LOST ASH Sizzles at a Sweltering SUMMER PARTY (Part 2)

Part 1, featuring the pre-live activities and talk show, is over here! Article: jazz Live coverage: jazz, Yayoi Photography: Katie F. for Shattered-Tranquility.net Special Thanks: Ku, Alicia © Shattered-Tranquility.net 2014 ----- LOST ASH SUMMER PARTY 2014: LIVE Shibuya Rex - August 3rd, 2014 As the curtains rose and the lights dropped, the SE music began to flow, and immediately hundreds of fists pounded the air in rhythm, many lit by whimsical flashing LED rings. Throughout the evening, the Read more

LOST ASH Sizzles at a Sweltering SUMMER PARTY (Part 1)

  Part 2, featuring the full rundown of the live itself, is this way! Article: jazz Live coverage: jazz, Yayoi Photography: Katie F. for Shattered-Tranquility.net Special Thanks: Ku, Alicia © Shattered-Tranquility.net 2014 ----- In Japan, there are certain motifs that immediately evoke the image of summer. The persistent hum of cicadas, the mirrored burst and sparkle of fireworks reflected in a river, the flavor of fresh grilled takoyaki drenched in sauce and mayonnaise, the petrichor after summer Read more

Interview: LOST ASH

Finding a MESSAGE in the ASHes It may not be easy to place J-Rock’s Jacks-of-all-trades LOST ASH into one convenient category, for all the skills they have. If there ever were an example of “visual kei idols,” it would be LOST ASH, who have the talent, looks, style, and sound to garner both mainstream and niche appeal (and, with their web series and vocalist Daiki’s acting career, they’ve the film Read more

Interview: Chanty

  YOLO, YOLO A Pirate’s Life for Me Chanty first sailed into the Tokyo visual kei scene late last summer, when they shocked us with their hilariously imposturous introduction profiles. But we soon found out that Chanty were anything but imposturous. In just under a year they have pierced our hearts with their light, catchy melodies and left us wanting more. Shattered-Tranquility.net got the opportunity to chat with Chanty just before the Read more

Red Desire LILIA & A Look Back at Royz

After saying farewell to Kazuki last month and heading into the future with Royz, we'd like to take a look back to the spring at Royz's Red Desire LILIA tour, and even farther back, to the beginnings of the band. We caught up with Royz for the first time in more than a year at their Aomori performance of the tour this past April and were treated to another Read more

heidi. 8th Anniversary Live

It was overcast and cloudy in Takadanobaba on the day of heidi.’s Eighth Anniversary Live. This slightly foreboding weather, however, was not enough to stop the hundreds of fans that came to see this special event from flooding into the venue the second doors were opened. Clad in band t-shirts and stylish outfits made up of various mismatched colors, fans greeted each other on the floor, exchanging excited whispers Read more

Go behind the scenes with VELVET EDEN!

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Go behind the scenes with VELVET EDEN!


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2014 has been a big year for Velvet Eden so far. After releasing their long-awaited best-of album and their first DVD, the group has promised yet another video release!

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DAZZLE VISION’s Hakaine Maiko LINE Stickers Scream

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DAZZLE VISION's Hakaine Maiko LINE Stickers Scream
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Cute, that is. Sorry, they don’t actually scream, but you might scream at how cute they are! While they definitely look like Maiko from DAZZLE VISION, they are actually of the UTAU vocaloid Hakaine Maiko that was designed with a “death voice.” LINE users and Maiko fans, these stickers are too cute (and some too scary) to pass up!

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Introducing: S.O.L.I.D

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Introducing: S.O.L.I.D
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Looking for a pop-y/metal visual kei trio? S.O.L.I.D may be just what you’re looking for!

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Schwarz Stein to meet with a Very Important Person…you!

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Schwarz Stein to meet with a Very Important Person...you!


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Last month we reported on the upcoming appearance of Schwarz Stein at Anime USA this October. We have just received more information regarding a VIP package for fans, which we will now share with you!

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LOST ASH Sizzles at a Sweltering SUMMER PARTY (Part 2)

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LOST ASH Sizzles at a Sweltering SUMMER PARTY (Part 2)
LOST ASH

Part 1, featuring the pre-live activities and talk show, is over here!

Article: jazz
Live coverage: jazz, Yayoi
Photography: Katie F. for Shattered-Tranquility.net
Special Thanks: Ku, Alicia
© Shattered-Tranquility.net 2014

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LOST ASH SUMMER PARTY 2014: LIVE

Shibuya Rex – August 3rd, 2014

As the curtains rose and the lights dropped, the SE music began to flow, and immediately hundreds of fists pounded the air in rhythm, many lit by whimsical flashing LED rings. Throughout the evening, the occasional silence-piercing scream or guttural growl created a stark juxtaposition against the traditional and demure silhouettes of yukata and hair decorations.

Within literally seconds of ascending the stage, the four members of LOST ASH launched into the thematically appropriate “SUMMER,” during which the audience waved LOST ASH uchiwa – some even waving multiple fans in each hand -, creating a soothing breeze in tune with the beat. From that point on, fans diligently followed the prescribed furitsuke, pounding, jumping, and moshing in unison when the notes called for it. The layers of “SUMMER”‘s harmony seemed to reflect the layers of a summertime yukata, and the cheerful synthesized melody appropriately evoked that giddy feeling of rushing to soak up all the sun on the first day of summer vacation. Given the theme of the live, it was absolutely the perfect starting point.

