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. 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

LUNA SEA 25th Anniversary -The Unfinished MOON-

“Today is a day of celebration for LUNA SEA, but also a new beginning.” Ryuichi summed up the momentous occasion as LUNA SEA celebrated its 25th anniversary at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on May 29th. The concert, which sold out its 10,000-plus seats in a single day, saw fans of all demographics teeming around the venue in band t-shirts, ‘90s style visual duds, and even cosplay. Just approaching the area Read more

Interview: UnRealistic

Last month, we introduced you readers to UnRealistic, a 4-member band that kicked off band activities with their first mini album release on April 2nd. The band, featuring ex-Called≠Plan’s Yuuto, has only played a few shows so far, but this up-and-coming band is planning to take on 2014 with all they’ve got. Shattered-Tranquility had the wonderful opportunity to chat with UnRealistic in their first-ever interview. Each member opens up about Read more

Interview: METEOROID

METEOROID crashed onto the scene with a bang in late 2012, but began their true trek as a band with their first one-man and release of their first single, "DIVER," back on February 11th of last year. Since that day, this five-man monster of a band has released three more singles and put on dozens of performances, including two sold-out one-man events. However, that's not all that's in METEOROID's future: Read more

Win a Royz Autographed Board!

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Win a Royz Autographed Board!

It’s time for a giveaway! was able to not only do a live report for Royz, but also got to sit down with the members for an interview which takes a look back at their activities over the past year.

The members of Royz all signed a board for us to give away to readers – and it’s your chance to win!

This time around we’re trying something new. You can earn a total of seven entries by completing all of the following tasks, and recording them in the Rafflecopter application at the bottom of the entry.

Earn entries by:

  • Commenting on the Live Report / Interview Post (2 entries)
  • Tweeting about the Giveaway (2 entries>
  • Sharing the Live Report / Interview on Tumblr (1 entry)
  • Liking on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Following on Twitter (1 entry)

Please note even if you have completed any of the above tasks, you do need to enter your e-mail address and submit confirmation through Rafflecopter.

On July 22nd we announce the lucky winner! All shipping charges will be covered by, so no matter where you are in the world, you are eligible to enter.

So if you haven’t already, check out our live report and interview, and enter to win.


Kamijo announces band for one-man tour and special Hizaki appearance!

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Kamijo announces band for one-man tour and special Hizaki appearance!

After Kamijo’s recent single releases and sold out European tours, he had announced that he would be going on his first tour in Japan. Well, Kamijo has recently announced who will be playing with him on tour, and what a crew it is!
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Introducing: the Valentine

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Introducing: the Valentine

Looking for a fun, colorful visual kei band amid all of the dark, gloomy humdrum of recent debuts? Look no further than the♡Valentine. Read more

Glam Grammar’s “Tokyo Nanashi-chan”

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Glam Grammar's "Tokyo Nanashi-chan"

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It’s been a long time since we’ve talked about Glam Grammar, hasn’t it? Nearly five months after the release of their latest single 「少女A」(Shoujo A,) they’re gearing up for their next on August 13th! 「東京名無しちゃん♀」(Tokyo Nanashi-chan♀) is set to drop in two types, one including a DVD and another a bonus track. You can currently preorder both through CDJapan at the links below, and you can learn more about their instore event schedule! Read more

Royz Giveaway Winner

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Royz Giveaway Winner

For the past two weeks, has been running a giveaway for a special Royz board, signed by the members.

The winner of the raffle was Ellen! Congratulations, and we will be contacting you shortly!

Thank you to everyone who entered, and we hope that you enjoyed both the interview and raffle.

Keep your eyes peeled for more great giveaways from!

Ensoku’s Minoru Takes a Break & New Single Announcement

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Ensoku's Minoru Takes a Break & New Single Announcement

We’ve got some bad news and we’ve got some good news for  えんそく (Ensoku) fans today. Read more


rice Can’t Put It into Words

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rice Can't Put It into Words

Have you been eating your rice lately? The duo has been rapidly picking up speed since their 2012-2013 hiatus, and they are now set to release their 16th single, 言葉にできない (Kotoba ni Dekinai).

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Nico Nico Nama – July 21-27

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Nico Nico Nama - July 21-27
Readers, what do you watch in between Nico Nico Nama streams? Ernie’s been bingeing on Netflix and just finished the entire Battlestar Galactica series in, like, two weekends. And now Ernie’s frakkin’ sad that the series is over… But at least we’ve got a good week of VK video to tide Ern over until the next obsession, eh?

Last week was another exciting one: WeZ, An Cafe, SaTaN, Moran, ALIVE* and REIGN, and DuelJewel split the ratings between Nico Nico Nama and JAPAN VISUAL.TV. In addition to Wednesday’s weekly Visualism, we also had a special DUAL CORE SUMMIT starring TRIGGAH‘s TOMOZO and erina, Art Cube‘s Z, GHOSE‘s 汐-shio-, and KISSBULLET‘s Kaie.

This week, we can look forward to SaTaN, An Cafe, Alice Nine, THE GALLO, NIGHTMARE, THE MICRO HEAD 4N’S, and Matenrou Opera* with Lin -THE END OF CORRUPTION WORLD-, all on Nico Nico! Of course, we’ve got another Visualism, this week featuring videos from D=OUT, SCREW, Kra, Grieva, MEJIBRAY, and BORN.

