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Weekly Discussion Question Round Twenty Six: Changes, Changes, Changes
Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 9:00pm in Weekly Discussion Question

Weekly Discussion Question Round Twenty Six: Changes, Changes, Changes

Howdy, folks! It’s Ern here, ignoring the fact that summer is coming to an end in a month. It’s times like these that I’ll do anything to distract myself; even clean out my cage. And, boy, do I find a ton of cool stuff back there, like this super old edition of SHOXX magazine from 1996 with L’Arc~en~Ciel on the cover. HYDE still looks the same. Freaky. But a ton of other people and bands have changed, whether it’s visually or not.  (And, y’know, since this is visual kei, the visual part matters a whole lot when we’re talkin’ about image.)

So that brings me to this week’s question. We’re gonna talk about changes.

Which visual kei bands have undergone the most drastic interesting changes, both visually and musically? Have these changes been for the better or for the worse? Do you have favorite “eras” or “looks” for your favorite bands?

It can be an old, old band, an early 2000’s band…heck, it can even be a recent band. (How many costume changes does MEJIBRAY go through in a year again?) Anyways, let me know what you think and let’s get that discussion a’rollin’!

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  • jonnyMAGNUM

    I would say that 12012 has probably gone through the most changes that I can recall. They started off as a dark, mostly standard Under Code band, then they got a bit lighter and then almost went completely J-Pop, and now they’re back to their darker roots, sounding like modern Dir en grey. I like how they sound now, though I think I liked them more back when they were on UC.
    Ayabie also went down a similar path, though, never returned to their harder/heavier music.

  • Juliette

    I remember Girugamesh’s change had people talking! Their new style (visual and music) are deefffinitely different from what they started out as, and I kinda dig it, if only it were a little more unique.

    Music wise, I think Alice Nine has changed quite a bit. Can’t quite put my finger on it, but their newer music sounds a lot more…modernish? Western? It’s pretty noticeable that they use more production noises in their music now, though.

    And then you have Plastic Tree who, in my own opinion, are really consistent with music and looks (is Ryutaro even human???? He never ages I swear)

    I’m fairly okay with changes, I know they’re kinda inevitable, but I just can’t seem to cope very well with Kalvary/Kameleo’s change. Even though they’re having much more success as Kameleo, I thought that the music they produced as Kalvary was more unique.

    But in the end, whether the changes are for better or for worse is all up to one’s preferences!

  • DKjapanesefreak

    Girugämesh… first one that comes to mind.
    First time a band broke my musical heart.

    I don’t dig changes, rarely do at least. When I like a band, I like them the way they are, for that very reason, they fit a certain piece of the puzzle so to speak.

  • Nataku D.

    Well, Dir En Grey is maybe the most famous example, especially if you compare their current sound to their first breakthrough singles like I’ll or Jealous. Funnily enough, Dir is also the only band I can think of right now (maybe including Gazette) that actually went darker with time rather than the opposite since bands usually mellow and adopt a more poppy and commercial sound with the years. Like for example a bunch of bands that started their activities at the turn of the century and had a long career crossing the slow disappearance of the kote sound and image, and the subsequent popularization of a more accessible fare; bands like D’espairsRay, Kagerou, Vidoll, 12012 (before losing their main songwriter and going dark again), etc. MUCC comes to mind too, and I think that only Kagerou managed to pull off this metamorphosis with a modicum of grace.
    And in the category of the band that no one remember or care about, I’d like to nominate Noir Fleurir, and for once, both periods were kind of awesome.
    (And it’s so spot on about Plastic Tree, I was wondering if I was the only person being slightly creeped out by Ryutaro’s eternal youth.)

  • xpanicx

    GazettE has definitely changed a lot from their indies looks to what became after going major. Miyavi went from visual gothic to samurai neo-visual to suits (and an increased lack of shirts in general). MUCC also dropped the angura styles for trendy jpop fashion. They made it a point of their 15 year anniversary to celebrate their three major eras. I’d say visually their early heavily face-painted era was my favorite. But musically I like the more recent music the best.

  • Emiru's hands

    GazettE is the first to come to mind, they went through so many phases , specially visually. Ruki had dreads, silly hats, punk looks, sweet looks , everything you can name. For the past few years they’ve kept their looks and music consistent, It’s a lot more mature but i personally really dislike it, they just sound stale and samey and I really miss their sound from 2010 and back.
    Vidoll went from really heavy songs to extremelly generic pop, unfortunately it wasnt a graceful change and they are no longer together.
    In visual kei, when a band tries the transition from visual kei to more sellable music it rarely works in my opinion, it just leaves a massive empty space where some awesome refreshing sound used to exist.
    Although I have to say that SuG has also changed a lot, both style and song but they manage to do so whilst keeping a signature thing. I’m not sure what, but theyve never stopped being SuG, one of the few bands that has has a happy transition from heavy to pop and back to heavy again (imo)

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