Mar 26 2015

BIGMAMA – Roclassick2 (Review)

BIGMAMA
Roclassick2

Review by Jen Wang

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BIGMAMA has done it again, blending classical and rock in a completely unique manner. Rather than covering or sampling from classical music pieces, the band has used them as inspiration for original songs. Roclassick2 reimagines some familiar pieces from childhood piano lessons or high school band days that will please fans of any genres.

The first track, “Animanimus”, begins with a steady crescendo of piano and strings before launching into electric guitar. The violin re-enters with Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5″, and the resulting blend, backed by rapid-fire drums, creates a powerful symphonic metal sound. It is a great first impression. BIGMAMA carries that momentum into “Swan Song”. As the name suggests, it is inspired by Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”, which is played beautifully by violinist Mao Higashide. She varies the familiar melody’s tempo to build drama while Hideto Yasui gives the song a funky edge with his slap bass.

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Mar 25 2015

Gackt gives the gift of Facebook to 300K followers

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Gackt has released a special Facebook cover to celebrate 300,000 followers on Facebook. Fans can visit a special site to get the special personalized graphic.

Link: http://fb.gackt.com

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Mar 23 2015

VAMPS Interview (2015)

VAMPS
Interview by Nhu Nguyen
March 23, 2015

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VAMPS are a busy group in Japan and their busy schedule is bringing them stateside! The men are gearing up to support their international release of BLOODSUCKERS with the Sixx:AM tour and two Florida rock festivals in April, and a New York headlining show on May 1st at the Best Buy Theater. JRock24’7 spoke with the two about the tour, music, and of course, vampires.

VAMPS has mentioned before that Motley Crue among other groups has been an influence on VAMPS’ music. How did VAMPS get invited to open up for Nikki Sixx’s band, Sixx:AM?

HYDE: I’m a big fan of them. Our management talked to them and we started communication from there. Then we invited them to Japan, and the rest followed after that. I think that’s what happened…

Even though you’re well known in Japan, you’re going to tour America where not many people know you. What are the pros and cons of building a new audience for VAMPS?

HYDE: I grew up listening to American music, but it’s not everything. Each band has their individuality and unique style. I think that we get to show something refreshing to international fans. We haven’t seen any example how to build international fans, so we need to find our own way to do it. There’s no easy way, and there’s no path to follow. We have to make it happen.

K.A.Z: We don’t have enough recognition in America yet. We need to perform more and have them experience VAMPS live. I think it’s a good thing we’re “rookies” in other countries! (laughs)

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Mar 22 2015

Kamijo fan saves the day during Europe tour

From CDJapan:

“During the tour in Europe, KAMIJO’s stage costume was partially misplaced in London. However, a miracle occurred. When the incident was revealed, a local fan made a costume as a replacement, and KAMIJO was able to perform wearing that costume at a concert in Cologne, the very next show after London.”

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More info on KAMIJO’s World Tour:
http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/feature/kamijo_worldtour2015_specialreport2_20150312

Mar 22 2015

girugamesh “gravitation – FINAL ONEMAN” at Shinkiba STUDIO COAST (live report)

Girugamesh held “girugamesh 2014-2015 tour “gravitation” FINAL ONEMAN” at Shinkiba STUDIO COAST on March 14, 2015, reflecting on 10 years together and new challenges ahead.

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Full article + more photos: http://www.en.barks.jp/news/?id=1000005408

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