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This topic is starting to feel like a MH tradition now I think haha. But anyways....


This thread is dedicated to Japanese releases in 2019 that the MH Community will listen to and would like to keep track of throughout the entire year. It’s a nice way of referring back to a list, should you forget if you’ve listened to a certain release yet or not. I know I forget sometimes haha. These ratings can also help those who may want to see which releases are favoring well or not, based on each individual user who you may have similar tastes with.


Feel free to set up your own rating system (Stars, ?/5, ?/10, Best to Worst, Oooh to Eww, etc.), but try and use spoiler tags to save room in your post, and save room on the page for the other members’ rating lists.

Keep this list in mind in the event that we, the MH staff, host a JRock Awards at the end of the year :) .


Last Year's for reference:



Looking forward to seeing everyone’s lists at the end of the year!


Yuyo’s List for 2019:



Purple = Visual Kei

Blue = Rock (and related)

Yellow = Pop (and related)






SYU (GALNERYUS) - Vorvados












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Thank you Yuyo. Nice to see this kind of thread in 2019 as well. I totally got myself messed last year due to so many reasons and I couldn't even make mine and other things. I'm still in need to get some releases from last year too.









2019.01.09 _ アクメ(ACME) ラストワンショー





Interest at list:

2019.01.09 _ アクメ(ACME) ラストワンショー
2019.01.15 _ てんさい。- 次回予告

2019.01.30 _ アルルカン - ラズルダズル
2019.02.03 _ WING WORKS - ENTITY
2019.02.13 _ DIAURA - DEFINITION
2019.02.13 _ MUCC - 壊れたピアノとリビングデッド
2019.02.27 _ 摩天楼オペラ - Human Dignity
2019.03.20 _ 己龍 - 閃光

2019.03.27 _ ラッコ -  離脱る

2019.04.03 _ DEZERT - 血液がない!/ Stranger

2019.04.28 _ NAZARE - BEYOND


Edited by yakihiko

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Work in progress 


蘭図 (Rands) - Inferiority Complex & Narcissism: 8.5/10 the instruments are incredibly beautiful and haunting


R-Shite - EROGRO: 6/10 could be better could be worse


Edited by chipathy

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I haven't even finished my 2018 list lol


2019 albums and mini-albums rating


— :_7.5/10_: — very nice, quite special

King Gnu — Sympa

Julia Kent — Temporal

matryoshka — Past Genesis


— :_7/10_: — great releasex


RANDS — Inferiority Complex & Narcissism

Ultramarine — Signals Into Space

Spangle call Lilli line — Dreams Never End

Bring Me the Horizon  — amo

SYU — Vorvados

Nieah — 1%


あいみょん — 瞬間的シックスセンス

International Teachers of Pop — International Teachers of Pop


— :_6/10_: — good, average

MUCC — 壊れたピアノとリビングデッド

でんぱ組.inc — ワレワレハデンパグミインクダ

AliA — AliVe


アンテナ — 深い 深い 青
Camilo Séptimo — Navegantes

フジファブリック — F

Nulbarich — Blank Envelope


the shes gone — DAYS

cali≠gari — 14



Waiting list


On hold



Next releases


02.27    摩天楼オペラ — Human Dignity
03.13    Sleepyhead — meltbeat

               THE NOVEMBERS — ANGELS
03.20    tricot — リピート

               REOL — 文明EP
04.03    Jupiter — Zeus ~Legends Never Die~

               そこに鳴る — 一閃
04.10    ヴァージュ — ガラシャ
04.19    MORRIE — 光る曠野



Edited by thom35

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Cool! I'll give it a try this year ^^ Ratings and short thought blurbs below. Subject to change.



This is heavenly awesome. - 5/5


This is great. Stellar quality to it. - 4.5/5


This is great stuff. - 4/5


[2019.01.09][Mini-Album] 蘭図 (Rands) - Inferiority Complex & Narcissism

I've never listened to AvelCain's music, so I can't make any comparisons between the two. Even though this mini-album has seemingly useless instrumentals, it's catchy and hauntingly melodic. It also has interesting and unique guitar parts. At the very least, it's a release that should be listened to at least once even if it doesn't float your boat.


