Mar 27 2018

Ryuichi Sakamoto New Documentary Tsunami Piano


While touring Tohoku, the area devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, something he has done many times, famed composer and Yellow Magic Orchestra member, Ryuichi Sakamoto, was told about a semi-ruined piano in a high school gymnasium. The instrument had been flooded along with Miyagi Prefectural Agricultural High School and looked like a mess, but Sakamoto was able to resurrect the piano and put it to use on his 2017 album async.

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Mar 25 2018

Unlucky Morpheus – Interview (2018)


Unlucky Morpheus
Interview by Todd Nelson
Translation by Harumi Arita
March 24, 2018

Unlucky Morpheus, also referred to as Ankimo, is a doujin circle band formed in 2008. The band creates original songs as well as material associated with the Touhou Project. All of the band members are active in other projects in addition to Unlucky Morpheus, some of which are very well known. Unlucky Morpheus’ lineup features leader and guitarist Shiren (Denkare, and formerly Yousei Teikoku), vocalist Fuki (DOLL$BOXX, Fuki Commune, ex-LIGHTBRINGER), guitarist Jinya (UNDEAD CORPORATION), bassist Hiroyuki Ogawa (TRICK BOX), drummer FUMIYA (GALNERYUS), violinist Jill (Rose Noire, Hollow Mellow), and vocalist Kasumi (Icarus’Cry).

Congratulations on the band’s 10th year. Unlucky Morpheus has quite a few things planned for 2018 starting with Unlucky Mania – Unlucky Morpheus Official Strategy Guide. It looks very impressive. Can you tell us more about it?

Shiren: Since we’ve only had a few opportunities to be interviewed so far, there isn’t much information about us that is available. For the 10th anniversary of forming the band, we thought that by publishing this book we can provide the full history of Unlucky Morpheus from the beginning, giving anyone the opportunity to learn about us.

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Mar 23 2018

sleepyhead, solo project from Takeru (ex. SuG), reveals details of first album

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Contrary to the lazy-sounding name of former SuG member Takeru’s solo project, sleepyhead, he’s been pretty active. At his first concert on March 17, the vocalist revealed his first full album DRIPPING will be released on June 20th, followed by his first tour in July.

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Mar 21 2018

X Japan partners with L.A.’s Grammy Museum for We Are X screening


As X JAPAN prepares to return to the U.S. next month for their debut performances at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, the group has partnered with the Grammy Museum for a special screening of the award-winning documentary film We Are X.

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Mar 21 2018

Plastic Tree “doorAdore” in Osaka (live report)

Plastic Tree Spring Tour 2018 “doorAdore”
Osaka BIG CAT, March 18th 2018
Live report by Michelle Minikhiem JRock247-Plastic-Tree-doorAdore2018 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 than three-quarters of the set list that night.

Opening up the show with “engoku” set the mood perfectly. The song was featured in a dreamy music video released in February.

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Mar 20 2018

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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Mar 20 2018

LANTANA to rock America for the first time at KATSUCON 2019

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Visual kei band LANTANA will perform in America for the first time at KATSUCON 2019 -– yes, you read that correctly: 2019. The 3-day convention will take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention in National Harbor, Maryland from Feb. 14-17, 2019.

Along with the concert, convention-goers will be able to get to know the band members better at the Q&A panel and meet the band at an autograph signing. A detailed schedule will be released at a later time.

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Mar 16 2018

Miyavi releases special digital single Long Nights-World Mix

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Guitarist and singer Miyavi has announced the release of a special digital single available to download now on iTunes and to stream on Spotify: “Long Nights-World Mix”.

“Releasing ‘Long Nights’, this track means a lot to me,” Miyavi said on his Facebook page. “[It is] the first track I wrote after I came back from the refugee camps in Lebanon.”

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Mar 14 2018

The GazettE unleashes Falling MV from NINTH

JRock247 the Gazette Ruki Falling Music Video NINTH

The GazettE released some bloody good news (and a bloody music video alongside): their ninth album – the aptly-titled NINTH – will be out on June 13, 2018. It will be nearly 3 years since their previous album DOGMA, making this the longest wait the visual kei elites have put fans through.

The band’s official website crashed as fans flocked to view the first full-length music video, “Falling”, from the forthcoming LP containing 12 songs. The new MV depicts a ride-or-die relationship. The pair’s motto seems to be: “Can I kill and have you help me clean this mess up?” Ah, the couple who kills together stays together! It’s the kind of relationship that best tells the lyrics’ story in an extreme way, “Falling down/ Deep in to the dark”. Click here to watch the new music video on their official website.

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Mar 14 2018

Tropical Death – So Wet (MV)

As a follow-up to our review of Tropical Death’s Modern Maze EP, here’s the video for So Wet. It’s a charmingly lo-fi affair of rain jackets and unicorn floaties as singer Eugene Roussin romps his backwards way through back alley Tokyo.


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