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    • SUGIZO “The Voyage Home” 12/4/2016

      SUGIZO “The Voyage Home” 12/4/2016

      On December 4th, 2016, fans from across Japan flocked to Zepp Tokyo to witness a live preview of  "Oto" (音), SUGIZO’s first new album release in nearly five years, at the final of ...

    • Visual Japan Summit 2016 powered by Rakuten: 3 Days of Visual Kei Madness

      Visual Japan Summit 2016 powered by Rakuten: 3 Days of Visual Kei Madness

      Between the dates of Friday, October 14th and Sunday, October 16th, Makuhari Messe Halls 9-11 housed the first Visual Japan Summit 2016. Over the course of three days, Makuhari saw ...

    • 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 ...

    • 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 an ...

    • 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 f ...

    • 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 proje ...

    DIR EN GREY @ Gramercy Theatre, New York

    DIR EN GREY @ Gramercy Theatre, New York

    The final stop on U.S. soil, and the second to last stop in the "Never Free From The Awakening" Tour, this show was sold out more than a month before. DIR EN GREY's show in New Yo ...

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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 fan ...

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    DALLE 07/31/2015 @ Shibuya vuenos

    DALLE 07/31/2015 @ Shibuya vuenos

    You may or may not be familiar with DALLE, a unit formed by Közi (ZIZ, ex. Malice Mizer) back in 2008. Their activities were scant and consisted of punk and rock covers until they ...

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    KAMIJO 20th Anniversary Best JAPAN FINAL @ Tokyo Kinema Club

    KAMIJO 20th Anniversary Best JAPAN FINAL @ Tokyo Kinema Club

    KAMIJO’s 20th anniversary has taken him around the world from Europe, to North America, to South America. As 2015 winds down, KAMIJO is ending his year-long celebration in his hom ...

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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 i ...

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    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: LUNA SEA

    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: LUNA SEA

    See the rest of our LUNATIC FEST. coverage here! The clock ticked by as the enormous crowd at Makuhari Messe waited for the final chapter of LUNA SEA's 25th anniversary celebratio ...

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    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: BUCK-TICK

    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: BUCK-TICK

    See the rest of our coverage of LUNATIC FEST. here! BUCK-TICK is another band on our LUNATIC FEST. coverage roster that you might be scratching your head at. Are they even visual ...

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    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: D’ERLANGER

    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: D’ERLANGER

    See the rest of our LUNATIC FEST. coverage here! D'ERLANGER is by no means squarely in the field of visual kei, but there are some who will argue until they're blue in the face th ...

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    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: GLAY

    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: GLAY

    See the rest of our LUNATIC FEST. coverage here! GLAY is probably another band that some of you readers might be wary of seeing on S-T. Why are they at LUNATIC FEST.? What connect ...

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    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: MUCC

    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: MUCC

    See the rest of our LUNATIC FEST. coverage here! Visual kei fans are surely familiar with MUCC. Their roots stretch as far back as 1997 when they released their first demo tape “N ...

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    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: LUNACY

    LUNATIC FEST. Day 2: LUNACY

    See the rest of our LUNATIC FEST. coverage here! We’ve barraged you with the history of both LUNACY and LUNA SEA already in our Day 1 reports, so we’ll get straight into it. After ...

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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 l ...

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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 sho ...

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    HERO “Retry” Semi-final @ TSUTAYA O-EAST

    HERO “Retry” Semi-final @ TSUTAYA O-EAST

    HERO has been through some big changes this year, starting with their unprecedented move from the major to the indies visual kei scene. Their aptly named tour 「リトライ」 (Retry) has b ...

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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 ins ...

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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 internationa ...

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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 sch ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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    heidi. 9th Anniversary Live Report

    heidi. 9th Anniversary Live Report

      Excitement was in the air as Club Asia began to fill up for heidi.’s celebration of their 9th anniversary. As the clock neared their scheduled start time, the cozy venue co ...

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