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Himeaimichu

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  1. So my birthday is coming up soon and I may be getting some money, so I was wondering if anyone had any DEViL KiTTY (specifically 2002-2004 DK. Not the 2015 "revival") fliers or chekis they'd be willing to sell.
  2. Bootleg PVs are the AMVs of Visual Kei

  3. Himeaimichu

    Not a lot of Mexicans bought tickets because they know that music without a bass tends to suck live
  4. Can Gulu Gulu announce a new single already?

  5. Kinda wish Aika had a role in the session band +ISOLATION. Cuartet is amazing, but Black:List has very few releases and I don't like Triggah too much lol

  6. Himeaimichu

    I'd rather see someone else play bass in a Phantasmagoria revival knowing the shit he pulled
  7. Himeaimichu

    But without Kisaki
  8. Did anyone here watch anime on Sky7Anime back in 2008? I remember the Chatango chat was WILD (and toxic lmao)

    1. Peace Heavy mk II

      Peace Heavy mk II

      the only media I ever consume is acquired legally, including music

  9. Himeaimichu

    Yeah, hes slowly going blind.
  10. Himeaimichu

    Didn't know these guys were still around. That's cool
  11. I just realised that Metis Gretel and Devil Kitty probably used the same drum machines. The cymbals are almost exactly the same, especially the China-cymbal

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    It sounds kinda like Liphlich but not as good. Kiryu's B-sides though have always been better than the A-sides, so let's hope the B-sides are good
  13. I don't often watch Chinese Drama, but one of the things I always found stupid about it was those dramas where they pit a "chinese orchestra" against a western style one.

    Now, I can see why they'd be compared... if only actual traditional Chinese music was being compared. But rather, they use "Chinese Orchestra", which is basically western music played on Chinese instruments modified to sound "pretty". So really, you're not comparing two vastly musical styles, you're comparing the same style played on marginally different instruments.

     

    Of course, what would be cool is if they compared real traditional Chinese music, like Hebei Bangzi, to their western equivalents, but no, real traditional Chinese music is too shrill and not "pretty" enough for the modern bourgeois Chinese person.

    1. Himeaimichu

      Himeaimichu

      Like, why not pit this kind of music against say, Italian Opera? That would make for a very unique musical competition plot. Especially since Hebei Bangzi is pretty representative of the music that was actually popular in old China. It's not for the feint of heart though. No pretty sounding Erhus or Guzhengs here.

       

  14. There was also a supposed fight that broke out between La'Mule and Diru fans. That's tea for @WhirlingBlack to spill tho
  15. Burmese Hsaing-waing music is like if you took Thai piphat but made it progressive and technical. It's full of tempo changes and weird time signatures. 

  16. My guess is just western fans being western fans. But even then, I rarely see Diru fans fight with Gazetto fans, unless it's like the deathcore Diru fans that only listen to Dum Spiro Spero and think Visual Kei is for Le Gays™ But then again, I don't participate in fanwars so what do I know? lmao
  17. Plus, even if it were true, why the hell would Diru fans insult The GazettE for being former Diru roadies? Last time I checked, there wasn't any Diru and Sel'm fanwar. If anything, it should be La'Miss Fairy fans reminding Gazetto fans that without Yayoi, the GazettE would be nothing, but La'Miss Fairy is, well, disbanded lmao
  18. Wait, the GazettE were Diru roadies? Because I remember the formation story mostly being Ruki, Uruha and Reita playing around with different musicians, most notably vocalists Tetora (who'd join Kamikaze Boyz) and Saki (who'd form Cuartet) until Ruki decided he wanted to do vocals instead of drums and so they left Saki and Kanna and joined with Aoi and Yune from Artia. Plus, I remember their early history being much more associated with Yayoi from La'Miss Fairy than anything to do with Diru. Could you perhaps elaborate more?
  19. Just compare any bandman to Final Fantasy characters and you're bound to rustle a few jimmies
  20. Does anyone know what Aika ex. Cuartet, Black:List and Triggah is doing these days? Is he still an associate of Tomozo's label or has he fully retired from anything music related?

  21. Heavens Dust is just Kiryu for Kyles. I mean, holy fuck this screams monster energy drink and punching a wall

     

    1. saiko

      saiko

      Guitars' tone sounds dirty in a really bad way, and vocals very weak. Overall composition is in a teen-Slipknot-fan level. Horrible. Video seems cool, though.

