January 2019 archive

SCANDAL ushers in 2019 with “Masterpiece”

Following up on the news of launching of their own record label, SCANDAL has announced that their first release on March 27 will be a double A-side with songs “Masterpiece” and “Mabataki.” The tunes will be available as a CD single with cover art by collage artist Q-TA and available as a regular edition or special …

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coldrain releases Revolution MV for Mobile Suit Gundam EXVS 2

coldrain has released the MV for their latest single, “REVOLUTION”, the theme for the arcade-fighting game Mobile Suit Gundam EXVS 2. And it’s more than “REVOLUTION”‘s powerful, aggressive melody that’s reminiscent of an early 2000’s anger-fueled nu-metal anthem. The video, directed by Koh Yamada, is intertwined with clear references to the bands’ eternal influence Linkin …

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YOSHIKI to create theme song for new xXx 4 film starring Vin Diesel

Photo credit: George Pimentel/Getty Images The H Collective has partnered with prolific Japanese composer and musician YOSHIKI on the next installment in the xXx franchise, xXx 4 starring Vin Diesel. The film will feature a theme song with music written by YOSHIKI. xXx 4 is in pre-production with casting currently under way, and principal photography …

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YOSHIKI at SSFF & ASIA Hollywood Red Carpet Event

YOSHIKI was swarmed by reporters when he appeared at the Hollywood red carpet event for the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia (SSFF & Asia) Film Festival on January 17, 2019, presented by Japan House and the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. YOSHIKI serves as an advisor for the Japan House organization and …

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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!

BAND-MAID – Bubble (MV)

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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Halloween Party 2018 — Day 3 (Live Report)

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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Halloween Party 2018 — Day 2 (Live Report)

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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URBANGARDE guitarist Zeze Shin to depart band after spring tour

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

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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