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Introducing: DiSPiNA

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Introducing: DiSPiNA

Today, we would like to introduce a new indies band based in Tokyo, albeit at an inconvenient time. Read more


SPELL BOX Kisses Better

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SPELL BOX Kisses Better
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That’s right folks.

It may seem like a while since we have heard from SPELL BOX, but they have kept busy.  On July 30th, they will be releasing their first official single, “Better Kiss.”  SPELL BOX has actually released many singles in the past, including one just this past April, but most of these singles have been limited to purchase at live venues, or from one specific seller.  This single is official and available all over.

“Better Kiss” promises to be somewhat different from the norm.  The single will contain three tracks, and be a perfect match style-wise for it’s summer release date.

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Introducing: Lylow

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Introducing: Lylow

How many bands do you see lately with official mascot characters? Not many? Well, let us introduce you to Lylow, a band that made its official debut this spring. Read more



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Back in May, SCREW announced that they would be releasing their next album “PSYCHO MONSTERS” on August 20th, but provided scant details. Now, we have those details in full, and even a PV clip to give you a taste of SCREW’s hard and loud rock sound. “PSYCHO MONSTERS” is being released in three types, all available for pre-order on CDJapan. Read more


Details on AUBE’s Last Single

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Details on AUBE's Last Single

We finally have all the details on AUBE‘s last single coming out on July 23rd!

Last month, we announced that not only would AUBE disband on August 15th, but also that they wouldn’t leave fans empty-handed. They planned to release an unnamed single on July 23rd, but they have revealed that the title of the last single will be “P.S.”. It comes in just one type for 1296yen. You can pre-order it on CDJapan if you haven’t already.

AUBE’s Last Single “P.S.” – 1296yen
1. P.S.
2. Dear (Sunset Beach Ver.)

Though we’ll have to say goodbye to AUBE in just under a month, you’ll have plenty of chances to see them either at an in-store event or at a concert. Refer to our previous post for more information, and let us know if you’re going!

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Paranoid≠circuS Has a New Buffalo

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Paranoid≠circuS Has a New Buffalo

In May, Paranoid≠circuS‘s drummer Yusura left under vague and suspicious circumstances after a private incident unrelated to the band. Immediately after, the ghoulish group invited drummer Kizuna as a support member.

Now, Kizuna has upgraded his rank from support to official member, becoming the “Buffalo” to replace Yusura’s “Lamm.”

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Drastic Will to Disband

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Drastic Will to Disband
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Unfortunate news today–Drastic Will has announced via their official website that they will be disbanding this September.

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L’Arc-en-Ciel’s Everlasting: Details

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L'Arc-en-Ciel's Everlasting: Details

A couple months ago, right after L’Arc-en-Ciel’s two-day concert at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, we informed you of the announcement of a new single.  Now, as the release date of August 13th is right around the corner, all of the details have been revealed.

As L’Arc-en-Ciel’s first single since “Chase” in late 2011, “Everlasting” is a very exciting release for fans who have been looking forward to some new music.  It was first debuted and officially announced at the two National Olympic Stadium shows, where the band performed it both nights.

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Shinjuku ReNY’s Grand Opening in September

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Shinjuku ReNY's Grand Opening in September

The RUIDO Livehouse Network is gaining another member, right in the heart of Shinjuku’s Skyscraper district. Read more

UnRealistic’s First Single “Slip Manner”

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UnRealistic's First Single "Slip Manner"

Most of our readers have probably taken notice of UnRealistic by now, an Osaka-based band who we had the opportunity to interview shortly following their official debut in April. Since then, they’ve released just one self-titled mini-album and have been performing at shows throughout Japan. Less than three months later, fans are already getting a new single from the band – their very first single! Read more

Xeno’s Menou Leaves and Retires

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Xeno's Menou Leaves and Retires

It seems like only yesterday that we introduced ゼノ。(Xeno), a 5-member band that celebrated their first one-man in December 2013. Unfortunately, we already have to say goodbye to one of their members for good. Read more


Royz Welcomes Rey

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Royz Welcomes Rey

Rey (left) and Tomoya on July 5th, 2014. Image courtesy @VisualJrockJpop

Royz’s new support guitarist Rey (left) and drummer Tomoya on July 5th, 2014. Image courtesy @VisualJrockJpop

Thanks to reader xHime for tipping us off to this news! Royz recently parted ways with guitarist Kazuki in what seemed to be a heartbreaking decision. But not too long after, at the precipice of their summer oneman tour CRISIS CORE, Royz already announced they had found a new guitarist – guitarist Kuina‘s former bandmate, Rey.

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Misaruka’s Shakespearean One-man

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Misaruka's Shakespearean One-man

Misaruka has been up to a lot this year, between the release of their new mini-album earlier this month and their currently ongoing tour, but they have more in store for fans.

On November 12th, this Starwave Records band will hold a one-man event at the acclaimed Shibuya O-WEST, titled “[The Butterfly Effect] ~In Romeo and Juliet~”. This kind of Shakespearean theme fits Misaruka’s new European-esque look perfectly. As if the name wasn’t enough, the band is also selling tickets by the pair; you can snag two tickets ahead of time for a measly 1500yen, and they’ll only be 2000yen the day of. The band has uploaded a special video comment, so if you want to brush up on your Japanese skills, take a listen:


Source: Starwave Records, OHP