This is pretty good. - 3.5/5


[2019.01.12][Album] NAZARE - 荊海 (Jingai)

I had a hard time figuring out where to place this. It has memorable guitar riffs/solos and the vocalist can definitely hold a chord especially during moments when he screams, shrieks, and growls. In the end, I think it showcases the great potential this new band possesses and it'll be intriguing to see how their music develops. For those who are into this kind of murky, dark, and heavy music, it's definitely an album worth checking out.


[2019.02.13][Mini-Album] DIAURA - DEFINITION

I have been catching up with DIAURA's works since I last listened to them... four years ago. (Wow, times flies.) Overall, the mini-album is solid and has some nice songs on it that will definitely be spun more than once. So far, my favorite songs are [dignity], Malice, and 断頭台から愛を込めて with its attractive guitar harmonies and riffs. 嘘とワルツを caught me off guard with its jazzy, swing-like beats fused with heavier guitar melodies. Sadly, the mini-album felt lackluster compared to some of their previous albums/mini-albums. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the release, and I'll forever remain a loyal fan of yo-ka's voice. (Completely forgot how he sounded until I revisited older releases and listened to this mini-album!)


This is not too bad. - 3/5


[2019.01.09][Single] アクメ - Last One Show

As usual, the high point for me was Chisa's voice. I've always found his voice unique, but that's just me. The single was pleasant and had some unexpected heaviness to it. My favorite track on the single is "ナマケモノ" with its inclusion of beautiful piano instrumentals. For some reason, I imagined the song could be good for an anime opening/ending.


[2019.01.18][EP] Hikaru Utada - Face My Fears

Growing up with songs like "Simple and Clean"/"Hikari" and "Passion"/"Sanctuary", I had high expectations for the EP. Perhaps it's unfair since those songs were created at different stages in Utada's career. Nonetheless, the songs on the EP contains the new theme songs for the recently released videogame, Kingdom Hearts 3 (produced by Square Enix). For this single, I read she paired up with Skillrex to produce this EP. Certainly, I think there are some catchy, upbeat parts to "Face My Fears" and serves an inspirational opening song for KH3. The same applies to 誓い/Don't Think Twice, which is the ending song for the game. The song has a slow-paced rhythm, accompanied by the piano with very little autotune compared to "Face My Fears". However, in the end, I'm not sure if it'll receive as many spins as "Simple and Clean"/"Hikari" and "Passion"/"Sanctuary", but it does have some decent quality to it. (Warning: If autotune isn't your cup of joe, you'd probably want to avoid this EP.)


[2019.01.22][Maxi-single] アスティ (Asty) - 夢舞う大泥棒 

I was fond of their first single, so I bought this one. I enjoyed listening to the Japanesque single, but I think the full force of the songs would come out better if attending a live concert. (Look at the band's YT channel. They have many videos on how to do furis for their songs.) At least the costumes were colorful and bright.


This is somewhat listenable. - 2.5/5


This is okay. I think. - 2/5


This is not a total cesspool... yet. - 1.5/5


This is - Wait, what the heck did I just listen to? - 1/5



Upcoming Releases


[2019.03.13][Album] Jupiter -  Zeus ~Legends Never Die~

[2019.03.13][Single] RAZOR - Undo

[2019.03.13][Single] 無能なルシッド (Munou na Lucid) - 「侵蝕リフレイン」(Shinshoku Refrain)

[2019.03.19][Single] キズ (kizu) -  平成 (Heisei)

[2019.03.20][Album] ヴィルシーナ (Verxina) - 教典 (Kyouten)

[2019.04.24][Mini-Album/EP] the Thirteen - ALONE/アローン

[2019.05.29] [Single] Frantic EMIRY〜second crisis -『Angels Cry / World End』

[2019.06.05][Single] DIMLIM - 離人 


Edited by monkeybanana4
updated 2019.02.15

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I'll try it too this year if i don't forget halfway through



5/5 mmmmmh yeah that's some good shit right there

12.01.19 Nazare - Jingai


4/5 good stuff

-> Good album as a whole but no particularly remarkable tracks:

08.01.19 Rands - Inferiority Complex & Narcissism

14.01.19 cali≠gari - 14


-> Some really good tracks but not impressive as a whole:

09.01.19 POIDOL - Lips


3/5 it's not bad but probably won't listen to again/ not my taste

07.01.19 DEZERMUCC - Mushi / Gacha gacha Muku Muku

06.02.19 HYDE ft. YOSHIKI - Zipang


2/5 totally not memorable


1/5 8p-sb – Ghost Hotel



Edited by Deremie

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I managed to keep up last year :D Let's continue.




