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lynch.’s Akinori Arrested

lynch.’s Akinori Arrested

Just this evening, an startling announcement was posted to lynch.'s OHP and social media accounts by the band's record label, notifying fans that bassist Akinori was arrested two days ago. We sincerel ...

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Visual Japan Summit Day 3 Pt. 2

Visual Japan Summit Day 3 Pt. 2

DIAURA An eerie SE gave way to the entrance of the well-known live house band DIAURA, who drew the largest crowd yet to the Visual stage. The vicious set began with Taidou and its side-to-side headban ...

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Visual Japan Summit Day 3 Pt. 1

Visual Japan Summit Day 3 Pt. 1

Zonbi Zonbi (or Zombie) is still a relatively new band that's made a bigger name for itself recently -- big enough to kick off the final day of Visual Japan Summit. After George and Tatsurou welcomed ...

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Visual Japan Summit Day 2 Pt. 2

Visual Japan Summit Day 2 Pt. 2

heidi. The members of heidi. took the Visual Stage in a burst of energy, bassist KOHSUKE practically running on stage. They got off to a jumping start with Utakata. Strobe lights flashed when it was t ...

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Visual Japan Summit Day 2 Pt. 1

Visual Japan Summit Day 2 Pt. 1

VALS Emcees Tatsuro (MUCC) and George (LADIES ROOM) appeared on the Visual Stage to introduce the first band of Day 2, VALS. VALS is best known as the visual kei/dance hybrid project produced by SID’s ...

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Introducing: Logic

Introducing: Logic

The don't have an OHP, any releases, a regular live schedule, or a full four- or five-person band, but chances are if you've been around the visual kei indies scene for a little while, you recognize t ...

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Ex-Lycaon Members’ New Band

Ex-Lycaon Members’ New Band

It's the moment many of you have been waiting for: Lycaon is back. And because we know it's the first thing you've got to know -- yes, all of the members are there, but it's not the same band. Well, n ...

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Introducing: KISS the CROWN

Introducing: KISS the CROWN

KISS the CROWN (shortened as "kisukura") began activities this past April with a flurry of news -- a PV, a June single, an in-store event announcement, and six months of consecutive (free!) one-man li ...

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SHOXX Publisher Files for Bankruptcy

SHOXX Publisher Files for Bankruptcy

At the end of the business day today (September 20th, JST), Ongaku Senkasha, the publisher of the iconic and long-running visual kei magazine SHOXX, filed for bankruptcy. Ongaku Senkasha was founded i ...

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Debut Live: IX -NINE-‘s Nie no Daijou

Debut Live: IX -NINE-‘s Nie no Daijou

  Mask-clad IX -NINE- first appeared in the visual scene back in March, and have stood out from the crowd not only in their style, but in their efforts to reach potential fans all around the worl ...

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Hikaru’s Departure from THE GALLO

Hikaru’s Departure from THE GALLO

Amid Halloween celebrations last night (or rather, this morning), a notice was posted across THE GALLO members' social media accounts and OHP announcing the sudden departure of lead guitarist Hikaru. ...

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Black Gene For the Next Scene: Umarenaoshi Tour Final “Shinsei -born again-“

Black Gene For the Next Scene: Umarenaoshi Tour Final “Shinsei -born again-“

The 15-stop tour "Umarenaoshi" took Black Gene For the Next Scene around Japan beginning April 29th, largely to commemorate the release of "Uragaeri." Weeks later, the tour made its only stop in Tokyo ...

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LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: LUNA SEA

LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: LUNA SEA

See the rest of our LUNATIC FEST. coverage here! The story goes that hide discovered LUNA SEA, and their signing to Yoshiki's Extasy Records gave them the momentum to become the legendary band that th ...

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LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: X JAPAN

LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: X JAPAN

See the rest of our LUNATIC FEST. coverage here! Before the LUNATIC FEST. timetable was released, the question on everyone's minds was "Who will headline on Day 1?" The answer should be obvious consid ...

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LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: DEAD END

LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: DEAD END

See the rest of our LUNATIC FEST. coverage here! X JAPAN is oft -- and not incorrectly -- credited for being the founding fathers of visual kei. But even the greats drew their inspiration from somewhe ...

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LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: DIR EN GREY

LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: DIR EN GREY

See the rest of our LUNATIC FEST. coverage here! We probably don't need to tell you about the beginnings of DIR EN GREY, easily one of the world's most successful and internationally-known rock bands ...

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LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: SIAM SHADE

LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: SIAM SHADE

See the rest of our LUNATIC FEST. coverage here! SIAM SHADE is not, at first glance, a band many current visual kei fans would associate with the scene. Formed in 1989 by high school students (with hu ...

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LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: LUNACY

LUNATIC FEST. Day 1: LUNACY

  See the rest of our LUNATIC FEST. coverage here! All legends start somewhere. In 1989, Kanagawa high schoolers Jun Onose (J) and Kiyonobu Inoue (INORAN) found themselves in the market for a dru ...

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LUNATIC FEST.: A Weekend of Visual Kei History

LUNATIC FEST.: A Weekend of Visual Kei History

From the first announcement of LUNATIC FEST., visual kei fans across the globe knew that big things were coming. As the big date loomed closer we took in lineup announcements and goods announcements w ...

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LUNA SEA – THE LUNATIC –A Liberated Will-

LUNA SEA – THE LUNATIC –A Liberated Will-

There’s a reason this band has transcended time as a legend of the industry. Looking back, LUNA SEA formally began their 25th anniversary celebration with a phenomenal sold-out show on May 29th, 2014 ...

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