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  1. Their twit clearly says they are reforming so it's not a one day thing. Unless it goes bad of course.
  2. After seeing their twitter selfies I'm 99% sure Idea and Levi are from forCroix.
  3. Mercuro will have their first live in 16 years at Ikebukuro Chop on April 13th. Quite surprising I didn't expect them to actually play live!! ">
  4. It seems he actually committed suicide but the official story was different to prevent fans from being influenced.
  5. I bet it's going to be the same kind of revival as noisy crowds (only one original member)
  6. It was part of their 6 announcements on January 1st
  7. Worst jacket design ever but I like how his hairstyle and looks is reminiscent of his days in Matina
  8. Looks like they will sell a split single with glamscure on April 23rd for their twoman live. Also their website says they will release an album in Spring.
  9. Promotional flyer for glamscure, nue and Roqudama Carta's 3man live featuring the three vocalists. Comment movie
  10. I believe they just made it unavailable as they won't be able to ship the tickets on time? preorders usually close about two days in advance and there is no sold out announcement from neither band and live house.
  11. Looks like they will release an album this Spring. I wonder if that will be their first release in regular stores and if they will include the songs from these singles too?
  12. Their twitter says he is joining AS A SUPPORT GUITARIST, so he is not a member of the band. I am sure they purposely phrased it in that misleading way to make it sound more sensational though. They took new pictures like two weeks ago and wouldn't make sense if they were planning to add a new member right after that I wouldn't be surprised if he joined eventually though. It looks like they are slowly growing bigger and it might be a chance for him to get a decent fanbase after Cell failed.
  13. To me the latter part of the 90's is probably visual kei at its peak and full bloom. It is definitely the time it got the most popular and having so much money flowing actually helped some bands (like Malice Mizer) express themselves 100%. The first half of 2000's also was impressive to me, as it took inspiration from the big bands of the 90's and experimented a bit more/tried out new things. Indie bands also started looking more polished and professional and therefore got some more exposure as well. From around 2007/8 onwards there's been nothing really new (except Golden Bomber) and the scene has been slowly rotting so... ps: I would say Luna Sea beong to the second way, as they started becoming popular around those years together with Kuroyume and L'Arc. ALso Malice Mizer and Lareine should be in the third way as they became relevant around 97-98.
  14. I understand that the situation might look a bit deformed from overseas and by looking at the internet medias, but visual kei has been dead for years in Japan already. Now that many fans from overseas could visit Japan I thought it is common knowledge, but it is a fact that filling livehouses is becoming more and more painful especially for indie bands. Of course there are established bands with some following and some exceptions, but most indie events have like what? 40 or 50 people in the crowd when they are lucky (and we are talking about events with like 6 to 10 bands performing). It's ridiculous that now bands who have a regular attendance of 15/20 people on events are considered fairly popular. Still it is cool how most bands can hide that by paying from their pockets and tave expensive photoshoots/music videos and release tons of material, but the truth is a bit different. People who have been in bigger bands before now do small live houses, and bands who are spending a lot of money on advertisement and media promotion are probably not even getting their money back. I was disappointed when Kamijo held his birthday live last summer, as he rented two venues, had a jazz orchestra and a choir play, invited a bunch of fairly popular musicians and band (including TV comedians), and even revived both Lareine and Versailles for one night, but the tickets were really far from selling out. An event of this scale would probably be full house 10 years ago. The Black Swan got featured on major TV shows because their drummer is raising a stray cat, and they are still getting little following. Of course there will always be some sort of fanbase, but we are really far from that time when WHATEVER band, regardless of how bad or cheap looking they were they, could get a decent following with 0 promotion. Common sense norma (number of tickets a band has to sell at a multi-band event) in 2017 is 10 tickets or less, while it used to be 20-30 few years ago, and most gigs I have been seeing recently hardly had 5 people in the front row for each band. It feels like probably the visual kei core fanbase pretty much got a family/grew up/moved to something else and consequently the independent scene is slowly dying every year. Of course bands with bigger promotion and a decent management desk will still manage to keep going somehow. And there is like huge following of male fans who buy the CDs but do not go the gigs. But their contribution to the scene is probably too small as most money comes from concerts and merchandise. Japanese people already know visual kei, it has 0 shock value and conceptually connected to stuff that is like 30 years old like X Japan and so on. That makes it hard to get a younger generation of fans (and let's not forget about the negative exposure the scene got with people getting caught for sleeping with underage girls and so on).
  15. I'm not really following them closely and have like 0 interest in their recent career, but from what I recall through the years here's my point of view. When Misaruka came out as a kotekote band almost ten years ago, I actually thought that through the years they could become a solid band at least for the kote lovers indepent scene. They were nothing special, but they came out at a time there was like nobody prominent for that genre and they had somehow decent vocals which made it more interesting imo. Then KISAKI stole their guitarist and the other one left too. When they came back a year later with new members they started morphing into a budget clone of Versailles. Maybe at that time they felt Versailles kei could be the new trend? I mostly think it's due to Rin liking Versailles/Hizaki a bit too much. Just Misaruka's musicianship (and production/engineers etc) is as good as it takes to be a decent Versailles copycat band. I think Versailles had the same problem after a few years, but being tied to those aesthetics and sound makes it pretty hard to find something refreshing and new to do, both in terms of costumes and new songs. And in Misaruka's case, their limited skills doesn't really help I guess. I never thought Rin was bad, but I recall sawah's guitar work being total garbage and the rest of the other members not really shining as musicians or stage personas either. They are not even that young to be able to improve that much through the years either (some members are already around or over 40). Adding their crazy release schedule and intense activity to the plate just made it worse. It's good the label is pushing a lot on them but I don't think they have been able to handle it. Also Kiwamu made a few band choices too: shooing one decent music video instead of 200 shitty ones would have probably benefited their image, and turning down stupid MALICE MIZER cover requests and trimming their sound a bit would have helped definately Also if you are trying to be a Versailles clone maybe spending more money on costumes? I am sure they are not disbanding and just trying to get more attention, but switching to a genre that is a bit more comfortable for their skills/budget and slow down a bit would have been the right choice to me. Looks like rui is a fairly popular singer on niconico covering anime songs or something like that: maybe that might be something to focus on more.