Feb 03 2018

Aldious releases We Are and Unlimited Diffusion in Europe


Japanese girls metal band Aldious will release a special edition of their latest album We Are in Europe via JPU Records on March 9, 2018.

The CD will include four exclusive live bonus tracks and a 16-page booklet with photos and English lyric translations. We Are is the seventh studio album from Aldious, and will be released in Europe simultaneously with their previous album Unlimited Diffusion, also available on CD and digital formats from JPU Records. A limited edition t-shirt is also available exclusively from the label’s website.

Details: http://www.jpurecords.com/aldious-we-are/
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Feb 03 2018

exist†trace – MAD ROCK PARTY Vol.3 @ Milkyway Shibuya


MAD ROCK PARTY Vol.3 @ Milkyway Shibuya
(presented by LAST MAY JAGUAR)
2. Psychedelic Black Night
4. selection
6. SKY

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Jan 31 2018

URBANGARDE announces 10th anniversary album Shoujo Fiction


URBANGARDE will release their 10th anniversary album Shoujo Fiction (“Girl Fiction”) on April 4, 2018.

Since the 2008 release of Shoujo wa Nido Shinu (“Girls Only Live Twice”), which introduced vocalist Yoko Hamasaki as a bloody, sword-wielding schoolgirl in “Don’t Take Off Your Sailor Fuku“, URBANGARDE has built a dedicated international following for their outrageous visuals and challenging lyrical themes.

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Jan 30 2018

BLUE ENCOUNT set to release third album VECTOR


Power-pop-turned-punk-rockers BLUE ENCOUNT have a new album, VECTOR, available March 21st. The 14-track disc includes “VS”, their opening contribution this past fall to the Gintama anime.

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Jan 30 2018

Crossfaith – Wipeout (MV)


Japanese hard rock band Crossfaith mixes equal parts Blade Runner and TRON for a dangerous-looking future in the music video for their new single “Wipeout”. The limited edition comes with a bonus DVD featuring excerpts from a concert of their 10th anniversary tour held in Tokyo.

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Jan 28 2018

LAMP IN TERREN new single Hana to Shinjin


LAMP IN TERREN’s latest digital single, “Hana to Shinjin,” was released on January 19th. The accompanying video is a somewhat low key affair, but the song features a typically soaring and powerful vocal performance from Hiroshi Matsumoto.

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Jan 26 2018

SCANDAL’s HONEY to get European release from JPU Records


SCANDAL’s upcoming album HONEY will receive a European release from JPU Records in March 2018, just one month after the CD drops on Valentine’s Day in Japan.

HONEY features ten tracks written by and composed by the band, including “Take Me Out” and the tenth anniversary single “Koisuru Universe“, with visual design by Japanese duo AMIAYA.

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Jan 24 2018

LUNA SEA – The Holy Night 2017 (live report)


Saitama Super Arena, December 24, 2017

Concert review by Meiko Kikuta

The hard core LUNA SEA fans, “SLAVES”, had waited long enough to hear about the new album ‘LUV’ and to see the annual Christmas gigs at the Saitama Super Arena on December 23rd and 24th, 2017.

The night began just after 4pm with “Hold You Down” from the new album as pictures of random kaleidoscope-like pattern were projected on the background.

“How are you all? Let’s make this Saitama Super Arena the hottest place in this world!” frontman RYUICHI yelled to the crowd. Two hard rocking hits “JESUS” and “HURT” followed before RYUICHI spoke out to the audience again about the new album.

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Jan 23 2018

YOSHIKI returns to Russia for We Are X premiere events


YOSHIKI will visit Moscow for the Russian theatrical premiere of We Are X on January 29. The award-winning film will be shown in a special double-feature event featuring renowned Russian rock band Mumiy Troll, and YOSHIKI will participate in a live Q&A after the film.

The Moscow premiere is a part of the “Year of Japan in Russia” project to increase cultural exchange between the two countries, created after talks between Prime Minister Abe and President Putin. Information is available on the website of the Japanese embassy in Russia.
Japanese: http://www.ru.emb-japan.go.jp/japan2018/jp/event/mo7049-jp.html
Russian: http://www.ru.emb-japan.go.jp/japan2018/ru/event/mo7049-ru.html

The collaboration arose from the friendship of YOSHIKI and Ilya Lagutenko, the leader of Mumiy Troll, whose mockumentary film SOS to Sailor will screen as the first part of the Moscow event. YOSHIKI will continue his Russian promotional tour with a second We Are X screening and Q&A in St. Petersburg on January 31, his first-ever public appearance in that city.

This month’s promotional visit is YOSHIKI’s first time returning to Russia since his highly-acclaimed “Yoshiki Classical Tour – Part 1″ brought him to Moscow in 2014. After the premiere, We Are X will open in approximately 100 theaters across Russia on February 17.

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Jan 22 2018

YOUSEI TEIKOKU’s Psychomachia tapped for Seven Heavenly Virtues anime


Japanese gothic metal band YOUSEI TEIKOKU performs the opening theme song “Psychomachia” for the new TV anime The Seven Heavenly Virtues, which premieres Saturday, January 27 on AT-X in Japan. The series will also be streamed on Hobby Japan’s YouTube channel beginning January 29.

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