Monthly Archive: January 2018

Jan 31 2018

URBANGARDE announces 10th anniversary album Shoujo Fiction


URBANGARDE will release their 10th anniversary album Shoujo Fiction (“Girl Fiction”) on April 4, 2018. Since the 2008 release of Shoujo wa Nido Shinu (“Girls Only Live Twice”), which introduced vocalist Yoko Hamasaki as a bloody, sword-wielding schoolgirl in “Don’t Take Off Your Sailor Fuku“, URBANGARDE has built a dedicated international following for their outrageous …

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Jan 30 2018

BLUE ENCOUNT set to release third album VECTOR


Power-pop-turned-punk-rockers BLUE ENCOUNT have a new album, VECTOR, available March 21st. The 14-track disc includes “VS”, their opening contribution this past fall to the Gintama anime.

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Jan 30 2018

Crossfaith – Wipeout (MV)


Japanese hard rock band Crossfaith mixes equal parts Blade Runner and TRON for a dangerous-looking future in the music video for their new single “Wipeout”. The limited edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring excerpts from a concert of their 10th anniversary tour held in Tokyo.

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Jan 28 2018

LAMP IN TERREN new single Hana to Shinjin


LAMP IN TERREN’s latest digital single, “Hana to Shinjin,” was released on January 19th. The accompanying video is a somewhat low key affair, but the song features a typically soaring and powerful vocal performance from Hiroshi Matsumoto.

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Jan 26 2018

SCANDAL’s HONEY to get European release from JPU Records


SCANDAL’s upcoming album HONEY will receive a European release from JPU Records in March 2018, just one month after the CD drops on Valentine’s Day in Japan. HONEY features ten tracks written by and composed by the band, including “Take Me Out” and the tenth anniversary single “Koisuru Universe“, with visual design by Japanese duo …

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Jan 24 2018

LUNA SEA – The Holy Night 2017 (live report)


LUNA SEA Saitama Super Arena, December 24, 2017 Concert review by Meiko Kikuta The hard core LUNA SEA fans, “SLAVES”, had waited long enough to hear about the new album ‘LUV’ and to see the annual Christmas gigs at the Saitama Super Arena on December 23rd and 24th, 2017. The night began just after 4pm …

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Jan 23 2018

YOSHIKI returns to Russia for We Are X premiere events


YOSHIKI will visit Moscow for the Russian theatrical premiere of We Are X on January 29. The award-winning film will be shown in a special double-feature event featuring renowned Russian rock band Mumiy Troll, and YOSHIKI will participate in a live Q&A after the film. The Moscow premiere is a part of the “Year of …

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Jan 22 2018

YOUSEI TEIKOKU’s Psychomachia tapped for Seven Heavenly Virtues anime


Japanese gothic metal band YOUSEI TEIKOKU performs the opening theme song “Psychomachia” for the new TV anime The Seven Heavenly Virtues, which premieres Saturday, January 27 on AT-X in Japan. The series will also be streamed on Hobby Japan’s YouTube channel beginning January 29.

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Jan 22 2018

Best J-Rock on Spotify: BAND-MAID – Real Existence


Today’s best J-Rock track on Spotify: BAND-MAID – Real Existence

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Jan 21 2018

HOTEI – Paradox (Review)


HOTEI Paradox Review by David Cirone HOTEI’s 2015 release STRANGERS was a masterclass in showmanship — full of electrifying guitar hero moments — but his latest studio album PARADOX is altogether more satisfying and equally masterful. Where STRANGERS might have been just a touch too heavy on the guest star list, PARADOX proves (once again) …

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