May 2014 archive

exist†trace – Spiral Daisakusen (Review)

exist†trace Spiral Daisakusen Review by David Cirone exist†trace’s new single “Spiral Daisakusen” is bound to divide fans. The all-female Japanese band known for its gothic-scary makeup and deep-riff, double-guitar rock made no secret about the style departures that frame this 3-song release, and if you hit “play” hoping to hear “Judea” or “Resonance”, you’ll be …

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DAZZLE VISION featured in Final Fantasy Agito battle scenes

Japanese hard rock screamo band DAZZLE VISION will be featured in the new Square Enix smartphone game Final Fantasy Agito. The band’s vocalist Maiko lends her signature shouts to the iOS/Android game during the weekend “Toubatsusen” battles where players fight together against giant bosses. Tsuyoshi Ishikawa (Pay money To my Pain/BONEZ) on the bass and …

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exist†trace featured on REVOLVER’s “All-Girl Japanese Metal Bands”

J-Rock band exist†trace is featured on REVOLVER magazine’s website as one of “Six All-Girl Japanese Metal Bands”, showcasing the group’s video for “RESONANCE”. exist†trace launched their international fan club ARCHANGEL DIAMOND this week, and their new single “Spiral Daisakusen” will be available worldwide on iTunes and Spotify at the end of May. VIDEO (“RESONANCE”) …

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METEOROID to release their first full album GEMINI

METEOROID is set to release their first full album titled GEMINI on August 6, 2014, marking the band’s first release since their single “Dracula” in October of 2013. GEMINI will be the third program in their GEMINI PROGRAM which has thus far included two oneman lives. Neither the album cover nor tracks have been released …

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Gacharic Spin to perform at Japan Expo in France

All-female J-Rock band Gacharic Spin will perform at France’s Japan Expo this summer. Gacharic Spin joins previously announced musical guests Berryz Kobo, C-ute, moumoon, and Shoko Nakagawa at the 5-day event held July 2-6, 2014 in Paris. Event information: Gacharic Spin recently performed in America at Pittsburgh’s anime and Japanese culture event Tekko 2014. …

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Pinky Doodle Poodle to perform at J-Pop Summit

Japanese rock band Pinky Doodle Poodle will perform at San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit on July 20 at the Pagoda Stage in Japantown. Pinky Doodle Poodle is a high energy, female fronted rock band from Tokyo, Japan formed in 2008. PDP features lead vocalist/bassist/guitarist Yuria, a successful Japanese anime singer often heard in popular video games …

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Yousei Teikoku’s vocalist Empress Yui has teamed with SEX POT ReVeNGe for new fashion items produced in the theme of YOUSEI TEIKOKU’s “Patriot Anthem.” Click the images to check them out at CDJapan. YOUSEI TEIKOKU x SEX POT ReVeNGe at CDJapan

URBANGARDE new music video “Sakura Memento” and new album announcement

Japanese Trauma Techno Pop band URBANGARDE revealed their new music video “Sakura Memento” today, the first song to be released from their upcoming album Utsukushii Kuni. The video once again features URBANGARDE’s stunning visuals and the return of disturbing imagery familiar to URBANGARDE fans, including Yoko’s blood-red teardrops and her samurai duel with a gigantic …

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Shiina Ringo new single to be used for NHK Soccer theme

Shiina Ringo will release a new single on June 11 to be used as the theme song for NHK’s soccer coverage, including J-League, The Emperor’s Trophy, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. She commented: “Thank you for entrusting me with such an important mission. This time, the World Cup will be held in my admired …

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UNSLOW – New World (live)

Live clip of Japanese hard rock band UNSLOW at Kichijouji CRESCENDO in 2013.