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Introducing: RAZOR

Introducing: RAZOR

Here's a new band full of names that you'll probably recognize. RAZOR is a five-member band that will officially kick off activities on November 30th with a one-man show and the release of their first ...

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Interview: A First Look at ƵMØRA (JP)

Interview: A First Look at ƵMØRA (JP)

English version ―お忙しいところありがとうございます。まずはメンバーの紹介からお願いします。 $ali: リーダーとベース担当の$aliです。 Naoki: ドラムのNaokiです。 $ali: そして他のメンバーはボーカルのAyoと、ギターのDomiとHrafn、とProgram/SynthをやっているPRINC3の合計6人です。 ―メンバーの出会いの経緯は? $ali: 今年の ...

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Ensoku: This is an interview.

Ensoku: This is an interview.

If you've ever heard of Ensoku, your first thought is probably, "This is a pen." This band's crazy stage antics and hilarious concepts have won them a place in visual kei fans' hearts around the world ...

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Közi Hospitalized with Acute Laryngitis

Közi Hospitalized with Acute Laryngitis

  Közi (ZIZ, DALLE, VAMQUET, ex. Malice Mizer) has been feeling a little under the weather lately, and apparently it was more serious than he thought. On September 23rd, the guitarist and vocalis ...

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JILUKA’s Next Release May Contain Error

JILUKA’s Next Release May Contain Error

On September 23rd, JILUKA pulled off a successful one-man show at Ikebukuro EDGE. In visual kei tradition, they had a few big announcements at the end of the performance. Among them was the announceme ...

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Interview: DISREIGN

Interview: DISREIGN

DISREIGN is one of the far and few overseas visual kei bands. Fronted by YOHIO (ex. Seremedy) and label mates with Kerbera (who we interviewed earlier this year), they have held a unique place in the ...

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Interview: THE BLACK SWAN’s Black “PERSONA”

Interview: THE BLACK SWAN’s Black “PERSONA”

THE BLACK SWAN has continued to rise in the ranks of the visual kei industry. After the release of their first full album "OUSIA," they pulled off a successful one-man show in TSUTAYA O-WEST. Now, the ...

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Yoshiki Classical Takes on Japan, Hong Kong, and New York

Yoshiki Classical Takes on Japan, Hong Kong, and New York

Yoshiki has announced that he'll head to Japan, Hong Kong, and New York with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in tow this winter. "Yoshiki Classical Special World Tour" will take place between the mon ...

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VAMPS Announces November North America Tour!

VAMPS Announces November North America Tour!

Good news for VAMPS fans based in North America: the boys are back! VAMPS has announced that they will headline a tour spanning North America--with stops in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico--in just a cou ...

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Artemis Down to One Member?

Artemis Down to One Member?

Artemis, whose current lineup has been active since October 2014, has not had the easiest ride. They changed vocalists at the beginning of 2016, and all seemed well for a while. Then, at the beginning ...

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The THIRTEEN’s First Single

The THIRTEEN’s First Single

The THIRTEEN, better known as the project of Sadie's Mao and Mizuki, has been taking the scene by storm since the release of their album PANDEMIC back in May. Now, they're about to release their first ...

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Sel’m to Disband in November

Sel’m to Disband in November

Sel'm, one of visual kei's veteran bands, has announced their intentions to disband at the end of November. While specific reasons for the disbandment were not named, it seems to have been a mutual de ...

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See Yoshiki at the L.A. “We Are X” Premiere!

See Yoshiki at the L.A. “We Are X” Premiere!

We're sure you've heard about--or even seen--X JAPAN's documentary "We Are X." It's been shown at film festivals around the world since its release last year. Now, it's coming to the U.S. again, and f ...

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Versailles Returns to Europe

Versailles Returns to Europe

As if Versailles' comeback wasn't surprising enough, now they're heading overseas again! Next January and February, Versailles will head to Europe for their tour titled, "Renaissance." They'll make se ...

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Interview: A First Look at ƵMØRA

Interview: A First Look at ƵMØRA

It's safe to say that not many of our readers have heard of a new band called ƵMØRA. While they haven't even played a live show yet, they've released two digital singles and have a few more lined up. ...

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A9’s 12th Anniversary Live: A Blast from the Past

A9’s 12th Anniversary Live: A Blast from the Past

A9 12th Anniversary Live 2004-2005 ONLY 「NO NAME-名前は未だ無い-」 8/28/2016 In 2004, a band named Alice Nine formed. Through a few albums, many more singles, and countless shows both in Japan and overseas, A ...

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Ziggrat Loses Bad Bassist

Ziggrat Loses Bad Bassist

Ziggrat, a band that has been around the block for a while, has some unfortunate news for fans today. Bassist Saryo has left the band because of his own doing. Read our translation of the band's offic ...

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Experience the Extasy of Becoming Yoshikitty

Experience the Extasy of Becoming Yoshikitty

We've heard of some pretty interesting band goods before, but have you ever seen face masks at a merch booth? The Yoshikitty reign continues with these new Yoshikitty Narikiri Face Packs. They're part ...

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YOHIO Declared Ambassador for New Visual Kei App?

YOHIO Declared Ambassador for New Visual Kei App?

The way you enjoy visual kei is about to change. VisUnite is an app--yes, an app that you can download on your phone or other mobile device-- created in Japan that aims to modernize the promotion of a ...

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Elm to Disband in February

Elm to Disband in February

A few days ago, Elm announced that they would be putting an end to their nearly 8 years of band activities. While there isn't much explanation given in the announcement, here is our translation of it ...

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