Apr 10 2018

MIYAVI hits North America in May for Day 2 World Tour


Universal Music Japan recording artist MIYAVI has announced the North American dates of his “Day 2 World Tour 2018”. The “Samurai Guitarist” and star of Angelina Jolie-directed film Unbroken is renowned for his incredible slap style of guitar playing and will perform live concerts in 6 major U.S. and Canadian cities in May.

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Apr 09 2018

Kaya is FABULOUS in new music video


Need a song to get you pumped for a night of clubbing? Look no further than Kaya’s latest release “FABULOUS” — wigs will be snatched!

From French Doll to EDM Diva, Kaya pulls off two different looks in the new music video for “FABULOUS” as fluidly as he changes up musical genres in his discography. “FABULOUS” is a fun and fierce dance song that celebrates the artist’s present identity, with the second song “NUOVO” (written in English by singer/songwriter Yume Suzuki) challenging you to never give up on what you believe in.

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Apr 04 2018

URBANGARDE expands 10th Anniversary celebration with fashion and music events


URBANGARDE’s 10th anniversary album Shoujo Fiction (“Girl Fiction”) was released worldwide on April 4, featuring the new song “Atashi Fiction” and popular hits such as “Akumade Akuma” and “Femme Fata Fantasy“.

URBANGARDE’s special 10th anniversary “Kekkon Shiki” concert event at Nakano Sun Plaza on April 8th is sold out, and a special fashion exhibition “Girl’s Scrinium” celebrating vocalist Yoko Hamasaki’s wide variety of stage and video costumes will run April 6 – 30 in Tokyo.

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Apr 04 2018

DIR EN GREY reveals wild, horrific look for Ningen wo Kaburu

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“Frankenstein in Streetwear” and “Avant-garde Zombie” might be the inspirations for Kyo and Kaoru in DIR EN GREY’s wicked new look for their upcoming single “Ningen wo Kaburu”, loosely translated to “wearing human skin”.

The band’s 29th single, out April 25, includes the title song, a new version of “ASH” (originally released in 2000), and the live version of the 2016 single “Utafumi”. Four different versions will be available: a regular (CD only) and three types of limited edition featuring footage taken in-studio and on the “TOUR14 PSYCHONNECT -mode of “GAUZE!?-” and “TOUR16-17 FROM DEPRESSION TO ________” tours.

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Apr 02 2018

LOVEBITES nominated for Best New Band in Metal Hammer’s Golden God Awards 2018

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The nominations for the annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards for 2018 are out, and Japan’s very own power-metal goddesses LOVEBITES are nominated for “Best New Band”.

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Apr 02 2018

Wagakki Band unveils Sasameyuki MV and Otonoe album teasers

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Beauty, tradition, and innovation meet in Wagakki Band’s latest music video “Sasameyuki“ from their upcoming fifth album Otonoe, out April 25.

The newly-released short version of the MV (the title loosely translates to “light snow fall”) gives us a brief but beautiful preview of the song’s mix of dazzling music and magical imagery.

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Apr 02 2018

LUNA SEA ‘LUV’ing Osaka (live report)

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 seems to be working as hard as they can to make up for lost time. Their 9th album, LUV, was released this past December. Their Osaka show on their 18-stop tour to support the album showed off the strength of the new release while ensuring that their many die-hard fans got their dose of nostalgic classics.

It’s honestly a pretty wild time for anybody to be into visual kei at this period in history. Bands that the world thought they had lost in the early 2000s, like LUNA SEA, have been slowly coming back together to relive and in no small part, recreate those glory days.

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Apr 01 2018

BAND-MAID / BAND- MAIKO – secret MAIKO lips (MV)


BAND-MAID takes April Fools pranks to a whole new level with a special MV released April 1st. Re-branding themselves on their website and social media as “BAND-MAIKO”, the band delivers a new look and style for their previously-released track “Secret My Lips”. The new version — “secret MAIKO lips” — features a fusion of rock with traditional Japanese instruments that would even make Wagakki Band proud.

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Mar 31 2018

Unlucky Morpheus – CADAVER [April Fools version] (MV)


Unlucky Morpheus creating April Fools MVs is becoming an annual tradition, and once again they switch around their usual musical roles in this video shoot. Watch now before it disappears on 4/2!

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Mar 28 2018

A9 releases UNREAL MV from PLANET NINE

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Oh, how time flies! A9, who will be celebrating their 14th anniversary this year, will be releasing their eighth album titled PLANET NINE on April 25, 2018. The announcement was made with the release of the full music video for their lead track “UNREAL”, produced by Ken (L’Arc〜en〜Ciel).

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