LOVEBITES triumphs over storm at Download Festival 2019

(photo: Nocturna Photography/JPU Records)

Japanese heavy metal group LOVEBITES beat the storm at Download Festival 2019 to grab attention from worldwide media and pound sinister guitar rock into some rain-soaked heads. Dubbed “Drownload” due to heavy rain turning this year’s fest into “one big mud bath“, the concert event was the award-winning, all-female band’s first time performing at Download in the UK. LOVEBITES packed the Dogtooth Stage and blazed through an intense 4-song set while keeping their dazzling white outfits in pristine condition.

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Initial’L to Make USA Debut at Katsucon 2020

Japanese rock band Initial’L will make their USA debut at Katsucon, Feb. 14-16, 2020, in National Harbor, MD.

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LUNA SEA’s first Hong Kong performance in 6 years coming June 7

Japanese rock band LUNA SEA will perform for the first time since 2013 outside of Japan in Hong Kong this Friday, June 7th, 2019, at Asia World Expo.


The concert will be the first opportunity for fans in Hong Kong to see LUNA SEA live since “LUNA SEA ASIA LIVE TOUR 2012-2013 – The End of the Dream” six years ago.

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YOSHIKI to perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall, 2019 Dinner Shows sell out with record high demand

Sarah Brightman has invited internationally acclaimed composer YOSHIKI to perform on the stage of London’s famed Royal Albert Hall on November 11, 2019, for the final concert of her HYMN World Tour.

YOSHIKI accompanied the world famous soprano in guest appearances at Radio City Music Hall (New York), The Masonic (San Francisco), Dolby Theatre (Los Angeles), and Yokohama Arena (Japan).

“Miracle (Sarah’s Version)” – composed by YOSHIKI and performed by Brightman with YOSHIKI on piano – reached the Top 10 on iTunes Classical Charts in 15 countries. Brightman has called the song “the number 1 masterpiece on the album”.

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Yoshiki feat. Hyde win Best Japanese Artist in Hong Kong’s 30th International Pop Poll

YOSHIKI feat. Hyde won two awards at the 30th International Pop Poll in Hong Kong on May 10th, 2019.

YOSHIKI feat. Hyde’s single “Red Swan” – the first Season 3 theme song from the hit anime Attack on Titan – was voted “Top Japanese Gold Song” at the event hosted by the major Hong Kong radio station RTHK Radio 2.

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ASTERISM Live in Los Angeles 2019 (Photo Gallery)

Club Los Globos, Los Angeles – March 24, 2019

Photos by David Cirone

Supplemental Photo Gallery
Click here for more ASTERISM photos, set list, and live report from their first live concert in Los Angeles at Club Los Globos.

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MIYAVI releases sweet Mother’s Day gift featuring wife MELODY

To celebrate Mother’s Day, MIYAVI has released a remixed version of “Where Home Is” featuring his wife MELODY.

“There’s no place like home with Mom. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!” the samurai guitarist wrote on social media. Before performing this song in 2017 at LA’s Belasco Theater, he shared that it was written by the couple. “She’s here somewhere, watching the show. Thank you so much for being a great mom and being my best friend. I’m alone on tour, but as long as I have my family in my heart, I have never been far from home.”

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Budo Grape releases new album Koubito wa Koushite Kieta

Nagoya’s new wave rock band Budo Grape has released their 9th album, Koubito wa Koushite Kieta, now available on digital services worldwide. The band announced the 10-track collection at their special April 21 concert, “Another Side of Grape”, which featured guest singers in addition to frontwoman Quminco Grape.

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HYDE kicks off U.S. tour this week, new album streaming worldwide

HYDE’s new album anti, his first solo album in 13 years, in now available on digital services worldwide, giving fans an intense, high energy primer before his 2019 U.S. tour which launches this week.

The long-anticipated album from the L’Arc-en-Ciel and VAMPS vocalist features previously-released singles “AFTER LIGHT”, “SET IN STONE”, “MAD QUALIA”. Singing the whole album almost entirely in English, the performer has been lauded by Rolling Stone and Billboard. The CD comes out in Japan on June 19 from Universal Music.

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ASTERISM blazes through L.A. on first U.S. tour (Live Report)

Club Los Globos, Los Angeles – March 24, 2019

Live Report and Photos by David Cirone

Japanese heavy metal band ASTERISM made their first-ever stop in Los Angeles on March 24, 2019, at Club Los Globos, the final show in their first U.S. tour which began at SXSW the week before.

The young group, led by guitarist HALCA (guitar) backed by brother Miyu (bass) and Mio (drums), performed an impressive one-hour set comprised of their original tracks, tributes to metal legends Metallica, Dio, and a “Helter Skelter” cover owing more to Motley Crue’s power guitar version than the Beatles’ original, one of many choices that amped the crowd of metalheads who came to support the trio.

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