Jul 26 2018

LUNATIC FEST. 2018 (Live Report Pt. 2) – ZIYOOU-VACHI & The BONEZ

LUNATIC FEST. 2018
June 23, 2018

Live report by Meiko Kikuta

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ZIYOOU-VACHI was one of the bands new to the event. Just like coldrain, they also did a full length song for soundcheck. Joining in with the test, fans pulled out their iconic colorful Juliana fans. The band name appeared on the side screens and the vocalist, Avu-chan, began dancing for “Kinsei” and “Venus”. Avu-chan regularly changed his voice into a girls’ voice through microphone, and the effect was like the band has two different vocalists singing to each other in “Baishun”.

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Jul 25 2018

HYDE – Interview (July 2018)

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Interview by Michelle Minikhiem
July 24, 2018

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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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Jul 23 2018

LUNATIC FEST. 2018 (Live Report Pt. 1) – LUNACY & coldrain

LUNATIC FEST. 2018
June 23, 2018

Live report by Meiko Kikuta

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LUNATIC FEST. returned to Makuhari Messe for the second time. LUNA SEA hosted this all-day long rock festival about three years ago with its official concept “The band’s maddest rock festival”. The first event included some of the most popular rock bands in Japan: SIAM SHADE, MUCC, [Alexandros], D’erlanger, BUCK-TICK, X JAPAN, and of course its host, LUNA SEA.

With its success in 2015, the event returned to the same venue with a slight change in the lineup. This time, 18 artists were picked to perform on stage. Four new bands made it to the list which brought a fresh and even bigger audience to the event.

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Jul 23 2018

BABYMETAL reveals A!SMART variant cover for APOCRYPHA graphic novel

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This fall, BABYMETAL will release the original graphic novel APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL, which will explore the unknown mythology of the group.

To coincide with Comic-Con International, the first of four variant covers has been revealed by Amuse Group USA – a subsidiary of BABYMETAL’s management company Amuse, Inc. – and independent publisher Z2 Comics whose previous collaborators include rock star Dan Auerbach and DJ Paul Oakenfold.

The cover, from the book’s award-winning illustrator GMB Chomichuk, is an exclusive for the online store A!SMART and copies are available for pre-order now. The other three covers will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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Jul 22 2018

Hotei to return to Europe in the autumn of 2018

JRock247-Hotei-fall-tour-2018Japanese superstar HOTEI returns to Europe in October with live dates scheduled in Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy and UK.

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Jul 22 2018

YOSHIKI releases Instagram preview of new Attack on Titan theme

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YOSHIKI gave fans a special preview of his new theme song for the anime series Attack on Titan on his official Instagram page, revealing the clip of “Red Swan” by “YOSHIKI feat. HYDE” along with a montage of imagery from the anime’s third season which begins July 22 on NHK in Japan.

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Jul 20 2018

SCANDAL keep things caliente with US and Mexico concerts

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SCANDAL, truly one of Japan’s best and hardest rockin’ bands, will play two September shows in Mexico as part of a select batch of North American dates on their “Special Thanks” tour. The concerts are sandwiched in between their Anaheim, CA and Dallas, TX stops. SCANDAL played Mexico City back in 2015 but this is their first visit to Monterrey.

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Jul 19 2018

YOSHIKI performs marathon of sold-out dinner shows in Tokyo

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YOSHIKI completed the first wave of his sold-out dinner shows in Tokyo on July 16, a marathon 7 shows over 4 days celebrating the fifth anniversary of his intimate concert series.

“EVENING WITH YOSHIKI 2018 IN TOKYO JAPAN 6 DAYS 5TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL” included guest appearances by Yoshikitty, a string quartet, guest vocalists Katie Fitzgerald and Ashley Knight, a YOSHIKIMONO fashion show, a collaborative performance with the Maki Asami Ballet Group, and a surprise drum performance from YOSHIKI.

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Jul 16 2018

LOVEBITES Live at Camden Underworld – Photo Gallery

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LOVEBITES Live at Camden Underworld, 2018 – Additional Photo Gallery
Photos by Chris Woods

Visit the Flickr album for many more photos from the night, and check out JRock247′s interview with Midori here!

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Jul 16 2018

Live Report: LOVEBITES at Underworld + Midori interview

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LOVEBITES Interview with Midori
Text and photos: Chris Woods

In the past few years, an increasing number of Japanese rock and metal acts have been forging inroads into a Western music scene increasingly receptive to metal from Asia. The five-piece heavy metal group LOVEBITES is one of the latest to garner fame outside of Japan, further validated by their win for Best New Band at the 2018 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. And these ladies are only just getting started.

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