Returning from an unannounced hiatus, Flashback Friday is back in action! This week’s lucky band is: Vall’na racill.
Vall’na racill was active from 2001-2004, right after the peak of what was arguably Visual Kei’s mainstream popularity in Japan. Along with their numerous singles, the band was known, like many other bands at the time, for frequently changing their lineup. Even their main lineup is obscure, but we think we’ve got it down, thanks to the careful and dedicated research of Chiva.
Vall’na racill at a glance
November 14, 2001 – June 25, 2004
Founded by ex-members Hiro and Satoru in July 2001
2 demo CDs, 5 singles, 1 maxi-single, 1 omnibus appearance
Gt. 麗唯 (Ray)
Birthday: June 20
Blood type: A
Band History: Vall’na racill → Asuka Myuuru– (session band only) → Dangerous Zone → unknown
Ba. 鴉也 (Aya)
Birthday: August 15
Blood type: AB
Band History: Vall’na racill (鴉也) → Cannival Method (Aya) → unknown
Ba. → Gt. 瞬 → シュン (Shun)
Birthday: February 13
Blood type: B
Band History: MISTIA → Rcradle → Vall’na racill (Ba.→Gt.シュン) → RENTRER EN SOI (瞬) → unknown
Band also featured many short-term members, including none other than Saga (Alice Nine) and Dekith (Jabell, ex-GazettE’s Yune). Other members included Misaki and Fuga.
Vall’na racill emerged onto the Visual Kei scene in late 2001 with their first live at Takadanobaba AREA. Their first two demo singles, “MALIA” and 「蒼い夢」(Aoi Yume) were both distributed at the event. They later went on to produce several singles int eh coming years, including “D.E.V” in February 2002, “Fall” in April 2003, and 「性的欲求」(Seiteki Yokkyuu) in November 2003. Usually only available at lives, these singles were rare to come by.
Vall’na racill played with many bands we all know and love today, such as Girugamesh, The Candy Spooky Theater, 12012, BLOOD, and DuelJewel. But, in Spring 2004, they flew solo and held their first live tour, “Scatter in the Depths.” The tour took them around Japan and to their favorite livehouses, Urawa Narciss, Meguro Rockmaykan, and Takadanobaba AREA. The end of the tour held another kind of ending, though; at their May 30th Urawa Narciss show, Vall’na racill announced their upcoming disbandment. They would go on to play just two more concerts, finally ending it all at the very same venue on June 25th.
So, readers, do we have any Vall’na racill fans out there? Perhaps you’re even a fan of some of the bands these members ended up in? Let us know what’s on your mind – what does Vall’na racill mean to you? If you have any memories or thoughts to share, let us know! And while you’re at it, tell us about any other “oldies” bands you would like us to research!