans were there as well and we broke some cultural boundaries together trying to figure out what transport to take back to town. In the end I stumble upon this group of greek people and off we go for some beers, and one thing leads to another and now I'm here, hungover and writing this while wondering how I'm still alive living this lifestyle. Great show despite the initial difficulties from the venue and the audience. The band is undeniably in peak form right now, so if you got a chance to see them then I say go and hopefully the audience you get is a little better than mine. I'm too trashed to proofread this but i hope it makes sense for ya guize!!
  2. 9 points
    Everyone's praising X for playing to an empty stadium during a storm, but Satsuki has been playing at empty venues for years
  3. 7 points

    Show Yourself (again)

    DIR EN GREY was great yesterday!
  4. 5 points
    i thought i was gonna off myself but i found this thread and also found my will to live...the will to watch satsuki hit rock bottom over n over again also tbh i think people overlook how mediocre RES were in the greater scheme of things, especially considering they were a fkin FREE WILL band but they best they managed was shibuya quattro. I think yukari/whoever at free will really tried to push them hard, but as far as i see it, they were unlikeable outside of their core fanbase. Their music had some good moments, but honestly most of it was sloppy musicianship over some good melodies--satsuki isnt even a good singer, just has a pretty voice. When they were good, they were awesome but when they flopped it was awful lmfao. comparing them to kagerou, DEG, merry etc, RES kind of are a joke. That said, I think the band were just an awful fit with poor management. They were more or less assembled by yukari to do his thing, but once they had to make their own image and sound, I dont think any of them (free will mgmt included) really had a good sense of taste or vision. Its not to say they werent talented, considering the amazing work mika and takumi are doing now (tbh the gag is that those are the only talented members they had), but it certainly didn't come across in their music all that often. This is coming from someone who used to LOVE RES. I wonder how much satsuki flopping has coloured my thoughts on their music hahaha
  5. 4 points

    JACK+MW new album "XANADU" release

    JACK+MW new album "XANADU" will be released at 2018/11/28 (3000yen) [tracklist] 1.Phantom 2.DEMENTED HUMAN CRY 3.Ⅸ LOST 4.殺戮にいたる哀 5.TRIGGER 6.カインの刻印 7.frosty CLOUD 8.Over the brain shudder 9.蟲達ノ伽藍 10.…EVE… 11.葉桜の舞う季節に君を想うということ
  6. 4 points

    Show Yourself (again)

    headshot for my new oshare kei band: 鼻くそMOUSE
  7. 4 points

    ghost's drawings

    Here's a card I made for my co-worker who is leaving this week.
  8. 4 points
  9. 3 points

    My hero. I'm so inspired now

    My hero. I'm so inspired now
  10. 3 points
    Hurricane Michael tore up my town and or lights were of for 4 days due to fallen trees and phones/tablet/laptop was dead. But I'm not!
  11. 3 points
    their new live-limited single "sheeple" (1000 yen) will be released on November 7 at their 17th anniversary performance at Ebisu Liquidroom.
  12. 3 points
    So their tour just started and according to fans' tweets, they've already debuted a new song called "sheeple". Gara also mentioned a live-limited single but i don't know if it'll be sold during this tour or what. I'm pissed but I look forward to seeing it on closetchild for 30 bucks x edit: this is the flyer that was distributed at the live...what a LOOK.
  13. 3 points
    Here you go: https://imgur.com/a/NPrl4mk
  14. 3 points
    Why can't we keep this Diaura instead tho? I prefer 90's homage Diaura to the Diaura we've had, Unmei Kaika is the best thing I've heard from Diaura
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points

    Your last music-related buy!

    Thanks @Shadowtear! Kuroageha's LIVE at ON AIR WEST, 夜想曲, and Sad Song PV videos.
  17. 3 points
    Mei ex. 黒百合と影 may come back any time soon. He tweeted something about being in the studio
  18. 3 points
  19. 3 points

    Show Yourself (again)

    There you go!
  20. 3 points
    All of these lost members should just form a supergroup that randomly doesn’t show up to lives.
  21. 2 points

    Dir en grey

    Man, tumblr-DEG is in uproar about the non-venue "stalker" photos and taking photos at the band's concerts... Why do people get so radically invested in this band (or bands in general)? They're just some dudes who play music.
  22. 2 points
  23. 2 points
    **a guest feature at an anime and k-pop parTy that snekz agency apparently specialize in, like literally the embarrassment
  24. 2 points
    Omg I need to hurry home to watch this Omfg this is IT. It's everything I love in a fucking song and the video is super high quality and fucking awesome. HAKLO is slaying 2018 rn
  25. 2 points