Monthly Archive: January 2019

Jan 16 2019

JRock247’s Best J-Rock Album Covers 2018

Check out JRock247′s best J-Rock album/single jackets for 2018, chosen by JRock247 contributors David Cirone, Michelle Minikhiem, Marc Bowie, and Nhu Nguyen. Click here to view the full list, including BAND-MAID, DIR EN GREY, Kaya, Man with a Mission, SCANDAL, Mary’s Blood, and many more!

Jan 16 2019

BAND-MAID – Bubble (MV)

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BAND-MAID kicked 2019 off with a bang by releasing a music video to a typically melodic pounder of a new song called “Bubble.” The tune features a crunching riff with an intriguing break-down in the middle to change things up, while the video itself has the band performing on a smoky stage intercut with some …

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Jan 15 2019

Halloween Party 2018 — Day 3 (Live Report)

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HALLOWEEN PARTY 2018 October 28th, 2018 MAKUHARI MESSE Live Report by Michelle Minikhiem Photos by Hideaki Imamoto, Toshikazu Oguruma, Kazuko Tanaka The final day of HALLOWEEN PARTY 2018 showed the same dedication to the Alice in Wonderland theme as the days prior. After seemingly falling from the ceiling like Alice down the rabbit hole, Kanon …

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Jan 15 2019

Halloween Party 2018 — Day 2 (Live Report)

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HALLOWEEN PARTY 2018 October 27th, 2018 MAKUHARI MESSE Live Report by Michelle Minikhiem Photos by Hideaki Imamoto, Toshikazu Oguruma, Kazuko Tanaka HALLOWEEN PARTY 2018 was the first year that the entire event was focused around a central theme. The stage was decorated in iconic Alice in Wonderland tea party imagery and began with the shocking …

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Jan 10 2019

URBANGARDE guitarist Zeze Shin to depart band after spring tour

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URBANGARDE has announced that guitarist Zeze Shin will leave the band following their March 16, 2019, one-man concert at Daikanyama UNIT in Tokyo. Shin’s departure is due to his increased family responsibilities, and his decision was announced with the full support of the other band members. Shin is a founding member of the group, which …

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Jan 08 2019

“YOSHIKI vs. YOSHIKI” makes history on Kouhaku Uta Gassen 2018

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On New Year’s Eve 2018, YOSHIKI made Japanese television history with his dual performance on the “69th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen,” the last of the Heisei Era, by performing for both opposing Red and White teams during the top-rated broadcast. YOSHIKI wore white to plays drums for the Attack on Titan theme “Red Swan” with …

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Jan 08 2019

Silent Siren to release 6th studio album 31313 in March

Silent Siren to release 6th studio album 31313 in March

All-girl Japanese rock band Silent Siren will release their 6th studio album 31313 on March 13, 2019. Silent Siren created the title of 31313 by overlapping the 31st year of the Heisei Period in Japan with the album’s release date (3/13). 31313 will contain 12 songs including the singles “19 summer note.” and “Go Way!” …

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Jan 07 2019

FATE GEAR new album Headless Goddess

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Japanese metal band FATE GEAR will release their new album Headless Goddess on January 9, 2019, with the band’s first European tour beginning March 1 in Germany. The CD includes rare tracks written and composed by band leader Mina.

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Jan 01 2019

HYDE drops “ZIPANG” MV teaser, announces Asia tour

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HYDE’s highly anticipated single “ZIPANG”, featuring YOSHIKI as guest pianist, has received a new release date of February 6th, 2019, after production issues delayed the song. A short teaser for the high-concept music video for “ZIPANG” was also released. HYDE expressed has his desire to preserve and convey what he feels is the spirit of …

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