Nov 14 2018

YOSHIKI announces new single MIRACLE and worldwide livestream concert


The special-edition digital single of Sarah Brightman’s performance of “Miracle” – composed by YOSHIKI with a new arrangement for her recently-released album HYMN – will be released worldwide on November 16, with two exclusive bonus tracks.

Superstar soprano Brightman made the announcement on November 12 in Tokyo, just hours before joining YOSHIKI on stage for the first of his sold out YOSHIKI CLASSICAL 2018 concerts at the Tokyo International Forum.

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Nov 09 2018

[ALEXANDROS] rocks New York with confidence

Gramercy Theatre, New York City
Live Report by Marc Bowie
October 23, 2018


Power-poppin’ punkers [ALEXANDROS] came off like native New Yorkers during their live Gotham debut at the Gramercy Theatre on October 23rd, playing with verve, swagger and more chutzpah than you’d find outside a Mets game. Oozing charisma, singer Yoohei Kawakami was working a Dee Dee Ramone vibe, right down to the pudding bowl haircut, dressed in a white t-shirt and black leather jacket. Shouting, “New York, are you ready!” the band launched into a 15-song set that got the fired-up faithful pushing to the front and singing along from the get-go. It doesn’t get more classic rock than that.

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Nov 07 2018

the GazettE releases Halloween concert videos in 58 countries

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the GazettE gave international fans an awesome treat this Halloween! Fans in 58 countries and regions including the US and Canada now have the chance to digitally experience the spooky madness of their epic sold-out Halloween shows in Tokyo performed on October 30 and 31, 2017 entitled HALLOWEEN NIGHT 17 THE DARK HORROR SHOW SPOOKY BOX 2: ABYSS/LUCY.

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Nov 02 2018

Apocrypha: The Legend of BABYMETAL (Graphic Novel Review)

Apocrypha: The Legend of BABYMETAL
Art by GMB Chomichuk
Story by The Prophet of The Fox God
Published by Z2 Comics
Review by David Cirone


Apocrypha: The Legend of BABYMETAL expands the epic, mysterious mythology of BABYMETAL at possibly the most turbulent moment in the group’s history. Artist GMB Chomichuk’s illustrations create a netherworld of scary action sequences and intensely emotional moments, but a few critical story choices cause the graphic novel to fall just short of a tale worthy of BABYMETAL’s incredible music achievements.

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Nov 02 2018

URBANGARDE releases Ai to Gensou no URBANGARDE jacket art and bonus live video


Japanese trauma techno pop band URBANGARDE has revealed the jacket art from their next album, Ai to Gensou no URBANGARDE (“URBANGARDE of Love and Fantasy”). The regular edition is illustrated by Japanese subculture artist Suehiro Maruo, and the limited edition features a quietly eerie pose of vocalist Yoko Hamasaki couched on silver balloons cradling her own head.

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Oct 27 2018

BRATS to perform first overseas live in Korea


Japanese girls rock band BRATS will make their first live concert appearance outside of Japan at “AMBITIOUS GIRLS SERIES 1″ at West Bridge Hall in Seoul, South Korea, alongside idol-metal group Broken By The Scream on January 20, 2019.

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Oct 25 2018

“Red Swan” is exactly what I wanted (Review)

Red Swan (single)

Review by Michelle Minikhiem


When it was first announced that REVO of Linked Horizon would not be performing or composing the opening for the 3rd season of the immensely popular Attack on Titan, people had things to say. The previous openings had a sense of urgency and movement to them that complemented the visuals of the opening sequences. With the singer-songwriter’s blending of speed metal, operatic choir, and intense lyrics deeply entrenched with the identity of the show, many fans of the animation were concerned that somebody totally different could do the opening song and be able to instill the same level of gravitas that such an epic story demanded.

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Oct 24 2018



Fall down the rabbit hole and enter Wonderland with HYDE in his eclectic take on the Lewis Carroll classic just in time for Halloween.
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Oct 24 2018

LAMP IN TERREN get naked with upcoming album The Naked Blues

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With singer Matsumoto seemingly recovered from vocal polyp surgery earlier this year, foursome LAMP IN TERREN has announced they will release their fourth album, The Naked Blues, on December 5th. The tracklist has yet to be released, but the disc will be available as a regular CD or bundled with an interview DVD.

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Oct 21 2018

Toshl to release cover album “IM A SINGER” in November


X JAPAN vocalist and all-around inspiring story of overcoming the odds, Toshl is set to release a collection of cover songs on November 28th. The album will also be available digitally and will feature songs by EXILE, Angela Aki, AKB48, and more.

Here’s a preview of ToshI performing one of the tracks, Yumi Arai’s “Hikokigumo”.

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