Constantly on replay

[23/01/19] ペンタゴン -「カルチャーショック」

[11/01/2019] Cö Shu Nie - Zettai Zetsumei


It's good

 DEZERT/MUCC - 蟲/ガチャガチャムクムク 

[12/01/2019] NAZARE - 荊海



It's mediocre

[30/01/2019]アルルカン - ラズルダズル

[08/01/2019]  蘭図 (Rands) - Inferiority Complex & Narcissism


It makes my ears uncomfortable


Tried it, Binned it





Waiting list



[19/3/19] キズ -  平成 

[27/03/19] まみれた - weekly 絶倫マンション 

[05/06/19] DIMLIM - 離人





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Hopefully I can keep it up for this year, but I surely won't listen to many bands, but here is what I listen too.


Kousai Ravel - Mousou Rabbit :2.5: 
(I still think that the vocalist isn't a good vocalist, but musically they are alright)

i.D.A - 神話双星記 :5.0: (I prefer i.D.A above NETH)

NETH PRIER CAIN - 神話双星記 :5.0:

蘭図 (Rands) - Inferiority Complex & Narcissism :2.0:
It's listenable, nothing special, lot's of looping melody, it's smooth, that's all, but 100% not a WOW thing.

Edited by BrenGun

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I actually never clicked on last year's thread so I didn't know this was a thing. :D Sounds nice, I'll keep tabs this year for sure.



Stuff I listened to:


[2018.12.19 / 2019.01.14] cali≠gari - 14  :4.0:

[2019.01.08] 蘭図 - Inferiority Complex & Narcissism  :3.5:

[2019.01.16] 仮病 - 毒針  :2.5:

[2019.02.06] SPARTA LOCALS - underground  :4.5:

[2019.02.13] DIAURA - DEFINITION  :3.0:

[2019.02.13] MUCC - 壊れたピアノとリビングデッド  :3.0:



Stuff I'm interested in:



[2019.03.13] RAZOR - Undo


[2019.03.19] キズ - 平成

[2019.03.20] ヴィルシーナ - 教典

[2019.03.20] ザアザア - 死んじゃったポチの話

[2019.03.20] La'veil MizeriA - 悲虐色ノ終焉

[2019.03.27] KRISHNA BLUE - Number Nine

[2019.04.17] MERRY - for Japanese sheeple

[2019.04.19] MORRIE - 光る曠野

[2019.05.19] ロマン急行 first release, whatever it is

[2019.05.22] D'ERLANGER's new album

[2019.05.24] sukekiyo - INFINITUM

[2019.06.05] DIMLIM - 離人


Adding a non-Japanese section too, just to keep track of things...



Non-Jp stuff I'm interested in:



[2019.03.29] Brutus - Nest



Non-Jp stuff I enjoyed:


[2019.02.01] Boy Harsher - Careful


Edited by Jigsaw9

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★★★★★ i live for it

[19.01.14] cali≠gari - 14


★★★★☆ that's good

[19.01.08] 蘭図  - Inferiority Complex & Narcissism

[19.01.12] NAZARE - 荊海



★★★☆☆ i'll keep a song or two

[19.01.16] 仮病 (Kebyou) - 毒針 (Dokushin)


★★☆☆☆ not my thing

[18.12.26]R指定 - EROGRO - boooooriiiiing. why do they always produce something that could be great if they just made an effort to make it sound more interesting

[19.01.23] ペンタゴン -「カルチャーショック」- the main song is actually good but too poppy and polished for me to listen. b-sides are uta no prince-sama material. overall verdict: weak, but i must give pentagon a credit - culture shock is their first listenable track for me.

[19.01.10] ゼツ - おもちゃ - not bad for a first demo, but i don't need just another one not bad menhera song


★☆☆☆☆ that's bad but not hopeless. maybe next time...


