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    nostalgia got a reaction from ajisaii052 in Disbanded bands that you wish were still together?   
    Definitely D'espairsRay. It was kinda like they had to disband unwillingly. Still personally hope that they will come back together some day.
     
    Another band could be RENTRER EN SOI, but considering all the drama happening within the band itself, disbanding could be the only way out.
    On top of that, the two core RES members joining sukekiyo makes RENTRER EN SOI's disbandment more acceptable to me.
    But what I regret up til now is that they disbanded when their musical career was at the peak, the quality of their music was so good back then.
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    nostalgia got a reaction from monkeybanana4 in Disbanded bands that you wish were still together?   
    Definitely D'espairsRay. It was kinda like they had to disband unwillingly. Still personally hope that they will come back together some day.
     
    Another band could be RENTRER EN SOI, but considering all the drama happening within the band itself, disbanding could be the only way out.
    On top of that, the two core RES members joining sukekiyo makes RENTRER EN SOI's disbandment more acceptable to me.
    But what I regret up til now is that they disbanded when their musical career was at the peak, the quality of their music was so good back then.
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    nostalgia reacted to saishuu in Disbanded bands that you wish were still together?   
    D'espairsRay for sure, even if it meant their quality kept dropping. I was devastated once RENTRER EN SOI disbanded too, but now I can find comfort in knowing they ended things before it all went to shit (and it would've happened). Their timing was perfect.
     
    Other than that, I just wish Isshi was still alive.
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    nostalgia got a reaction from RaeDesu in Disbanded bands that you wish were still together?   
    Definitely D'espairsRay. It was kinda like they had to disband unwillingly. Still personally hope that they will come back together some day.
     
    Another band could be RENTRER EN SOI, but considering all the drama happening within the band itself, disbanding could be the only way out.
    On top of that, the two core RES members joining sukekiyo makes RENTRER EN SOI's disbandment more acceptable to me.
    But what I regret up til now is that they disbanded when their musical career was at the peak, the quality of their music was so good back then.
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    nostalgia reacted to RaeDesu in Disbanded bands that you wish were still together?   
    What are some bands that you absolutely LOVE, that are no longer together and you wish they still were? 
     
    For me, D'espairsRay is my number one band that is no longer together, and I wish they were. I'm just glad that they still make music, even if it's not with eachother. 
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    nostalgia got a reaction from Neigedesmannes in Top 5 VK albums?   
    X JAPAN - DAHLIA
    Dir en grey - GAUZE
    Dir en grey - Withering to death.
    ギルガメッシュ - Reason of crying
    ギルガメッシュ - Girugamesh
     
    I simply like most of the songs in these albums.
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    nostalgia got a reaction from Anne Claire in Top 5 VK albums?   
    X JAPAN - DAHLIA
    Dir en grey - GAUZE
    Dir en grey - Withering to death.
    ギルガメッシュ - Reason of crying
    ギルガメッシュ - Girugamesh
     
    I simply like most of the songs in these albums.
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    nostalgia got a reaction from psychonnect_rozen in Top 5 VK albums?   
    X JAPAN - DAHLIA
    Dir en grey - GAUZE
    Dir en grey - Withering to death.
    ギルガメッシュ - Reason of crying
    ギルガメッシュ - Girugamesh
     
    I simply like most of the songs in these albums.
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    nostalgia reacted to CELESTIAL CIEL in Show Yourself (again)   
    Moshi moshi, Doppio desu
      
     
    i'm trying to act like an adult... but fckn jojo
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    nostalgia reacted to Zeus in Live Report: the GazettE's World Tour "NINTH"   
    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.
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    nostalgia got a reaction from ajisaii052 in ギルガメッシュ (Girugamesh)   
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    nostalgia got a reaction from nullmoon in ギルガメッシュ (Girugamesh)   
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    nostalgia reacted to helcchi in SLOTHREAT new single release   
    SLOTHREAT have just announced the release of their first digital single on July 5. More details to follow
     
     
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    nostalgia reacted to monkeybanana4 in 千聖 (Chisato)/Crack6 new single "カナリア" (Canary) release   
    千聖 (Chisato)/Crack6 new single "カナリア" (Canary) will be released on 2019.06.19 (two types). 
     
    Limited Edition (2,000 yen + taxes) will include 2 songs (CD) and 16 page booklet 
    Regular Edition (1,500 yen + taxes) will include 3 songs (CD)
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    nostalgia got a reaction from Marchen in Best growl in Visual Kei   
    Definitely HIZUMI esp in Fuyuushita Risou.
     
    4K quality
     
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    nostalgia reacted to Kyo_Toriko in sukekiyo will release a new album called『INFINITUM』   
    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
     
     
  17. wow
    nostalgia reacted to Gesu in random thoughts thread   
    #makeupgoals #eyelinergoals #werk

  18. wow
    nostalgia got a reaction from SakuraFox512 in random thoughts thread   
    like Tinder but for fighting.
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    nostalgia got a reaction from platy in random thoughts thread   
    like Tinder but for fighting.
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    nostalgia reacted to colorful人生 in random thoughts thread   
    kinda giving myself away here, but it's surreal seeing the university you attended on national media for a mass shooting. I don't live there anymore, but I attended the same course (Sci, Tech, and Soc. , a liberal arts course) and had classes in the same ROOM that was shot up...
     
    To clarify, the classroom on the middle floor ,which is the largest in the building, is open-design with laptop docks & screens (meant for collaboration-based classes.) It's used by many different departments. The rooms are huge (active-learning), but in this particular building, there are only two exits on complete opposite ends...That whole ordeal sounded horrifying.
     
    *So the class was Anthropology and Society, so the Redditor was wrong. 
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    nostalgia got a reaction from saishuu in random thoughts thread   
    like Tinder but for fighting.
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    nostalgia reacted to reminiscing2004 in 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.
     
     
     
     
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    nostalgia got a reaction from xriko in ギルガメッシュ (Girugamesh)   
    He uploaded a cover of Golden Bomber's Reiwa lmao!
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    nostalgia got a reaction from ajisaii052 in ギルガメッシュ (Girugamesh)   
  25. 悲しい
    nostalgia reacted to Jigsaw9 in 遠藤ミチロウ (Endo Michirou) has passed away   
    遠藤ミチロウ (Endo Michirou), of the legendary Japanese punk band The Stalin (and a productive solo career) has passed away in a Tokyo hospital on 2019/04/25, after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. The funeral where only his close relatives were present was held shortly afterwards.
     
    Rest in peace, the OG Japanese punk rocker!
     
     
     
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