Jul 22 2018

Hotei to return to Europe in the autumn of 2018

JRock247-Hotei-fall-tour-2018Japanese superstar HOTEI returns to Europe in October with live dates scheduled in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and UK.

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Jul 22 2018

YOSHIKI releases Instagram preview of new Attack on Titan theme


YOSHIKI gave fans a special preview of his new theme song for the anime series Attack on Titan on his official Instagram page, revealing the clip of “Red Swan” by “YOSHIKI feat. HYDE” along with a montage of imagery from the anime’s third season which begins July 22 on NHK in Japan.

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Jul 20 2018

SCANDAL keep things caliente with US and Mexico concerts


SCANDAL, truly one of Japan’s best and hardest rockin’ bands, will play two September shows in Mexico as part of a select batch of North American dates on their “Special Thanks” tour. The concerts are sandwiched in between their Anaheim, CA and Dallas, TX stops. SCANDAL played Mexico City back in 2015 but this is their first visit to Monterrey.

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Jul 19 2018

YOSHIKI performs marathon of sold-out dinner shows in Tokyo


YOSHIKI completed the first wave of his sold-out dinner shows in Tokyo on July 16, a marathon 7 shows over 4 days celebrating the fifth anniversary of his intimate concert series.

“EVENING WITH YOSHIKI 2018 IN TOKYO JAPAN 6 DAYS 5TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL” included guest appearances by Yoshikitty, a string quartet, guest vocalists Katie Fitzgerald and Ashley Knight, a YOSHIKIMONO fashion show, a collaborative performance with the Maki Asami Ballet Group, and a surprise drum performance from YOSHIKI.


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Jul 16 2018

LOVEBITES Live at Camden Underworld – Photo Gallery


LOVEBITES Live at Camden Underworld, 2018 – Additional Photo Gallery
Photos by Chris Woods

Visit the Flickr album for many more photos from the night, and check out JRock247′s interview with Midori here!

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Jul 16 2018

Live Report: LOVEBITES at Underworld + Midori interview


LOVEBITES Interview with Midori
Text and photos: Chris Woods

In the past few years, an increasing number of Japanese rock and metal acts have been forging inroads into a Western music scene increasingly receptive to metal from Asia. The five-piece heavy metal group LOVEBITES is one of the latest to garner fame outside of Japan, further validated by their win for Best New Band at the 2018 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. And these ladies are only just getting started.

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Jul 15 2018

[ALEXANDROS] scratch itch with “Mosquito Bite” single


Sometimes teasing is okay, despite what your mom said, as alterna-rockers [ALEXANDROS] have released a roughly minute and a half video snippet of their new single, “Mosquito Bite”, with the full track to be released July 18th. The song will serve as the main theme to the much anticipated live-action version of popular manga BLEACH.

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Jul 12 2018

YOSHIKI donates 10 million yen to heavy rain disaster area in western Japan


After YOSHIKI received the report of heavy downpours and flooding in July 2018 which greatly damaged various places around western Japan, he made a donation of 10 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society through his own 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Yoshiki Foundation America. The Japanese Red Cross Society also began accepting donations for the “July 2018 Heavy Rain Disaster Relief Fund” on July 10th.

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Jul 11 2018

X JAPAN feat. HYDE to perform Attack on Titan Season 3 opening


X JAPAN’s “Red Swan” has been chosen as the opening theme for Season 3 of the TV anime Attack on Titan. The new song, featuring YOSHIKI’s first-ever recording collaboration with vocalist HYDE (L’Arc~en~Ciel), was announced at Anime Expo on July 8, 2018 at the season opener’s world-premiere screening in Los Angeles.

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Jul 06 2018


AFTER LIGHT (single)
Review by Michelle Minikhiem


The latest from HYDE is a nu-metal tune that rolls like thunder. Lyrically, “AFTER LIGHT” is a call to action. It demands that the listener “destroy” and “rebuild”, but what it is that needs tearing down is kept vague. Maybe that was intentional. Maybe it’s up to the listener to decide. HYDE’s gravelly vocals sound incensed, adding rawness to the passionate lyrics.

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