☆☆☆☆☆ ok bye




waiting list:


[19.01.30] MEIDARA - 鬼来

[19 spring] MERRY - for Japanese sheeple

[19.03.19] キズ -  平成 

[19.4.10] ヴァージュ - Gracia-ガラシャ-

[19.04.28] NAZARE - 荊海 BEYOND

[19.06.05] DIMLIM - 離人


Edited by yomii

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This time, I'll hold it all the year ! (no)



ALBUM - SINGLE (or EP depends of the number and time of tracks) - MINI-ALBUM (or EP depends of the number and time of tracks)


★★★★★ -From very very good to REAL MASTERPIECE-

[2019.01.16] King Gnu - Sympa


★★★★☆ -From Good to Really Good-



★★★☆☆ -From OK to Nice but not enough for a 4/5-

[2019.01.25] rib hiat motel - Nude.


★★☆☆☆ -From Meh to Maybe some good things but not memorable at all to-


★☆☆☆☆ -I haven't finished that I'm already bored-




[2019.01.14] 空きっ腹に酒 (Sukippara ni Sake) - 泥.ep (Doro.ep)

[2019.01.25] MONO - Nowhere Now Here

[2019.01.30] Base Ball Bear - ポラリス (Polaris)

[2019.02.06] ドミコ (domico) - Nice Body?

[2019.02.06] Sparta Locals - underground

[2019.02.13] amazarashi - さよならごっこ (Sayonara Gokko)




01/18 : As I expected, King Gnu's first major album is clearly a amazing album, I wasn't bored one minute !

Edited by SoulTheBaka

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Getting in on this hype so I can actually remember what came out this year and be persuaded to listen to more shit in the process yas. For now it's only the name of the release with a short description. New categories, scores and dates being added in the future.






蘭図 - Inferiority Complex Genuine old school sound and vibes with song variety and Karma. Shows a lot of promise, at its best when total kuroyume worship. Nice



DEZERT/MUCC - 蟲/ガチャガチャムクムク This might get knocked down to shit. DEZERT plays a very MUCC-esque song ( just goes to show how strong the influence is, because the stuff right before and during the chorus is totes MUCC ) with X-Japan sections, a pounding nu metal intro and sweet nostalgic sounding chorus that these two bands are kind of known for. MUCC on the other hand does something that sounds pretty much like you'd expect them to at their most, MUCC-like at this stage. I don't know if either band is capable of better music than this at the respective stages of their career with the other sounding like an UNiTE B-side while encroaching their 50's while the other is like a loaf of wonderbread left out in the rain, but despite of that both of these bands suck now and that's it pretty much it. Still not an offensive release, or I'm not sure maybe it is...





アルルカン - ラズルダズル Who likes this shit, like for real though? I remember when they started that their was just the craziness of it all, and that they were probably the most over the top band in their style with all these electronic sounds and breakdowns and nasty screaming and vocal effects that were about x2 more intense than usual at that time. That was then, this is where we're at now. The ferocity is gone, other bands caught up, the vocalist is too one note to actually feign enough talent to carry a song with more aspirations than to just bang, and even if they wanted to bang they can't, 'cause they're old and their dicks don't work. Avoid. 


ペンタゴン - カルチャーショック This is almost borderline eh territory. I will explain myself by saying that they have character and some dynamic movement within the framework they've set; a framework which they themselves have already moved a couple of times between LP's, but now I've suppose they've settled themselves down to a niche after some identity searching during their early years. I like annoying music and I think it definitely serves a purpose to be annoying... It's just that the whoo-oohs I have no patience for despite that they do with the cheekier mood of the title track with the chorus holding everything together. I suppose for late Pentagon it's one of their stronger tracks and if they keep it like this I'll give them a certain degree of respect for it, which they will certainly go off to lose by phoning in two meandering, who gives a fuck B-sides. Track number 2 especially my god snooze. Again, who likes this shit? Fuck these guys for wasting the potential they had around the second album & subsequent EP. Narcolepsy in music.


 POIDOL - LIPS It's funny that I already started writing this under the "shit" category before I even started the first song. How long will we hear this guitar tone and these riffs in VK by the way? Imagine Codomo Dragon with no personality and being more flirtatious with the Royz-esqueness of this sound and you got something like what the ghost writers of POIDOL envisaged. The cause of POIDOL is to arouse and be fun and to these they've committed themselves to a respectable degree. Are they a little one note? Yes, but so is fucking Codomo most of the time and they make it work. Singer sounds cute, the second track is a prime cut from the style. Fuck it imma maybe bump this to EH. It's very pedestrian nature is off set by my personal bias to something like this. Rigid in its style and by its individual aspects  totally unremarkable, and yet I'd be a lying man if I said it didn't bang throughout its runtime at least a lil. 


