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    YuyoDrift got a reaction from Gesu in Mejibray: Terrible or Overhated?   
    Given that I purposely don't go into Mejibray threads or give my opinion on them at all because I want to be respectful, y u do dis @Gesu? lol
    I guess I'll share a bit.

     
     
  2. LOLOL
    YuyoDrift reacted to GreatNorthernVK in Why do western fans get more shit than Japanese fans?   
    *Shrug*, a shitty tereko on YouTube resulted in them earning an extra shirt sale via my husband, who was impressed with Ruki’s Vocals. It was too late to fly him out to Toronto specifically, but had the concert been a few hours drive away, he certainly would have bought a ticket based on the footage.
     
    This is the reason why I don’t think VK will ever regain the momentum that it had 10-12 years back. The fan base spreads according to Western methods of promotion, like file sharing, magazine scans, concert photos/videos, and sharing PVs on YouTube. 
     
    Then once the bands actually get here, they ignore all of those methods that created buzz for them in the first place and pretend that it just happened overnight by magic. And from there, it just fizzles.
     
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    YuyoDrift got a reaction from secret_no_03 in MORRIE and Kiyoharu to perform in New York (08/16)   
    Damn it NYC, I just came back from there and now you wanna pull me back?
    RIP my wallet.
     
     
     
     
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    YuyoDrift got a reaction from Gesu in random thoughts thread   
    While this year has been quite meh, I keep getting the gut feeling that 2020 will be a better year for me.
  5. wow
    YuyoDrift reacted to platy in Very first VK band you got into and how did you get into them?   
    Somehow, in 2008, I came across Taion by gazette on YouTube. I might have been searching something anime related or listening to Do As Infinity on there. Anyway, I thought it sounded too chaotic for my ears but kept giving it a try until I ended up liking it. The rest is history. 
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    YuyoDrift got a reaction from Zeus in Live Report: the GazettE's World Tour "NINTH"   
    I'm honestly impressed @Zeus spent some time mentioning what it was like in line that evening. It allows those who couldn't attend a vivid picture of what it was like during the chaos haha. The last time they played in NYC it was just as bad, organization wise, but this time there were 2X as many people in attendance so I could only imagine the frustration with the staff at that venue.
     
    I was actually staying at a hotel right across the street and so I had time to stalk the line the day of. People were hounding the staff about when the line could get started haha I think it was about 2-3PM before the attendees started gathering like seagulls. It was getting crazy. By 4:30PM just the VIP line had to be split into 2-3 groups, with some of the people in line trying to get a system going so we could go use the restroom/eat and not lose our spots for the next hour or so.
    I can't even imagine the line for the general admission....
     
    Oh and regarding this:
    Definitely noticed the age gap this time around. It was insane. Youngest fan for me was probably 14/15, with the oldest I saw being like 40.
    It was the usual fan base aside from a few parents who had no idea what they were dragged to go watch (some were asking who they were lol).
    In a way it was cool to see all these people because sometimes I forget that VK is not the only scene that the GazettE adhere to.
    I'll agree that some of the naivety was cringe-worthy haha but no one knows everything, right?
     
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    YuyoDrift got a reaction from ajisaii052 in random thoughts thread   
    This has been my view on it for a long time, and partially why I didn't want to partake in the sharing of my life to everyone.
    They don't need to know, they just want to be in the know.
    We could discuss this for ages but my take on the effects have more to do with the vulnerabilities that the younger generation are choosing to ignore/willfully accept for the sake of this "broad communication" that you mention. Most people in their late 20's can recall the time when the internet didn't run their lives, and younger people are becoming more and more aware that this was ever an event in history. My worry is that future kids will never know of this alternative, let alone be given an option similar to it.
     
    I forgot who told me this saying but it went something like:
    "The internet works both ways. You get to see what's going on with the world, and the world gets to see what's going on with you."
    It's a quote that could open a big can of worms to those who think about it too much.
  8. wow
    YuyoDrift reacted to Komorebi in Live Report: the GazettE's World Tour "NINTH"   
    I'll be seeing the band in Santiago, Chile, tonight, so I can maybe share some experiences and see how different or similar it was, but from your description the fanbase seems similar.

    Fans here have been camping outside of the venue for as far back as Wednesday. They crazy.
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    YuyoDrift 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.
  10. LOLOL
    YuyoDrift reacted to geist in Live Report: the GazettE's World Tour "NINTH"   
    A live report that's 12 paragraphs long and only spends 6 paragraphs on the show. You know you're attending a VK show when food and the pre-show line antics make up a bulk of the review.
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    YuyoDrift reacted to Ro plz in Post your "UNPOPULAR" music opinions!   
    Most of my favorite Lynch. songs are from their major era. The same goes for the GazettE. 
     
    Its a bit of a process at first however.
  12. Yikes
    YuyoDrift reacted to suji in ZEAL LINK Nagoya will close   
    It seems that visual kei stores are going out of business at an alarming rate. The latest casualty is the ZEAL LINK store in Nagoya, which will cease operations on May 29. 
     
    https://zeallink.jp/staffblog-nagoya/archives/2019/05/15130000.php
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    YuyoDrift got a reaction from nullmoon in random thoughts thread   
    This has been my view on it for a long time, and partially why I didn't want to partake in the sharing of my life to everyone.
    They don't need to know, they just want to be in the know.
    We could discuss this for ages but my take on the effects have more to do with the vulnerabilities that the younger generation are choosing to ignore/willfully accept for the sake of this "broad communication" that you mention. Most people in their late 20's can recall the time when the internet didn't run their lives, and younger people are becoming more and more aware that this was ever an event in history. My worry is that future kids will never know of this alternative, let alone be given an option similar to it.
     
