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  1. I sort of expected it but I thought they would release one last album and maybe disband next year. Sucks though.
  2. Sent my mix to @saishuu
  3. I've never done one of these before but sounds cool, sign me up.
  4. Relistening to Ousia today and I think it really is a fantastic album, much better then anything Nega did. At first I didn't like it because it's really dense and sounds very samey but every time I come back to it I like it a little more. Some criticisms are it's too long and too much metalcore/deathcore chugging but there is really great songwriting all throughout the album. Jin's voice contributes to the amazing atmosphere and he's gotten better since Nega. On all of Nega's releases there were times where his voice made me cringe pretty badly but this is mostly absent when I listen to Ousia. If they released a whole album filled with songs as good as the title track and 流声、相剋の廃と it would be vk album of the decade imo.
  5. Imo Undying was their best song since DIM so I'm feeling overly optimistic about this album. ^Also I checked Ruki's twitter and he uses 最狂 (saikyou) instead of 最強 (saikyou), a play on words saying the album will be their most insane/crazy album yet. Might be looking too far into this but hopefully this means it won't be straight forward generic stuff like Dogma which was alright but far from great.
  6. Hopefully we get some new music this time
  7. Apart from the classics like Luna Sea (still the best 90s band), Kuroyume, Malice Mizer, Buck Tick etc I've only been getting into old school vk recently. Some of my favorites though: Most of Rouage's albums are really great and they have fantastic song's on all their albums. Favorite album's include Bible, Children and -312604806-. A lot of people really like Soup as well. Classic goth rock vk sound here but they stand out because of their above average songwriting. This band only had one mini but it's near perfect the whole way through. Their songs sound really 'dynamic' and have great energy. It's a shame they didn't last longer because this is probably the best record released on Key Party. Laputa was one of the biggest bands from Nagoya back in the day with their dark and catchy sound. Standout albums include Kagerou and Emadera but anything they released before the turn of the century was extremely solid. Baiser were another prolific band in the 90s I'm sure most people here know about. Favorite album is Ash but their later stuff is good too. There is so much good stuff from the 90s visual boom that the West doesn't know about that I feel like I'm only ever scratching the surface. Will probably lurk this group a lot for recs.
  8. Is this post visual kei like sukekiyo
  9. This album is definitely gonna take time to digest properly. The production is great though, no matter how much is going on everything sounds really clear and balanced. Could be their best but time will tell. Edit: love the drop in 首吊り遊具 too.
  10. I'd like to see one of the bands cover Kuchiki no Tou's title track, though I don't know if anyone could pull it off.
  11. I forgot about them completely, though they didn't release a studio album last year, I'm surprised Yasu and co are still that popular. Their last album got to number 2 and the cover album they released this year got to number 3 (I thought cover albums usually do terribly). That's pretty crazy. In 2009 I thought assumed they'd fall off the radar fast and haven't paid attention to them since around that time.
  12. Yeah I've been typing in some major bands but can't really find information. I can't even get the Oricon website to give me first week sales numbers for specific releases or even on 2016 weekly charts. Yet 2017 has it all there. Maybe I'm doing something wrong or it's an example of superior nipponese technology.
  13. Without typing in individual bands into the Oricon website, it's pretty hard to find out sales on the VK industry as a whole. Kiryu's album placed 9th on the weekly charts with 13.245 sales which seems like it could be the highest because SID, Golden Bomber (ignoring compilations) and Gazette didn't release albums. I'm asking this out of curiosity, I don't really want to participate in sales wars.
  14. Overrated: - Kyo - Dada - Tsuzuku (Mejibray) - Karma (Avelcain) - Yuuki (Lycaon) - Hiro (Nocturnal Bloodlust) - Kon (La'Mule) - Juri (Deluhi) - Sono (Matenrou Opera) Might get hate for this one. Underrated: - Yukari (Baiser) - Daisuke (Kagerou, the studs) Him and Aie worked so well together. I can't help but feel the god and death stars would sound better with him on vocals. - Jin (Nega, The Black Swan) He's an acquired taste but he's gotten so much better. Though I still liked him with Nega. - Shin (ViViD) This band weren't very good but Shin's vocals while really generic were really great. With a better band he would be amazing. - Nigu (cocklobin) - yo-ka (DIAURA) - Kurosaki Mahiro (Kiryuu) - Aki (Laputa) Underrated band in general. - Jui (Vidoll) - Izumi (Wail) - Teru (Glay) Though most likely he's not underrated in Japan.
  15. This is a very good point and you it's not just vk. You can notice a clear difference in the way a lot of Japanese artists write music compared to Western artists and this is most likely highly connected to fundamental differences in the language. You can notice this especially in choruses of vk/jpop/jrock songs, something that I always felt but fully released when I started learning Japanese. Although I would much rather a Western vk band use English or their native language instead of forcing a terrible Japanese accent. Yohio is pretty good with this but far from perfect. But they should really focus on not writing terrible music first.