July 2016 archive

URBANGARDE collaborates with Yuki Aoyama for Schoolgirl Trauma photobook

URBANGARDE has announced a collaboration with popular Japanese photographer Yuki Aoyama, known internationally for his provocative “Schoolgirl Complex” photobook series. The special collection of photos and poems titled “Schoolgirl Trauma” combines the edgy view of the “trauma techno pop” music group with Aoyama’s fetish-focused work. URBANGARDE leader Temma Matsunaga contributed writings and vocalist Yoko Hamasaki …

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SCANDAL releases new single Take Me Out

Japanese girl band SCANDAL released their 23rd single “Take Me Out” worldwide on July 29, ahead of their tenth anniversary. The digital version will be available exclusively outside of Japan as a five-track package, collating the bonus material from all three of Japan’s editions of the single. Two of the tracks will be the first …

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HIZAKI to release guitar instrumental album ROSARIO

HIZAKI, globally known as the founding member of Versailles and the leader/main composer of Jupiter will release his guitar instrumental album ROSARIO on August 3. Ahead of the album release, the video trailer for “Grace and Dignity”, a track included exclusively on the limited edition, has been released on YouTube. ROSARIO will consist of the …

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BAND-MAID Announces First European Tour This October

BAND-MAID went viral all over the world when their music video for “Thrill” was uploaded on Facebook, the video hitting over 2,000,000 plays in only two weeks. Ever since, the band has been receiving offers from events all over the world, including SAKURA-CON in Seattle, America, and MCM LONDON COMIC CON in the UK. BAND-MAID’s …

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BABYMETAL prove kawaii teens can be metal queens too (The Wiltern 2016 Live Report)

BABYMETAL The Wiltern, July 15, 2016 Live report by Nhu Nguyen “I want to see a big circle pit — show me a big circle. Bigger and bigger! ” directed 18-year-old Su-metal to the horde of metal heads during “Catch Me if You Can”. Her comrades, Yuimetal and Moametal, drew big circles with their hands …

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exist†trace to broadcast live concert worldwide on July 28

All-female rock band exist†trace will broadcast a live concert from Japan on July 28, 2016 at 8:30pm (Japan time). Fans worldwide can view the band’s performance with multi-camera views from Tokyo’s Future SEVEN live house by using smartphone apps available at the iTunes store. (China) Modernsky Now https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zheng-zai-xian-chang-zhuan/id979095986 (Worldwide) Video Clipper https://itunes.apple.com/app/video-clipper-maruchianguruderaibu/id1053782735 https://clipper.events/v1/static/existtrace20160728 exist†trace is …

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Yoko Hamasaki – Blue Forest (Review)

Yoko Hamasaki Blue Forest Review by David Cirone URBANGARDE’s musical style and subject matter are so diverse to begin with, it was hard to predict what direction vocalist Yoko Hamasaki would choose when she announced her solo project, Blue Forest. While URBANGARDE’s albums focus on social ills and the troubles of “sick people” everywhere, Hamasaki …

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Versailles to release Greatest Hits 2007-2016 album and documentary

Versailles will release a new greatest hits album on September 14, 2016. This album includes their leading tracks newly recorded for this release plus two new ones. Contains a total of 13 tracks. The limited edition features slipcase packaging and comes with a bonus DVD with documentary movie on their path to reunion. BUY AT …

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Versailles – DESTINY -THE LOVERS- (MV)

Tomoyasu Hotei reveals details of Strangers Special Edition

Tomoyasu Hotei has revealed the details of the special edition release of his album Strangers, due for release on July 8. The new version contains 4 bonus tracks – “Power”, “Black Ships”, “Trick Attack” and “Move It (Hounds remix)”. Strangers also contains collaborations with Iggy Pop, Richard Z.Kruspe from Emigrate/ Rammstein and Matt Tuck from …

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