Michelle Minikhiem

Living in the Kansai area since 2013.

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HYDE – Interview (July 2018)

HYDE Interview by Michelle Minikhiem July 24, 2018 In the midst of a whirlwind tour, HYDE took some time to talk to JRock247 about performing solo again and working together with YOSHIKI to create the recently-debuted “Red Swan”.

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Hotei to return to Europe in the autumn of 2018

Japanese superstar HOTEI returns to Europe in October with live dates scheduled in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and UK.

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HYDE – AFTER LIGHT (Review)

HYDE AFTER LIGHT (single) Review by Michelle Minikhiem The latest from HYDE is a nu-metal tune that rolls like thunder. Lyrically, “AFTER LIGHT” is a call to action. It demands that the listener “destroy” and “rebuild”, but what it is that needs tearing down is kept vague. Maybe that was intentional. Maybe it’s up to the listener …

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HYDE set to release second single of 2018

HYDE, who has just released the digital single “WHO’S GONNA SAVE US” on June 20, already has his next single coming next week. “AFTER LIGHT” will hit digital stores on June 29th, the same day his live tour kicks off in Japan. The new song will be coupled with a cover of “KISS OF DEATH,” …

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HYDE – WHO’S GONNA SAVE US? (Review)

HYDE  WHO’S GONNA SAVE US? (single) Review by Michelle Minikhiem HYDE has been somewhat silent during the six months following the announcement of VAMPS’ hiatus in December. That time has clearly been spent working on a new direction, and the digital release of “WHO’S GONNA SAVE US?” this week has given us a peek into what …

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HYDE to release first single in 12 years

HYDE (L’Arc-en-Ciel / VAMPS) will resume his solo activities with the release of his 8th single entitled “WHO’S GONNA SAVE US” on June 20, 2018. The song is about how one must make their own way when confronting times of strife, but without anyone extending a helping hand. The single also comes with the 2nd …

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[ALEXANDROS] announces new single and BLEACH live-action film theme

[ALEXANDROS] has announced their next single, “KABUTO”. The word, rich with imagery of strength and power, means a traditional Japanese helmet once worn by samurai. The single will be out on May 23rd. “Hanauta”, another song on the single, is their first collaboration project. The lyrics for this song were composed by featuring emerging poet Tahi …

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LUNA SEA ‘LUV’ing Osaka (Live Report)

LUNA SEA LIVE TOUR 2018 “The LUV -World left behind-“ Osaka Festival Hall, March 24th 2018 Live Report by Michelle Minikhiem Back in 2011, LUNA SEA crashed like the waves of its namesake back onto the shores of the music scene with the digital download single “Promise” after a ten-year drought. Since then, the band …

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Plastic Tree “doorAdore” in Osaka (Live Report)

Plastic Tree Spring Tour 2018 “doorAdore” Osaka BIG CAT, March 18th 2018 Live Report by Michelle Minikhiem Plastic Tree hit Osaka on March 18th with the release of doorAdore barely a week and a half behind them. How proud the band is of this new album is absolutely unmistakable – new tracks made up more …

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Mika Nakashima – KISS OF DEATH (Review)

Mika Nakashima KISS OF DEATH (single) Review by Michelle Minikhiem “KISS OF DEATH” is the much-anticipated single produced by HYDE especially for Mika Nakashima. It was featured for the TV anime series “DARLING in the FRANXX.” Does it deliver? Does it live up to the hype?

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