Oct 27 2018

BRATS to perform first overseas live in Korea


Japanese girls rock band BRATS will make their first live concert appearance outside of Japan at “AMBITIOUS GIRLS SERIES 1″ at West Bridge Hall in Seoul, South Korea, alongside idol-metal group Broken By The Scream on January 20, 2019.

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Oct 25 2018

“Red Swan” is exactly what I wanted (Review)

Red Swan (single)

Review by Michelle Minikhiem


When it was first announced that REVO of Linked Horizon would not be performing or composing the opening for the 3rd season of the immensely popular Attack on Titan, people had things to say. The previous openings had a sense of urgency and movement to them that complemented the visuals of the opening sequences. With the singer-songwriter’s blending of speed metal, operatic choir, and intense lyrics deeply entrenched with the identity of the show, many fans of the animation were concerned that somebody totally different could do the opening song and be able to instill the same level of gravitas that such an epic story demanded.

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Oct 24 2018



Fall down the rabbit hole and enter Wonderland with HYDE in his eclectic take on the Lewis Carroll classic just in time for Halloween.
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Oct 24 2018

LAMP IN TERREN get naked with upcoming album The Naked Blues

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With singer Matsumoto seemingly recovered from vocal polyp surgery earlier this year, foursome LAMP IN TERREN has announced they will release their fourth album, The Naked Blues, on December 5th. The tracklist has yet to be released, but the disc will be available as a regular CD or bundled with an interview DVD.

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Oct 21 2018

Toshl to release cover album “IM A SINGER” in November


X JAPAN vocalist and all-around inspiring story of overcoming the odds, Toshl is set to release a collection of cover songs on November 28th. The album will also be available digitally and will feature songs by EXILE, Angela Aki, AKB48, and more.

Here’s a preview of ToshI performing one of the tracks, Yumi Arai’s “Hikokigumo”.

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Oct 19 2018

BABYMETAL formally announces YUIMETAL’s departure


After months of rumors and unexplained absences, Japanese metal sensations BABYMETAL have (finally) issued a statement announcing founding member YUIMETAL will not join the group in the upcoming BABYMETAL WORLD TOUR 2018 in JAPAN. Remaining members SU-METAL and MOAMETAL will continue as a duo as the group moves forward with its new tour, the new Apocrypha graphic novel dropping October 30, and the still-mysterious narrative of “The Chosen Seven”.

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Oct 17 2018

Soko ni Naru’s “Tenohira de odoru” surpasses 1 million views


Math rock duo Soko ni Naru blew past the 1 million view mark this week for their new PV “Tenohira de odoru”. Formed in 2011 in Osaka, female guitarist Juko and male bassist Misaki have always shared the role of vocalist. If you happen to be in Japan this winter, they’re putting on their first one-man show at Shimokitazawa SHELTER on January 29th.

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Oct 10 2018

L’Arc~en~Ciel to open Christmas show pre-sale to overseas fans


L’Arc-en-Ciel fans not living in Japan can soon enter a ticket lottery for the chance to purchase a ticket to the supergroup’s upcoming Christmas shows on December 19th and 20th at Tokyo Dome.

Don’t sleep on it, though. The application for the ticket lottery will only accept entries Thursday, October 11th at 12:00 PM – Wednesday October 17th at 11:59 PM (JST).

Lottery results are scheduled to be announced on Tuesday October 23th at 8:00 PM JST.

L’Arc-en-Ciel Official Website: http://www.larc-en-ciel.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LArc.en.Ciel/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LArc_official

Oct 08 2018

BRATS – Kimarigoto (new live video)


Japanese girls rock band BRATS have released their new music video for “Kimarigoto”, featuring a montage of live performance clips cut to one of the most popular tracks from their July 25th full-length album BRATS. (Check out the original music video here.)

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Oct 08 2018

HYDE brings Halloween Party to Universal Studios Japan (live report)

Halloween Party – Universal Studios Japan
October 6th, 2018
Live report by Michelle Minikhiem

Credit: HYDE Official Instagram

Credit: HYDE Official Instagram

Temperatures maxed out at around 86°F – or 30°C – on Saturday during day one of HYDE’s spooktacular Halloween Party shows at Universal Studios Japan. It seemed the Kansai region of Japan had not yet gotten the memo that Halloween season is upon us, but day two on Sunday was considerably cooler but still balmy.

HYDE came out in full jester’s motley, but with a distinct gothic twist. The support members were dressed in Alice in Wonderland-themed costumes in direct connection to the strong imagery present in the music video for HYDE’s newest single “FAKE DIVINE”.

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