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exist†trace – Interview (2011) Pt. 2

exist†trace Interview by David Cirone July 22, 2011 PART 2 exist†trace members Jyou, miko, Omi, Naoto, and Mally gave this interview on April 25, 2011, just 2 days after their debut American live show at Sakura-Con 2011. There’s a sexy moment in the music video for “RESONANCE” where miko… All: Ohhhh! We know what this …

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exist†trace – Interview (2011) Pt. 1

exist†trace Interview by David Cirone June 12, 2011 PART 1 exist†trace members Jyou, miko, Omi, Naoto, and Mally gave this interview on April 25, 2011, just 2 days after their debut American live show at Sakura-Con 2011. Over 3000 fans attended your first one-man show here in America. How did it feel? Jyou: I was …

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TAIA – Seeds of Rain (Review)

TAIA Seeds of Rain Review by David Cirone TAIA’s fearless use of keyboard synthesizers and trademark mid-song tempo changes set them apart from the current wave of female-fronted J-Rock bands. The 6th band member on keyboards isn’t just an afterthought — it’s an essential part of their dramatic rock style. Their album Seeds of Rain …

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tokyo pinsalocks – LU-LA Hallelujah (PV)

For anybody who didn’t already know about tokyo pinsalocks’ not-so-secret crush on Devo, the Japanese all-girl techno-synth trio just released their new video for “LU-LA Hallelujah” from their January 2012 album Hallelujah Girls. ハレルヤガールズ Drummer Reiko seems to be the most transformed by the neon makeover — it’s a creepy-cool effect that warps into the …

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SpecialThanks – SEVEN LOVERS (Review)

SpecialThanks SEVEN LOVERS Review by David Cirone Indie Japanese pop-punk group SpecialThanks’ first full-length CD SEVEN LOVERS builds on the success of their earlier EPs SEVEN COLORS and SEVEN SHOWERS. The 14-track album puts vocalist/guitarist Masaki squarely at the forefront, but benefits from solid instrumental and background vocal support from band-mates Lupin (bass, backing vocals), …

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Onmyouza – Kongo Kyuubi (Review)

Onmyouza KONGO KYUUBI Review by David Cirone Onmyouza is a 10-year legend for metal fans in Japan, and they dive deep into their mythological roots for their latest full-length CD “Kongo Kyuubi.” The album takes its title (meaning “Dazzling Nine Tails”) from the Japanese folklore character Tamamo-no-mae, and the jacket art features lead vocalist Kuroneko …

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SpecialThanks – Interview (2011)

SpecialThanks Interview by David Cirone January 27, 2011 Female-vocal pop-punk band SpecialThanks came together in 2005 in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture. After some changes in their original lineup, the band is now comprised of Misaki (vocals, guitar), Sean (guitar, backing vocals), Hiromu (bass, backing vocals), and Nochi (drums). Their single “You Say Good Bye” was the …

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exist†trace – THE LAST DAYBREAK (Review)

exist†trace THE LAST DAYBREAK Review by David Cirone THE LAST DAYBREAK belongs to the guitars this time. While bassist Naoto and drummer Mally do excellent work with the tricky turns of “Daybreak” and “be Naked”, they’re in supporting roles this time for an EP dominated by miko and Omi’s ferocious guitar work. Jyou’s vocals are …

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exist†trace – TRUE (Review)

exist†trace TRUE Review by David Cirone All-female visual kei band exist†trace’s major-label debut EP TRUE starts out strong, picking up the challenging tone of their previous indie release TWIN GATE. “Shot to the limit… Shot to the limit…” The title track “TRUE” (see video below) demonstrates a band hell-bent on moving past their own expectations. …

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BO-PEEP – VIBE (Review)

BO-PEEP VIBE Review by David Cirone BO-PEEP’s garage-punk, bare-knuckle style returns in full force with VIBE, the all-girl trio’s follow-up to last year’s SICK ORANGE TELEVISION. The 7-song album clocks in at just over 25 minutes, and while it feels like it’s over way too fast, I’ll give credit to the band for not cluttering …

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