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LOST ASH Sizzles at a Sweltering SUMMER PARTY (Part 1)

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LOST ASH Sizzles at a Sweltering SUMMER PARTY (Part 1)

LOST ASH

LOST ASH

 

Part 2, featuring the full rundown of the live itself, is this way!

Article: jazz
Live coverage: jazz, Yayoi
Photography: Katie F. for Shattered-Tranquility.net
Special Thanks: Ku, Alicia
© Shattered-Tranquility.net 2014

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In Japan, there are certain motifs that immediately evoke the image of summer. The persistent hum of cicadas, the mirrored burst and sparkle of fireworks reflected in a river, the flavor of fresh grilled takoyaki drenched in sauce and mayonnaise, the petrichor after summer showers. With watermelon and shaved ice on the mind, LOST ASH prepared to take to the stage on Sunday, August 3rd in Shibuya, for another SUMMER PARTY.

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METEOROID’s Yutori Taking Last Bow

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METEOROID's Yutori Taking Last Bow
METEROID FW1METEOROID had been steadily climbing a path to success, having released their first full album, touring, and getting a lot of attention. But why is Yutori leaving?

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Magistina Saga saves the best for Fall!

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Magistina Saga saves the best for Fall!


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Magistina Saga released their first album this summer, but that’s not the only first they have in store for us this year!

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SCREW members comment on Rui’s departure

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SCREW members comment on Rui's departure


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SCREW fans were stunned to hear about the upcoming retirement of bassist Rui. In a quirk of fate, Rui has decided to forgo what was up to this point a successful music career in order to pursue his dream: becoming a fashion designer. We at S-T have tracked down the other member’s comments about this event, and have provided translations for you below, courtesy of Shannon and Adventure Tim!

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MAJOLICA’s having a party!

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MAJOLICA's having a party!


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We announced last April that the session band Silhouette would be reforming as MAJOLICA. Since then, the group has begun live activities, and released their “0th single”. Finally, the time has come for the band to have their first official release!

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FOODED SEAL Back With A Boom

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FOODED SEAL Back With A Boom
NEW FOODED SEALBoom from a new drummer, as well as two new guitarists and a new bassist, that is! A lot of you may have been wondering what happened to this band when two guitarists dropped out of the picture, and if they were going to continue or if this was the end for FOODED SEAL. Good news and new faces await you!

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Introducing: Zillapark

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Introducing: Zillapark


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With all the big bands breaking up recently, here’s a bright-eyed new band to feast your eyes on!

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SCREW’s Rui Says Farewell to Music

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SCREW's Rui Says Farewell to Music
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In the second time in as many weeks, PS Company* has another star band making headlines, and, once more, it’s not for wholly encouraging reasons. Recently, Alice Nine announced they’d be letting their relationship with the label expire, and now, fellow major labelmates SCREW are stirring up their lineup.

SCREW’s bassist Rui, who has been part of the band since 2010, following original bassist Yuuto‘s departure, has decided that he needs to move in a different direction – and you may be surprised by what it is.

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Introducing: nue

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Introducing: nue

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For those following ex-Un’s vocalist Taketoshi, you were informed earlier in August that he was planning on forming a new band while Un is on indefinite hiatus. As of today, the countdown has run out and more information has been revealed – along with former member Ine, nüe has formed! Their OHP is up and running, and their first live has already been scheduled for late October. Another countdown has also been started, and in another thirty days, more information will be released, presumably on their upcoming activities. So first, lets meet the members!

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D to go on Hiatus

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D to go on Hiatus


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For all the VK bands that come and go in any given month, every once in a while an announcement will come that can change the very landscape of the scene itself. Unfortunately, it has come to pass that the year 2015 in the annals of visual kei history will be minus one very significant and long-lived band: D.

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Is Miyavi Real?

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Is Miyavi Real?
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Good news for Miyavi fans today–he will be having a double release on September 10th!  On this day he will be releasing new single “Real?” containing 7 tracks, and live DVD “MIYAVI, The Guitar Artist -Slap the World Tour 2014- which contains live footage from the final show on his “Slap the World Tour 2014″ at Zepp Diver City, along with documentary clips from the full tour.

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Mayu Returns to DaizyStripper

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Mayu Returns to DaizyStripper
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Great news for DaizyStripper* fans! After almost nine long months of absence, guitarist and leader Mayu is making his comeback to DaizyStripper this fall.

Fans were pessimistic, to say the least, when, last December, Mayu announced his intentions to take a break, citing a need to change. Although DaizyStripper continued as a quartet – with activity highlights including a summer album and tour, a single, and trips to Okinawa, Taiwan, and Ontario’s Anime North – fans remained in a state of heightened tension and awareness, reading into every sign that DaizyStripper was staring down doom.

Hopefully, now that Mayu’s back, those fears will be assuaged.

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Kiryu to release new DVD

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Kiryu to release new DVD


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Kiryu have decided to add another title to their growing DVD catalogue, and this one’s a mouthful! Read more

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Scarlet Valse’s -GENESIS-, 1st Full Album

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Scarlet Valse's -GENESIS-, 1st Full Album
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It wasn’t too long ago that Scarlet Valse joined the label Starwave Records, and they only seem to be progressing from here. Scarlet Valse fans have thus far had only singles to look forward to, but that’s about to change. You’ll be able to get a copy of their first full album “-GENESIS-” in October. Or if you really don’t want to wait that long, you may want to make plans to attend their lives!

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Rozero to Disband

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Rozero to Disband


rozero aug14

We mentioned Hangyakuteki Kisei Noize “Rozero” last March regarding the band’s new 5-member era. However, it looks like that era will soon come to a close.

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