Jan 16 2019

JRock247’s Best J-Rock Album Covers 2018

Check out JRock247′s best J-Rock album/single jackets for 2018, chosen by JRock247 contributors David Cirone, Michelle Minikhiem, Marc Bowie, and Nhu Nguyen.

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Click here to view the full list, including BAND-MAID, DIR EN GREY, Kaya, Man with a Mission, SCANDAL, Mary’s Blood, and many more!

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Jan 16 2019

BAND-MAID – Bubble (MV)

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BAND-MAID kicked 2019 off with a bang by releasing a music video to a typically melodic pounder of a new song called “Bubble.” The tune features a crunching riff with an intriguing break-down in the middle to change things up, while the video itself has the band performing on a smoky stage intercut with some dramatic tension between vocalists Saiki and Miku. Sure to please any sir or madam.

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Jan 15 2019

Halloween Party 2018 — Day 3 (Live Report)

HALLOWEEN PARTY 2018
October 28th, 2018
MAKUHARI MESSE
Live Report by Michelle Minikhiem
Photos by Hideaki Imamoto, Toshikazu Oguruma, Kazuko Tanaka

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The final day of HALLOWEEN PARTY 2018 showed the same dedication to the Alice in Wonderland theme as the days prior. After seemingly falling from the ceiling like Alice down the rabbit hole, Kanon Wakeshima’s haunting performance was perhaps even more stunning than the day before.

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Jan 15 2019

Halloween Party 2018 — Day 2 (Live Report)

HALLOWEEN PARTY 2018
October 27th, 2018
MAKUHARI MESSE
Live Report by Michelle Minikhiem
Photos by Hideaki Imamoto, Toshikazu Oguruma, Kazuko Tanaka

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HALLOWEEN PARTY 2018 was the first year that the entire event was focused around a central theme. The stage was decorated in iconic Alice in Wonderland tea party imagery and began with the shocking sight of a woman falling from the scaffolding of Makuhari Messe before the place was plunged into darkness, immediately evoking the visual of Alice falling down the rabbit hole. After the lights came back up, a lone figure could clearly be seen laying at the end of the catwalk.

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Jan 10 2019

URBANGARDE guitarist Zeze Shin to depart band after spring tour

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URBANGARDE has announced that guitarist Zeze Shin will leave the band following their March 16, 2019, one-man concert at Daikanyama UNIT in Tokyo. Shin’s departure is due to his increased family responsibilities, and his decision was announced with the full support of the other band members.

Shin is a founding member of the group, which celebrated its 10th Anniversary with the “KEKKON SHIKI” event at Nakano Sun Plaza on April 8, 2018. The concert video is included in the limited edition release of URBANGARDE’s second compilation album Ai to Gensou no URBANGARDE (“URBANGARDE of Love and Fantasy”), released last November.

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Jan 08 2019

“YOSHIKI vs. YOSHIKI” makes history on Kouhaku Uta Gassen 2018

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On New Year’s Eve 2018, YOSHIKI made Japanese television history with his dual performance on the “69th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen,” the last of the Heisei Era, by performing for both opposing Red and White teams during the top-rated broadcast. YOSHIKI wore white to plays drums for the Attack on Titan theme “Red Swan” with HYDE and SUGIZO, and then switched clothing on stage to wear red for his piano performance of “Miracle” with Sarah Brightman, creating a nationwide buzz that made YOSHIKI the number one trending topic on Twitter.

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Jan 08 2019

Silent Siren to release 6th studio album 31313 in March

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All-girl Japanese rock band Silent Siren will release their 6th studio album 31313 on March 13, 2019.

Silent Siren created the title of 31313 by overlapping the 31st year of the Heisei Period in Japan with the album’s release date (3/13). 31313 will contain 12 songs including the singles “19 summer note.” and “Go Way!” (from the anime Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion) plus coupling song “Cream Soda” and the “Tenkaippin no theme” restaurant promotion song.

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Jan 07 2019

FATE GEAR new album Headless Goddess

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Japanese metal band FATE GEAR will release their new album Headless Goddess on January 9, 2019, with the band’s first European tour beginning March 1 in Germany. The CD includes rare tracks written and composed by band leader Mina.

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Jan 01 2019

HYDE drops “ZIPANG” MV teaser, announces Asia tour

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HYDE’s highly anticipated single “ZIPANG”, featuring YOSHIKI as guest pianist, has received a new release date of February 6th, 2019, after production issues delayed the song. A short teaser for the high-concept music video for “ZIPANG” was also released. HYDE expressed has his desire to preserve and convey what he feels is the spirit of ancient Japan to all people with this ballad so that it will never be forgotten.

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Dec 29 2018

THE SOUND BEE HD and Broken By The Scream to perform at Saboten Con in Phoenix

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Visual kei band THE SOUND BEE HD and heavy metal idols Broken By the Scream will perform at Saboten Con in 2019. This will mark the US debut of Broken By the Scream, as they rise exponentially in international popularity. Attendees can join both artists for a live concert, Q&A panel, autographs, and more. Saboten Con will be held in Phoenix, AZ, August 30 – September 2, 2019 at the Phoenix Grand Sheraton. Both appearances are presented by Chaotic Harmony.

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