NAZARE - 荊海 I had to think this over a few times before opting to place it under the shite category in order to maintain the integrity of this 2019 listening project. If I had to describe the sound of NAZARE, it's a distillation of the history of vk metalcore. In light of bands like Jiluka and DIMLIM it's definitely more restrained and traditional harkening back to more pre and turn of the 2010's metalcore bands instead of these super technical, overblown and clean djenty bands that've resorted to maximising all the tools in the toolkit like the aforementioned Jiluka. NAZARE can still get blazing fast and bang while just doing it in a way that sort of makes you think of the stuff we had still had around a few years back, not only in the riffs but because it just sounds a little rough in a good way. The vocalist puts in a performance that's 110% vk through and through, like the dude just sounds rough around the edges in a way that's vk to me, and this visual keiness of the band is emphasised even moreso during the times when they go for these nu-metal indebted Dir en grey-esque athmosphere building section in Judas and another DAY or bust out the melodramatic synth in 受難 in a way that really only vk bands do. So do I like it? At times yeah, but I think many and myself included are just so bored of this style when its so barebones. While new DIMLIM brings in a variety of elements from different places, NAZARE is all about dat life and when it bangs it does bang and sounds filthy while doing it. Unfortunately a lot of these moments are offset by NAZARE dabbling in some trite mid tempo moments and there is even a weak ballad in the mix. I just get bored of this stuff pretty quick, and it's not doing anything groundbreaking or particularly interesting for me to have any respect towards it musically. Just Issei doing Issei things with a decent crew backing him. NAZARE won't make converts, but fans of the style should get something out of the highlights.


アスティ - 夢舞う大泥棒 It's a band like these when the line "all new vk sounds the same" feels like it could possibly hold some water. I mean god damn, what's the appeal of these guys? Chinese restaurant OST tier oriental gimmick with the same riffing style as all of the other fucking bands but just with less energy than the tippy top tier of the genre. The vocalist sounds cute sure, but the same can be said for the rest of the scene as well at this point when the scene has essentially become one large front for male prostitution. Deleted immediately after the first listen. Embarrassing that this middle of the road nothing shit has fans. 


Edited by Disposable
Updated on 4.2.2019

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Third year in a row!
Let's see how this year turns out...





:4.0:(This is pretty good)

[2019.01.08] 蘭図 (Rands) - Inferiority Complex & Narcissism

[2019.01.12] NAZARE - 荊海 (Jingai)
[2019.01.23] SYU - Vorvados
[2019.02.13] DIAURA - DEFINITION


:3.0:(Quite decent/has both high and low points, might keep in my iPod)

[2019.01.07] MUCC×DEZERT - 蟲/ガチャガチャムクムク

[2019.01.09] ACME - Last One Show

[2019.01.09] AIOLIN - Orpheus
[2019.01.09] MAMY - I will catch”ed” yesterday

[2019.01.09] FIXER - FIXER II

[2019.01.23] majiko - Color

[2019.01.30] アルルカン - ラズルダズル
[2019.02.06] ナノ- KEMURIKUSA
[2019.02.11] Insanity Injection - victim


:2.0:(This is pretty bad/snooze)

[2019.01.09] POIDOL - LIPS

[2019.01.09]ラヴェーゼ (Labaiser) - Folklore

[2019.01.09] Mrs. Green Apple - Boku no Koto

[2019.01.18] Hikaru Utada - Face My Fears

[2019.01.22] Asty -『夢舞う大泥棒』(Yume mau oodorobou)

[2019.01.23] ペンタゴン - カルチャーショック

[2019.01.23] vivid undress - Sekirara

[2019.02.06] HYDE feat. YOSHIKI - Zipang

[2019.02.06] NEVERLAND - Reincarnation


:1.0:(This is SO bad I couldn't even finish it)


Edited by Komorebi

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Oh, time for round two. Here's hoping I won't stop updating when winter comes, as last year :D






 NAZARE - Jingai



  Rands - Inferiority Complex & Narcissism



  Arlequin - Razzle Dazzle




Fun releases I'll be revisiting often




A few good songs/moments sprinkled throughout the mediocrity


[Album] MUCC - Kowareta Piano to Living Dead



Bland, boring, generic...take your pick


[Maxi-Single] ACME - Last One Show


A genuine modern masterpiece





Edited by 123Sandman321

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