    I forgot who told me this saying but it went something like:
    "The internet works both ways. You get to see what's going on with the world, and the world gets to see what's going on with you."
    It's a quote that could open a big can of worms to those who think about it too much.
  14. Interesting
    YuyoDrift got a reaction from Gesu in random thoughts thread   
    This has been my view on it for a long time, and partially why I didn't want to partake in the sharing of my life to everyone.
    They don't need to know, they just want to be in the know.
    We could discuss this for ages but my take on the effects have more to do with the vulnerabilities that the younger generation are choosing to ignore/willfully accept for the sake of this "broad communication" that you mention. Most people in their late 20's can recall the time when the internet didn't run their lives, and younger people are becoming more and more aware that this was ever an event in history. My worry is that future kids will never know of this alternative, let alone be given an option similar to it.
     
    I forgot who told me this saying but it went something like:
    "The internet works both ways. You get to see what's going on with the world, and the world gets to see what's going on with you."
    It's a quote that could open a big can of worms to those who think about it too much.
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    YuyoDrift got a reaction from nullmoon in random thoughts thread   
    Ugh man I envy you. This is courage ladies and gentlemen haha.
     
     
  16. LOLOL
    YuyoDrift reacted to Zeus in random thoughts thread   
    i may or may not have deleted half my facebook friend list in a frenzy of mania
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    YuyoDrift reacted to patientZERO in BABYMETAL announce US tour   
    Yui left, but Su and Moa are both great. They just released a new digital single today as well.
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    YuyoDrift reacted to patientZERO in BABYMETAL announce US tour   
    Following a slew of date announcements, including their first US headlining arena show, BABYMETAL has announced a full-fledged US headlining tour with Avatar as their opening act. Tickets go on pre-sale Monday 05/13 except for the previously announced Forum show and festival appearances. More info and links to ticket sales can be found on their website.
     

     
    Is anyone planning to go to any of these shows? If so, where? I'll be at the show at The Forum (already nabbed tickets) and will also be at the show in NYC or Boston (or both). Get hyped and put your kitsune up!
  19. LOVE!
    YuyoDrift got a reaction from doombox in The 10 Song Shuffle!   
    Yo that Emery track is post-hardcore goodness holy shit. Loved that entire album.
     
    Haven't done this in a while. Let's see:
     
    1. Deftones - Digital Bath
    2. Crystal Castles - Crimewave
    3. Emery - Playing with Fire
    4. Anyo - Loop
    5. 殻 [Kara] - Debris
    6. BoA - Call my Name
    7. 12012 - Aren't You Dead Yet?
    8. Dance Gavin Dance - Jesus H. Macy
    9. the GazettE - Anti Pop
    10. Scar. - Realize
     
    LOL holy shit I had my own Emery song pop up.
    Chose 殻 because this entire album was a masterpiece, assuming you can find it.
     
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    YuyoDrift got a reaction from Neigedesmannes in Post your "UNPOPULAR" music opinions!   
    Honestly, I'd say the TOXIC era played a BIG role in the birth of the new/current generation of VK fans, solely by this song being in that anime.
    After the concert the other day and seeing the fans and hearing their little knowledge of the scene itself,  this statement is very accurate.
    Early Oshare Kei was actually pretty goth and unique. An Cafe, Aile, and Lolita 23q were pretty good imo. LM.C was ok too.
     
    edit: forgot about baroque and ayabie my god 🤦‍♂️
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    YuyoDrift got a reaction from nullmoon in Post your "UNPOPULAR" music opinions!   
    Honestly, I'd say the TOXIC era played a BIG role in the birth of the new/current generation of VK fans, solely by this song being in that anime.
    After the concert the other day and seeing the fans and hearing their little knowledge of the scene itself,  this statement is very accurate.
    Early Oshare Kei was actually pretty goth and unique. An Cafe, Aile, and Lolita 23q were pretty good imo. LM.C was ok too.
     
    edit: forgot about baroque and ayabie my god 🤦‍♂️
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    YuyoDrift got a reaction from Gesu in Post your "UNPOPULAR" music opinions!   
    Honestly, I'd say the TOXIC era played a BIG role in the birth of the new/current generation of VK fans, solely by this song being in that anime.
    After the concert the other day and seeing the fans and hearing their little knowledge of the scene itself,  this statement is very accurate.
    Early Oshare Kei was actually pretty goth and unique. An Cafe, Aile, and Lolita 23q were pretty good imo. LM.C was ok too.
     
    edit: forgot about baroque and ayabie my god 🤦‍♂️
  23. Interesting
    YuyoDrift reacted to Ameyoru in Post your "UNPOPULAR" music opinions!   
    The Gazette is only that famous bc of Kuroshitsuji
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    YuyoDrift reacted to Marchen in random thoughts thread   
    Have you guys ever stopped hearing some kind of songs for some time and after you hear it again you are like "wth did I stop hearing this"
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    YuyoDrift reacted to Axius in the GazettE WORLD TOUR 19 THE NINTH PHASE #04 -99.999-   
    Loved the show in new york. It was so good. My fav was surprisingly cockroach. The energy in this particular live pretty good. There was a lot of people who traveled quite a distance to see them at this venue in which i was surprised about. Shout out to anyone who was there. 
     
    As a side note this live actually made me get into The ninth album just a bit more. There were some songs in the album i was like meh to but hearing them live for the first time it changed my mind.
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