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Seeing those videos and reading a majority of these comments made me want to leave the internet forever. 
I had no idea until today that people partook in VK outside of Japan. It's pretty creepy actually. I mainly thought if you were in Japan and had decent vocals and found a few friends to start a band, anyone could join a decent label and become VK. 
Get a few outfits and flashy parts, latex pants, dresses. 

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you should be embarrassed hagan, you just can't see why because you love yourself too much

Great assumption. I love myself too much huh? Where did you pull that one out from eh? I actually have a lot of self image problems and had all kinds of shit thrown out at me for things I did in the past involving music. It made me feel like complete shit but I continued on. I'd love to know where exactly you got this idea about me from. 

 

I would also like to know why you're using my real name on here. Obviously I wish to be known as "Neolicht" on this forum. I even deleted my real name from most places on the internet. You must be stalking me or something I guess.

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I agree with those of you who said western VK bands singing in Japanese is awkward.  It totally is.  However, what they could do is do an original version in English, and then also do one in Japanese.  Example:  Gackt has released a few songs in Japanese with versions in Mandarin, Korean, etc.

 

I guess where some of them are coming from is just inverting the Japanese style of singing in mostly Japanese and throwing in some random English phrases and words here and there.  But the thing with this is that this has been prevalent in Japanese language for many years.  It's not normal for English media to throw in Japanese words, lol.

 

In terms of western VK bands, I've only recently heard of BatAAr, so I don't know anything about them.  I know of Yohio, Seremedy, Crestillion, Jet Set Gypsies.  

 

Here are my thoughts:

 

Jet Set Gypsies:  When I first saw them a few years ago, I thought their image was strange.  However, when they released their music video "Tourniquet" their costumes looked pretty awesome.  That was a huge step I'd say.  I think they've got a lot of potential, and I kinda know Vincent (Prince V), and he's a great guy.

 

Yohio:  I like him and I like some of his music, but he's a bit too girly (in image) at the moment for me.  And stemming from Seremedy, I've never really liked the whole lolita thing in VK bands.  I just think it's kinda lame.  And I also think Yohio could stand to put on a few pounds now :D I think his full-length album...the mixing sounded off to me.  Heartbreak Hotel sounded great though.

 

Seremedy:  Screamo-emo-"vk".  When I first heard that band I thought "ugh, so this is western VK?  No thanks" lol

 

Crestillion:  Their image.............But it's improving.  Petri (lead singer) is getting better, and the music is pretty high quality.  But their name makes me think of toothpaste.  Most of their songs sound like they should be in a Sonic Adventure game (not a bad thing, but I'd like to hear some more variety), and Petri's dancing is really awkward :D  But they're doing their thing and standing by it, and I respect that.

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2 hours ago, Vitne Eveille said:

I agree with those of you who said western VK bands singing in Japanese is awkward.  It totally is.  However, what they could do is do an original version in English, and then also do one in Japanese.  Example:  Gackt has released a few songs in Japanese with versions in Mandarin, Korean, etc.

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Check out DiVOID and you might be surprised! Personally I think they were amazing, such a shame that they disbanded already.

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I don't think Salems Lott is really VK. that's full on glam metal (or sleaze metal/hair metal/glam rock/whatever you wanna call it). Then again I feel like early VK was just continuation of glam/hair metal so it's hard to say where the line goes. In any case those guys are pretty cool.

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I disagree with Salems Lott being a full on glam metal band. And the reason is simple: they play a type of music that doesn't fall in under that term. There's elements of the traditional glam metal sound in their music here and there, but they fall a lot closer to the heavy/speed/power metal of bands such as X Japan, Aion, Harkenkreuz and Rosenfeld, and of course bands such as Accept, Loudness and more. You gotta remember that glam is about more than just having big hair and flashy clothes. To be a glam band you also gotta play a type of music that fits in with the genre, and Salems Lott simply isn't doing that.

 

Visualy I also think they look more like X Japan, Rosenfeld, Harkenkreuz and so on, than any traditional glam bands IMO.

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Glam movement itself is pretty broad as far as music genres go, and depending on who you ask, it can be just about the aesthetics. I've heard metalcore, speed/trash metal, punk, electronic stuff from bands I consider part of this sleaze/glam movement. Then there are elitists of course who say only 70's stuff has the right to be called glam-anything and everything after that is just heavy metal/whatever. In very much the same way as VK can be for some people just aesthetics, glam too can be. For me, I consider even stuff like Marilyn Manson continuation of glam.

 

okay you know what, I write stuff, then rewrite it, trying to make some point which even I don't know what. in the end I gotta agree lol. Both visuals and sound of Salem's Lott are closer to VK origins, X-Japan and such, so ya ^^

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Another Russian (already disbanded) old-school visual-kei band.

Frankly, they put up a couple of good songs and their guitarists did an awesome job sounding like a typical 90s visual-kei band (I can clearly hear Deshabillz and Neil influences), but the vocals... And mixing Russian with English sounds so pathetic.
Well, they tried.

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Hungary, I believe.

They even toured in Japan, and I have to respect that, good job. It is this rare case when visual kei inspired band managed to make it that far. But then I wouldn't be surprised if the reason why they had these gigs was because they themselves happened to be in Japan at that time, and managed to land these gigs themselves.

 

The voice makes my ears bleed, drum-machine is insanely horrible (c'mon, write drums in Guitar Pro, import it into FL, apply EZ drummer or any other plug in, and you have something much better than this crap) and guitars are...
 

One of these cases when even if it were a Japanese band, I wouldn't have given it a chance.

 

As one of my professional musician friends pointed out - even at shitty anime festivals that she ever attended all cover-bands sounded better, lol.

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idk if this is the right place for this but just remembered about these guys, who are technically all japanese but started up in los angeles. well anyways also stumbled across the current/newish youtube channel the vocalist has here

https://www.youtube.com/user/koron0106

the content has nothing to do with vk or music but i mean i guess if you remember these guys at all then this fact could be interesting 

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