Apr 29 2016

Budo Grape acoustic performance on Nagoya Buzz


Catch an interview with Budo Grape and their acoustic performance of “Kimi no Shiranai Ureshi Ippai” on the latest podcast from Nagoya Buzz:


“Nagai & Quminko of international fan-favorite Budo Grape are the special guests on this week’s Nagoya Buzz podcast. We talked to them about their 10 years as one of the most loved local bands and their new album due out later this year. We also got the skinny on their return to the UK in November.”

Apr 29 2016

BAND-MAID extends world domination to Mexico in October


Japanese rock band BAND-MAID continue to spread their powerful combination of Akihabara-maid-cuteness and hard-rock-sound across the world with their announcement of their Latin American debut in Mexico later this year. BAND-MAID will perform at Mexico CDMX SALA (http://sala.club/#home) in Mexico City on October 9th with an opportunity for a VIP meet-and-greet session with the band before the show.

Tickets go on sale May 16 at http://www.ticketmaster.com.mx

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Apr 25 2016

JPU Records to release the GazettE’s new single and back catalog worldwide


The GazettE will release three track maxi-single UNDYING via JPU Records on 27 April 2016, the same day as they perform in Toronto as part of their world tour.

UNDYING contains three entirely new songs; “UNDYING”, “MALUM”, and “VACANT”, and has been mastered exclusively for iTunes, offering crystal clear 24-bit audio. The three track single is available now to pre-order: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1099538074?ls=1&app=itunes

UNDYING is the 6th movement of PROJECT:DARK AGE, an artistic venture involving 18 creative professionals spanning Japan’s fashion, design, photography, sound, film and stage industries, with the GazettE’s five members at its centre. DOGMA, the GazettE’s latest album, was the first movement; UGLY, the first single was the third movement; and the current world tour makes up movements 7, 8 and 9.


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Apr 25 2016

Shishido Kavka – Get Up! (MV)


Blazing drums in black-and-white from drummer-vocalist Shishido Kavka, giving us a taste of her new album Toridori. Hot guitar riffs do their share to counter Kavka’s percussive onslaught, but I could do with just a little less spinning camera. Kavka is ultra-charismatic just by herself.

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Apr 22 2016

Yoshiki Supports Kumamoto Earthquake Relief Fund


Yoshiki Foundation America, a 501(c)(3) organization, run by the leader of legendary Japanese rock band X JAPAN, announced that the foundation is supporting the efforts of the Japan Red Cross rushing aid those who are affected by the recent Kumamoto Earthquake by donating JPY10,000,000.

Yoshiki happened to be in Japan when the deadly earthquake hit Kumamoto and has been following the developing news related to this disaster. With more than 500 continuing after-shocks and the devastation still spreading in the area Yoshiki was compelled to make this significant donation.

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Apr 21 2016

Yousei Teikoku releases new music video and message for A-Kon 2016


Japanese gothic metal band Yousei Teikoku has released their new music video “Disorder”, the opening theme for the anime series Big Order (with story by Future Diary‘s Sakae Esuno) which began broadcast this month in Japan. “Disorder” is Yousei Teikoku’s 18th single, due for release on April 27, just as the band begins a multi-city tour of Japan in April and May.

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Apr 19 2016

Tomoyasu Hotei announces N.Y., L.A. shows and American album release


With sales exceeding 40 million in his native Japan alone, and known around the world for his original song “Battle Without Honor or Humanity” which was made famous by its inclusion in Quentin Tarantino’s blockbuster KILL BILL, HOTEI (pronounced “hoe-tay”) is embarking on the next chapter in his illustrious career and will be releasing his first international album STRANGERS in expanded form in the U.S. in July via Spinefarm Records/Universal.

Featuring an impressive array of guests including the godfather of punk Iggy Pop, Emigrate/Rammstein’s Richard Z. Kruspe, Bullet For My Valentine’s Matt Tuck, Noko from UK electronic band pioneers Apollo 440, and acclaimed Texan singer Shea Seger, STRANGERS finds the songwriter and international guitar virtuoso firmly planting both feet in the U.S, with two confirmed shows in Los Angeles at Troubadour on 13th July and in New York City at Highline Ballroom on 15th July, which are on sale now.

The first single from STRANGERS, “Move It”, was co-written with and features vocals from Richard Z. Kruspe from Emigrate and Rammstein. Filmed in Berlin, “Move It” is Richard’s first-ever vocal collaboration. “Move It” is commercially available as a two-track single, featuring a “Hounds” remix of the song, done by Olly Burden, known for collaborating with The Prodigy on their most recent album.

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Apr 19 2016

Hollow Mellow to Perform at Sabaku Con


Hollow Mellow will return to the U.S. for their second performance at Sabaku Con, in Albuquerque, NM. Sabaku Con will take place from May 6-8, 2016, at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North. While at the convention, Hollow Mellow will be participating in a live concert, q&a session, and autograph sessions. In addition, fans can stop by the band’s booth to pick up official band merchandise throughout the weekend.

For more information on Sabaku Con, please visit their official website: http://www.sabakucon.com

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