    2. Himeaimichu

      Himeaimichu

      The cherry on the top is that these guys actually did a cover of Lil Wayne out of all people once.

      And they have gotten political on multiple songs

  22. Himeaimichu

    Hot take: The reason they abandoned Visual Kei was so that they could legally perform in Russia without being accused of spreading "Gay propaganda"
  23. Their first album, Akuma Kicha, and their first EP, Kiai, are a must try. Their later stuff is ok but the guitars sound like shit and the music was kind of toned down
  24. Pop and Metal are considered to be almost completely opposite genres of music. One is perceived as being major key, happy, upbeat, often repetitive and known for not being diverse, while the other is perceived as minor key, angry, and incredibly diverse (Of course, these are just stereotypes). Surprisingly or unsurprisingly, these genres are sometimes mixed. Whether it's the popular artist Poppy, or the infamous Babymetal, these genres were bound to cross one way or another, especially in Japan, and Visual Kei is no exception. For one, the mixing of the two comes with the territory of Visual Kei. After all, the movement in the 90's was filled with songs that contrasted Thrash Metal riffs with Post-Punk choruses. It is also definitely not unusual for a band to play multiple genres of music on one album. Even to this day, Visual Kei songs will often have a chorus that sounds completely different from the rest of the song. It's basically given that there will be some bands here and there who mix elements of Pop and Metal. While there are a lot of Visual Kei bands that mix pop and metal, for this, I will be focusing on bands that specifically mix elements of J-Pop, since those are the most distinct and so I can make the title relating to Babymetal lol. A very infamous example of this was the cult classic band DEViL KiTTY. Mixing pop and metal was their bread and butter, whether it's primarily poppy songs with occasional metal riffing, such as DRIVE, or a very thrashy, angry metal song that goes pop in the chorus, such as Hello Katty. They also just had fully pop rock songs with no metal elements whatsoever, such as 束縛 (Sokubaku), or full on metal songs with no pop at all, such as アンチお洒落系 (Anti Oshare-Kei). Their early looks also mixed in some elements of Harajuku Fashion, but that changed after ESE IKARE Rockstar, where they just started wearing suits. Not only that, but their music contains a lot of Japanese pop culture references, whether it be Japan's early internet culture in songs like 奇形の2ちゃんネラア (Kikei no 2channeler) or even references to Visual Kei culture itself, such as バンザイお洒落系 (Banzai Oshare-Kei). Their lyrics, however, were far from radio-friendly, as Yuuga's love for sex songs is well known, and many songs are your typical vkei songs about not-so-savory stuff like murder. To summarize it, DEViL KiTTY's sound was an abrasive, lo-fi interpretation of Visual Kei's love for mixing genres, with a huge emphasis on the contrast between the heavy parts and the poppy parts. Although this primarily applies to their 2002-2004 era. When they returned in 2015, they still mixed pop with metal, but focused way less on the contrast. However, there was one song, バンギャル最終兵器 (Bangya Saishukeiki) sort of channeled old Devil Kitty with a modern take, but that was their last ever release. (Note: While making this, I just realised the only good quality upload of the PV for バンギャル最終兵器 was taken down. RIP) Selected listening: Deaitai (出愛隊) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9suBOucP7I Hello Katty (note: I plan to upload the PV for this soon, but for now, please bear with this video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj7qwpfdwtM Another infamous example of this is legendary Oshare-Kei band An Cafe. Specifically, their early years. Whereas DEViL KiTTY mainly focused on harshness and aggression, An Cafe was more focused on contrasting heavy with happy (or should I say, Nyappy?). Of course, in the beginning, their lyrics weren't always happy, as songs like My Favorite Beat actually have sorta dark lyrics. However, especially unlike DEViL KiTTY, these guys' music was definitely something that would probably be played on a pop radio station if those songs were ever popular enough to do so. Like DEViL KiTTY, they make references to Japanese pop culture, and implement elements of Harajuku fashion into their looks. (I mean, the whole Oshare-Kei shtick kinda grew out of Harajuku fashion). Sadly, they kinda dropped the whole thing sometime after 2005 (I'm not sure when because I honestly do not listen to much of An Cafe after their first album) and went on to just being pop rock, and then Bou left. Selected listening: My Favorite Beat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOjcc6B_C04 Touhikairo (頭皮回廊) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIeV3a174o8 So what are your thoughts on these type of bands? What are your favourite examples?
  25. I'll have to keep an eye on these guys. Seems like a promising project
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